Marion Thomas


Key Skills

  • Extensive experience in project/programme management.
  • Strategic thinker with strengths in relationship management, synthesizing complex information, project, programme and change management, strategic and policy development, and the ability to turn a vision into reality.
  • Business case writing including solution development, research, analysis, and consultation with key stakeholders.
  • Staff management including team building and motivation skills.
  • Financial management of budgets.
  • Quality systems development and auditing.


Marion has programme, project and change management experience across a variety of projects and programmes including new service development and implementation – both Agile and Waterfall projects.

She has extensive experience in:

  • Developing and implementing a range of services.
  • Funding management, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, relationship management, commissioning, quality auditing, service development, procurement, and implementation of new services.
  • Leading and influencing/coaching others, and facilitation of change.
    • She has proven leadership skills involving managing, developing and motivating teams to achieve their objectives and is also a proven in service leadership, contract management and funding in large and complex environments.


  • PRINCE2 Practitioner - APM Group Ltd
  • Bachelor of Business Studies - Massey University Palmerston North
  • Australasian Conjoint Diploma of Medical Radiation Technology – Auckland Hospital Board

Recent Experience

  • APEC – Project Manager for Communications Workstream
  • Te Awakairangi Health Network – General Manager, Programmes and Practise Development.
    The role required the management of a number of primary care teams. These teams were the change management, programme and project management, clinical pharmacy, and quality teams.
  • Ministry of Health – Disability Directorate.
    This role required high level annual planning, service development and procurement skills.
  • Taranaki District Health Board – Management Consultant.
    This role covered a variety of funding aspects including relationship management, negotiation, performance management and monitoring, reviewing of current services and developing strategic funding approaches.
  • New Zealand Transport Agency – Management Consultant.
    This role saw the change management implementation of range of transport projects working in an Agile project environment.
  • Mary Potter and Te Omanga Hospices - Management Consultant.
    This role saw the development of a successful business case seeking funding for new initiatives in hospices across 3 DHB regions including stakeholder engagement, patient pathway development and service option development.