Amy Thomson

Senior Consultant
Wellington Office

Amy helps our clients develop sound policy – she brings strategic leadership, a collaborative approach, and broad experience across different policy areas 

Adept at systems-thinking, Amy has a proven track record in building strong relationships across government agencies, bringing a successful collaborative approach to policy development. She advises senior leadership teams, Ministers and agencies, including by drafting reports and written communications.

Amy’s work has covered a diverse range of policy areas, including fiscal policy, social services funding, climate change, resource management, foreign investment, overseas aid, and offshore betting. As a former Treasury analyst she has a strong understanding of Budget processes.

Examples of Amy's work:

  • On behalf of social service providers and philanthropic agencies she supported the research and economic analysis that developed an estimate of the social services funding gap faced by NGOs in delivering services to our most vulnerable populations.

  • Working within the Ministry of Primary Industries, Amy supported MPI’s engagement with the Environment Select Committee on the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Bill. Drawing on her top-notch project management skills and her close understanding of the Select Committee process, Amy established a wide range of internal and external relationships and developed high-quality written advice for the Committee.

  • For the Department of Internal Affairs Amy led the development of regulations to implement offshore betting charges. The work included drafting written advice for the Minister, drafting Cabinet papers and a Regulatory Impact Analysis, and facilitating workshops with other agencies and industry stakeholders.

Before joining our firm, Amy was a senior analyst at the Treasury, where she specialised in the Budget process and worked on foreign affairs, overseas investment and resource management issues.
For 18 months in 2017/18, she also provided economic and policy advice as Private Secretary to the Hon Simon Bridges and then the Hon David Parker, particularly in relation to the Overseas Investment Act and the Budget process.

Amy’s qualifications

Amy has an MA (Distinction) in Politics and a BSc in Zoology from Massey University. She also has 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.

Project Examples