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Mark Watts


Mark Watts is the Managing Partner of GRC Partners in New Zealand. With a 25-year career counselling chief executives, board members and a prime minister, Mark provides GRC Partners’ clients with expert advice in public affairs and strategic communications.

Mark has held senior positions at several of New Zealand’s leading companies, including Telecom (now Spark) and BNZ. Between 1996 and 2002, he was a press secretary to 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 track record of helping long-established organisations to act in new ways, as shown by his successful advocacy for Bank of New Zealand’s establishment of a community finance scheme in 2014.

Mark is based in Auckland and travels to Wellington on a regular basis.