Allana Coulon

Managing Director
Wellington Office

As our Managing Director, Allana drives MartinJenkins ahead, always keeping us in close touch with our values and the firm’s overarching purpose of helping make New Zealand a better place. A specialist in organisational performance and design, she has an impressive record helping senior public-sector leaders lift performance and pivot their organisations in response to strategic change.

Allana is well into her second decade at MartinJenkins, having first joined in 2006. She took over as our Managing Director at the start of 2019 in a period of exciting growth for the firm, bringing her clear strategic thinking and her easy interpersonal style to the role.

The core values that we at MartinJenkins have identified as central to our work are all very personal ones for Allana. In particular, our value ‘Rise to the challenge’ is deep in her own DNA – she leads MartinJenkins in doing exceptional work to solve complex problems for our clients.

Just as important for her is ‘Value the person’ – Allana believes strongly that our firm is nothing without its people, and she always keeps people and relationships front of mind, both here at the firm and when working with clients.

Allana regularly applies her deep expertise in organisational performance and design to support change in government systems or organisations. She builds enduring relationships with senior leaders, who trust her because she understands their context, challenges their thinking, and delivers practical solutions.

Recent examples of Allana’s work include:

  • developing a five-year workforce strategy with the Ministry for the Environment to support a stronger role for MfE as a system leader 

  • leading a review and redesign of the Department of Conservation’s tourism and recreation national system, to identify and achieve the organisational shifts needed to deliver DOC’s priorities

  • supporting the establishment of a new departmental agency, Te Arawhiti (the Office for Māori Crown Relations), helping the agency ensure it is organised and resourced to fulfil its purpose of moving the Māori Crown relationship from historical grievance towards true Treaty partnership

  • leading a full organisational and operating model review for the Commerce Commission to support it to become more outcome-focused and more connected with New Zealand businesses, consumers and stakeholders.

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