Catherine Graham

A specialist in public policy, communications, and research and evaluation, Catherine has a strong grounding in the government environment

Catherine’s machinery of government and political experience enables her to support clients in a wide range of sectors – including social services, health, economic development, justice, the environment, primary industries, and education.

Catherine is passionate about the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders, particularly our most vulnerable populations. She has experience advising the Minister of Health and the Office of the Director-General within the Ministry of Health.

Adaptable and highly organised, Catherine thrives under pressure. She joined our firm’s Evidence, Insights and Analysis team in 2019 as part of our very competitive analyst programme, which aims to identify and grow talented people, especially in public policy consulting.

Recent examples of Catherine’s work

  • Supporting Treasury’s Financial Markets Team to rapidly develop new policy in the high-pressure COVID-19 context – this included helping the team engage with banks and other financial entities through surveys

  • Advising Oranga Tamariki on developing new legislation to help drive better outcomes for disabled tamariki – including reviewing relevant literature, analysing existing and proposed legislation, and testing proposed legislation and policy with key staff

  • Leading the Monitoring and Reporting team from MBIE’s Provincial Development Unit to review and refine data processes around job creation by the PDU. This included developing an effective communications plan on job numbers and how success is measured. Catherine also worked on boosting the Unit’s evaluation culture, making it regular practice to draw meaning and insights from the data.

Qualifications

Catherine has a BA 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’ average throughout her BA.