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About us

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner's Leadership Team is made up of:

John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner   

John was appointed to the independent statutory position of Privacy Commissioner in February 2014 for a term of five years. He provides independent comment on significant personal information policies and issues. Prior to his appointment, John practiced law in Wellington for over 20 years specialising in information law while representing a wide range of public and private sector clients. He has acted in legal roles for the Ministry of Health, State Services Commission, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Inland Revenue Department. For 15 years, he held a warrant as a district inspector for mental health and has also been a district inspector for intellectual disability services.

Joy Liddicoat, Assistant Commissioner - Policy and Operations

Joy joined the Office in January 2015. She was a Human Rights Commissioner from 2002 to 2010, having previously worked for 16 years as a lawyer in public, private and community sectors, specialising in public law. Since leaving the HRC, in addition to maintaining her legal practice, she has been working with the Association for Progressive Communications, a global network of civil society groups advocating for affordable access to a free and open internet and other aspects of technology-related human rights issues. She is Vice President of Internet NZ, and was Chair of the Domain Name Commission from 2010 to 2014. 

Blair Stewart, Assistant Commissioner (Auckland)

Blair has been with the Office since its inception in 1993 after employment in private legal practice. He is responsible for the areas of law reform, codes of practice, international issues and special projects such as Commissioner Initiated Inquiries.

Katrine Evans, Assistant Commissioner - General Counsel

Katrine joined the Office in August 2004, after a ten-year career as a law lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. She is legal counsel to the Privacy Commissioner, leads and manages litigation, is responsible for the Office's legal compliance, and provides advice across all areas of the Office's work.

Gary Bulog, General Manager

Gary has been with the Office as General Manager since 1997, and is based in Auckland. He manages all the Office's corporate service functions, such as HR, IT, finance, strategic and business planning and reporting and records management. He also oversees the administrative support for the Office's activities.

Annabel Fordham, Public Affairs Manager

Annabel joined the Office in September 1999 with a background in social science and law. She manages the public affairs, communications, publications and media work of the Office. She also oversees the e-learning and education functions.