"Art has been used for thousands of years to reflect society and its fears, concerns and passions. All visual expressions contain a thread of history not only to capture events and feelings, but as a snapshot of the human condition."

“Art has been used for thousands of years to reflect society and its fears, concerns and passions. All visual expressions contain a thread of history not only to capture events and feelings, but as a snapshot of the human condition.”

Lisa-Marie Richan (L-M)

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Working from both Christchurch and Wellington, L-M joined us from her own company Richan and Associates where she provided discreet strategic counsel, issues, government, media and crisis management to a number of local and international companies.

Most recently, L-M was Director of Communications and Head of Profession for the New Zealand Government at the State Services Commission. This included leading communications work on the National Crisis Communications Plan for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Prior to this role she was Director – Strategic Relations at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), and then set up boutique strategy consultancy Richan and Associates to originally assist with pro bono board work. While at NZTE, L-M served on the government’s Cultural Diplomacy International Board (with the Ministry of Arts and Culture, Tourism New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade), to oversee the promotion of New Zealand through leveraging projects such as the Rugby World Cup 2011, the Frankfurt Bookfair and the associated use of the Fernmark.

Lisa-Marie is a former broadcast journalist, press secretary and government communications manager and has worked in private sector in-house roles, including Telecom New Zealand as a communications manager, as a consultant in Sydney, and for pan-European clients based out of London. She has also lived in the Middle East and is a regular visitor to South East Asia and India.

She has previously worked as Head of External Affairs, New Zealand Climate Change Office, and for the Department of Labour, Ministry for the Environment and the New Zealand Customs Service.

L-M describes herself as a news and political junkie, with a minor in visual art she says to ‘keep one reflective and stay sane!’ She took her enthusiasm to the extreme recently by being one of the first to trip and fall into the water that was part of an installation by renowned Japanese conceptual artist Kusama. “I tried to redeem myself by announcing this was a performance piece, she said. “No one bought it.”

Qualifications and Achievements

  • Head of Profession, Communications, State Services Commission
  • Senior Management Development Programme, Melbourne Business School, Mt Eliza, VIC
  • Leadership Development Programme, University of Chicago Campus, Singapore
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism, University of Canterbury
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science, University of Canterbury
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History/Political Science, University of Canterbury