Alice Russon

Senior Consultant | Kaiwhiriwhiri Matua

Alice is a public-policy generalist who has worked across all stages of the policy cycle. Clients and colleagues value her sharp policy brain, her calm, composed approach, and her frank, open communication style.

Alice is an experienced policy professional who deals confidently with uncertainty, and is able to meld together different perspectives and interests to find a result that works for her clients. Always clear and direct, she’s also an extremely effective communicator.  

Alice is experienced in working with both central and local government as well as the not-for-profit sector. Building strong relationships with Tiriti partners has always been a key focus for her.  

She thrives under pressure, and has successfully led multiple pieces of complex policy work simultaneously – for example, significant pieces of COVID-19 policy work for the Ministry of Health and Sport NZ during the pandemic.  

Before joining us in 2024, Alice worked in the Tourism Branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. She also has policy consulting experience from the private sector.  

In her spare time, Alice can be found walking her dog, renovating her house, or skiing.  

Examples of Alice's work

  • Alice led a team of analysts to develop an investment plan for the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy, to ensure future spending is invested in a strategic, impactful way.  

  • Alice was the COVID-19 Policy Lead for Sport NZ’s policy team, which involved leading webinars with the sports sector, publishing all advice on the COVID-19 Public Health Orders, briefing senior leaders on issues, and liaising with other government agencies and ministers’ offices. She advocated for the sports sector under both the Alert Level system and the COVID-19 Protection Framework.  

  • She was the lead analyst for the Ministry of Justice’s analyses of submissions on proposals to strengthen statutory protections against inciting hatred and discrimination, as well as for the more than 100,000 submissions received on the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill. Alice mentored a team of junior analysts while leading these submissions analyses.

  • Alice led a strategy for Queenstown Lakes District Council and supported new strategies for the Heart Foundation, Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa, and Wairoa District Council.

  • Alice has a strong understanding of the machinery of government, having led Cabinet papers, ministerial briefings, ministerial speeches, Budget bids, and cost-saving exercises.  

Alice's qualifications

Alice has a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations (Distinction) from the University of Canterbury. She also has a BA (First Class Honours) in Political Science and a certificate of proficiency in Statistics from the University of Wellington. 

As a tangata Tiriti, Alice is committed to improving outcomes for Māori through public policy. She recently completed Te Pōkaitahi Reo Toru (Level 3 Te Reo Māori) at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.