DIRECTOR & HEAD OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Holly Suzanne Bennett
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.
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 & AFFILIATIONS
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS CONSULTANT
Tom Peoples is our government relations consultant based in Wellington. Tom joined us at the end of 2018, having spent time working in a variety of roles across the 52nd Parliament.
Equipped with first-hand knowledge of New Zealand’s current political climate, Tom brings an expansive, relevant network to ensure clients are kept up to date with the day to day of Wellington.
A keen advocate for open government, Tom believes pro-active engagement with lawmakers is beneficial for business, social enterprises and not for profits of all sizes.
In addition to consulting, Tom studies law, politics and public policy at Victoria University in Wellington.
Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics, Current
ACTIVITIES & AFFILIATIONS
Participant, British High Commission Successive Generation Initiative
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR
Mark Rehua Bennett (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao) is a 40 year veteran of New Zealand’s broadcasting industry. Mark assists HSB™ Government Relations with business development and execution of communications strategies.
When Mark joined New Zealand Broadcasting in the late 1960s, he was their youngest announcer at just 18 years of age. Career highlights include working as a news anchor with TVNZ, hosting long running entertainment shows such as I Like That One Two, and assisting in the establishment of Aotearoa Radio: a strong, commercially viable mouth piece for Māoritanga.
A serial entrepreneur, Mark has built many businesses from scratch, including establishing the first-ever sales division for a Māori radio station in New Zealand through his company The Sales Machine.
In addition to offering business advisory services, Mark has a portfolio of commercial interests around New Zealand.