Sue Powell

Consulting Partner

Key Skills

  • Broad experience in the workings of the public sector
  • Designing and implementing environmental regulation
  • Highly skilled in interagency and industry stakeholder engagement
  • Facilitation and development of strategy and business planning
  • Experienced accredited ILM facilitator
  • An expert negotiator
  • An experienced leader with a deep understanding of executive management and organisational change

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 local government and 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 the Resource Management Law Association and a past President of the NZ Association of Resource Management. Sue has spent time as Acting Chief Executive at Ministry for the Environment and Heritage NZ - Pouhere Taonga.


  • B Agr Science 1983 (Lincoln)
  • Accredited Investment Logic Mapping (ILM) Facilitator

Recent Experience

  • Ministry for Primary Industries
    • ILM for the Emissions Trading Scheme
    • Forests strategy facilitation
    • Tamaki site redevelopment: Biocontainment facilities. ILM and options development
    • Light touch review of Governance arrangements for the Trusted Border Programme
  • Wellington Water Limited
    • Facilitation of joint workshop between client councils and WWL Board: climate change
    • Strategic Case for Receiving Environment Water Quality
    • Facilitation of workshops to develop a regional response to Government’s Three Waters Review
    • Strategic Case for Sustainable Water Supply
  • Porirua City Council - Approval process for the region's new Adventure Park
  • Department of Conservation - Review of the South East Marine Protection Forum processes (in conjunction with Caravel) 
  • Oranga Tamariki - Business case development
  • Wellington Water Limited
    • Facilitation of workshops to develop a regional response to Government’s Three Waters Review
    • Strategic Case for Sustainable Water Supply
  • Ministry for Social Development - Strategic case for transformation
  • Hawkes Bay Regional Council - Review of compliance functions  
  • Social Investment Agency (SIA) - Case Study
  • Forest Owners Association - Refresh of Sector Strategy and Research and Investment Strategy 
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council - Management of the Independent Review into the Rangitāiki River Scheme