Marina was admitted to the Bar in 2002, and immediately joined the public service to help establish the Tertiary Education Commission. Marina enjoyed an eight year stint at the TEC, which included a secondment to the Beehive as the tertiary education advisor to four Ministers of the New Zealand Government.
Marina has a breadth of experience and expertise in all facets of public policy. Before joining Chen Palmer, she was a senior public service manager responsible for managing a range of public policy processes including the preparation of Cabinet papers, briefing Ministers and Select Committees and responding to Official Information Act 1982 and Privacy Act 1993 requests.
Marina's areas of expertise include:
- Public Policy and policy frameworks;
- Tertiary and Education statutory and regulatory frameworks, especially the Education Act 1989, Industry Training Act ;
- Working with Government and Parliament, including machinery of government issues.
During her time at Chen Palmer, Marina has been involved in:
- Drafting Investment Plans for funding from the Tertiary Education Commission;
- Assisting tertiary education organisations with their External Evaluation and Reviews by the New Zealand Qualification Authority;
- Advising schools on the implementation of National Standards;
- Drafting submissions on behalf of organisations for Government and Select Committee consultations;
- Advising businesses on how to engage with government, stakeholders and media to successfully inform policy;
- Advising Crown Entities and other organisations on machinery of government policies and models.
Marina is passionate about helping organisations understand how Government and public policy works so they can maximise their business. She enjoys translating "Wellington" speak for clients, and introducing Government to great opportunities with business.