Pip Rudhall Hyett
Pip has worked in a diverse range of private sector, public service and government functions in her career. From Public Works act claims to public consultations, to commercial building projects to Covid Response Programmes, she has a demonstrated track record working in operations, business management, projects and programmes at a senior level for 20+ years.
In Pip’s role as the Business Operations Manager for 13 years at Jetco Group Ltd she worked across a variety of significant client and in-house projects and managed the day-to-day operations and leadership of the company’s teams.
Servicing local governments and commercial operations throughout New Zealand such as Wellington City Council, Marlborough District Council, Carterton District Council, Horokiwi Quarry, and Fonterra.
Her operational and management experience grew in leaps and bounds at Jetco, a specialist Drainage Maintenance & Rehabilitation company as no two days were alike, and a range of unique challenges and experiences became a role Pip describes as ‘life changing’. The confidence the Directors had in Pip’s abilities along with the integrity, work ethic, care for their staff, and clever outside-the-box thinking they modeled shines through today in her project delivery for her clients and the way she deals with people.
From day one working at Hampton Jones Property Consultancy, Pip worked on high profile building surveying and structural engineering projects, for 2 years a central cog in the project and monitoring team for the NZTA PP20 Otaki expressway / Winstone Aggregates $4.2M public works act acquisitions project off-site and on-site and the key client liaison for the MBIE regulated Jackston Street, Petone Unreinforced Masonry strengthening project for more than 20 commercial buildings.
After 15 incredible years of growth in the private sector, it was time for a change establishing her own consultancy offering business management, programme, and project work as a freelance contractor.
This move catapulted Pip into taking on a project in the public service as she dove straight into the nationwide public consultation project and policy development of the NELP (The Statement of National Education & Learning Priorities) for the Ministry of Education. A significant logistical undertaking throughout the length and breadth of New Zealand.
Pip is an encourager and gets a kick out of motivating colleagues to realise their strengths.
Followed by multiple ICT projects at the Tertiary Education Commission for pilot software, Microsoft deployment and feature releases, as well as developing and implementing a new multi-governance group structure for the information directorate.
“What if I fail?
Oh, my darling but what if you fly”
When covid-19 hit our shores, the government responded with recovery packages to sectors throughout New Zealand. This brought Pip to a career-defining period with the Ministry of Culture & Heritage PMO office working on the unprecedented $700m Covid Response Programme – 67 initiatives and contestable funds across the arts, culture & heritage & media & broadcasting sectors.
Pip working across multiple contracts and projects from Managing initiatives in transition, playing a key collaborative role in the setup and establishment at speed of the Investment & Outcomes team delivering contestable funds, and growing the team rapidly from 2 to 25+ members.
Working across the multiple teams in the PMO highlighted qualities in Pip that her fellow colleagues recognised as a key contributor to team success, well being and immensely beneficial in encouraging the flow of information.
Pip is a connector – a facilitator of conversation, one on one or within a team and across business groups and stakeholders. A connector of work, dependencies, a gap finder and she took on an overseer PMO Adviser type role across the PMO.
Passionate about helping people see the big picture (when they have a narrow view), tackling roadblocks and stalled thinking through gentle questioning and facilitative listening. Pip is an encourager and gets a kick out of motivating colleagues to realise their strengths.
Working in projects that have a tangible practical element as well as challenging outcomes is what floats her boat the most. Confident and comfortable working with strategic leaders, stakeholders, and business groups in the meeting room and is happiest when she gets to mix it up by donning her high viz vest, work boots, and getting dirty working remotely on-site out of the back of the ute.
A south islander at heart with a crazy blended English – Kiwi – Samoan family filled with teenagers and young adults who loves mountains in the winter and lakes in the summer.