Nicholas has been a director, business leader and consultant for
over 30 years. He is chief executive officer of Insync, a former
partner of KPMG and immediate past chairman of Ansvar
Insurance. He co-founded Board Benchmarking and Gender Worx. Nicholas
is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company
Directors (FAICD) and a member of the Australian Human
Resource Institute's (AHRI)
Nicholas is passionate about helping individuals, teams and organisations to reach their full potential. He is an author, speaker and expert media commentator in relation to governance, organisation culture, risk and gender diversity. He has written three books on leadership, culture, engagement and transformational change.
Des plays a leading role in ensuring
Insync's continued growth. Des brings a unique
mix of understanding organisational effectiveness, strategic
leadership, multi-industry networks and strong interpersonal
Des is passionate about ensuring that Insync's culture is understood and adopted and about ensuring that relationships with clients are long-term and mutually rewarding. He has held proprietary and senior advisory roles in strategic human resources within government and industry for more than 30 years.
Des has undertaken substantial international and Australian organisational research focusing on organisation alignment. In 2003 he developed the world's first web based alignment diagnostic tool - Insync Surveys' Organisation Alignment Survey, now the Alignment and Engagement Survey. Des' expertise covers logistics, government, professional services, education, health and aviation across Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Canada and UK.
James is deeply committed to helping organisations become more effective, working with executives of a range of client organisations on improving staff, board and customer engagement.
James' undergraduate qualifications are in politics and psychology, and holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management. He combines these with considerable consulting and leadership experience to provide value and insight to our clients. James' particular passions are water, NRM, utilities, governance, leadership and employee engagement.
James worked at KPMG Consulting and also spent more than a year working as an 'Australian Volunteer Abroad' in the Solomon Islands, and three years riding a motorcycle around the world.
James' community involvement includes as a director of the Melbourne Forum and Vice President of the Darebin Creek Management Committee. He speaks for, advises and/or volunteers for Leadership Victoria, the Australian Water Association, the Darebin Parklands Association and Bicycle Network.
Murray is responsible for managing Insync's business operations in Asia Pacific. He works with leading clients to understand the key drivers of employee and customer behaviour, and to convert these insights into actionable improvement plans. Murray has responsibility for ensuring that Insync fully understands its clients' objectives and delivers the insights and plans needed to drive sustainable high performance.
Murray has 25 years' experience in management consulting and general management. He has been Vice President (AT Kearney), General Manager (National Australia Bank), Strategy Consultant (Accenture) and Marketing Manager (Kimberly-Clark). In his previous roles, Murray has led significant business transformation initiatives and culture change projects for large multi-nationals and government departments.
Murray has worked with leading organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in Australia, Europe and South Africa. These include Glaxo SmithKline, Rolls Royce, NAB, Kimberly Clark, Anglo American, Origin Energy, Department of Defence, Department of Human Services, Inland Revenue, YMCA, Anglicare, and The Salvation Army.
Tony has an outstanding record as a business leader within dynamic organisations, having worked closely with some of the APAC region's premier brands (VISA, CBA, Westpac, Qantas, QBE, Lion and Bauer Media). He has previously held senior managerial positions with ORC International, BDRC Jones Donald and AMR Interactive.
As the leader of Insync's Commercial Practice, he is responsible for transforming customer and employee experience to underpin business performance. He has extensive commercial experience in the financial services, retail and travel sectors. Tony has a particular interest in strategic thinking and problem solving, and is passionate about working collaboratively with clients to drive organisational success.
Tony regularly talks at industry events including Mumbrella, ADMA, ESOMAR Asia and AMSRS, most recently presenting 'Customer Centricity in the Millennial Age' at the Customer Experience Management (CEM) conference in Sydney, July 2015.
With a Doctorate in Organisation and Industrial Psychology (Uni Melb) and a registered psychologist, Erika brings over 15 years' practical experience working in consulting. Erika is passionate about partnering with organisations to become more effective.
Offering both strategic and practical advice, Erika is a specialist and trusted advisor in matters pertaining to organisational culture and organisational health, running a full suite of survey diagnostics, focus groups, and Executive workshops. She also enjoys facilitating 360 feedback reviews and coaching C-Suite Executives.
In her decade with the company Erika has coached and mentored our own project managers and consultants to realise their potential and contributed to industry thought pieces, including 5 ways to unleash the productivity and innovation within.
Erika has worked on numerous customised and consulting projects. While her experience spans many industries, she has a particular interest in the Finance, Technology, Transport and Logistics and Retail industries.
Christie is an organisational psychologist with 15 years'
experience through a diverse range of roles including senior
consultant, HR consultant, research fellow as well as a senior
management role at Caraniche. As a part of the team at Insync,
Christie works with client organisations predominantly in the
health, education and community services sector. She is passionate
about helping her clients achieve their organisational goals, in
particular through surveys and research, with the core purpose of
achieving sustainable organisational performance.
Christie has worked with a broad range of sectors in Australia, including government, a range of community and health / aged care services, community health centres and hospitals as well as corporates.
Her areas of expertise include customised organisational research, debriefing and coaching (360, individual, group), psychometric assessment, leadership development programs, exit and entry surveys and organisational culture assessment and intervention programs.
As an experienced researcher, Christie also has several publications in internationally peer reviewed journals.
Amanda is responsible for all survey projects conducted out of Insync's Gold Coast office. As a registered nurse with over 20 years of experience, Amanda is passionate about developing and supporting leaders to build a resilient and engaged caregiver workforce.
For 10 years, Amanda has led key stakeholder feedback measurement and improvement projects for health and aged care providers across Australia and New Zealand, including the expansion of operations into Asia from 2016. Amanda has partnered with organisations such as St John of God Health Care, St Vincent's Health Australia, Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania, Ramsay Health Care, Mater Health Services Brisbane and Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service.
