Richard Tait

Partner | Hoa Pakihi

Richard specialises in strategy and organisational change. He helps our clients to define their goals and priorities and to identify practical solutions to lift their performance. 

Richard is interested in how organisations can adapt and evolve so that they continue to deliver value, thrive, and explore new opportunities as their environment changes, rather than requiring fundamental and abrupt change.

Richard is known for his ability to quickly understand each client’s specific context, to identify the issues, and to communicate problems and solutions in an accessible way.  

As well as advising MartinJenkins’ clients on organisational review and design, Richard provides strategic planning and systems thinking expertise. Richard’s style is thoughtful and considered. He asks questions that help clients to find the solutions they need to improve performance.

Before joining MartinJenkins in 2007, Richard worked in the private sector as a lawyer and then as a policy advisor and internal strategy advisor for the then Ministry of Economic Development.

Examples of Richard’s work

  • Supporting New Zealand Red Cross on a significant transformation of its operating model and organisational design.

  • Advising on an operating model for the delivery and implementation functions in the Ministry for the Environment, and the direction for the Ministry’s overall operating model.

  • Leading development of the first Government Legal Services Strategy, to provide direction and priorities for enhancing the way the legal network operates across government.

  • Developing an operating model and organisational design for Te Puni Kōkiri to respond to changing expectations.

  • Advising on organisation design and governance arrangements for Oranga Tamariki to support organisational transformation.

Richard’s qualifications

Richard has an LLB (Hons), a BA majoring in Music and History, and a postgraduate certificate in Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington.

He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (not practising).

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