Robyn Smits


Key Skills

  • Leadership - Highly refined leadership abilities in managing large and small teams.
  • Project Leadership - Proven ability to control and deliver multiple initiatives across operational structures including changes to technology and organisational structures.
  • Stakeholder Relationship - Skilled at engaging with large groups of people across a variety of organisations and leading them along the change development path.
  • Enterprise Solutions - Extensive experience in the implementation and management of large complex enterprise solutions.

Robyn is a highly dedicated individual with strong organisational skills coupled with proven and extensive experience in senior project management and business improvement roles.

She has proven abilities in stakeholder engagement, cross ­agency delivery and in people management. Experience in regional economic development projects with a focus on skills with iwi partnerships, and a history of exceptional management on large scale, consultative, and multi-phase critical projects.

Highly refined leadership abilities in managing large and small teams, technical and business, with a continued focus on team engagement and performance.


  • Master of Education – First Class Honours
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science – Statistics

Recent Experience

  • Kaikoura District Council - Future Proofing Support. Robyn was engaged to ensure that quality information is provided to support future decision-making on the future viability and sustainability of Kaikoura District Council
  • Regional Economic Development - Developing workforce Skills. Robyn has extensive experience in the implementation of multi-agency initiatives to develop workforce skills in a regional/Maori context. Business case development for economic development projects in Northland.                       
  • Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) - Contract Senior Project Manager. Reporting to the Development Manager for Sector Engagement and Partnerships, Robyn managed the design and implementation of multi-agency skill development projects in Northland. The success of these pilot projects influenced policy and decisions to investment in a significantly wider programme to reduce the numbers of dis-engaged youth.