About Us

Photo of Helene Quilter, Secretary of Defence.

Photo of Helene Quilter, Secretary of Defence.

Secretary of Defence

Helene Quilter

Helene Quilter, a career public servant, has been Secretary and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Defence since December 2012.

Ms Quilter has over 35 years’ experience in the Public Service. Immediately prior to her appointment as Secretary of Defence she was a Deputy Commissioner at the State Services Commission where she provided leadership to chief executives to improve agency performance. Ms Quilter was responsible for managing the performance of chief executives in the justice, defence, intelligence and foreign affairs agencies on behalf of the State Services Commissioner and was part of the central agency team responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Defence White Paper 2010.

She was previously a Deputy Chief Executive with the Ministry of Social Development.

Ms Quilter has a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies.

Helene Quilter serves as Public Sector Trustee on the Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Trust.

Page contents Accessibility (list of Access Keys) Sitemap Homepage About us Defence Policy Acquisition Activities Reports and Publications Links Contact Us Search box Link to the Govt.nz website