Read about the leadership team at Toitū Te Whenua.

Te Tumu Whakarae mō Toitū Te Whenua
Secretary for Land Information and Chief Executive
Gaye Searancke

Gaye Searancke

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

Prior to joining Toitū Te Whenua, 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.


Kaihautū Digital Delivery: Murray Young

Murray Young
Murray Young

Murray was appointed Kaihautū Digital Delivery in August 2021. 

He joined Toitū Te Whenua 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.


Kaihautū Organisational Effectiveness: Peter Fenton (Acting)

Peter Fenton

Peter joined Toitū Te Whenua in August 2021, with more than 20 years experience in various general management roles.

Previously he held senior leadership roles over 10 years at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, most recently leading the organisation’s trade recovery strategy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peter was also at New Zealand Post for more than a decade, with his final role as Chief Executive Postal Services.

He was the General Counsel for the New Zealand Engineering Union after starting his career in law.


Kaihautū Customer Delivery: Jan Pierce

Jan Pierce

Jan was appointed Kaihautū Customer Delivery in August 2021. 

She joined Toitū Te Whenua as Deputy Chief Executive Location Information in 2009 and then as Deputy Chief Executive Location Information, Policy & 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 Toitū Te Whenua, 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.


Kaihautū Māori Crown Relations: Kathy Mansell

Kathy Mansell

Kathy was appointed Kaihautū Māori Crown Relations in August 2021.

She joined Toitū Te Whenua 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 Toitū Te Whenua, 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.


Last Updated: 2 August 2021