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.
Hon Dame Fran Wilde DNZM QSO was appointed as Chair on 1 December 2015.
Fran Wilde is a former Minister, Mayor of Wellington and Chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council. She was also the CEO of the NZ Trade Development Board and is an experienced company director, having served on and chaired private sector, local government and central government boards.
Dame Fran is currently a director of various companies, including being Chair of Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society Trust (Whanau Awhina Plunket) and Kiwi Can Do Ltd. She is a Chartered Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors.
Geoffrey Summers was appointed as a Member on 5 January 2016.
Prior to his appointment Geoff 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.
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.