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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 is a member of both the Institute of Directors, and the Resource Management Law Association, a past President of the NZ Association of Resource Management and was Acting Chief Executive to Heritage New Zealand for 4 months during 2016. 

Recent Experience

  • Department of Conservation - Review of the South East Marine Protection Forum processes (in conjunction with Caravel) 
  • Wellington Water Ltd
    • Facilitation of workshops to develop a regional response to Government’s Three Waters Review
    • Strategic Case for Sustainable Water Supply
  • Hawkes Bay Regional Council - Review of compliance functions  
  • Forest Owners Association - Refresh of Sector Strategy and Research and Investment Strategy 
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
    • Tamaki site redevelopment: Biocontainment facilities.  ILM and options development
    • Light touch review of Governance arrangements for the Trusted Border Programme


  • B Agr Science 1983 (Lincoln)
  • Accredited Investment Logic Mapping Facilitator
  • Resource Management Certificate (1986)

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 6140

New Zealand