The New Zealand Council employs its own staff through its Chief Executive. Their role is to implement the outcomes adopted by the New Zealand Council, to provide independent advice to it and ensure statutory requirements are complied with.

Key specific roles of the Chief Executive and staff include national advocacy on behalf of anglers and hunters, raising the public awareness of the organisation and of angling and game bird hunting plus co-ordinating and auditing the operations of the regions. The staff are:

Chief Executive: Corina Jordan

Chief Financial Officer: Carmel Veitch

Senior Policy Advisor: Dr Jack Kós

Senior Environmental Advisor: Rebecca Reed

Accounts Administrator: Ann Kingsbury

Senior Communications and Marketing Advisor: Hamish Carnachan