Donna Smithies

BA (Hons) - French & German
Senior Consultant

“I now see why it took so much time and effort to get this all together. You’ve all done an amazing job and there’s no way I would have meet ¼ of this detail had I tried it on my own.”

“Thanks Donna. You’re an absolute legend!! Appreciate your quick replies and help!” Thanks again……. I owe you for this one!!!”

Civil infrastructure company

Donna is an experienced bid writer, providing bid strategy, project management and writing support to a wide range of small and large organisations in sectors as diverse as civil infrastructure, engineering, construction, security, IT, facilities management, local government and catering. She thrives on the challenge of helping clients produce outstanding, winning tender responses.

She joined Plan A following 10 years at one of New Zealand’s largest engineering and professional services consultants. During this time, Donna wrote hundreds of business documents and was a key member of teams preparing some of the company’s largest strategic bids. Her eye for detail and excellent project management skills come into their own when the pressure is on.

As well as writing bid responses, Donna is also involved on the client side of procurement for sister company Clever Buying, and has developed EOI and RFP documents for major projects for Local Authorities, Government departments and District Health Boards. This experience gives her valuable insight into what evaluators really look for in bid responses to differentiate potential suppliers.

Donna excels in translating technical concepts into business benefits and compelling sales documents for a wider business audience. Her engaging and professional approach to working with clients has fostered trusted and productive relationships  at a senior level. Her positive enthusiasm and inquiring mind enables her to quickly understand a client’s issues and articulate responses that are tailored and powerful. 

Donna Smithies