Michael Flett

Managing Principal
Wellington office

An expert and leader in public policy, strategy, investment and analytics, Michael is one of a small number of specialists with deep, practical experience in cross-system approaches to investing in wellbeing

Michael is an economic and social wellbeing expert, with a proven track record of successfully developing and measuring wellbeing investment.

He brings sharp thinking and fresh, innovative approaches that draw on a range of fields – from public policy and strategy and operations; to finance and investment management; to actuarial science, analytics and evidence; to design and organisational process and performance.

Operating at senior levels of government, Michael specialises in using his substantial strategic and financial capability to help deliver successful organisational change. A former Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, he has led a number of key strategic transformations over the last 10 years, including as part of the leadership team that established Oranga Tamariki / the Ministry for Children.

Joining MartinJenkins in 2018 as a member of our Executive, Michael helps our Directors lead and manage the firm and nurture new talent. His appointment reflects our commitment to constantly refresh ourselves as a firm, as well as our continuing ability to attract the top people.

Examples of Michael’s work in leading significant change:

  • PwC, Director and Subject Matter Expert for social and economic investment advisory services. He also provided management and specialist investment, strategy, policy, and analytics services for the New Zealand and Australian governments

  • Oranga Tamariki, Leadership Team – Michael was a core part of the team that established the new Ministry and that was responsible for delivering the $1.4 billion business case and leading the first social wellbeing investment approach for children

  • Ministry of Social Development, Social Investment leader – he was influential in leading transformation in the way social services are delivered through Social Investment and in establishing a nationwide strategy, planning, investment, and analytical function

  • Department of Internal Affairs, Specialist Advisor – he worked directly with the Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team to lead the design of a new strategic direction for DIA, future funding requirements, and a strategic work programme

  • Department of Corrections, senior roles – he led policy development, machinery of government changes, organisational strategy, ministerial priorities, budget processes, performance monitoring and other public-sector accountability requirements.

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