Our Team

Gina Barlow

Principal Assurance Consultant
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Gina has over thirty years portfolio, programme and project management experience & uses her skills as a highly rated consultant to the support the delivery of transformation across the public and private sectors. Through her experience Gina has developed deep expertise in governance, independent quality assurance, sustainable project management, and value management.

Gina also has significant experience in supporting senior management and governance bodies to deliver on their strategic outcomes, facilitating effective decision making & improving oversight of environmental, social & governance risks and opportunities.

Youssef Mourra

Principal P3M Consultant
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Youssef is a top of the line P3M (Portfolio, Programme and Project Management) Practitioner, Consultant, Trainer and Presenter who has developed approaches on how to control projects, programme, portfolios in organisations to help them achieve their strategic goals and aims.

He has delivered hundreds of training courses around the world on a wide variety of topics from keystroke training courses through to building capability in project and programme management through to managing priorities, presentation skills and negotiation skills. He delivers sessions to all groups within an organisation from the operational staff level through to the Board level. He works in all sectors and has trained in over 12 countries. He particularly enjoys converting complex materials or systems and turning them into accessible learning experiences.

He has developed a great reputation for training and presenting material in a manner that many people find engaging and occasionally entertaining.

Duncan Campbell

Principal PPM Consultant
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Duncan is a qualified Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist in Project Management, with 14 years global experience in implementing Microsoft Project Server and Microsoft Project Online.

Duncan worked for one of the world’s largest Project Management specialists, in both the United Kingdom and Australia and for the largest Project Server implementation company in Australasia. He has gained extensive experience international and NZ experience in the Automotive, Finance, Pharmaceutical, Utilities, Primary, Construction, Government and Telecommunications industries.

Since returning to NZ he has worked on one of the largest Project Server implementations in NZ, and built the development environment for one of New Zealand’s leading telecommunications companies. He is the Principal PPM Consultant at Nonsuch PPM and ensures that in collaboration with the client, we deliver the optimal solution in a pragmatic and efficient manner.

Paul Sutton

Principal Training Consultant
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Paul’s focus is on helping people and organisations develop effective business cases, run effective projects, programmes and portfolios, make the changes and realise the benefits at the end. To do this Paul works with a wide range of people and organisations with training, coaching, consulting and hands-on delivery. Paul combines an in-depth process knowledge with 30 years of pragmatic hands-on experience in all of these areas.

​Paul has a broad picture focus combined with strong analytical thinking. He is an excellent communicator and a dynamic and engaging presenter. As a result, he is able to give practical application to a huge range of questions and scenarios.

Brendan Cunneen

Principal Adaptive Consultant
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Brendan has held a variety of roles in his 20+ year career including Adaptive Ways of Working Consultant, Agile Coach and Mentor, Scrum Master, Business Process Lead, Project Manager, Delivery Team Leader, and Senior Business Analyst.

He has had experience in; building operational delivery models, implementing adaptive ways of working methods, scaled agile delivery methodologies, project & programme delivery, business case development, enterprise business analysis, modelling and improvement initiatives, team establishment & leadership development across large enterprises in both the public and private sector.

His philosophy is simple – ‘do what works and get stuff done’ – which led him to develop his custom Adaptive Ways of Working (aWoW™) Delivery Model, enabling organisations to build standardised organisational delivery capability.

He has held consulting, analysis, project, programme & leadership roles across multiple sectors including Banking, Fund Management, Insurance, Earthquake reconstruction, Health and Higher Education.

Sarah Gill

Principal Consultant
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Sarah is a respected projects professional with a range of experience within the areas of Portfolio, Programme and Project Management, customer service, organisational maturity and business improvement.

Sarah’s communication, analytical and leadership skills, support her ability to adapt to new environments, lead teams through complexities and deliver on business strategies.

Sarah’s skills have been proven roles spanning multiple sectors including, utilities, management consultancy,  agriculture, software and local Government. Sarah is passionate about lifting individual and organisational capability and supporting leaders to mature their teams and operating practices. Sarah places emphasis on transparency, quality, risk management and stakeholder engagement to ensure success.

