Dianne Macaskill elected member, Audit Commission

 

Declaration of Policy

I am a current member of the ICA Audit Commission and have lead a number of significant audits on behalf of the Audit Commission.  Since its establishment the Audit Commission has done some very good work to enhance the operation of the ICA.  I would like to continue to be part of this important organisation for a second term and to continue to contribute the knowledge that I have of audit procedures and of organisational performance.

I have a good working knowledge of the ICA.  I attended CITRA meetings while I was the Chief Archivist of New Zealand and am the Vice-President of PARBICA.

My knowledge of audit procedures and of organisation performance has been gained through many years of work in senior and executive positions, in particular as the Chief Archivist and Chief Executive of Archives New Zealand.  In this role I needed to work with the organisation that undertook annual performance audits of Archives New Zealand and so got an understanding of the procedures and frameworks used.  As Chief Archivist I also oversaw the development of the recordkeeping audit framework and of recordkeeping procedures to be used in the New Zealand public service.

I am currently on New Zealand government committees that focus on audit and governance and this means that I maintain a current knowledge of best organisational practices.

I also maintain a current knowledge of archives and recordkeeping practices through my work as a consultant and through my voluntary work with PARBICA and the New Zealand Memory of the World Programme, which I chair.

Dianne Macaskill

 



Biography

In June 2009 I completed 8 years as the Chief Archivist of New Zealand and am now an independent contractor/consultant. I have twenty two years experience working in the New Zealand public service at a senior/executive level. My career has been focused on strategic leadership and general management with a focus on archives, recordkeeping and statistics.

I am currently providing international archival strategic advice and undertaking reviews for government organisations including reviews of statistics strategy. I am also on a number of committees relevant to governance, archives and recordkeeping.

I am familiar with the operation of the ICA through my previous attendance at the annual CITRA meetings, my work on the Audit Commission and through membership of PARBICA (Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council of Archives). I was made an honorary member of PARBICA in 2009.

Current Board/Committee Membership

  • Chair, UNESCO Memory of the World / Aotearoa New Zealand Committee
  • Vice-President, PARBICA (Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council of Archives)
  • Member,. Audit Commission of the International Council of Archives
  • Member, Audit and Assurance Committee of the New Zealand Ministry of Education

Member, New Zealand Independent Police Conduct Authority

Relevant Competencies for the position of Member of the Audit Commission

Understand organisational risk
Some examples are:

  • Experience developing strategy and setting direction across a range of organisation functions e.g. human resources, finance, IT, information management, asset management.
    Chief Archivist during the development of the public recordkeeping audit system for New Zealand government agencies and the development of the Public Records Act 2005.

Management Expertise
Some examples are:

  • Understand the broad range of approaches needed to ensure that teams can perform effectively e.g. good recruitment and remuneration practices, honest feedback, clear accountabilities and responsibilities, appropriate systems and processes.
  • Eight years experience managing tier 2 managers.

Communication
Some examples are:

Simplify technical concepts so they are communicated well e.g. gave many well received national and international presentations on recordkeeping and information management.
Communicate well with other colleagues and understand how to focus on their interests and listen to their issues.
While Chief Archivist developed strong relationships with international agencies based on mutual sharing and joint projects.

Summary of Work History
2009 - present Independent contractor/consultant providing international archival strategic advice and undertaking reviews for government organisations including reviews of statistics strategy.

Member of various committees concerned with governance, archives and recordkeeping.

2001 - June 2009 Chief Archivist and Chief Executive of Archives New Zealand

May 2000 - Oct 2000 Acting Government Statistician and Chief Executive of Statistics New Zealand

1995 -2001 Deputy Government Statistician

1985 - 1995 Various management positions at Statistics New Zealand

1971 - 1985 Statistical methods and analysis at Department of Statistics and Parliamentary Library


Dianne was supported by

Greg Goulding (Chief Archivist, Archives New Zealand)

David Fricker (Director-General, National Archives of Australia)

Amelia Silipa (Principal Archives Officer, National Archives of Western Samoa)

Dragan Matic (Director, National Archives of Slovenia)

Karel Velle (National Archivist of Belgium).