Her skills include strategic planning, product development and testing, conducting national validation studies, managing major survey projects, providing post-survey coaching and consulting, facilitating quality improvement workshops, and hosting international study tours of high performing hospitals.
Terry has been at the cutting edge of Patient Experience
and quality improvement in the Asia/Pacific region for over twenty
years. Terry's insight is driven by his belief that success is
derived from a balanced approach to strategic planning and
execution through an engaged workforce.
Terry project manages, consults and coaches on quality improvement, cultural change management and consumer experience. Numerous workshops and training programs have been developed and delivered in these areas.
Terry is Principal for Insync Health, the regional licencee for Press Ganey Associates, the world's leading healthcare consumer experience company (33,500 client facilities -18 countries) including the famous Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic, (SVHA, SJOGHC and Monash in Australia).
Terry has project-managed many large scale research and data collection initiatives including national validation studies and ongoing surveying for large and small healthcare corporations in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines and China.
Terry is a prolific writer and an accomplished speaker and has delivered key addresses at both national and international conferences. Key focus: 'International Best Practice in Consumer Experience - What High Performers do Differently.
Michael is based in Insync's Sydney office. He regularly travels to clients in Queensland and Western Australia delivering consulting solutions around people and business performance improvement.
Michael started his career in the finance and accounting industry holding qualifications in this discipline. After his last post as a senior finance executive for a multinational publishing organisation, he changed his career path towards sales and marketing and so for the second half of his career, he has occupied sales and regional management roles within the sectors of business services, advertising, psychometric testing and recruitment. This dual discipline of finance and sales allows him to understand the broader business needs of an organisation.
He currently specialises within the sectors of business services, financial, government and professional services. He recognises that businesses within these sectors often struggle with the importance of leadership and management skills when it comes to people performance and engagement. This is where Michael makes a difference.
Michael is responsible for Insync's strong relationship with the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL). He also manages the growing partnership with the university student services community, TAFE sector and health and government sector libraries. Insync is the leading tertiary library survey provider across Australia, making Michael responsible for most of Australia's tertiary library client research. Michael also works with several international campuses.
His 25 years' experience as a library and information specialist in government, academic and private sectors gives him an impeccable understanding of libraries' unique survey needs. He values the importance of measurement to ensure libraries deliver on their commitment to serving the information needs of their clients.
Michael has outstanding people skills and is inspired by utilising surveys and other available technologies to explore new opportunities to make libraries even better for end users.
Sophie has six years' experience working as a project manager and research consultant. She has experience working across all phases of research, managing a portfolio of projects, including both ongoing, tracking projects and one-off research projects. She has experience delivering projects nationally and globally, advising clients on how they can best engage their employees and other stakeholders to improve organisational performance.
Sophie's core experience is in employee, customer and patient research. She has worked with numerous clients across a range of industries, with particular expertise within the health and community services and transport and logistics industries. Sophie's key skills include client liaison, stakeholder engagement and consultation, research design, data interpretation and analysis and delivery of insight and recommendations.
Sophie has been with Insync for four years. In that time she has managed over 80 projects. She partners with clients to understand and deliver on their requirements, collaborating with both external and internal clients to ensure the successful delivery of all projects. Her knowledge in employee and customer research and practical experience in methods for improving employee and customer engagement supports this. Her ability to advise and guide clients throughout the research project is a key strength. This ensures clients feel supported and empowered throughout the entirety of the project.
Andrew has a strong passion for organisation dynamics, continuously strengthening resources and enhancing employee performances. Furthermore Andrew's interest is embedded in how an organisation manages and promotes organizational learning, better business practices and strategic management.
Andrew attended Victoria University in which his undergraduate qualification was in psychology with a focus on Industrial psychology and research methodologies, and holds a Masters degree in Organisation Dynamics.
Andrew has 30 years' experience in leadership/management roles with Bunnings Retail, National Australia Bank, Melton City Council and Baw Baw Shire Council before joining Insync as Senior Manager responsible for Government and utilities portfolio.
Andrew also has a strong passion in working with community organisations such as St Vincent de Paul volunteering with Meals on Wheels and recently as a board member of the Local Learning and Employment Network in West Gippsland.
Ian joined Quantum (now Insync) in 1999 and has been building, running and reporting on staff surveys for Australian corporations ever since. Ian's specific expertise now lies in customising survey solutions for the utilities, banking, automotive, retail and community services sectors.
A small sample of his clients includes SA Power Networks, Western Power, Jemena, Australian Gas Networks, EnergyAustralia, SA Water, CSL Limited, Brookfield Multiplex, Crown, Amnesty International, Elders and Toyota.
Ian and his team have developed a range of summarised statistical products, continuous improvement and benchmarking systems to enable clients to easily interpret survey results and to manage their organisation's performance.
Results from formal client survey evaluations confirm that Ian is highly regarded for his client support, responsiveness, presentation of information and managing very complex issues when required.
Laura is a dedicated researcher and project manager. Her expertise lies in developing bespoke solutions based on diverse client needs, and she is passionate about investigating community expectations in relation to large scale projects. While Laura has worked across a wide range of industries in her seven years with Insync, her specialisation is in the water sector.
In addition to her general research and project management expertise, Laura is a highly skilled qualitative researcher. She has experience and training in deliberative methods, undertaking in-depth interviews, running focus groups and designing complex thematic analysis.
Laura has almost a decade of research experience across academic, corporate and not-for-profit roles. She holds holds a Masters of Science degree (Behavioural and Social Sciences) from Brown University (Rhode Island, USA), graduate qualifications in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from the University of Melbourne.