Emily Marden

Head of Communication & Engagement

Emily is a strategic communication practitioner with over 15 years’ experience developing and delivering communication strategies across a range of sectors and spanning a breadth of subject matter - including topics of national, economic, environmental, and social significance.

Emily has most recently worked at the Treasury, where she led a number of significant communication and engagement initiatives. A key highlight included the delivery of a strategy to harness the potential of the Living Standards Framework as a communication mechanism to ‘speak’ to non-economists. While at the Treasury, Emily was also responsible for communication (and brand development) for the establishment phase and launch of the net-zero carbon initiative, New Zealand Green Investment Finance Ltd, the Venture Capital Fund (‘ElevateNZ’) and communication planning for the Overseas Investment Act consultation.

Prior to joining the Treasury, her strong interest in the power of information led Emily to working on key data-related initiatives including; the LINZ Data Service, the Charities Register and the seminal work on data sharing between Government and the private sector with the New Zealand Data Futures Forum. 

Emily credits her broad knowledge of communicating across sectors and stakeholder groups to her early career years spent working in the Not-for-Profit sector, which includes; The New Zealand Family Planning Association, WWF New Zealand and Victim Support.

Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with her two (adult) sons, gardening, running, yoga and endless renovation projects.