Catherine Graham

Catherine is a talented analyst 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 governance, justice, environment, primary industries, and education.

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

Highly organised and adaptable, Catherine learns quickly and thrives in high-pressure environments. She joined our firm’s Evidence, Insights and Analysis work cluster in 2019 as part of our very competitive analyst programme, which seeks to identify and grow talented people, especially in public policy consulting.

Examples of Catherine’s work

  • Soon after joining MartinJenkins, Catherine worked with MBIE’s Provincial Development Unit, where she has led the Monitoring and Reporting team in developing recommendations. This has included reviewing and refining data processes and developing an effective communications plan around job numbers and how success is measured. She has also worked on boosting the evaluation culture, making it regular practice to draw meaning and insights from the data.

  • In her previous role at the Office of the Minister of Health, Catherine provided 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, Catherine provided 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, Catherine provided 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, Catherine provided 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, where she majored in Communications and minored in Politics and Geography. She won a Geography Scholarship and 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.