The Electoral Commission is governed by a board of three members: a part-time chair, a part-time deputy chair and a full-time chief electoral officer, who is also the chief executive.
What the Board does
The Board is responsible for governance, overseeing our work to ensure we meet our objectives, and implement our functions and powers.
The Board also makes sure we’re impartial and independent, in a way that:
- facilitates participation in parliamentary democracy
- promotes understanding of the electoral system
- maintains confidence in the administration of the electoral system.
The Governor-General appoints all three Board members on Parliament’s recommendation.
Meet the Board
Marie Shroff, MA (Hons), CVO, CNZM
Marie’s 5-year term as Chair of Electoral Commission began in August 2019. She is also a member of the Media Council, on the boards of Consumer New Zealand and the Privacy Foundation New Zealand and Chair of the Consumer Foundation.
Marie was Privacy Commissioner from 2003 to 2014. Between 1987 and 2003 Marie was Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council, working with four Governors-General, and six Prime Ministers from both major parties. During that time she co-led a senior officials group which prepared central government for the introduction of the proportional electoral system in New Zealand.
Jane Meares, Llb Hons
Jane’s 5-year term as Deputy Chair of the Electoral Commission began in August 2019. Jane is a barrister at Clifton Chambers in Wellington. She undertakes public sector and commercial advisory work. She was previously Treasury’s chief legal adviser.
Jane is Chair and Chief Commissioner of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission, Chair of Financial Services Complaints Limited, a director of the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand, a member of a commercial advisory board for the Department of Corrections, Chair of the Ballet Foundation of New Zealand and a trustee of the UNICEF Children’s Foundation.
Alicia Wright, MSc
Chief Electoral Officer
Alicia’s 5-year term as Chief Electoral Officer and Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission began in January 2017.
She previously held the role of Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Defence and senior roles across the public service including the Department of Labour, Ministry of Social Development and the Department of Internal Affairs. She has also been a principal at Deloittes and was a Director of Amherst Group.