Doug Craig
Doug Craig

Director

Following more than twenty years’ experience as a senior public service executive in both New Zealand and Australia, I established the RDC Group to deliver outstanding consulting services to the public sector in New Zealand and overseas. I’m passionate about creating value and love working with leaders of organisations to develop high performing teams and strategies to meet difficult challenges.

Roles I have held include Deputy Commissioner - State Services Commission NZ, Deputy Chief Executive - Ministry of Social Development and Deputy Secretary Policy and Strategy & Deputy Secretary - Housing in the Department of Human Services in the Victorian Public Service. This experience has given me a clear insight into what effective solutions look like and how best these can be sustainably implemented.

My consulting practice has a significant focus on increasing public value through enhanced efficiency and effectiveness. I understand the challenges leaders and organisations face. I have advised Chief Executives on organisational strategy and performance, undertaken assurance over major projects including providing advice to central agencies on business cases, four-year plans, and stakeholder relationship management.

Email Doug

027 721 1010

 

Kevan Scott
Kevan Scott

Director

I have over thirty years’ experience in a wide range of roles in the public and wider state sectors, both in New Zealand and overseas. From these I have gained an extensive understanding of policy development, legislative change, machinery of government, public sector management, and strategic resourcing.  I have held a diverse range of roles from being a military advisor to the United Nations in Afghanistan, to being a member of the budget team at the NZ Treasury during the Global Financial Crisis.

I am adept at working between organisations and in communicating complex matters in clear, simple and direct terms. Having been a policy manager interacting daily with Ministers and senior leaders on some of the most challenging issues facing New Zealand, I understand the complexity of the challenges leaders face and can help them navigate their way through uncertain and difficult issues.

I was an officer in the New Zealand Army for over 20 years and have completed operational deployments to Bosnia, East Timor and Afghanistan.

Email Kevan

022 125 6989

 

Phil Plimmer
Phil Plimmer

Business Manager

I joined the RDC Group team in early 2017 as Business Manager. My role is essentially a support one, working closely with the Directors and Associates in the day to day running of RDC Group. I provide effective and efficient business support in all aspects of the Group’s work, including the administration around the development and implementation of the various strategies and programmes.  I am highly organized and adept at managing the logistics of work programmes, schedules and workshops.  My strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills provide a high level of resource and document management.  I always strive to deliver the best project outcome.  I also maintain the Cloud based functions of finance and workflow for the business.

A lot of my day is spent juggling diaries and organising travel and networking events. I also oversee the financial and HR responsibilities for RDC group.  I love the diversity and challenges each day presents. More recently, I have taken on a consulting role providing support for a second-tier restructure at Ministry of Health and EA / Project Support within KiwiBuild.  

My most recent role prior to RDC Group was as Executive Assistant to the General Manager, Engagement, Communications and Ministerial Services at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Email Phil

021 448 491

 

Dougal List
Dougal List

Senior Associate

For the past 20 years I have spearheaded a range of transformational programmes and opportunities focused on improving businesses to enable a better future. This includes organisational change, sector wide programmes, policy development, major land use planning and infrastructure planning and delivery. 

I am passionate about adding value through driving collaborative change programmes. I work with partners to effectively plan, design and deliver complex programmes as part of a wider system approach.  This includes building multi-organisation relationships, developing co-investment models to enable delivery of wider partner outcomes and ensuring buy-in to a clear and compelling case for change.

My consulting practice focuses on supporting organisations to develop and deliver collaborative cross-partner programmes and complex change projects.  My extensive leadership and relationship management experience enables me to build strong connections to all stakeholders as well as build and empower high performing teams to succeed.  I enjoy introducing new ways of working and creating connections across multiple organisations and I understand what is required to turn strategy into results.

Most recently, in my eight years at the NZ Transport Agency I held a variety of roles including leading the implementation of the Business Case Approach for the transport sector, development of the National Land Transport Programme and a variety of transport system planning issues.  For the past three years I headed the national $333 million Urban Cycleways Programme on behalf of government.  Throughout this programme I led a nationwide, system change approach, collaborating with over 50 partner organisations.  I have also held senior consultancy roles and have over 10 years of leadership experience in local government in NZ and the UK.