Heather Stallmach

Principal Consultant
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Heather is an experienced consultant with a strong P3M (project, programme and portfolio management), continuous improvement, training and coaching background. She has worked across multiple sectors including finance, local government, iwi organisations, health, science and agriculture.

She has a background in business improvement (Six Sigma & Lean) but has more recently been focused in the P3M space, helping clients implement and embed frameworks and methodologies. She has used her extensive training development and delivery skills to help these clients train staff on the new and improved processes and systems.

Heather has a flair for continuous improvement and is always looking for ways to improve business processes, services & communication with clients to achieve better outcomes. Her attention to detail and organisational skills ensure her teams and customers know what needs to happen and when, and her calm and unflappable nature means that if things do go wrong, they are fixed with the minimum of fuss.

Chris Fisher

Principal Consultant
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Chris is an energetic, outcome-focused, transformation specialist who delivers through a proven formula of strategic acumen, technical knowledge, and exceptional leadership skills.

With a solid work history in strategic infrastructure, transformation/change programmes, digital technology portfolios and system/service improvement, Chris has empowered government agencies and private firms of all size to optimise their strategic portfolios of projects, develop comprehensive capital plans, make effective investment decisions, and deliver the expected results.

Chris thrives on developing service environments, enjoys the challenge of leadership in complexity, and navigating business systems to achieve outcomes.

Jenine Ritchie

Principal Consultant
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Jenine has extensive experience in portfolio and project management alongside business analysis and IT Management.

She comes with a proven track record within a wide range of national and international market sector organisations and local government.

Jenine is results oriented with the ability to identify problems and potential solutions quickly.

Trish Cleland

Principal Consultant
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Trish has a long and strong background in project management in the IT banking, health and energy sectors. She has most recently worked in a senior role in a PMO and amongst other things led agile product development to deliver rapid improvement to key applications.

Trish uses informed risk management and a transparent approach to inform her decision making thereby allowing her clients to move forward in an assured and successful way. Trish also has extensive experience in performing project audits, project rescues and knows how to manage diverse stakeholders. She has an eye for detail and yet can balance that out with big picture thinking as the situation requires.

Paul Keesing

Principal Consultant
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Paul (PK) is a capable executive level leader, whose focus for the last 25+ years has been people change and business transformation. Operating within iconic New Zealand and Australian organisations to effect positive change.

He has had considerable experience in; Strategy development & delivery, project & programme management, digital programme delivery, organisation design, M&A, governance & portfolio leadership, PMO development & operations, customer & employee experience design, team establishment & leadership across large enterprises.

Driven by a strong sense of customer value creation & a strong bias for action. Bringing to life several strategies that were deemed significantly challenging & transformational by nature.

PK believes it’s a privilege to build & lead extraordinary teams. He delights in assisting organisations to develop or interpret strategy into action to drive business, customer, community and stakeholder value.

He has held project, programme & leadership roles across multiple sectors; Aviation, Engineering, FMCG, Digital, Government (Local & Central), Law Enforcement, Justice, Utilities & Energy, Consulting, Banking & Insurance.

Vaas Conradie

Principal Consultant
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Vaas is passionate about change. He provides leadership and 3P management of change initiatives. He takes pride in identifying and managing the critical unique aspects required to ensure project success.

With over 20 years of experience up to executive level across education, manufacturing, and technology, Vaas has developed a deep and broad skill set required to manage most change initiatives, including:

  • project management,
  • programme management,
  • portfolio management,
    change management,
  • PMO creation & management, and
  • PPM methodology & practice.

David Aitken

Senior Consultant

David is a former COO of one of Australasia’s leading PPM service providers – establishing and managing commercial constructs, governance, policies and processes, security, infrastructure, business continuity, suppliers, product management, and operations.

David has managed diverse assignments for some of NZ’s leading technology companies and local government – such as business process transformation, software release management, solution design, service delivery, operations, and customer experience.

David is dedicated to unlocking the value of PPM methodology, practice, and tools for our clients.

Deborah Donkin

Senior Consultant

Deborah is a senior consultant and practitioner with over 20 years of experience in project and portfolio management spread across both the public and private sector, and multiple industries from health-care to banking.

