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Maria McDonald


Contact Details

E: Maria McDonald Tel: 04 4999363

Key skills

  • Executive level management in complex service delivery environments.
  • Strategy and change leadership.
  • Purchasing, procurement and contracts.
  • Relationship management and stakeholder engagement.
  • Politically savvy.


Maria is an experienced leader driven to make a difference.  She thrives in complex environments and is able to develop strategy and translate this to delivery.  She offers strong strategic and operational leadership, coupled with change management experience which has been gathered across a range of sectors. 

Maria has led change programmes to improve outcomes for those at the heart of the service – from developing strategy, design to business models and bringing about real change to improving how service is delivered.

Maria is a future thinking, a lateral thinker, and sees things as a system.  This means she is able to spot opportunities, and brings people with her on the journey.  

Recent Experience

  • Programme Manager, Learning Support (Special Education) Update, Ministry of Education - Leading a programme of work across the Ministry, education sector and key stakeholders to transform how support is provided to learners. The work has received Cabinet endorsement.
  • Acting Manager Business with Maori, Land Information New Zealand - Support the Executive Team to sustain external relationships with Maori and embed a Business with Maori lens across the business.  The role is responsible for turning Maori strategy into practice through implementing the operating model and utilising appropriate governance, organisational and sector levers. Maria’s focus was to develop a new team, a workplan, budget, reporting, systems and processes.


  • MA (Applied) Criminology, Victoria University
  • B.Soc.Sc (Cross Cultural Psychology), University of Waikato

For general Enquiries

Tregaskis Brown


+64 4 499 9363

Office Location

Level 8, Berl House

108 The Terrace

Wellington 6011

New Zealand

Postal Address

PO Box 25 242

Wellington 6146

New Zealand