Implementing legislation

Client: Board & Chief Executive Officer,   Nature Conservation Trust of NSW

Our new client is a bespoke entity – a statutory body corporate also operating as a nonprofit organisation with deductible gift recipient status for tax purposes.

In a new direction for the organisation’s objects of nature conservation on private land, the organisation is now subject to extensive legislative change and faces a significant corner to turn in 2017.



Rethinking pricing

Client: Chief Executive, Coast City Country General Practice Training Ltd

Mollymook sunset smallerIn a new project for our client, we will apply microeconomic disciplines to their pricing of services, including sensitivity analysis around key events.

Sunset at Mollymook, in the far south of this client’s area of operations, is a great inspiration!


Project wrap up

Client: Board of Directors, Coast City Country General Practice Training Ltd

Leveraging Learning 19 March 2014 cover smallIn wrapping up this project the ThinkEvans team put focus on the purposes of the organisation (what are we here to do?) and aligning activities accordingly (how are we going to do it?), to make a strong foundation from which to measure outcomes (how well are we doing?).

Recommendations were aimed at re-shaping the company’s structure by re-design of senior roles including a formal structure of delegation and decision making among the senior team.  Supporting documents included functional chart, organisation chart, and draft position descriptions for senior roles.

Research, data collection and analysis also confirmed that the ‘supply side’ of the company’s equation is complex beyond what can be ‘known’ by individuals, and in any case changes each year. Formal policy and procedures are required to guide appropriately qualified resources to develop and maintain information on potential suppliers in a systematic, documented and sustainable fashion that is geared to planned service delivery.

Materials provided in the course of the project included a staff workbook on which workshops were based, a tangible reference point for all concerned that included factual information presented in accessible formats (such as a cloud representation of key words used by suppliers).


Staff development workshops

Client: Board of Directors, Coast City Country General Practice Training Ltd

Wagga bushTo voice the project focus on options for adding skills to the team for best effect in sustainability terms, the team worked with the client’s team to consider options from a multidisciplinary perspective.  The main session was held in Wollongong, with a follow up session in Wagga Wagga followed by a further presentation to the Board.

Wagga Wagga, a regional centre in New South Wales surrounded by bush scenes such as this, is home to the head office of our client.



Board briefing

Client: Board of Directors, Coast City Country General Practice Training Ltd

Floriade Canberra mediumThe briefing dealt with the quantitative analysis of the supply side of this complex market, and the organisational options going forward.   With the Board’s endorsement, this will now provide the basis for team briefings in the new year.

Floriade Canberra (held each September) provided this gorgeous image – Canberra is the largest city in the client’s area of operations.


In leading developments …

Client: Mona Vale Public School

Leading coffeeIn 2013, ThinkEvans worked with Mona Vale Public School to design a professional development program for the Executive Leadership Team. In consultation with the team, Principal Consultant Tanya van der Wall identified specific opportunities that would enhance the Executive’s leadership capabilities.

This involved working through the issues in a series of 5 workshops during the year, focusing on decision making processes and communicating decisions, understanding and identifying team roles, managing through change and building contemporary leadership skills.  In this process, the senior team identified opportunities both to develop their own skills and to work more effectively as a decision making team.

In October 2013, Tanya presented the highlights to the whole staff of the school, who appreciated the opportunity to gain some insight into how the senior leadership team works and how they could work more effectively within their own teams.

Feedback from the client team:

Working with ThinkEvans allowed us the opportunity to fully explore the various levels of leadership, reflect upon our roles within teams, and build leadership capabilities to promote unity, high performance and strength in managing change.  Leesa Martin (Deputy Principal, Mona Vale Public School)

Think Evans provided great support in helping us develop a cohesive leadership strategy for our school Executive. It soon became apparent that quality management and leadership skills based on business methodology have a role to play in developing leadership capacity and high performance in the Education sector. Greg Jones (Principal, Mona Vale Public School)

As an aspiring leader, I benefited greatly from this training. I learnt the importance of different leadership styles and skills, as well as the positive results you can achieve by including your team in the decision making process. Sarah Morgan (aspiring school leader)

Sunset on a project

Client: Board of Directors, Grand Pacific Health Ltd

Illawarra sunsetAs part of further implementing the merger of two previous Divisions of General Practice, re-think the executive structure and division of responsibilities in the senior team, and assist the Chair to select a preferred candidate for CEO for consideration by the board.

The Board endorsed the recommended candidate and a suite of related internal (position descriptions, selection criteria etc) and external documents (media releases, annual report sections) related to the change; the new CEO attended the Board meeting of 26 September 2013 as her inaugural official meeting.

This brought to a close an extended period of day to day interaction with the Board and management to implement the transition – wonderfully illustrated by this sunset on the Illawarra coast of New South Wales, where this client is based.


Digesting growth to leverage learning

Client: Board of Directors, Coast City Country General Practice Training Ltd

Wollongong coast mediumIn an environment of growth and success in winning and delivering on contracts, the principal objective of this project is to provide an independent viewpoint and make recommendations on options to evolve team capabilities to support sustainable operations over the long term.

The project focus was on options for adding skills to the team for best effect in sustainability terms, in concert with redesigning processes, roles and workloads to make best use of the available team resources.

The project will also consider the extent of untapped potential in the catchment area for those potentially suitable and suitably qualified to be Supervisors for Registrar placements – part of the supply side equation for this medium sized service business.

The ‘coast’ in the client’s business name stretches from Wollongong (south of Sydney) all the way to the border with Victoria, including this lovely spot at Kiama.


Post-merger integration for the Board

Client: Board of Directors, Grand Pacific Health Ltd

MollymookAs part of further implementing the merger of two previous Divisions of General Practice, review current Board and committee charters and related documents, and propose a body of governance documents for Board activities.

A Board policy manual was approved by the Board 30 May 2013 and an additional policy approved 25 July 2013.

This wonderful photo is of a storm at Mollymook on the NSW south coast, part of the region covered by Grand Pacific Health.



Inside out strategic planning

Client: Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local (operated by Grand Pacific Health Ltd)

Inside Out Strategic Planning 11 March 2013 cover smallFollowing on from our earlier survey, ThinkEvans is providing a different lens for leveraging the outcomes as a strategic planning case study.