Paul Helm

Head of Government Finance Profession and Chief Government Accountant

The Treasury New Zealand

Paul Helm has a passion for strategic financial management and lifting the capability of finance teams across the public sector. He has held his current role – Head of Government Finance Profession and Chief Government Accountant – since October 2014. In this role, he is focused on skills development in strategic financial management across the public service and helping finance teams achieve their potential. He has significant experience in public sector financial management, covering strategic budget management, including managing significant cash flows and borrowing facilities. Paul is experienced at transforming finance functions, procurement and commercial decision-making, including working on large contracts for public-private-partnerships, property and information technology to ensure the best outcomes for an organisation. He has worked across a range of government departments as CFO including the New Zealand Transport Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Health and was a Director of Audit New Zealand. Paul is also responsible for the Financial Statements of the Government in his role as Chief Government Accountant. These comprehensive financial statements include a full consolidation of all government agencies statements. The team produces, and publishes monthly as well as annual accounts. The Treasury team focused on improving financial analytics and insights across departments (Ministry of Finance Function) is another responsibility of the Chief Government Accountant. This team looks across the system to provide reports on items such as balance sheet sustainability and accuracy of forecast spending. Paul is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and a Fellow of both CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Whilst Paul was at NZTA their finance team were awarded “Finance team of the year” across all entities in New Zealand in 2014 and Paul was awarded “Public Sector CFO of the year” in 2013 by the then Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand.