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
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.
A popular facilitator, coach and speaker, Alicia regularly provides industry commentary. Check her out on LinkedIn.
Recent and upcoming speaking engagements:
- Road Infrastructure Management (RIMS) Forum - After Dinner Speaker , March 21 2018. "Shrinking, ageing and leaving: What’s happening to our communities and what can we do about it?"
- Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) Annual Summit - September 2018 "Compelling investment proposals - applying to the Provincial Growth Fund"
Lewis Weatherall, Associate
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.