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Malcolm MacMillanMalcolm MacMillan – National Manager, Standards New Zealand

Malcolm leads Standards New Zealand’s team of 32 staff, including carrying delegated authority for the statutory role of New Zealand Standards Executive, under the Standards and Accreditation Act 2015. He brings a background in strategic and operational leadership across the Government sector, including design and delivery of regulatory reform initiatives and programme delivery across a range of sectors. He is very familiar with the standards and conformance world, having working experience with New Zealand standards, accreditation, certification, licensing, registration, audit, performance review, and quality management and assurance schemes during his career.

Relationship management, engagement and collaboration with stakeholders are at the heart of Malcolm’s role and he has seen first-hand how standards benefit those in the diverse sectors he has worked in. These sectors include building and construction, health and safety, primary industries, housing, the COVID-19 response, emergency response and recovery, aviation, and central and local government building and planning functions. Malcolm has worked across a range of government agencies, often working closely with leading industry organisations (both domestic and international), represented New Zealand and our interests at international forums, and been on an advisory oversight committee for an independent accreditation body.

Stanil Stanilov
Stanil Stanilov
– Manager, Standards Development

Stanil and his Standards Development team are responsible for the development, revision and updates of New Zealand, Joint Australia and New Zealand standards, and adoption of international standards. He also manages a range of relationships with commissioning organisations, Standards Australia and other national standards bodies, and standards development committee members.

Stanil joined Standards New Zealand in 2016 from the Licensed Building Practitioners team within MBIE, where he guided a nationwide network of building and construction assessors and played a leading role in development and implementation of regulatory policy, including the LBP Skills Maintenance Scheme. He is a Certified Microsoft Office Professional.

Danielle Aberdeen
Danielle Aberdeen
– Manager, Commercial and Sectors

Danielle and her Commercial and Sectors team deliver key initiatives within the Standards NZ business strategy and support its day-to-day operations. The team is responsible for a lot of externally focused activities, including communications, marketing, stakeholder engagement and business and product development, key customer account management, copyright and licensing, digital standards, and international engagement and participation.

Danielle has both private and public sector experience, which spans business development, stakeholder engagement, commercial, digital solutions, account management and client relationships. She brings valuable experience from her 13 years at PwC, where she developed effective growth and client development strategies across multiple market segments and service lines.

JT SchutteJT Schutte – Manager, Business Systems and Operations

JT leads our front-facing business team, incorporating customer services, our e-commerce platform, ICT business systems, finance, data analytics, quality management systems and business administration.

JT’s previous experience includes various operations, business support, stakeholder engagement and programme and product management roles with Xero, Wellington City Council, MBIE, and Capitec Bank in South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is currently working on his MBA at Victoria University.

Clare Francis
Clare Francis – Principal Advisor, Standards New Zealand

Clare joined Standards NZ from the Ministry for Primary Industries, where she held a number of specialist advisor, programme advisor and business analyst roles in the areas of animal welfare and biosecurity. Clare has a post-graduate Honours degree in science. Her role spans all the business teams within Standards NZ, delivering operational policy, strategic and business planning, business and organisational development and performance and reporting responsibilities.