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Sue Powell


Contact Details

E: Sue Powell Tel: 04 499 9363 Mobile: 027 232 2689

Key skills

  • Broad experience in the workings of the public sector
  • Interagency and industry stakeholder engagement
  • Developing strategy and Negotiation
  • Designing and implementing environmental regulation


Sue understands public service organisations, and how to organise and motivate an institution to deliver. She has developed this expertise through many years working in central and local government, including 16 years in executive leadership positions.

Sue gets what it means to be responsible for driving change in central and local government.  In particular she is a source of expert advice on how environmental management systems work; from development of the legislation to implementation of the systems and decisions integral to its efficient management.

Sue is a catalyst for tough conversations and a safe pair of hands for steering challenging problems solving through to resolution.  She is known for her expertise in engaging local government, community interest groups and industry in the deep thinking and problem solving associated with regulatory change. 

 Sue was Acting Chief Executive to Heritage New Zealand for 4 months during 2016. 


Sue has substantial governance experience, particularly in professional bodies and the not-for-profit sector where she has held leadership roles through significant periods of change, and on advisory boards.

Established the Knowledge & Information Services branch in DIA bringing together a diverse group of services and instituting integrated strategies and a new sense of purpose.

Established the Local Government Group for the Ministry for the Environment, and led numerous initiatives in the sector.

Qualifications and notable achievements

  • B Agr Science 1983 (Lincoln)
  • Accredited Investment Logic Mapping Facilitator
  • Resource Management Certificate (1986)
  • Member Institute of Directors
  • Member Resource Management Law Association
  • Past President of the NZ Association of Resource Management

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