Catherine Graham

Joining MartinJenkins through our highly competitive analyst programme, Catherine is a talented individual with a robust grounding in public policy and the government environment

Catherine specialises in public policy and analysis, research and evaluation and communications. Her machinery of government and political experience enables her to support a wide range of sectors, including social services, health, economic development, finance and government, justice, environment, primary industries, and education.

Passionate about the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders, particularly its vulnerable populations, Catherine has recent experience in advising the Minister of Health and the Office of the Director-General within the Ministry of Health.

Catherine is highly organised and adaptable, learns quickly, thrives in high-pressure environments, and has excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Catherine joined our firm’s ‘Evidence, Insights and Analysis’ work cluster in 2019, as part of our highly competitive analyst programme, which seeks to identify and grow talented people, especially in public policy consulting. Her appointment demonstrates the growing demand for our services across the public service, and our desire to invest in our people to support them to grow and develop into future leaders.

Examples of Catherine's recent work:

  • Within the Office of the Minister of Health, providing secretariat advice to the Minister by managing several key health portfolios (including forensic mental health and abortion), preparing and facilitating the delivery of Cabinet papers and formal presentations, and supporting ministerial engagements

  • Within the Ministry of Health, providing policy advice to the Director-General of Health by managing ministerial correspondence, ministerial advice and briefings, Official Information Act requests and responses, Cabinet papers, media communications and publications

  • Within the Hutt Valley DHB, providing communications support for the design and publication of internal and external articles, as well as developing media and advertising material, and working with creative agencies to deliver communications for the ‘PJs for Hutt Kids’ campaign

  • Within the Valley Project, Dunedin, providing research and evaluation advice by developing census surveys and community resource material, and researching and developing cost-effective solutions alongside vulnerable community members for the ‘Cosy Homes’ initiative.

Catherine's qualifications

Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Otago 2017, where she majored in Communications and minored in Politics and Geography. She won a Geography Scholarship and she maintained an A-level grade point average throughout her BA.

Catherine holds a current National Security Confidential Clearance and has also recently completed courses in professional writing and machinery of government.