DIRECTOR & HEAD OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

HOLLY SUZANNE BENNETT

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Holly Suzanne Bennett (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao) is the director and lead consultant of HSB™ Government Relations.

She is a zealous advocate of transparent, accessible government and has a keen interest in the effectiveness of New Zealand's regulatory systems.

Holly's career started out in law with the Ministry of Justice, where she worked at the coal face in New Zealand’s busiest court, before moving to Wellington to work in policy. A trained lawyer, Holly was admitted to the bar in 2013 and holds a current practising certificate.

More recently Holly worked on the other side of the industry in which she now operates: as a Ministerial Advisor and In-House Legal Counsel in the Beehive.

Two years were spent as a Junior Advisor to the Foreign Minister during New Zealand's tenure on the United Nations Security Council, followed by a year advising the Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister before moving to the Tertiary Education, Skills & Employment, Science & Innovation and Regulatory Reform portfolios.

Holly is an avid networker, maintaining vast stakeholder networks that help her clients engage across both the political spectrum and with New Zealand’s wider entrepreneurial ecosystem.

A proud millennial, Holly continues to look for ways to innovate and disrupt government relations in Aotearoa. Her vision is the expert industry will ultimately be something everyone can access.

EDUCATION

University of Auckland
Bachelor of Laws, 2013

Women & Leadership New Zealand
Accelerated Leadership Performance Programme, 2017

Te Whare Hukahuka
Ka Eke Poutama Rangatahi Governance Course, 2018

ACTIVITIES & AFFILITATIONS

  • Member, New Zealand Law Society

  • Member, WOMANZ

  • Member, Innovation Nation

  • Appoint Professional, Appoint Better Boards

  • Member, Rotary New Zealand (Hamilton)

  • Trustee, Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute

  • Advisory Board Member, Fit Futures Health Hub

  • Committee Member (Kaahui Whakahaere), Tipene Reopening Committee