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Sally Washington

ANZSOG Executive Director, Aotearoa-New Zealand



Wellington, New Zealand

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Sally Washington heads ANZSOG’s operations in Aotearoa-New Zealand. She is an independent public policy/public management consultant who has worked in senior roles in Aotearoa-New Zealand and internationally.

She set up, and was inaugural director of the New Zealand Policy Project, a collaborative program to improve policy quality and capability across government, based in the New Zealand Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Since leaving DPMC she has worked with a range of jurisdictions seeking to improve their policy capability (including the UK Head of the Policy Profession, States of Jersey, Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet).

She worked for seven years at the OECD where she managed a network of Heads of Prime Ministers/Presidents Offices from OECD countries, and has consulted to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. She has also worked as an adviser to a New Zealand Cabinet Minister (Minister for Women) and Prime Minister in policy roles, and in joint central agency teams leading public sector reform programs. She led the Seismic Shifts program to capture the public service innovations following the Christchurch earthquakes.

Her writing about policy has been published by the UK Institute for Government, Policy Design and Practice and The Mandarin.

ANZSOG Programs

Ms Washington teaches in the following ANZSOG programs:

Executive Master of Public Administration: Designing Public Policies and Programs

Selected Publications

Centre Stage 2, The Organisation and Functions of the centre of government in OECD countries, OECD, France, 2018

Strengthening Policy Capability: New Zealand’s Policy Project, Policy Design and Practice, Vol 1, 1, March 2018, Singapore (with Michael Mintrom)

“Engendering diversity: women’s employment in the public service”, Policy Quarterly, Vol 11, 1, February 2015, Wellington (with Martin Peak and Katherine Fahey)

“Seismic Shifts: the Canterbury earthquakes and public sector innovation”, in Future-proofing the state: Managing risks, responding to crises and building resilience, Boston, Wanna, Lipski, Prichard (eds), ANU Press, 2014, Australia (with John Ombler)

“Private Standards and certification systems”, in Assessment and management of seafood safety and quality: current practices and emerging issues, Ryder, Karunasagar, and Ababouch (eds), FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper No. 574. FAO, 2014, Rome

“Seismic Shifts: designing and growing innovation capability”, Policy Quarterly, Vol. 9, 1, February 2013, Wellington (with Rachel Groves)

Private Standards and Certification in Fisheries and Aquaculture: current practice and emerging issues, FAO Technical Paper No. 553, FAO, January 2011, Rome

Private Standards in fisheries and aquaculture: current practice and emerging issues, Globefish Research Programme, volume 97, April 2009, FAO, Rome

Ecolabels and Marine Capture Fisheries: current practice and emerging issues, Globefish Research Programme, volume 91, FAO, April 2008, Rome

“’Hands Up’: Mentoring in the New Zealand Public Service”, Public Personnel Management, Vol. 32, No.2, Summer, 2003, USA (with Gambir Bhatta)

“Evaluation in New Zealand”, in International Atlas of Evaluation, Furubo, Rist, Sandahl (eds), Transaction Publishers, 2002, NJ, USA (with David Turner)