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James Collier

Government Enterprise Architect, NZ Department of Internal Affairs


James Collier leads the Government Enterprise Architecture team, working within the Department of Internal Affairs in support of New Zealand’s Government Chief Information Officer. They help deliver cross-government ICT strategy, oversee the architecture of shared capabilities, and provide agency architecture practices with common tools and guidance.

Before taking up his current role in 2013, James was Chief Architect at the NZ Ministry of Justice, and over the last 20 years he has held a variety of ICT management and architecture positions in the private sector, including consulting, technology start-ups and roles in the telecommunications and primary industry sectors.

Identity Relationship Management represents one of James’ core areas of focus, reflecting an interest in privacy and identity that has spanned much of his career. His team has been closely involved in the evolution of the NZ government’s customer-facing identity and authentication capabilities, and he is currently overseeing pilot initiatives to support cross-agency authorisation and delegation, so that businesses and individuals can more readily allow others to act on their behalf when interacting with government agencies.