Simpson Grierson has announced that former Health Minister Tony Ryall will be joining the firm as head of the public policy practice, starting at the end of January next year.
In the new role, Ryall will be providing strategic and operational leadership to the firm’s public policy practice nationally and internationally. He is to work closely with all other practice leaders in the firm, in conjunction with Simpson Grierson's chairman, Kevin Jaffe.
“Tony brings to Simpson Grierson a long and impressive track record in public life” Jaffe says, adding that the appointment is a significant initiative in the development and growth of the firm.
A well-respected leader, Ryall has good relationships across the political spectrum as well as with community and business leaders.
During his parliamentary career, he compiled an impressive ministerial record, and led a number of large and complex ministries, Jaffe says.
“Over the years Tony has developed an in-depth knowledge of public policy issues across government and business, giving him a diverse and unique view across the New Zealand and wider regional economy."
Ryall says although he thoroughly enjoyed his political career, he’s now very focussed on his future as a key member of the Simpson Grierson executive team.
“The interface between the public and private sectors in New Zealand is increasingly important, and I am looking forward to working at that interface with [the firm] and its clients,” he says.
During his distinguished parliamentary career, Ryall has held the portfolios across the board, including as the Minister of Health, Minister of State Owned Enterprises, Minister of State Services, Minister of Justice, Minister in charge of Housing New Zealand Limited, Minister of Local Government, and Minister in Charge of the Audit Department.