Senior Management Group
Bede Corry is Deputy Secretary of Defence (Policy and Planning). The Policy and Planning Division provides defence and security policy advice, maintains New Zealand's bilateral and multilateral defence relationships, and advises on the military and organisational capabilities needed to achieve the Government's requirements.
Des Ashton is Deputy Secretary of Defence (Acquisition). The Acquisition Division acquires equipment for the New Zealand Defence Force where project value exceeds NZ$15 million whole of life.
Prior to his appointment on 1 October 2008, Des had careers in the RNZAF and industry.
His RNZAF service (1969-1993), included four years in Washington DC, two with the Singapore Air Force, one with the RAF in UK and numerous postings and short tours in New Zealand and overseas.
He was General Manager of Safe Air Limited (1994-2000) and Vice President for Airframe Engineering for Ansett Australia and Air New Zealand (2000-2002)
2002 - 2008 he operated a consultancy, Ashton Technologies, specialising in aviation, technology and defence. Customers included L-3 Communications, Kaman and Kellstrom of USA, Aquaflow Bionomic Corp, NMIT, TAIC, Trade NZ and numerous airlines and engineering companies. He spent two years as CEO of Port Marlborough Limited and was a board director of Marlborough Lines (electricity), Cuddon Engineering, Flightcell International and other companies.
Des had honorary roles in the Defence Industry Committee of New Zealand, the Aircraft Industry Association Engineering Division, the Royal Aeronautical Society and New Zealand Aeronautical Trusts.
Alicia Wright is Deputy Secretary of Defence (Evaluation). The Evaluation Division is responsible for conducting assessments and audits of the New Zealand Defence Force and of the Ministry's capability acquisition activities on behalf of the Minister of Defence.
Bryan Westbury is the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Secretary of Defence (Finance).
Prior to his appointment on 3 November 2008, Bryan was General Manager Corporate Services and Sales for Standards New Zealand which he held for a period of ten years. Bryan has also held senior financial positions with Ajax Fasteners (NZ) Ltd, Unisys (NZ) Ltd and within a chartered accountancy firm.
Bryan, a chartered accountant, has extensive experience in strategic planning, management and financial accounting in the IT, services and manufacturing industries as well as the public sector. He takes an active role with providing strong strategic and financial guidance to assist the organisation to strive to achieve its objectives.