Defence Review

Photo of Simon Murdoch.

Photo of Simon Murdoch.

Defence Review 2009

Simon Murdoch

Simon Murdoch, Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand.

Simon Murdoch is a graduate of Canterbury University with a BA in English and American Studies and an MA with First Class Honours in American Studies. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1972 and, after working in the Information and United Nations Divisions, was posted to Canberra from 1974 to 1977. He later served in Washington from 1983 to 1987 and returned to Canberra as High Commissioner from March 1999 to August 2002. He has also worked in the External Aid, Economic, Asian, and Australia Divisions of the Ministry. He was appointed as Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade in September 2002.

Simon also worked for a number of years on secondment in the Prime Minister's Department, Prime Minister's Office and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, first as foreign policy adviser and subsequently as Chief Executive from 1991 to 1998. In November 1998 he was Visiting Professor (Public Policy and Management) at Victoria University of Wellington.

Simon is married and has three adult children.

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