Hannah McGlue

Head of Policy

LLB (Hons)

Hannah brings a sharp mind and relentless focus on quality to provide senior decision makers with strategic, frank advice. She couples this with a real-world perspective and authentic relationship building.

Hannah’s time working as a Corrections Officer sparked her commitment to improving government decision making and its impact on frontline practice. Key projects she has led include the management of trans people in prison, development of Corrections’ first Strategy for Women, review of the legislative framework for youth justice and policy work about the role of Oranga Tamariki in early intervention. Her most recent public sector role was at the Corrections’ Office of the Inspectorate, working on the Inquiry into the riot at Waikeria Prison.

Hannah loves puddle jumping with her two delightful young children, bringing joy through bright clothing and celebrating events always – from half-birthday cakes to 14-foot Christmas trees.

Andrea Black

Principal Policy Consultant

MTaxS (Hons), FCA, BCom (Accounting), BA (Economics)

Andrea is a critical thinker across a broad range of disciplines. Her particular expertise is in financial and economic analysis. She infuses her work with a deep understanding of the interface between the political environment and the public sector.

Andrea was most recently a senior ministerial advisor to two Cabinet Ministers. She has also been the Independent Advisor for the Tax Working Group and the Policy Director and Economist for the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. Previously, she led advice at Treasury on the tax work policy programme, where she also managed Budget night legislation, following more than a decade at Inland Revenue advising on tax policy and international tax disputes.

Andrea drinks tea by the potful, is a yogini, French speaker, dedicated European traveller, and always has a coordinated use of colour in her work outfits.

Claire Norris

Principal Policy Consultant


Claire is perceptive and warm and brings this to her collaborative relationships with clients and stakeholders. She is experienced in legislative analysis, is detail focused, and always ensures written work is clear and succinct.

Claire has led the development of new waste legislation, advice on Budget 2021 for Te Puna Aonui, legislative changes to improve the experiences of children giving evidence in the criminal courts, and the legislative process for the Child and Family Protection Bill. Claire is a trained copyeditor, and projects she has edited have been winners and finalists in New Zealand’s Plain Language Awards. She has also volunteered as a support person for people experiencing family or sexual violence.

Claire loves a good second-hand clothing find, eating delicious food, going to film festivals, and being a Mum to her two smallish, very gorgeous children.

Sarah Morris

Principal Policy Consultant

MC-SCL (Social Change Leadership) (1st Class Hons), BC (Communications)

Sarah is a skilled communicator and big picture thinker who brings an intersectional lens to her work. She has deep links to the NGO and community sector, and a comprehensive knowledge of rights frameworks and social change leadership.

Sarah has managed teams and programmes in roles across the community, government and international development sectors, including at Oxfam Australia, UNICEF Aotearoa and Mana Mokopuna, the Children and Young People’s Commission. Sarah is a trained journalist, drawn to social justice through storytelling. She is also an independent contractor with a special interest in community-led change, and how people and organisations can contribute to fulfilling the vision of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Sarah loves getting out into nature, going to see live music, and spending time with her whānau, especially her husband, two daughters, and dog Milo.

Kira Oldfield

Senior Policy Consultant

MPaG (Policy and Governance) (Distinction), BSc

Kira is masterful at translating complex issues into compelling visual narratives, while also being accomplished with words and numbers. She has a natural confidence and approaches problems from a unique perspective, leading to creative and distinct solutions.

Kira has held advisor roles at DIA and Statistics NZ, where she was responsible for providing advice to senior leadership and governance boards. At Statistics NZ she provided advice to the programme director of Census and developed an innovative tool for conducing privacy impact assessments which was published for wider use. With a background in science, she has a strong grounding in research, and can translate between academic and real-world decision making.

Kira is a Conducting Fellow with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and a pianist and violin player. She loves to watch ice-based sports and create drama with her hairstyles.

Emily Mason

Managing Director


Emily is a social investment pioneer, skilled at seeing connections between unrelated ideas. She brings a vibrant personality, perennial optimism, and highly analytical approach to her teaching, facilitating, and consulting.

Emily is an experienced public service leader who is passionate about understanding what works for whom and at what cost. Prior to founding FrankAdvice, she worked in senior strategic and operational roles across central government (including with the Social Wellbeing Agency, the Ministry of Education, and ACC). Emily has been a Teaching Fellow at Victoria University’s School of Business and Government and regularly teaches at Wellington Uni-Professional. She is a co-founder of Impact Lab.

Emily’s pride and joy are her two accomplished teenage sons and sweet dog, Einstein. She’s a keen runner, Dad-joke maker, and bakes tasty gluten-free treats for the office.