Grant Lyons

Chief Information Officer / Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment is New Zealand’s leading business-facing agency, with a guiding purpose to grow NZ for all.  It lifts the nations economic prosperity by supporting local businesses, encourages market competition and improving job opportunities.  MBIE’s work is likely to touch the life of every New Zealander.

Since November 2015 I have led the MBIE ICT function as Acting Chief Information Officer.  The MBIE ICT team supports over 3,200 global business users across 69 locations and maintains many line-of-business systems supported by an IT team of 300.  The team provides leadership and direction for information, data and technology assets within MBIE; leads ICT investment planning, and provides capability to design and implement business solutions.  In addition MBIE are WorkSafe New Zealand’s key ICT supplier.  There is a continuous and growing demand from MBIE business owners and end users for newer, faster and quality ICT services at good value – so one of the key challenges for the ICT team in MBIE is meeting a wide range of ICT needs across a diverse series of business groups.

Prior to acting as CIO I spent four years as Manager Collaborative Procurement within the New Zealand Government Procurement Branch of MBIE.   This included responsibility for ensuring high quality collaborative contracts were established and performing as planned, including the All-of-Government (AoG) contract portfolio.  At the 2016 Deloitte NZ Procurement Excellence Awards the collaborative procurement team was recognised including winning Young Procurer of the Year (Emma Hillman), Team of the Year (AoG Banking) and Supreme Winner of the Year (AoG Banking). 

Prior to joining MBIE I lived in Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur for 7 years leading strategic sales and consultancy for Alcatel-Lucent across Asia and Pacific.  Earlier I gained experience in commerce, governance and technology in working for the Treasury and other government agencies prior to joining Spark (Telecom NZ) between 2000 – 2005. 

I am a member of Chartered Accountants Australian and New Zealand bringing a strong commercial perspective to government procurement intertwined with a balanced understanding of good practise within the private and /public sector.