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Brigadier Matthew Weston

Brigadier Matthew Weston

Chief People Officer

The Chief People Officer (CPO) draws together all of the functions that enable us to manage our people as a key strategic resource. They are the head of the People Capability Portfolio, which includes Defence Human Resources (DHR), Defence Organisational Development (DOD), New Zealand Defence College (NZDC), Defence Reserves Youth and Sport (DRYS), Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand (VANZ), Defence Health Directorate (DHD) and Directorate of Safety (DOS).

Brigadier Matthew Weston

Brigadier Matthew Weston

Brigadier Matthew Weston enlisted into the New Zealand Army in January 1993, graduating into the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery in December of that year.

Brigadier Weston fulfilled a range of regimental and command positions in 16th Field Regiment culminating as Commanding Officer in 2012 - 2013. He then went on to command 1 (NZ) Brigade during 2018 - 2020.

Brigadier Weston has held training appointments within the Officer Cadet School of New Zealand, Tactical School, and as Commandant of the Land Operations Training Centre.

Key staff appointments include S3 2nd Land Force Group, SO1 Global Plans Headquarters Joint Forces NZ, ISR and Land Lead—Defence White Paper 2015, and Director Human Resources (Operations) Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force.

Brigadier Weston’s operational service includes Timor Leste with NZBATT6 and Afghanistan with HQ ISAF.

Brigadier Weston was promoted to Brigadier and posted into the role of Deputy Chief of Army in June 2020. He was posted into his current role as Chief People Officer in December 2021.

He graduated through the Australian Command and Staff College and also the United Kingdom's Higher Command and Staff Course.

He has completed a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Public Management.