Leadership team

Read about the leadership team at LINZ.

Group Photo of LINZ Executive Leadership Team
Top, from left: Jan Pierce, Gaye Searancke, Kathy Mansell, Robbie Muir.
Bottom, from left: Lisa Barrett, Jerome Sheppard, Mandy McDonald, Aaron Jordan.

Chief Executive: Gaye Searancke

Gaye Searancke

Gaye joined LINZ in August 2019, bringing with her a broad range of senior leadership experience across the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining LINZ, Gaye was Deputy Commissioner, Customer and Compliance Services – Business at Inland Revenue where she jointly led the Business Transformation Programme. In this role, Gaye’s key focus was on improving customer experience and building a stronger customer-focused culture within the organisation, with a goal of long-term compliance with the tax system.

Before joining Inland Revenue, Gaye held senior leadership roles in ACC, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment and the Ministry of Economic Development leading governance, strategy, corporate and legal disciplines, as well as policy responsibilities in business law, competition law, labour and employment law, trade and investment. Prior to joining the public service, Gaye also worked as a lawyer in the private sector, as a Crown Prosecutor, and was a Senior Counsel for the Commerce Commission.

Notable highlights in Gaye’s career include enhancing the capability and capacity of the Labour Inspectorate, establishing WorkSafeNZ and undertaking extensive financial and labour market reforms.


Deputy Chief Executive Corporate: Mandy McDonald

Mandy McDonald

Mandy joined LINZ in April 2017 initally as Deputy Chief Executive Crown Property before moving into the role of Deputy Chief Executive Corporate later in 2017.

Since the mid-1990s, Mandy has held senior management roles spanning policy, service delivery and corporate functions in the Ministries of Justice; Defence; and Business, Innovation and Employment.

Mandy is legally qualified and most recently, was employed at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment holding the statutory positions of Registrar of Companies; Official Assignee for New Zealand and Commissioner of Patents, Trade Marks, Designs and Plant Variety Rights.

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Deputy Chief Executive Crown Property: Jerome Sheppard

Jerome Sheppard

Jerome joined LINZ as Deputy Chief Executive Crown Property in May 2017. Jerome has worked at LINZ previously, holding roles in policy and implementation between 1999 and 2006. After that, he joined the Ministry of Education, where he held a wide range of senior leadership roles, including responsibilities for the school property portfolio.

Jerome was a member of the Ministry of Education's leadership team for the year before he returned to LINZ. He has in-depth knowledge of the property sector, and experience leading large and complex programmes across it.

Read about the work of the Crown Property Group


Deputy Chief Executive Location Information: Jan Pierce

Jan Pierce

Jan joined LINZ as Deputy Chief Executive Location Information in 2009.

Over the past 10 years, Jan has represented New Zealand at many international forums including the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management Committee of Experts, International Hydrographic Organisational General Assembly, Geospatial World Forum, Australian and New Zealand Spatial Council, and the Cambridge Conference.

Jan chairs and has participated in many groups across central and local government, including the LINZ Resilience Board, Provincial Growth Fund Elevation data programme, Māori Land Service project, and the Natural Resources Sector Leadership Group.

Jan is the New Zealand lead for the Australia and New Zealand Satellite Based Augmentation System programme in partnership with GeoScience Australia.

Before joining LINZ, Jan spent eight years as a member of the senior leadership team of rural financial services company Farmers Mutual Group. She started her career in the banking sector, followed by several years in the health sector, where she was the Human Resources Manager of a large Crown Health Enterprise.

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Deputy Chief Executive Policy and Overseas Investment: Lisa Barrett

Lisa Barrett

Lisa joined LINZ as Deputy Chief Executive Policy and Overseas Investment in July 2017. Before joining LINZ Lisa held a range of senior leadership roles in the public sector, including at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Transport.

Lisa has a background in regulatory and non-regulatory policy, and extensive experience working across both central and local government and stakeholder groups in industries across New Zealand and internationally. Alongside this, she has led corporate functions and significant change processes across a range of organisations, and brings in-depth experience working within regulatory environments.

Notable highlights in Lisa’s career include leading the team responsible for reviewing Parts Four and Five of the Commerce Act 1986, and leading the high-level design and structural design of the service delivery functions for the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment when it formed in 2012.

Read about the work of the Policy and Overseas Investment Group


Deputy Chief Executive Property Rights: Kathy Mansell

Kathy Mansell

Kathy joined LINZ in May 2017 as Deputy Chief Executive Strategy and Stewardship before moving to her role as Deputy Chief Executive Property Rights in March 2018. Kathy has held a number of senior leadership roles across the public service, including several years at the Ministry for Primary Industries supporting the growth of the aquaculture industry, and managing a range of funding and research programmes.

Before joining LINZ, Kathy was Operations Director at the Ministry of Social Development, where she was responsible for 10 Children’s Teams across New Zealand.

Kathy is experienced in working with Ministers and across local government, and has strong cross-government knowledge and connections.

Read about the work of the Property Rights Group


Deputy Chief Executive Property System Infrastructure: Aaron Jordan

Aaron Jordan

Aaron trained as a Surveyor at Otago University with a focus on applications of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) before joining LINZ as a Geodetic Surveyor in 2002. It was during this time he truly gained an appreciation of the power of location information, particularly mashing datasets together. After five years, Aaron travelled to Switzerland to build high-end surveying and engineering equipment for Leica Geosystems, specialising in on-board software and interface design.

Aaron returned to LINZ in 2012, serving in a number of roles including:

  • Deputy Chief Executive Strategy and Stewardship
  • Group Manager Topographic and Addressing - helping shift the strategic direction on how LINZ performs its mapping function
  • Group Manager IPS and Addressing - shifting the IPS programme into identifying tangible value in connecting up property information, and
  • Private Secretary in the Minister’s Office - establishing the LINZ-Minister relationship in the first 100 days with the new Government.

Read about the work of the Property System Infrastructure Group


Deputy Chief Executive Strategy and Stewardship:Robbie Muir

Robbie Muir

Robbie joined LINZ as the Registrar-General of Land for New Zealand in 2000, responsible for the regulatory aspects of the land title system. He was central to the development of Landonline and the Land Transfer Act reforms to enable computerised registration.

More recently, he worked with the Law Commission on the legislative review which led to the enactment of the Land Transfer Act 2017.

Robbie has a background working as solicitor in the area of land title registration and holds a Bachelor of Laws from Otago University.

Read about the work of the Strategy and Stewardship Group

Last Updated: 18 November 2019