Bex French

Analyst
Wellington Office

Passionate about public service and improving the lives of ordinary New Zealanders, Bex has been a policy advisor inside and outside government, and so has seen both sides of public policy projects.

Before joining us in 2021, Bex was Policy Advisor at Internal Affairs, where she worked on reviews of media content regulations and racing policy. This included taking the lead on projects not long after she arrived. For example, she helped lead the development of the Racing Integrity Board regulations, which involved research, briefing the Minister, consulting with Ministers and stakeholders, developing Cabinet Papers, and managing some key ongoing relationships.

Bex has an excellent understanding of the machinery of government, with experience advising an industry body as well as in the public sector. As Policy Advisor for the Registered Master Builders Association she was involved in responding to and influencing government policy proposals from the outside, including around affordable housing and the COVID-19 recovery.

Through her time with the RMBA Bex understands well the varied and complex challenges facing the building and construction sector. Her policy work there also connected with a range of issues of significance for New Zealanders and their wellbeing, including climate change, building standards, and vocational education.

Bex is passionate about supporting work that benefits everyone in Aotearoa, especially Māori communities, and she strives to incorporate a Te Ao Māori approach into policy work. She loves the human engagement side of developing policy, not just the backroom analytical work – Bex works well with stakeholders, and enjoys understanding their different perspectives and weaving those other views into policy projects.

Always curious as an analyst, Bex enjoys unpicking complex issues, and then communicating her analysis clearly so that it is understandable for anyone. She provides her customers with a balanced analysis of policy options, always underpinned by an understanding of relevant international experiences. 

Qualifications

Bex graduated Victoria University with a Master of International Relations with merit and a BA in International Relations and Political Science.