Amy Thomson

Wellington Office

Amy specialises in bringing strategic leadership and a collaborative approach to develop and influence policy at ministerial and agency levels, with experience in areas from foreign affairs to resource management

Amy is a Consultant in our Policy, Evidence and Analysis practice. Adept at systems-thinking, she has a proven track record in building strong relationships and taking collaborative approaches to policy development for both Ministers and agencies.

Amy has significant experience in providing policy and analysis advice for The Treasury, where she specialised in the Budget process, foreign affairs, overseas investment and resource management. In 2017/18, she also provided economic and policy advice as Private Secretary to the Hon Simon Bridges and then the Hon David Parker.

Amy’s personable approach ensures that stakeholders are always brought along, and that less senior members of her team are able to learn and grow in their roles.

Amy has a Masters (Distinction) in Politics and a BSc in Zoology from Massey University, and a Graduate Certificate in Economics from Victoria University of Wellington. In 2011, she won the New Zealand Political Studies Association prize for best paper in a field other than New Zealand politics. She also completed a political programme with the Beirut Exchange (a programme of direct-engagement conferences in the Middle East and North Africa aimed at academics, diplomats and NGO practitioners).

Amy's experience:

  • In the Treasury’s Natural Resources Team, Amy provided senior analyst support for the development of a Treasury view on changes to the resource management system to influence the work of other agencies and Ministers. She also worked on freshwater issues, and developed the Treasury assessment of significant Budget initiatives in the Environment portfolio.

  • In 2017/18, as Private Secretary in the Office of the Hon Simon Bridges (when in government) and then the Hon David Parker, she worked with Ministers and agencies to influence the provision of timely, high-quality advice and ensure objectives were achieved, particularly in relation to the Overseas Investment Act.

  • Within the Treasury’s International Team Amy had responsibility for monitoring the performance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She also provided policy analyst support on issues such as globalisation, people flows and aid funding, and she represented New Zealand at international events.

  • Within Treasury’s Macroeconomic and Fiscal Policy Team Amy provided policy analyst support for Reserve Bank monetary decision-making and for comparisons of international Budgets, and she organised visits from OECD and IMF delegations.

  • In mid-2014, as a volunteer with the International Peace and Security Institute, Amy supported the Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Reconciliation in Bologna. Earlier, in a six-month Humanitarian Internship with the Council for International Development, Wellington in 2012/13, she provided research and communication support, including managing emergency aspects of the National Disaster Relief Forum website.