Professor Mark Henaghan

Dean of the Faculty of Law at University of Otago

Dr Carwyn Jones

Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Girol Karacaoglu

Head of the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington

Alison Nevill

Alison has been working part time for the McGuinness Institute since 2011

Dr Bronwyn Hayward

Associate Professor and Head of Department, Political Science and International Relations, UC

Roger Dennis

Consultant: innovation, foresight, transformation

Bill Moran

Previously worked for New Zealand Treasury

Dame Dr Claudia Orange

Head of Research, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Dr Ella Lawton

Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practice

James Palmer

Strategic Development Group Manager, Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Sue Elliott

Chair of the Wellington Sculpture Trust and strategic communications adviser

Professor Lionel Carter

Professor of Marine Geology at Victoria University of Wellington


Neville Peat

Writer and environmentalist

Dame Diane Robertson

Chair, The Data Futures Partnership Working Group


Dr J. Morgan Williams

Principal, FutureSteps

Todd Krieble

Principal Economist, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research

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Conal Smith

Senior economist at the OECD


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Trevor Moeke

Director, Strategic Adviser, Co Chair at Te Mangai Paho (TMP)


Elaina Lauaki-Vea

Policy Advisor at Ministry for Pacific Peoples

The late Sir Paul Callaghan

The late Jan Lee Martin

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The late Kevin Simpkins




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The Team


The Institute employs graduates, academics and young professionals from a range of disciplines. The team currently consists of full-time and part-time staff, with backgrounds in English, commerce, philosophy, politics, history and design. Our diverse backgrounds and standpoints allow us to integrate different knowledge bases and disciplines in order to engage with the complex issues that are the focus of our research. We are particularly interested in gathering varying viewpoints by creating meaningful connections with other groups interested in pursuing a vision for New Zealand. 

Wendy McGuinness

Chief Executive

Isabella Smith

Head of Research

Reuben Brady

Research Analyst

Becky Jenkins


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Billie McGuinness

Junior Designer


Madison Crisp

Office Administrator


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Office puppy