As a behavioural scientist, Renee understands the factors that shape decision making, and designs effective strategies for change
Renee has nine years’ diverse work experience as a behaviour-change and management specialist, in roles that have included consulting, research and analysis, academic work, and communications. She is skilled at defining a client’s challenge, conducting research to get to the heart of the issue, and generating innovative and practical solutions.
The unifying theme in Renee’s work is her passion for using research-backed insights to promote wellbeing, reduce harm, and increase impact.
Some of the key projects she has completed since joining MartinJenkins in 2018 include:
Co-developing a future-focused strategy for New Zealand Food Safety. This included defining the organisation’s vision, key outcomes, guiding principles, and functions; carrying out a comprehensive environmental scan to identify the challenges and opportunities on the horizon; and working alongside Directors and Managers to articulate strategic priorities.
Conducting a literature review for WorkSafe, to understand the dynamics of the labour-hire industry and the particular risks that these vulnerable workers face.
Co-conducting a stakeholder survey for the Office of the Auditor General – this included a thematic analysis of interviews with Select Committee Chairs and Chief Executives of large public-sector agencies, to identify where and how the OAG could improve its services.
Before joining our team, Renee served as Business Director of Ogilvy Change NZ, establishing the New Zealand branch of this international behaviour-change consultancy. Highlights from this role include:
Researching and designing a series of successful cost-effective interventions to improve discharge processes in public hospitals, in order to drive better patient safety outcomes. The mixed methods research included observations, interviews, focus groups, and quantitative and qualitative analysis of national data.
Developing wide-ranging recommendations for a tertiary education provider to increase course enrolments at a specific campus. This involved mapping the conversion process from awareness to application, to identify where prospective students may ‘drop off’.
Working with a civil defence agency to develop a communication tool to encourage people to prepare for an earthquake. The final product received an award for Excellence in Emergency Communication, from Emergency Media and Public Affairs.
Renee holds a Master’s degree (Distinction) in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, where she received the Charles Mostyn Lloyd Award for Outstanding Achievement. She also has a conjoint BCom/BSc in International Business and Physiology, and postgraduate qualifications in Sociology, all from the University of Auckland.