Raj Patel


Raj has a diverse skill set and has built a career on delivering results across a broad range of corporate and commercial sectors in numerous complex businesses and roles.

He is an experienced transformation practitioner with deep knowledge in value management, strategic finance, programme management, change management and process design.  Raj is Six Sigma qualified.

Over his career, Raj has worked for ANZ, Telecom Mobile, NZ Post, Datum, NZ Trade & Enterprise, Ministry of Education and Spark.

Raj is passionate about working with great people, in great organisations with can-do cultures looking to drive change, create and implement strategies and improve performance in ways that deliver value for money.

He likes to operate across the business, and look “above” and “below” his direct work to “join the dots”.  This ensures the right outcomes are agreed and bought into, and that the outputs are fit-for-purpose, well executed and sustained.

His approach is to work as one-team, exceed customer expectations, and build engagement and capability along the way.

Raj’s communication and presentation skills are a strength, as is his attention to detail.

Raj Patel

Previous chief executives that Raj has worked for have summed him up in the following ways:

  • You’ve left a footprint – that’s the highest compliment anyone can make”
    Peter Chrisp, CEO NZ Trade & Enterprise

  • The ‘Postie’ – you always deliver”,
    Peter Fenton, CEO Postal Services

  • You’re pragmatic and have great judgement”,
    John Allen, CEO NZ Post Group

  • You’ve earned our trust and confidence”
    Gary Woodman, CEO Datam.

Working at Ascent

We are always on the lookout for excellent client-facing consultants that are reliable, have a great delivery reputation and good personality.

If you are interested in working with Ascent please get in touch.