"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 mostly from Wellington, Lisa-Marie (L-M) has built a career that’s included providing discreet strategic counsel, and issues, government, media and crisis management advisory to local and international companies.

She is a former Director of Communications and Head of Profession at the State Services Commission, where she worked on the National Crisis Communications Plan for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Clients involved in start-ups, exporting and foreign direct investment will benefit from L-M’s expertise gained during seven years as Director of Strategic Relations at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), including Investment New Zealand, where she 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). As a Director at NZTE, she regularly provided advice and strategy, and managed the interface for businesses and industry between ministers, government officials, embassies and international trade agencies.

L-M is a former broadcast journalist, press secretary 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, at the New Zealand Climate Change Office, and for the Department of Labour, Ministry for the Environment and the New Zealand Customs Service.

L-M is known for her direct and clear advice based on more than 20 years of government, parliamentary and corporate experience with policy, politicians and newsmakers. She is a specialist in crisis management and gives timely and informed media and issues guidance.

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 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.”

Lisa-Marie’s Qualifications and Achievements

  • Co-winner Supreme national award and Gold Award-winner – Government Relations and Public Affairs, 2021 PRINZ Awards for ‘The campaign to end silence’
  • Head of Profession, Communications, State Services Commission
  • Senior Management Development Programme, Melbourne Business School
  • 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