Andrew Burns

Lead, Strategy, Design & Performance
Wellington Office

An experienced strategy and policy professional, Andrew has worked internationally with both central and local government to develop and implement government policy, strategy and operational improvements

Andrew particularly enjoys bringing detailed analysis together with broad, strategic thinking to design concrete changes that will lift organisational performance. He also has a wide range of experience in strategic procurement and in managing large-scale programmes, developing business cases, and designing operating models.

Andrew has worked in senior roles at Deputy Chief Executive level in government and as a director with EY. He has an excellent understanding of how to operate in public-sector contexts, including managing complex relations across sectors and with Ministers.

Naturally collaborative in style, Andrew particularly enjoys forming and working with strong teams. He is also adept at navigating and resolving uncertainty and ambiguity. 

Examples of Andrew’s work

  • At Oranga Tamariki Andrew worked to develop the Ministry’s outcomes framework and operating model, and he successfully led work across the organisation to obtain $1.1 billion in funding to support the implementation of the new operating model. Most recently, in 2020/21, he was Chief Advisor, Policy and Organisational Strategy at Oranga Tamariki.

  • Earlier, Andrew was acting Deputy Commissioner, Strategy and Policy at the then-State Services Commission. There he developed a new framework for machinery of government options, supported the development of the strategic direction for the Public Service Leadership Team, and was responsible for work on understanding and improving state-sector performance.

  • At EY, he worked on the Inland Revenue Transformation programme as well as supporting other government clients such as NZDF, MFAT, OAG, and the Treasury.

  • As a consultant in the UK, Andrew managed the £1.4 billion ‘Aiming High for Disabled Children’ programme and also a programme of pilot projects aimed at reducing child poverty.


Andrew has a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Sydney and a PhD in History from Cambridge University.