Wayne McNee



New Zealand

Wayne joined LIC as CEO at the end of July 2013.

Wayne has worked in New Zealand and the UK as a pharmacist, and in 1995 returned to New Zealand to join PHARMAC (the Government agency charged with management of the prescription pharmaceutical subsidies), and was appointed as its Chief Executive (in 1998).

After 7½ years in that role, he joined the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as a policy advisor to the Prime Minister.

In 2007 he joined the Ministry of Fisheries as its CEO, then in 2010 was appointed as Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

In 2011 he led the integration of the Ministries of Agriculture and Forestry, Fisheries and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority into a single agency spanning the entire primary sector - the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Wayne grew up on a drystock farm near Oamaru, and attended Waitaki Boys High School before going to Otago University where he completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy. He has studied leadership and strategy, at Oxford, Stanford and Insead business schools.