Brett Woods

Senior Consultant
Wellington Office

Brett is a policy and regulatory specialist, with extensive experience in both government and the private sector. He has a talent for finding practical solutions to hard economic and social problems.

Brett joined MartinJenkins in 2021, bringing significant on-the-ground experience in both setting and implementing policy and regulatory requirements. He has a clear understanding of what is achievable, and how to get it done.

He is comfortable operating in the most complex environments: his experience includes working across New Zealand’s major regulated utilities, the financial services industry, and core social policy. He is able to engage in the details to build reliable evidence, while keeping a close eye on the bigger picture.

An expert communicator, Brett knows how to describe complex problems using simple, actionable messages without losing any key information. He is skilled at tailoring messages for specific audiences, including policy and regulatory experts, Ministers, senior business leaders, or the general public.

Examples of Brett’s work

  • As Regulatory Policy Manager at Vodafone NZ, Brett represented Vodafone on a number of policy and regulatory issues such as the regulation of wholesale fibre access, spectrum assignment, online harms policy, and digital inclusion. He also implemented a number of regulatory requirements and industry codes.

  • At the Commerce Commission, he worked across the electricity, gas and dairy regulatory regimes, as both a technical expert and as a project manager

  • At the Ministry of Economic Development, he supported leaders of the financial services industry to report to Prime Minister John Key on opportunities in this industry. His role included writing the group’s final report.

  • At the Ministry of Social Development, he helped develop policy to boost support for NGOs, and worked on the early policy for Whānau Ora.

Brett's Qualifications

Brett has a Masters in Political Science, focusing on political conflict in the Pacific region, particularly Fiji. He also has a Graduate Diploma in Economics.