Our People

Minister of Defence

The Minister of Defence is responsible for DESC.


Council members

DESC consists of senior representatives from the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Members of the Council have:

  • noteworthy expertise within the corporate and political sector
  • extensive knowledge and influence within New Zealand’s workforce
  • extensive networks and professional relationships
  • experience in areas of strategic governance
  • ability to create equal opportunities for women in the public and private sectors
  • knowledge of tikanga Māori and the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.



The Secretariat manages the process of appointments to the Council on behalf of the Minister of Defence. 

The Government has an expectation that statutory bodies are representative of the diversity and demographic make-up of New Zealand, including gender, ethnicity, age, and geographical location.


Secretariat vacancies

The DESC Secretariat is part of the NZDF. Civilian vacancies will be advertised on www.defencecareers.mil.nz (external link) , and military secondments will from time to time be advertised through career management teams.