The team

Mark Watts

Managing Partner

+64 (0) 272 504 018

With a 25-year career advising chief executives, board members and a prime minister, Mark delivers expert advice in public affairs and strategic communications.

Mark has held senior positions and consulted at several of New Zealand’s leading companies, including BNZ, SkyCity and Telecom (now Spark).

Between 1996 and 2002, he was a press secretary for Rt Hon Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Mark’s advice to his clients is informed by a deep strategic perspective, and his extensive networks across the worlds of New Zealand business, politics and the news media. Mark has a record of innovation in government relations and is proud to work closely with leaders of influential New Zealand businesses.

Mark is based in Auckland and regularly works in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city and its central government hub.

Justin Kary


+64 (0) 21 08 424 778

Justin has more than 12 years’ experience in communications. He comes to GRC Partners after five years at Auckland Council where his role was working with regional and local politicians to advise on communications strategies across a range of issues, including infrastructure, planning, finance, environment, economic development and transport.

Prior to that he lived in London, working for a consultancy advising public sector clients.

Also in New Zealand, Justin previously held a communications role with an investment advisory firm.

Justin hails originally from the United States, where he worked in financial services for a global company.


GRC Partners is a proud member of the Clemenger Group, New Zealand’s leading marketing and communications network. We also have a close association with Australia’s leading public affairs and corporate and financial communications counsel, GRACosway.

Mark Watts
Managing Partner
GRC Partners

Les Timar
CEO and Founding Partner GRACosway

Kirsten Mulley
Managing Partner, public affairs

Alex Cramb
Partner, public affairs

Mike Higgins
Clemenger Group New Zealand