On His Majesty’s Secret Service
Last Year – 9
A more dangerous world with war in the Ukraine, violent extremism on the rise, and what NZSIS chief Rebecca Kitteridge says is the now commonplace violent and misogynistic online rhetoric have all served to provide a heightened sense of importance on her role as top spy.
Coming to her role following a six year stint as Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, she has an illustrious career as a senior civil servant.
Having served under four Prime Ministers and four Governors-General in that role and in earlier roles in DPMC she also worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and started her career with nine years in the private sector.
Kitteridge joined the Security Intelligence Service in May 2014, just as the world became a much darker place.
As she did in her her previous job as Cabinet Secretary, right hand woman to the prime minister during closed door Cabinet meetings, she leaves her secrets at work.” I’m just as boring as I ever was at the dinner table. My daughter doesn’t really believe I have this cool job because I’m just her slightly embarrassing mother,” she told the Dominion Post in a profile.