Executive and senior management

All our people share a commitment to creating an environment in which New Zealand culture thrives and our heritage is valued and preserved.  Find out about the people holding senior leadership roles. 

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Chief Executive: Andrew Coleman

Deputy Chief Executive Policy, Strategy and Corporate Services: Claire Craig

Deputy Chief Executive Operations: Nicola Jackson

Deputy Chief Executive (Kaihautū) Māori Heritage: Dean Whiting (Te Whānau a Apanui)

Senior Management


Director Policy: Peter Richardson

Director Organisational Development: Roxane Gajadhar

Director Corporate Services: Karen Astwood


Director Northern Region: Sherry Reynolds

Director Central Region: Jamie Jacobs

Director Southern Region: Sheila Watson 

Director Regional Services: Pam Bain

Chief Legal Advisor: Mel Russell

Manager Archaeology: Vanessa Tanner


Director Kaiwhakahaere Tautiaki Taonga and Kaupapa Māori: Ellen Andersen

Director Kaiwhakahaere Tautiaki Wāhi Taonga: Makere Rika-Heke

Service delivery

Heritage New Zealand's services are delivered through a decentralised organisational structure:  

  • The National Office in Wellington provides national service and support functions.
  • The Māori Heritage Team (Tira) is established throughout the management and organisational structure.
  • A national Operations Group manages 45 properties, of which 18 are staffed.
  • There are Regional Offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch; and Area Offices in Kerikeri, Tauranga and Dunedin.

You can obtain contact details for offices through the Contact Us page.