The launch of the Chair in Regulatory Practice took place this month at Victoria University’s Business School. Professor Jeroen van der Heijden has been named the first Chair for the initiative that is set to be a hub for regulatory research and learning.


Jeroen speaking webProf. van der Heijden has had an accomplished career taking on the role after his previous position as associate professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at Australian National University in Canberra.


Prof. van der Heijden was immediately interested when the position of the Chair was created, largely in part due to the G-REG initiative. “One of the things I am excited about is making a contribution to the New Zealand Certificates and Diploma in Regulatory Compliance.”


The qualification helps to build out the regulatory profession in New Zealand says Jeroen. “It serves as a world-leading (and to the best of my knowledge, world-first) example of a systematic approach to the training of staff in government and non-government organisations working in a regulatory compliance environment.”


As well as contributing to the knowledge behind the initiative Prof. van der Heijden is set to tackle the G-REG certification and add this to his list of qualifications.


Prof. van der Heijden will be looking at innovative regulators and processes within New Zealand and internationally while in the role of the Chair, with G-REG itself as a unique example of one of our most state of the art initiatives.


“I expect there will be high interest in the international academic and policy communities to know how the initiative has developed and how it performs.”


“Through the Chair, I seek to advance or understanding of regulation and governance, regulatory practice, and regulatory stewardship.”


The role of the Chair was established with sponsorship from the Government Regulatory Practice Initiative (G-REG), The Treasury and nine other sponsoring agencies. Professor van der Heijden will hold the position for the next five years.


Being the first off the mark in the role of the Chair, Prof. van der Heijden hopes to make the biggest impact he can, leaving the role of the Chair as an integral part of New Zealand’s regulatory environment.


“I hope in five years from now organisations and individuals from the regulatory sector here in New Zealand consider the Chair as their first port of call if they have questions on how to improve their regulatory practice.”



Jeroen with group web

From left to right: Sanjai Raj acting Deputy Chief Executive, Market Services MBIE and G-REG Chair, Dr Allan Freeth Chief Executive Environmental Protection Authority, Rob Everett, Chief Executive Financial Markets Authority, Prof Jeroen van der Heijden, and Keith Manch Chief Executive, Maritime New Zealand.