Leanne Spice

Senior Partner

Key Skills

  • Strategic thinker and who can ‘make it happen’
  • Highly skilled at managing stakeholders at all levels across multiple entities
  • Excellent executive leadership skills and extensive experience implementing business change
  • Expert facilitator of strategic and business planning activities for senior executive teams, building high trust environments and focus on delivering collective outcomes
  • Extensive investment decision-making experience including scaling approaches to ensure they are fit for purpose
  • Highly skilled at navigating organisational reality
  • Chartered Accountant with extensive financial leadership experience at a senior level



Leanne is known for her ability to quickly come to grips with the drivers for business change and to turn her deep insights into successful action.

Her experience as an executive leading change, her natural flair for building relationships, and analytical and financial expertise make her an invaluable partner in developing a strong case for change. Leanne has operated successfully across national portfolios and multi-agency environments and where the required changes are complex and difficult. She has held senior operational and executive roles in the public sector and spent nine years in business advisory and management consulting roles at KPMG.

Leanne is pragmatic, results driven and brings energy and commitment to every project - our executive clients consider her a very safe pair of hands.


  • Chartered Accountant, New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, 1998
  • National Diploma in Accountancy, Waikato Polytechnic

Recent Experience

  • VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS – facilitation of executive strategy and planning sessions
  • MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE – Design Lead new cross-agency regulatory framework
  • NZ POLICE – Principal Adviser Iwi & Communities Group – org design, various strategic initiatives
  • MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE/NZ POLICE – Business case and programme management for APEC21 Security Programme
  • CROWN LAW – System operating model review and business case advice, functional performance review, governance review
  • FENZ – Performance dashboard
  • GOVERNMENT SECTOR –Strategic Investment Review Finance Lead, Acting Chief Financial Officer, organisational reviews
  • HEALTH SECTOR – performance dashboards, financial expenditure reviews, recovery plans, review relocation of a health service, Acting Director Corporate
  • TE PAPA – functional area review, strategic asset management advice
  • NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE – Various finance leadership roles including CFO Airforce

Governance Roles (as External member)

  • Vibe (Youth One Stop Shop) Board of Trustees Jun 19 to present (Chair from Apr 21)
  • Te Awakairangi Health Network Board of Trustees Dec 17 to Apr 21
  • Te Awakairangi Health Network Finance Risk & Audit Committee Oct 15 - Apr 21 (Chair Feb 18 – Apr 21)
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Legal Group Right Work Project steering group external member Jan 18 to Mar 20
  • Te Papa Strategic Asset Management Project Committee external member Apr 14 - Oct 15