Mervin is a vastly experienced public servant and previously led the Office of Ethnic Affairs.
Prior to becoming the new Ministry’s first Chief Executive he was appointed Executive Director, Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions in 2018.
From 2012 to 2018 he held a number of executive leadership roles at the Department of Internal Affairs, including Deputy Chief Executive, Stewardship and Organisational Sustainability and Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy and Governance.
Between 2000 and 2004 he was Chief Mediator at the Human Rights Commission.
He was Complaints Manager at the Office of Race Relations Conciliator from 1997 to 2000.
Mervin holds a Master of Laws (1st Class Honours), Auckland University and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Canterbury.