Michael Webster


Aotearoa New Zealand

Privacy Commissioner

Michael Webster took up the role of Privacy Commissioner on 5 July 2022. Prior to Michael’s appointment he worked in the Cabinet Office, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for 14 years and held the position of Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council from March 2014.

Mr Webster has a long history of public service, with expertise in policy development, corporate strategy and planning and risk management. Mr Webster’s career has to date focused on enabling and driving good governance, the promotion of democratic rights and values, the development and application of codes of conduct and behaviour and working to ensure compliance with both statutory provisions and constitutional conventions.

Mr Webster holds a Master of Public Management and BA (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington and is a graduate of the EY/Darden School of Business Programme, and the Executive Fellows Programme of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.