Michael Webster


Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Aotearoa New Zealand

Privacy Commissioner

Michael Webster took up the role of privacy commissioner on 5 July 2022. Prior to this 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.

Webster has a long history of public service, with expertise in policy development, corporate strategy, and planning and risk management. His career has 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.

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.


Contributions by Michael Webster

  • Privacy Week 2024: Privacy Commissioner keynote speech and panel discussion
    Speaker at In-Person Wellington KnowledgeNet: 14 May 2024
  • Closing General Session
    Speaker at IAPP ANZ Summit 2023
  • One Year In: Fireside chat with Aotearoa’s Privacy Commissioner
    Speaker at Virtual Wellington KnowledgeNet: 23 Aug. 2023
  • ANZ Delegate Tour: Privacy developments in New Zealand and global trends for 2023
    Speaker at In-Person Auckland KnowledgeNet: 5 May 2023