Catherine Graham

Catherine is a talented consultant 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

  • Working with a central agency, Catherine provided policy and engagement support working through rapid policy development in a pressured COVID-19 environment. This included the development of sector engagement materials, and internal advice to inform project design.

  • Providing legislative advice to Oranga Tamariki to help drive better outcomes for disabled tamariki. This work includes literature review, legislative analysis, and legal and policy testing to inform new legislation.

  • For MBIE’s Provincial Development Unit, Catherine led the Monitoring and Reporting team in developing recommendations. This 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.

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.