Jan 17, 2008

Rob Taylor Appointment Fact Not Rumour

An announcement was apparently made late yesterday. Lack of references in the media are a concern to The Hive. We have obtained the following text of the announcement:

Appointment of Official Secretary, Government House

Rob Taylor has been appointed Official Secretary, Government House. His appointment was announced today by the Clerk of the Executive Council, Diane Morcom.

Rob Taylor is a career diplomat. He has worked for many years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), most recently as Consul-General in Los Angeles. Earlier assignments have included a period as Senior MFAT Private Secretary in the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a period as High Commissioner to Vanuatu, and postings to Samoa, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. He has a background in charitable organisations, including Riding for the Disabled, IHC and Oxfam.

Rob Taylor will take up the position of Official Secretary at the end of March 2008, on secondment from MFAT. He replaces Adrian Simcock, who resigned in November for health reasons.

The Hive remains deeply concerned about the appointment.