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Education boss to lead State Services

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/05/2016

Ministry of Education boss Peter Hughes has been appointed to be the next top dog of the country's state services.

Mr Hughes will start the five-year job in July, replacing the outgoing State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie, Prime Minister John Key announced on Tuesday.

For the last three years Mr Hughes has been the chief executive and secretary for education, dealing with the Novopay payroll disaster and also criticism of the Ministry for Education's $19.5-million refit of its Wellington offices.

Mr Hughes began his career as a clerk with the Department of Social Welfare before rising through the ranks to become boss at the Ministry for Social Development for 10 years from 2001.

He spent two years as head of Victoria University's school of government before returning to the public service at the education ministry.

Mr Hughes was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012 for services to the state.

The office of State Services Commissioner says it is central to New Zealand's politically neutral, professional and permanent public service.

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