Members are normally appointed for three years and can be reappointed.

Authority members are supported by a Director and an Analyst/Administrator.

Outside experts are drawn on, as needed, to provide specialist advice, research and services such as job evaluation, economic and demographic data and remuneration information.

Authority members receive an honorarium, determined by the Cabinet Fees Framework.

Remuneration Authority Chair

Geoffrey Summers was appointed as Chair on 4 July 2022.

Geoffrey was appointed as a Remuneration Authority member on 5 January 2016.

Prior to his appointment, he was an owner, director and principal consultant with Strategic Pay, a market leader in strategic remuneration and performance management. In addition he has significant experience as a Director of Human Resources within state sector organisations and experience in all aspects of employment relationships and human resources policy development.

Mr Summers is a Past President of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand and served on the Ministerial Committee to review the Code of Good Faith Bargaining.

Remuneration Authority members 

Dallas Welch was appointed as a member on 13 September 2021.  

Dallas Welch has nearly 40 years of experience in the New Zealand public service. She has held various executive leadership roles with a range of public sector organisations, including Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission (PSC), the Public Enquiry into the Earthquake Commission and the Ministry for Women and Statistics New Zealand.

Ms Welch has experience in public sector chief executive recruitment, performance management and remuneration and in the development and production of official statistics.

Vern Walsh was appointed as a member on 4 July 2022. 

Vern Walsh is a former City Councillor, Community Board Chair and Licensing Trust member who has worked in the local government sector for over 25 years.

He is currently on the board of the Real Estate Authority and chairs the Audit and Risk committee. He is co-owner and operator of a consultancy company that provides governance training, development and consultancy services, primarily in the local government and not for profit sectors.

He is a registered financial advisor with over 40 years finance industry experience.

Vern has previously chaired the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board and was on the board of the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), Aotea Centre Board of Management and a member of the Lottery Environment and Heritage committee.

He is a Justice of the Peace.