TINZ Director Profile: Charles Hett

Charles Hett

Charles Hett

Charles Hett

Director, Transparency International New Zealand

Charles Hett was appointed to the TINZ Board from March 1 2015 and welcomed at its February meeting.

Charles believes sunlight and transparency are critical features of social environments and the benefits of a low-corruption society can easily be lost (like reputation) and are hard to regain - so he sees them as worth applying energy and effort to maintain.

Charles comes from the financial sector and has experience of financial services businesses in New Zealand, Australia, UK and Asia; both as a consultant and holding various insurance company roles. Charles established and has led the Deloitte NZ actuarial team since 2008. He is currently the Appointed Actuary to two insurers - one general insurer and one life insurer. He is a qualified actuary and holds a Masters Degree in Mathematics from Oxford University. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Charles has undertaken significant research into complex adaptive systems, the nature of knowledge-sharing and how to help groups of people improve things that are important and help them achieve their goals. Much of this involves narrative, collaboration and transparency; Charles is a Director of Storymaker Research Institute.

Here are some of Charles's responses to our questions:

What motivated you to Join TINZ? I am excited about the chance to provide real support to TINZ governance alongside necessary services to help us focus on the important issues.

Why does New Zealand have such a strong international reputation for transparency and good governance and how does New Zealand benefit? I think it is partly size. It is easier and safer I think for smaller governments to be more open and we also benefit from being a relatively new society. Our reputation provides an open door for almost all NZ activities including trade. The fact so many New Zealanders' have noticeable roles in global organisations links to New Zealand's bold, independent and transparent society.

What challenges do we face? Timeframes and visibility are major challenges to our effort of promoting transparency, good governance, and ethical practices in New Zealand. These values and behaviours take time to build and enhance and yet are comparatively invisible. Losing them, however, could happen quickly and visibly.

What steps do you think we can take to safeguard us from corruption in New Zealand? Vigilance, discussion and encouragement are key steps. It is imperative we help wider society see and gain benefits from our positive environment and also be encouraged to demonstrate that corruption in New Zealand is not acceptable in any way at any time.

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Recent Activity

Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 TINZ media release
Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perception Index (TI CPI) has found that the New Zealand and Denmark public sectors are the least corrupt in the world. 25 Jan, 2017

TINZ OGP Submission
Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) submitted recommendations for New Zealand’s second Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan (NAP). Among the recommendations were a call for more ambition in creating NAPs and developing channels of communication for improving engagement with citizens. 19 Aug, 2016

Safeguarding the public interest in research
1 Aug, 2016

EU and New Zealand tax transparency
1 Aug, 2016

London Summit 2016 NZ Statement Commitments Progress
31 Jul, 2016

New Zealand Country Statement Anti Corruption Summit London 2016
29 May, 2016

Shewan Inquiry Submission Media Release
TINZ has provided its submission to the Shewan Inquiry calling on the government to widen the terms of reference to protect New Zealand's reputation and future proof our laws following the release of the "Panama papers". 21 May, 2016

CPI 2015 TINZ Media Release
Corruption Free? NZ drops again. New Zealand has fallen to fourth place in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). 26 Jan, 2016