Her years in project and portfolio management have allowed her to gain a wealth of experience from project delivery, project set up; benefits, risk, and change management; delivery of project and portfolio frameworks; and development of training materials and process documentation.

With a forward focus on what’s coming next and an emphasis on engaging with stakeholders Deborah takes a pragmatic approach leading successful projects.

Philippa Salvesen

Senior Consultant

Philippa (Pip) is a highly experienced PMO professional and consultant with over 12 years’ experience in project, programme, and portfolio delivery.

She has worked across an array of companies in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, in various sectors from Financial Services to Technology Services and Government.

Philippa can adapt and align to the ways of working within a company to produce positive and impactful uplift of project, programme, and portfolio delivery. Philippa excels in effective communication and stakeholder management throughout all scenarios no matter the level of pressure applied. She prides herself on her ability to build strong relationships over a short time period to ensure the delivery of the right change at the right time.

Philippa’s experience and willingness to take on challenges no matter how big or small enables her to deliver impactful change in an organisation.

Kirsty Bennett

Consultant

Kirsty runs projects for Nonsuch Consulting Services to ensure Nonsuch Consulting Services remains ‘ship shape’.

Kirsty takes the lead on all our internal continuous improvements to our systems, processes, approaches and ensures that all our team has the best possible tools and support they need to be successful.

Kirsty project manages all of Nonsuch Consulting Services’ events and gets support from the whole team to ensure they are successful.

Emma Dewhirst

Consultant

Emma is an internationally experienced projects professional with a range of experience in project management, business agility & transformation, workflow management, customer experience & ecommerce.

Emma’s communication, leadership and problem solving skills support her to deliver teams through complex and adaptive projects.

Emma’s skills have been proven in several industries including utilities, banking, medical, ecommerce, marketing and local government. She thrives in a high performance environment and is passionate about business driven use of technology.

Amber McKinnon

Consultant

Amber is an experienced coordinator who has years of experience working on projects and programmes delivering a wide variety of outputs and outcomes.

Amber has for the past year focused her efforts on honing these coordinator skills and is looking to develop her project management experience.

Watch her carefully, she’ll be a qualified project manager before too long!

Melanie Smith

Consultant

Melanie has an experienced coordinator background working in both Central and Local Government and Financial Services. She has also worked in ECE for 10 years.

Her organisational skills and attention to detail help to assist on projects and programmes to deliver a wide variety of outputs and outcomes.

Jessica Nickelsen

Senior Consultant - Tester

With 24 years in the industry, Jess has worked in a range of roles (including development, testing, service management and security). She has experience with the entire SDLC, and has worked with a wide range of clients and sectors during this time.

Jess has been a software tester for the last 16 years, and is ISTQB certified. Her range of technical experience means Jess is good at analysing systems and requirements, and articulating these in a clear style.

She is keen on specification in requirements, usability and accessibility.

Hilary Sillis

Technical Support

Hilary joined Nonsuch in 2023 to support the Technical PPM Team after being a stay-at-home mum and working and running a Dairy Farm with her husband for the past 8 years.

Her previous experience has been in Medical Administration and Support. She has worked closely with CEO’s and Project Managers and has picked up many useful skills which help her to fit in at Nonsuch.

She has recently completed her studies in Information Technology and is excited to be in a role where she can put her new skills into practice. She is also working towards being a qualified Project Manager. She has built strong interpersonal skills from working with a wide range of people and is quick to adapt to changing and challenging work scenarios.

In her spare time Hilary enjoys time with her family and their dogs. She has always been a keen Horse Woman and particularly loves Dressage and competes when she can.

Lesley Browne

Senior Trainer

Lesley is an experienced consultant and trainer with over 20 years of programme and project management experience predominantly in the public sector.

She has worked on a wide range of programmes including regulatory reforms, business transformation, infrastructure and software implementation. Moving from project manager to scheduler came naturally and now focuses on providing support from initiation through to delivery.

Helping organisations raise their scheduling standards and encouraging best practice are her speciality. Training is what she considers the value-add to any organisation she works with.

