An experienced policy practitioner, Rebecca is passionate about the positive impact that public policy and strategy can have for wellbeing. She provides decision makers with well-grounded advice that draws on a range of valued perspectives.
Rebecca specialises in policy and regulatory design and advice; research and analysis; and public consultation and engagement. With extensive experience working in and around government, Rebecca’s work often focuses on supporting Ministers and senior decision makers to make good decisions.
Rebecca enjoys being curious, digging into issues, and listening and learning from different clients and stakeholders. She recognises the importance of understanding the wider context to set the direction for policy and strategy development – this ensures that issues and objectives are well defined, and that the right options are on the table.
Highly adaptable, Rebecca has worked across a range of subject areas and has recently worked on issues in the natural resource and social and disability sectors. She also has deeper experience in some specific areas – in particular a strong track record working on issues affecting the primary sectors. This included working for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for nearly four years.
Rebecca has been with MartinJenkins since 2014, with a break in the middle in 2017 when she worked for the Association of British Insurers in London. In that role she was responsible for leading the industry’s policy positions on issues affecting cyber insurance, travel insurance and specialist lines of general insurance.
Examples of Rebecca’s recent work
Providing policy leadership to support MPI to refocus its Integrated Farm Planning project and better align the project with the Government’s broader Productive and Sustainable Land Use work programme
Reviewing the NZ Sign Language Video Interpreting Service and wider telecommunications relay services used by Deaf, hearing-impaired and speech-impaired New Zealanders. This project included leading engagement with disability stakeholders across government and in the community.
Supporting the Emergency Caller Location Information project team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to identify and develop initial advice to their Minister on decisions required to shift the service into a business-as-usual footing
Analysing issues and options to support amendments to the National Animal Identification and Tracing Act 2012 following the response to the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease, and supporting MPI in preparing a discussion document for public consultation.
Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Public Policy and a combined major in Political Science and International Relations, both from Victoria University of Wellington.