Justine Cummings

Auckland Office

Justine specialises in programme and project management, and has extensive experience in both the public and private sector. She’s passionate about helping organisations achieve the full benefits of the changes she manages.

Justine has successfully managed a range of major projects, including business change, policy, programme implementation, and IT infrastructure projects, through all phases and with budget responsibilities up to $100 million. She ensures that programmes and projects meet all their requirements for scope, time, budget, and quality.

She’s also a highly effective coach, good at building programme and project management capability in the organisations she supports. 

Justine advocates for sustainable change and process improvement. In working to improve business operations she focuses on understanding the needs of key stakeholders through strong communication and negotiation.

Justine has worked in the areas of economic development, skills, energy, financial services, and regulation, in both the public and private sectors and in both Australia and New Zealand. She has also provided project management training in New Zealand and Niue.

At MartinJenkins, Justine has provided project management support for a number of projects – including development of the Niue Sustainable Tourism Plan, development of the Southern Waikato Economic Action Plan, a review of economic development arrangements in Northland, and a review of economic development capacity and capability in the Waikato.

Her experience also includes:

  • Programme Manager for Pacific Business Trust’s Operations business unit, including six key programmes focussed on supporting digital enablement, entrepreneurship, and COVID-19 recovery – Justine was also a key resource for the Trust as it developed its CRM and prepared for audits

  • Programme Manager for the “Enabling Council” programme at Auckland Council, which identified ways to make it easier for communities to work with the Council

  • Programme Management Office Lead for a major change programme at IAG, responsible for setting up processes and governance arrangements

  • Project Manager for the roll-out of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training programme at MBIE

  • Project Office Manager for Victorian Energy Networks Corporation’s programme to change the way the gas market works in Victoria, with responsibility for keeping the programme on track

  • Governance Analyst and Project Manager for Lumley General Insurance, supporting the introduction of a new insurance technology platform

  • Programme Manager for the AucklandPlus Export Year 2007 programme, including managing the roll-out of an export business support programme.

Justine started her programme and project management career working for Standards New Zealand, where she developed standards, guides, and handbooks for a range of sectors, including sport and recreation, fire and emergency, health, and small business. She was also part of the Industry New Zealand establishment team, with a particular focus on supporting the development and roll-out of the regional partnership programme.

Justine has a Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) in Tourism and a Diploma of Business Studies (DBS) in Management from Massey University. She is PRINCE2 Foundation-qualified and has held the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.