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Nadine Kilmister – Deputy Chief Executive, People and Capability

Role and responsibilities

Nadine Kilmister - Acting DCE

Nadine leads People and Capability, which is responsible for providing corporate services (people, finance, procurement, property and facilities) that provide capability to MSD and shared corporate services for other agencies, and for hosting services for Historic Claims, the Independent Children’s Monitor and Te Kāhui Kāhu Social Services Accreditation.

Nadine is also the sponsor for MSD’s 800-strong women’s network and oversees our Pā Harakeke (wellbeing at MSD) and flexible working programmes.

What working for MSD means to me

“We have the opportunity every day to make a difference for the most vulnerable in our society and that is both a privilege and a responsibility. I was raised with the notion of being ‘others-centric’ and I believe this can be realised through a stewardship leadership model. When I have seen our organisation at its best, we all operate as partners and as a result we are empowered and able to serve and innovate to the best of our collective ability.”

“It’s important that we create and nurture an environment where staff are empowered and enabled to make a difference in their communities.”


Nadine has spent most of her working life with MSD, and within Child, Youth and Family. Before taking on the role as Acting Deputy Chief Executive People and Capability in June 2022, Nadine was Director of the Office of the Chief Executive from April 2021, and Acting DCE Organisational Assurance and Communication from October 2019.

Nadine lives in Lower Hutt with her beekeeper (and a lot of bees) husband, four children, three sheep, two bunnies, 36 chickens, eight birds, 12 pheasants, two cats and her dog Milo.

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