GRC Partners is a New Zealand public affairs and strategic communications consulting firm. We help clients navigate the complexities of communicating with central and local government, business, media and other stakeholders.

Our experience, relationships and insights help our clients to succeed. Our approach is non-partisan.

We speak the language of government and business – and help our clients to understand both.

Led by Managing Partner Mark Watts, GRC Partners offers diverse experience and local knowledge to deliver strategic advice and solutions for companies, industry groups and not-for-profits operating across New Zealand in a range of sectors.

We work with New Zealand’s most trusted businesses.

2 May 2019

James Watson to join GRC Partners

James WatsonGRC Partners is very pleased to announce the appointment of James Watson to the position of Director, based in Wellington.

“James is a seasoned government relations and corporate communications professional and a welcome addition to the GRC Partners and wider Clemenger Group team,” said GRC Partners Managing Partner Mark Watts.

“James’ presence in Wellington, and his deep insights into the politics, policies and personalities of central government, will enhance the offering GRC Partners brings to our clients around New Zealand.”

James has spent the past seven years at ASB, where he combined the roles of the Head of Government Relations and Head of Corporate Responsibility.

Previously, he was an adviser to senior ministers Hon David Carter and Hon Jonathan Coleman.

He has also been a board member for EMA Northern.

“I’m delighted to be joining GRC Partners and working with some amazing clients,” said James.

“In my time at ASB I had the chance to work alongside some great leaders and now I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with Mark Watts, learning from him and growing GRC Partners.”

James Watson will start with GRC Partners in early July.

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