LDC Fellowships are annually selected research or study awards up to $45,000 for senior leaders. They aim to help senior leaders build on their personal leadership development goals and reflect topic areas that are highly relevant to their agency and the system, and make performance improvements to the public sector.

We’re pleased to announce the 2017 LDC Fellowships:

Kellie O'Sullivan, General Manager, People and Performance, Ministry of Justice

Kellie O'Sullivan

Kellie’s focus is on the changing nature of the workforce and how organisations need to be structured to best meet employees’ needs. She will explore the future of HR, and large-scale transformational culture change.
Kellie will participate in the ‘Leading change and organizational renewal’ programme jointly run by Stanford and Harvard business schools. She will then focus on emerging trends by visiting thought leaders known for futurist organisation design.

“I’m particularly excited about the opportunity to contribute to changing the shape of HR in the New Zealand public service, and developing and implementing new approaches to inform large scale transformational change,” says Kellie.

Murray Young, Chief Information Officer, New Zealand Customs Service and Tracy Voice, Director, Business Technology and Information Services (CIO), Ministry for Primary Industries

Murray Young    Tracy Voice

Murray and Tracy are undertaking a joint study programme, looking at the use of emerging technologies to improve government interaction with citizens, focussing first on border control.

“We know that rapidly emerging technologies including global trends to digitise services provide opportunities to innovate and puts us as CIOs at the centre of many sector initiatives to improve services to citizens and business.

“Our impression is that there is a large opportunity to speed progress in this area.

“Over the coming months we aim to engage with a wide variety of senior leaders, locally and internationally, from both government and the private sector to discuss views and experiences in relation to meeting the digital challenge, innovation and change.

“From our research we will take what we learn and apply it to our work in the Border Sector and other areas of the public service we get involved in. We will also share our learnings across the public sector amongst the executive community, emerging operational leaders, all of government colleagues, sector ICT leaders and industry.”

Blair McKenzie, Auckland Regional Commissioner, Ministry of Social Development

Blair McKenzie

Recent research indicates that New Zealand’s cultural and ethnicity make up will drastically change over the next 20 years with fast growing Asian and Pacific populations, and this is already prevalent in Auckland. Our ability to lead across diverse ethnic groups (both within our organisations and externally across communities) and engender genuine engagement will require highly developed leadership skills.

Working with others who have a broad range of experiences, Blair will utilise education and experiential learning opportunities to understand existing best practice for leading diverse ethnic groups in a New Zealand context. This will include participating in an international cross-cultural leadership programme, engaging with community-based ethnic and cultural movements, experiencing diverse ethnic leadership in large organisations, as well as working with private and public sector leaders from across governing jurisdictions.

Blair will apply the knowledge and experience gained to support, influence and shape leadership practices, which reflect qualities that are responsive and inspiring to diverse ethnicities.