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Our People

Thought Leaders

Our thought leadership advisors include:

Grant Avery
Director and Lead Assessor
  • P3M3 maturity assessments and capability strengthening advice.
  • IQA and QA in major projects.
  • Risk Management strengthening in projects.

Professional Highlights

  • IQA review and Gateway review of several multi-billion dollar projects and programmes in New Zealand and Australia.
  • Completion or review of several hundred P3M3 maturity assessments in New Zealand and Australia.
  • Author of the book “Project Management, Denial, and the Death Zone” (JRoss Publishing 2016).
  • Co-author of the international P3M3 v3 maturity model.
  • Risk Management Professional of the Year 2017.
    • Grant was winner of this prestigious national award in 2017. RiskNZ wrote with respect to Grant’s win: “(Grant is) An acknowledged authority and thought leader on project-portfolio management practice and the reduction of risk in high risk projects. A significant contributor to the risk management body of knowledge through publication and participation in industry events.”
  • Lead author of Government P3M capabilities strengthening report (while Director Project Advisory, KPMG).
    • Grant was lead author of the KPMG report for Treasury “Portfolio, Programme and Project Management (P3M) Capabilities in Government - Increasing Success Rates and Reducing Costs”. Click for Reference (refer Sn.2 pg. 2; authors.).
Ron Van De Riet
Assurance of and advice on ICT strategy and Change
  • In-depth understanding of the complexities involved in delivering high quality service and service-change in complex organisations
  • Strategy development – Ron is a passionate advocate of disruptive based concepts for ICT framework improvement.
  • Programme management and facilitation – Ron combine’s a strategic view with the ability to work under pressure in fast-paced and innovative environments.

Professional Highlights

  • 2017-18 NZTA. Consultant on NZTA CEO strategic IT review followed by Acting CIO for 11 months.
  • 2016-17: Kiwibank. Consultant developing the Approach strategy and project plan for Core banking systems change for NZ largest Credit Union.
  • 2013-2014: Kiwibank.GM Core Modernisation. Development of the strategy and business case for a $100m+ investment.
  • 2002-2012 Kiwibank.General Manager IT and Business Delivery, Kiwibank. Member of the Kiwibank Executive Team which moved Kiwibank from a start-up to a major bank.
  • 1996-2001 BNZ Finance. Head of IT, BNZ Finance. Head of ICT for New Zealand’s 2nd largest finance company.
Elissa Farrow
Assurance of and advice on Organisational Change
  • PHD (in progress) Organisational Adaptation to Artificial Intelligence Futures
  • Masters in Social Welfare, Administration and Planning
  • Change First Person Centred Implementation (PCI) Change Method Certified Practitioner (2012).
  • Certified Gateway Team Leader and Team Reviewer
  • APMG Change Management Registered Trainer and Practitioner
  • Certificate in PROSCI Change Management Methodology and Tools (2009).
  • Graduate Certificate of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Inspirative, Sydney (2009).

Professional Highlights

  • Ministry of Education, creation of a change management framework and roadmap for change maturity uplift.
  • TransLink, Transition Manager for procurement programme of $4 Billion for public transport services for South East Queensland.
  • Brisbane City Council, City Projects Office (Lessons Learned report for the $5M Brunswick Mall Redevelopment Project).
  • Gold Coast University Hospital (Gateway Review – Gate 4, focussing on readiness for service, benefits, change and project delivery).
  • Statistics New Zealand (Gateway Review – Gate 0 mid point program review for a $200m+ program).
  • Provision of Change Leadership and Resilience training for 350 staff across a national Insurance provider.

Risk advice for international projects

Lioyd Figgins
Advisor – Travel Risk and Incident Management
  • Internationally respected authority & speaker on Travel Risk and Incident Management
  • Chairman of the Travel Risk & Incident Prevention (TRIP) Group™ https://thetripgroup.com
  • International Travel Risk & Security Advisor
  • Media Commentator on Travel Risk
  • Fellow of Royal Geographical Society

Professional Highlights

  • Founder and Chairman of the Travel Risk & Incident Prevention (TRIP) Group https://thetripgroup.com
  • 2009-16: Head of Global Safety & Security, Earthwatch Institute
  • Author of The Travel Survival Guide (2018) published by Portico
  • Global Head of Safety & Security, Explore Worldwide
  • Security, Law Enforcement and Intelligence Officer, UK Ministry of Defence.
Dr Melaine Avery
Risk Advisor – Travel Medicine
  • Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP)
  • Post Graduate Diploma Travel Medicine
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Professional Highlights

  • 2006-present: General Medical Practitioner (GP), Travel Doctor, UHHC
  • 1993-2000: Senior Medical Officer, Government of Fiji
  • 1990-1992: Cardiology Registrar, Saudi Arabia
  • 1988-1989: Post-Graduate Medical Internship
  • 1984-1988: MD study; Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation

Specialist Recommendations

Outcome Insights recommends the following professional specialists whose specialisations are complementary to the work of Outcome Insights, who Outcome Insights has worked with in the past, and who Outcome Insights believes are leaders in their fields.

Outcome Insights receives no commissions or fees for the following recommendations, or for services these organisations may provide to you as a result of these references.

Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA)

For analysis of project cost and/or schedule probabilities we recommend Broadleaf Capital International NZ Ltd..

Portfolio Investment Decision Making

For assistance with executive decision making on the prioritisation of project investments for the best organisational return we recommend Catalyse Ltd.

Catalyze Clarity Confidence Decisions

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