Jennie Marks

Senior Consultant
Wellington Office

An experienced policy adviser and manager with specialist expertise in the environment sector, Jennie supports senior decision-makers with practical, fit-for-purpose solutions

Jennie’s focus is on public policy and organisational strategy. She brings a strategic perspective and an eye for solutions to support organisations as they adapt to contemporary challenges and work to deliver ambitious results. Jennie has in-depth knowledge of the public sector and machinery of government, particularly around the structures and strategies needed for better management of New Zealand’s natural resources.

Before she joined us in 2018, Jennie worked for 13 years in a number of central and local government agencies, both as a policy adviser and in leadership positions – this included roles with the Ministry for the Environment, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, the Greater Wellington Regional Council, and the Department of Conservation. Her experience includes, for example, developing corporate strategies, writing briefings to Ministers and Cabinet on politically sensitive issues, developing Budget bids, and managing teams through change.

Jennie knows the natural resources and tourism sectors well, and understands the important role they play in economic development. She believes nature is at the heart of New Zealand’s success – as an exporter, as a tourist destination, and most importantly as a fantastic place to live. Jennie joined MartinJenkins in order to apply her expertise more broadly, helping clients deliver on their objectives and ultimately do better for New Zealand. 

Jennie has often worked in environments that require a shift in approach or strategy, or where she has managed and built high-performing teams of technical experts and policy advisers in new contexts. In leading complex and ambitious projects, she’s adept at motivating people and building capability among key staff.

Jennie has a talent for clear analysis without losing the big picture. She helps clients navigate complex situations involving multiple stakeholders and competing priorities. Jennie’s also perceptive when it comes to risks and opportunities, and adapts quickly to make sure that objectives are met despite ambiguities. She brings a personable style and a collaborative approach, making sure a diverse range of perspectives are fed in to inform policy decisions.

Examples of Jennie's work include:

  • Establishing effective administrative and governance structures for key collaborative initiatives involving mana whenua and key stakeholders – for the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC)

  • Supporting the Department of Conservation (DOC) to articulate the contribution it makes to New Zealand’s prosperity and wellbeing in relation to tourism and recreation – Jennie’s work included developing briefings to incoming Ministers and Budget bids

  • Leading the development of key organisational strategies for DOC, GWRC and the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

  • Leading DOC’s Policy Unit and Recreation, Tourism and Heritage Unit (3rd tier) through a period of restructuring and change

  • Developing performance measures for the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and for the Biodiversity department at GWRC.

Jennie has a Master of Science with first class honours in Ecology and Biodiversity, from Victoria University of Wellington.