Read about the leadership team at LINZ.
Chief Executive: 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 a Deputy Commissioner at Inland Revenue, leading one of IR’s two large operational delivery groups: Customer and Compliance Services – Business. In this role, Gaye’s 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. As an ELT member Gaye also had collective responsibility for IR’s Business Transformation Programme.
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.
Murray Young joined LINZ as Deputy Chief Executive Business Transformation in November 2019 and is responsible for the project to rebuild Landonline. He is on a four year secondment from the role of Acting Deputy Comptroller - Operations at the New Zealand Customs Service.
In his Acting Deputy Comptroller role, he led border operations, investigations and enforcement, and revenue and assurance. He was also responsible for strategic business development, business improvement and innovation, and service development, as well as a member of the Customs’ Executive Board and Senior Leadership Team.
Before joining Customs in 2014 as their Chief Information Officer (CIO), Murray held a number of senior leadership roles across operations, strategy, finance, change and information technology, with a focus on the government sector.
Deputy Chief Executive Corporate: Peter Alsop
Peter joined LINZ as Deputy Chief Executive Corporate in April 2020. His career has spanned the public and private sectors with executive roles in corporate services, policy and regulation, across multiple contexts. These have included the primary industries, infrastructure, health, social services, competition law and consumer protection.
Before joining LINZ, Peter was the Director of Strategic Issues and Investment at the Ministry of Social Development. In this role he was involved in a wide range of work including governance of the Ministry’s welfare reform, social inclusion, investment approach and commissioning arrangements with third-party providers.
Peter has also previously led corporate services for PHARMAC, the Commerce Commission, OSPRI and the Productivity Commission.
Peter has whakapapa to Ngati Porou, with family connections to Tikitiki, Ruatoria and Gisborne. He has a passion for creating books on New Zealand art, design and culture. Among his publications, he marks Mauri Ora - a book on whakataukī that shares wisdom from te ao Māori in a new and engaging way - as his most special.
Deputy Chief Executive Crown Property: 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.
Deputy Chief Executive Location Information, Policy & Overseas Investment: Jan Pierce
Jan joined LINZ as Deputy Chief Executive Location Information in 2009. She is currently the Acting Deputy Chief Executive Policy and Overseas Investment.
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.
Deputy Chief Executive Property Rights: 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.
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.