IPANZ New Professionals

Connect, be inspired and develop your career with the IPANZ New Professionals Network.

Kavya Shrivastava

New Professionals Co-Convenor

Kavya joined the IPANZ New Professionals Leadership team in 2018 and is the current co-convener. She has public sector experience as a Portfolio Manager at Land Information New Zealand where she managed Crown-owned land for best use, including disposal. She has also worked part-time at the Ministry of Justice while studying for her Bachelor of Commerce at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in Economics, International Business and Marketing.

Kavya is passionate about fostering a community of new professionals in the public service, and facilitating networks with like-minded people.

Ashleigh Bywater-Schulze

New Professionals Co-convenor

I joined IPANZ New Professionals Team leadership team late 2016 to support those new to the public sector workforce and to work alongside other like-minded individuals. I became Co-Convenor in November 2017.

I work as a Senior Advisor Business Continuity at ACC. I want to help create new opportunities to support people under the New Professionals umbrella; and to ensure we are constantly growing, flexible and supportive to our present new professionals and future public servants.

Will Spencer


I joined the IPANZ New Professionals Leadership Team in 2019 and subsequently became Treasurer. I enjoy working with the team to provide opportunities which range from professional development to reach that next step, to thought provoking events which will challenge your mental models, to networking that can help to create a sense of community.

I’m an Advisor in the Office of the Deputy Chief Executive Assessment at NZQA. I love helping New Zealand’s secondary students on their lifelong journey of learning and aim to do the same with the New Professionals Group.

Randall Smith

I work as a Technology Consultant in the Consulting practice at Deloitte. As a technology consultant I have specialised in IT project delivery of digital applications, as well as testing and test management. In my work I am passionate about New Zealand (having grown up in New Zealand), as well as collaborating with our Public Sector clients to achieve the best results for the sector as well as New Zealand citizens.

I Joined IPANZ in mid-2018 as one of the Deloitte delegate of the New Professionals Committee. What encouraged me to join was the thought provoking sessions I had attended and the professional development opportunities of discuss pressing issues with other new and experienced public sector professionals on those topics. This has been a really exciting opportunity to elevate the new professional voice. We have been successful in putting on some really engaging and valuable events, and look forward to continuing to put forward events that all new professionals can be excited about!

Randall Smith

Fiona Ryan

I am a Senior Solicitor in the Public Law and Policy team at Russell McVeagh. Our team provides advice to a range of public sector entities and private clients looking to interact with all areas of government. I have a deep interest in the design and operation of the public sector, and the role our newest professionals play in shaping it. Creating strong working relationships between the public and private sector is a key motivation in my work.

I joined the IPANZ New Professionals Leadership Team in 2019. I have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the team to deliver a range of opportunities to new professionals, in support of a connected and collaborative public sector. For new professionals looking for growth, inspiration and community, I can't recommend these opportunities enough – and look forward to welcoming you to our next event!

Fiona Ryan

Jahnavi Manubolu

I am a policy advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. I work in corporate governance and intellectual property policy. I was drawn to policy and the public sector while studying law and politics at the University of Auckland.

I was introduced to the IPANZ New Professionals network through my colleague who was organising the Courageous Conversations event. It is a series that really spoke to me and I saw a real value in what the network could offer to new professionals.

Mary Bollen

Kia ora! I’m Mary and I joined the IPANZ team in early 2020 as a representative from the consultancy firm Allen + Clarke. In my work I advise on a wide range of social based policy development issues in the public sector.

I became involved in IPANZ because I want to help contribute to the community that it creates for new professionals working in the public sector. The various events hosted by the committee, such as the speaker series, offer an awesome opportunity to learn more about different leaders and connect with people in other fields. I’m looking forward to working with IPANZ New Professionals to find innovative and engaging ways to bring people together.

Mary Bollen

Related Events

New Professionals - Meet the Chiefs with Gaye Searancke

Join the IPANZ New Professionals Leadership Team for a light breakfast, intravenous coffee and the opportunity to meet Gaye Searancke, Secretary for Land Information and Chief Executive..Come at 7.15am for breakfast, the speaker will start at 7.45am, it's an early start but well worth the effort to hear Gaye discuss first-hand her career path, highlights and challenges. There will be the opportunity to ask questions and engage with Gaye as well.

  • Deloitte, Level 12, 20 Customhouse Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Tuesday 17 May
  • 07:15 am - 08:30 am
  • $0.00 Members
  • $0.00 Non Members

New Professionals Budget Event

What’s the budget all about?! Join the New Professionals Leadership Team at this in-person event, to learn more about the government budget process, hear from young professionals who have worked on budget proposals for their agency and compete for a prize in the napkin budget challenge!

  • Deloitte, Level 12, 20 Customhouse Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Thursday 2 June
  • 17:30 pm - 19:00 pm
  • $0.00 Members
  • $0.00 Non Members