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Strategy, Business Case and Local Government Specialists

The Structured Conversations Story

We help you to understand and solve problems - and have a lot of fun doing it! We are accredited experts in cutting-edge methods for strategy, policy and planning. This includes business cases, strategy, benefits management and review.

Structured Conversations started life as AMBC in 2014, a one-man policy band, working from an Ashburton dining table. The business has since grown to incorporate a team of expert associates, all industry experts, and is now based in windy Wellington.

Alicia McKay, Director

BA (Hons) Politics, Communications; PGCert Business (Mgmt)

Accredited For

  • Better Business Cases
  • Investment Logic Mapping
  • Managing Benefits
  • IAP2

Email: alicia@strucon.co.nz

Local Government Expert - Workshop Extraordinaire - Business Case Specialist

Most comfortable next to a whiteboard or wrangling Councillors, Alicia McKay has refined a unique approach to solving problems and planning for the future. Policy wonk by trade, Alicia established a successful consulting practice in early 2014 and has now advised dozens of satisfied clients including local authorities, private companies, NGOs, universities, District Health Boards and central government agencies.

Known for her down-to-earth manner, sharp insight and wicked sense of humour, Alicia earns trust and credibility with stakeholders at all levels. Able to untangle a complex environment into a clear and logical way forward, Alicia quickly grasps issues and context. Able to 'get it' at speed, Alicia facilitates productive conversations and prepares meticulous, compelling business cases, strategies and reviews.

A local government expert, Alicia brings together knowledge and experience from across the public and private sectors. Passionate about applying best-practice decision-making and investment planning frameworks to achieve optimum results, Alicia is a strong believer in the power of a structured conversation. Contact Alicia today to discuss your strategic planning, performance management, benefits realisation, business case or review project.

Kerry Boyle, Associate

Masters in Strategic Studies; Adv. Diploma Systems Analysis and Design

Accredited For

  • Better Business Cases
  • Investment Logic Mapping
  • Managing Benefits
  • Process Professional

Email: kerry@strucon.co.nz

Asia Pacific Relations Specialist - Benefits Management Expert 

Kerry is an ILM guru, having facilitated ILM workshops across more than 25 different government agencies in the last three years. Kerry joins Structured Conversations following recent engagements with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). A benefits management specialist, Kerry also has a strong background in international capability, specialising in China and the wider Asia-Pacific region. Kerry's comprehensive knowledge, skilful facilitation skills and strong grasp of how to develop successful strategy make him a valuable asset to SC clients. He is part of an extensive network of international experts in New Zealand.

Kerry has an impressive track record in business cases and strategic analysis. With a long and varied career spanning business analysis, organisational change and strategic consulting, Kerry brings insight gained across both public and private sector experience.

Kerry holds a Master in Strategic Studies, and his continued involvement with the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs ensures he is well-equipped to assist New Zealand Councils, iwi and companies to understand how to plan for and maximise opportunities for foreign investment.

Lewis Weatherall, Associate

MSc (Mathematics); Certificate of Actuarial Techniques

Accredited For

  • Better Business Cases (BBC International Standards Board endorsed Expert Practitioner and Reviewer)

Email: lewis@strucon.co.nz

Better Business Cases Expert

Lewis is one of New Zealand’s foremost business case experts, having led the development of Better Business Cases (BBC) guidance for the New Zealand Treasury in 2010. Lewis has since provided consulting support and expert advice to the NZ Treasury on nearly all aspects of the roll-out of BBC to the public sector and has trained over 1200 public and private sector BBC practitioners in New Zealand and Australia.

Well-known for his meticulous attention to detail and calm, level approach to facilitation, Lewis is highly sought after by central agencies, universities, Councils and DHBs for his business case expertise. With particular expertise in tertiary education and health, Lewis has led the development of dozens of complex business cases for the New Zealand public sector.

Join the Team

Structured Conversations is building a team based on our values of challenge, fun, honesty and expertise. Do you want a flexible, rewarding job in an exciting consulting niche? Have strong analytical skills and ultra-high quality standards? Do you get excited about solving problems, adding value and a job well done? Then you could be a great fit!

Email Alicia to enquire about becoming an Associate or Preferred Supplier if you have specialist skills in local government, business cases, facilitation, financial or economic analysis, project management or policy analysis.