Mark Bruhn

Senior Consultant

I have worked in local government in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, more recently overseeing the governance structure, stakeholder engagement and staff leadership within a primary health network.  I bring a strong service delivery and customer relationship focus having worked closely with governance groups, elected members, tangata whenua, funding agencies and community networks.

You can contact me for help with

  • Strategic leadership
  • Community/stakeholder relationship management
  • Asset management plans
  • Service delivery and operational reviews
  • Project management
  • Amenities and facilities
  • Reserve and park management planning
  • Contract management

My expertise

I have been involved in the development of strategic plans and policies, the implementation of business improvement initiatives and have led the development of open space, sport and recreation strategies.  I have a background in reserves and parks management planning, asset management, community plans and am a highly experienced project manager across a wide range and scale of activities. I have also assisted in the development of play spaces, camping grounds, trails, cemeteries, amenities and facilities.


  • Bachelor of Horticulture (business and technology) Hons.

  • Accelerated Executive Presence Senior Leaders Course

  • Finance for the Public Sector

  • Senior Managers Development Programme

Xyst in action

My wide experience within the sports, parks and recreation environments will assist the Xyst Australia team on a wide range of projects and key engagements. In Aotearoa New Zealand I contributed to the development of Reserves Management plans for 12 reserves, developed many strategies and policies including one for Art in Public Places along with an Open Space, Sport and Recreation Strategy – 30 Years.  And I have authored Asset Management Plans and presented at various conferences and forums in both countries.

I am also an avid sportsman, playing hockey at club level and a keen kayaker.  Passionate about rugby and looking to learn more about mountain biking and how to avoid the trees when on the golf course!



Service Delivery

From procuring and managing contractors to the practical implementation of strategic work, we can help you to deliver services efficiently

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Along with Yardstick, our international benchmarking program for local government, if you need research to make good decisions, we can get it for you

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Play Spaces

From redevelopments to new builds, our children need safe, fun play spaces to get them outside for fresh air and exercise

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With the growing demand for land and space, we can provide you with efficient strategies and solutions for managing cemeteries

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From design and planning to maintenance, we can help to ensure people have a great experience when they enjoy your campgrounds and facilities

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Asset Management

Having accurate information about assets allows you to make practical, workable decisions about maintaining and developing community spaces

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My Projects

Parks Operational Review

After consulting with Maribyrnong City Council’s management and operational staff, the Xyst team identified areas for improvement and operational excellence. Xyst conducted an audit of

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