Email Dougal

021 242 8716

 

 

 

Megan Krishnan
Megan Krishnan

Senior Associate

I have over a decade’s experience working for the New Zealand Government in a mixture of corporate, policy and operational roles. I have expertise in stakeholder relationship management, project and programme management, machinery of government, and strategy development and implementation. I am a subject matter expert in the establishment and provision of ministerial support functions both within Ministers’ offices and public sector agencies.

I have held permanent roles at the  Accident Compensation Corporation, and contracted or consulted to the Earthquake Commission, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Ministry for Women, Oranga Tamariki, Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

I have sound judgement and an eye for sensitive issues, and I provide senior leaders with confidence that difficult issues will be identified and resolved.  I am adept at establishing well founded systems and processes that bring order to chaos and reduce risk. I am also an experienced and sensitive manager of people with highly honed relationship management skills.

Email Megan

+64 21 338 237

 

Kate West
Kate West

Senior Associate

I have 20 years’ experience in New Zealand and Australia spanning a broad range of portfolios including defence, public and social housing and school reform. Throughout my decade in senior policy manager roles, I have had extensive experience advising Ministers and senior officials during times of significant growth and reform. For the past five years I have led teams whose work sits at the nexus of social and economic policy, including most recently in the tourism and international education portfolios.  I also have recent experience as a Policy Director leading a directorate with five policy teams, with responsbility across diverse portfolios including local government, racing and gambling.
 
I have delivered Government Strategies (tourism, international education, social housing) but am equally comfortable translating strategic objectives into pragmatic, achievable operational solutions. My combination of experience in policy, project management and strategic communication, together with my ability to get across challenging issues quickly and provide considered advice that accommodates diverse views and objectives, are my key strengths.
 
I am strongly committed to developing deep and lasting relationships, and thrive in fast-paced environments where success relies on strong collaboration and teamwork.

Email Kate

022 395 6655

 

Bruce Robertson
Bruce Robertson

Associate Director

With over three decades’ experience with the Office of the Auditor General and Audit New Zealand, I have deep practical knowledge of the system of government. I have a particular interest in the local government sector.

In 2017, I established R Bruce Robertson Ltd, to deliver exceptional advice and consulting services to a range of clients. I frequently collaborate with a range of agencies and industry experts. I have a close collaborative relationship with the Directors and Associates of RDC Group. We have worked to deliver advice and solutions to a wide range of central and local government clients.  I share their passion to increase public value, through the delivery of high quality advice and by working collaboratively and in partnership with clients to increase organisational capability and institutional knowledge.

My experience includes developing organisational capability. An example of this is the work I have done with the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) to develop capability and knowledge across participating Pacific nations. My advisory work covers strategy, effective decision making, value for money and performance, organisational and functional "health checks”, and how clients can make collaborative frameworks “real”. My work has a strong focus on bringing together the financial and asset management disciplines within organisations to drive performance and deliver value for money. 

My significant technical and leadership experience means I am frequently called in to provide trusted advice to Chief Executives, Boards and senior management as well as to elected officials and I am an independent member on a number of Audit and Risk Committees. I am a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Email Bruce

027 535 7785

 

Sonia Wansbrough
Sonia Wansbrough

Senior Associate

I have over two decades’ experience working for the Australian and New Zealand Governments in a mixture of strategic, corporate, policy and operational roles. I enjoy helping organisations improve their performance by partnering with agencies to develop business strategies. My strengths are in designing and managing change, and improving capability.

I have held senior roles at The Treasury, Commerce Commission, Ministry for the Environment, and State Services Commission where I have gained experience in developing and evaluating strategy, planning and managing delivery of work programmes and budgets, recruiting and managing staff, improving organisational culture and capability, and developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships.

The combination of my strong policy background and project management skills have seen me involved in setting up and leading complex policy projects, such as the Predator Free 2050 New Zealand programme. 

I am open and honest, quick to learn, creative, organised, and self-aware. I enjoy working with others to turn ideas into reality, am able to connect strategy to operations and am motivated by achieving results. 

Email Sonia

027 466 4582