Paul Ramsay

Director and Principal Consultant – IT Governance
Wellington

+64 4 499 9450

Paul is one of Equinox IT's founders and executive directors. He is also a Principal Consultant with extensive experience in IT management, programme management, IT governance and assurance. He helps our clients manage their IT portfolios to successfully deliver the benefits required by their organisations.

He has 33 years of IT experience which has included various consulting, leadership and management roles. He has strong experience in:

  • IT strategy and planning
  • IT management
  • IT governance
  • Stakeholder management
  • Programme and project management
  • Bid and contract management and business case development
  • Project start-up
  • Independent quality assurance
  • Project reviews
  • Scope definition
  • Transformation and change management
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Technical and business analysis leadership
  • Coaching and mentoring.

Paul has held positions including Board Chairman, Acting Managing Director and Acting CIO.

"I've worked in IT for a long time and today our organisations and our societies rely on digital technologies more than ever before. Those organisations who succeed will be the ones who are best at delivering the right changes, underpinned by technology. My role is to help organisations to navigate through the many challenges to determine and deliver the required changes successfully."

Paul is an experienced certified instructor, and delivers training courses on professional consulting skills, workshop facilitation and business analysis.

He is heavily involved in the New Zealand IT community. He helped establish the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) New Zealand chapter in 2006 and became the founding president (for which he was recognised with an inaugural ‘Recognition of Outstanding Service’ award). Paul was also involved in establishing the Test Professionals Network in 2004 and the Project Quality Assurance Forum in 2015. He has been co-chair of NZRise, co-convenor of the Professional Pathways Working Group of the Digital Skills Forum, and a member of the New Zealand Government Procurement Business Reference Group.

Paul is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors (CMInstD), a Member of the Institute of Management (MNZIM) and IT Professionals New Zealand (MIITP). He is recognised as a Chartered IT Professional New Zealand (CITPNZ).

He holds an NZIM Diploma in Management and a National Computer Centre (UK) Certificate in Systems Analysis and Design. He is also a Gateway Reviewer and an Assurance Lead Reviewer.

Outside of work Paul has five adult children and plays an active role in his local community.

 


 

Examples of Paul's work

Project management, programme management, and project quality assurance
  • Electronic marketplace feasibility assessment for a central government agency

    What we did: Equinox IT assessed the feasibility of implementing an electronic marketplace for the sector on behalf of a central government agency.

    Deliverables: Assessment reports and targeted advice.

  • Independent governance and management review for a central government organisation

    What we did: The client requested an independent IT governance and management review, which included the client's own internal corporate systems and those used to provide services externally to the wider sector.

    Deliverables: Review reports and presentations.

  • Independent project quality assurance for a central government agency

    What we did: Equinox IT provided independent quality assurance services for a central government agency undertaking a project to replace their core business system.

    Deliverables: Regular review reports and targeted advice.

  • Independent project quality assurance for an education sector organisation

    What we did: An education sector organisation was undertaking a significant business transformation programme to help provide an enhanced learning and student experience. Equinox IT provided a two-person team to deliver independent quality assurance services for the transformation programme.

    Deliverables: Regular review reports and targeted advice.

  • Independent quality assurance of IaaS provider for a central government agency

    What we did: Provision of independent quality assurance of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider on behalf of a central government agency. Activities included reviewing the IaaS provider's governance, service management, and supply chain management practices.

    Deliverables: Review report.

  • Programme management of core system replacement programme for a central government agency

    What we did: Equinox IT provided programme management services for a central government agency who was replacing the system used to manage and administer their core business process.

    Deliverables: Advice and guidance on the oversight and management of the programme.

  • Project management for a central government agency

    What we did: Provision of project management services for a central government agency undertaking a project to replace a core business system. Equinox IT managed the construction phase of this work.

    Deliverables: Contracts, statement of work, board papers, project management plan, and regular project reports.

Independent workshop facilitation
  • Project estimation workshop facilitation for a central government agency

    What we did: Equinox IT provided independent facilitation services for a series of estimation workshops.

    Deliverables: Workshop notes and preliminary estimates.

  • Responsibility workshop facilitation for a non-profit organisation

    What we did: Equinox IT provided independent workshop facilitation services for a responsibility assignment (RACI) workshop.

    Deliverables: Workshop notes.

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