Fiona Wilson

Trainer

Keen to explore a new work environment Fiona joined the Nonsuch Team in 2023.

Previously, Fiona worked as a Senior Registered Crisis Mental Health Nurse for 27yrs. This has given her the ability to work calmly under pressure, provide strong and confident leadership, and work within multidisciplinary teams to deliver quality service.

She has built strong interpersonal skills gained from working with a wide range of people, is quick to understand and adapt to changing and challenging work scenarios, and is able to make rational, clear decisions under pressure.

Fiona is an experienced and skilled communicator, can engage with a wide range of audiences and adapt her message and delivery accordingly. She has prior experience working as a trainer in the health sector and is now transferring these skills to the PPM space.

Support

Gemma Paton

Training Operations Lead

Gemma Paton is a dedicated professional with a diverse background in administration and web publishing. With a solid foundation as a Technical Resource Administrator and Research Office Funding Administrator, Gemma has honed her skills over the years. Currently serving as the Training Lead at Nonsuch Consulting, she brings her expertise to the forefront of her career. Outside of her professional life, Gemma cherishes her role as a mother to two wonderful sons, balancing the demands of work and family with grace and determination.

Rachel Ireland

Head of Resourcing

Rachel has extensive recruiting experience across multiple sectors in Australia, the UK, and her native New Zealand. Her work history includes developing resourcing strategies for large corporations, conducting executive search at the GM level, sourcing and selecting sales teams, and identifying the right technical and cultural fit candidates for organisations. Rachel treats customers and candidates with high standards of honesty, integrity, and regular communications, with an absolute commitment to do her very best always. Her role is to look for the best team players to join the Nonsuch ‘Family’ to help Nonsuch provide the best solutions for its clients

 

Janene Bailey

Head of Financial Operations

Janene supports the team and ensures they meet their commitments and obligations to each other and to our clients. She helps organise travel, diaries and keeps Nonsuch Training running smoothly with no hiccups

Kathryn Mooney

Kathryn Mooney

Business Manager & EA

Kathryn joined Nonsuch mid-2022 to support the expanding Operational Team. Kathryn’s main role is supporting the company’s Directors with Diary Management, Travel and Client Engagement.
Kathryn brings variety of skills and experience which she gained from previous roles as a Personal Assistant, Teacher Aide and Real Estate Salesperson.
Kathryn has a competitive nature and thrives in a busy fast paced environment.

In her spare time Kathryn remains active with her 4 children and still enjoys a social (yet competitive) game of Netball.
Kathryn is excited to be supporting the Nonsuch family and their clients.

Hannah Charles

Head of Organisational Development

Hannah is motivated to create great workplaces that generate high engagement, productivity and performance which are necessary elements for business success. As an experienced organisation development practitioner with over 20+ experience, Hannah has a background in organisational psychology and a deep understanding of the essential organisational systems required to motivate and engage people to perform at their best. A pragmatic operator coupled with a passion for improving work life and culture is fundamental to the success in her work. Hannah is a collaborative, positive and approachable person to work with and is a valuable asset to the Nonsuch team.

Alexia Lyons

Head of Sales & Marketing

Alexia is a solution-oriented marketing communications and business development specialist with experience across corporate, agency and consumer sectors. Her experience supports an insightful and commercially-focused approach, and her strategic problem-solving skills enable her to quickly identify opportunities and develop solutions that cut through complexity.

Alexia has worked on creative campaigns and marketing initiatives developing solutions for above, below and through the line. Basically, if there’s a line, she’s all over it. This experience coupled with her strong communication skills (and natural charm) give her the ability to build strong connections. This focus on developing trust and authentic connections is something the team at Nonsuch believe is part of what makes us unique.

Please join us for the Nonsuch Jumbo Tennis fundraiser!

1 March 2024 at the Renouf Tennis Centre in Wellington

Jumbo Tennis is a fun, quick fire, team event played with oversized racquets with ticket proceeds going to local charities – Wellington Children’s Hospital, Youth Mental Wellbeing and Tennis Central for the development of junior tennis players.