Consultation Manager was founded in 2003 by Andrew McKay and Colin McEown to meet the need for better stakeholder data management. After working in community consultation for five years, Colin realised teams undertaking big projects spread across the country needed a way to share knowledge and data. The solution to this problem was to create a web-based platform. So, in a time when ‘cloud’ only referred to the white fluffy masses floating in the sky, Consultation Manager became the first cloud-based stakeholder management platform.
Today, Consultation Manager is a global knowledge sharing platform, used on more than 2,000 corporate, government and not-for-profit projects internationally. Although we think big, our team remains small, and our clients at the forefront of everything that we do. Our work is underpinned by our shared values, which speak to the way we see ourselves, our product, our clients and our future.
To be the world’s leading knowledge sharing solution, connecting everyone to everything, everywhere.
We bring knowledge sharing to the connected world.
Global ambition: We will be the best at what we do. Think beyond today, design for tomorrow.
Thrive on feedback: We don’t think we have all the answers; some of our best ideas come from our clients. Always listen, always learn.
Unpolished perfectionists: Shoes aren’t mandatory but awesome is. Seek perfection, create beauty.
All equals: We work as a team – we pull together, support each other, and back each other up. The best idea always prevails.
A safe pair of hands: We value, above all, the trust placed in us. Be honest, be reliable.
Meet the team
We are a passionate team of software developers, creatives and problem solvers dedicated to developing beautiful software. Though our backgrounds are diverse, we are committed to the same goal of being the world’s leading knowledge sharing solution.
Co-Founder and Director
Colin co-founded Consultation Manager in 2003 with Andrew but has been inventing things and fascinated with puzzles for as long as he can remember.
If Colin could have three famous people to dinner, he would invite PJ Harvey, Iain Banks and Jamie Oliver. Jamie would be instructed to remain in the kitchen so Colin could focus on talking with Iain and PJ, although he'd probably talk culinary anyway! On a weekend, we’ll find him rock climbing, bushwalking with his kids, or binge watching Danish Crime drama.
Two things if stranded on a desert island? A nod to his software career, Colin would want an iPad and a solar iPad charger. Well played Colin.
Co-Founder and Director
Andrew’s real motivation for starting Consultation Manager was not to work for anyone else. Ever. Again. He started working with Colin in his Tenerife apartment in 2003, with his wife Skye delivering tapas platters to fuel their ideas. He loves watching the continual evolution of CM and is especially interested in the American push.
Life before Consultation Manager saw Andrew surfing, farming, and playing in a plethora of bands, before working in London at Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre reporting on acts including Pink Floyd, the Spice Girls and Fat Boy Slim.
Fun fact: Andrew has just rediscovered his childhood fondness for fishing. He believes he is regressing as a person and will go back to surfing next.
Before Consultation Manager, Craig worked in investment banking in Asia for 15 years. He now splits his time between Australia and New Zealand; as a regular on the ski slopes around Queenstown in the winter and trail running, mountain biking and hiking with his wife and family in the warmer weather.
Craig loves the idea of creating an environment where people love coming to work, and is a major proponent of the importance of work-life balance. He says: ‘every day we should use our brains, our bodies and our souls’.
Annoying habit: Craig will have very little to offer conversationally after 8.30 at night, but will be the life of the party at 4.15 in the morning!
Senior Account Executive
As Consultation Manager’s Senior Account Executive, Chelsea is responsible for client servicing and client acquisition. Chelsea boasts an extensive level of experience in the field of business growth, becoming a successful business owner at 18 years of age. Her individual style and entrepreneurship has allowed for broader product capabilities, entrance into new market verticals and formation of long term strategic partnerships with major clients.
Nicholas van Paridon
Chief Technology Officer
With a background in information technology and communication design, Nicholas has an innovative and forward thinking approach to any challenge he is faced with at Consultation Manager. As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Nicholas has built an incredible Product Development team of talented and passionate individuals. Nicholas’s diverse range of skills and methodology speak for themselves in revolutionising Consultation Manager’s core product.
Business Development and Customer Success
Customer Success Manager
With a background in customer success and administration, Angie’s versatility and dedication to ensuring clients are happy is indispensable at CM. Between family, two dogs and a law degree, free time is scarce for Angie, but she does enjoy baking when she gets the chance.
Describe yourself in three words: Eccentric, tenacious, loyal
Customer Success and Business Development Officer
Whilst Georgie is currently studying law, she is also passionate about all things languages, being fluent in Spanish and currently learning French. When you can’t find her brightening up the work office or studying, you can usually find Georgie trying out a new restaurant or café, or hiking in a National Park.
Favourite Food: Anything made out of potato.
Customer Success Officer
Having over 12 years experience in customer service, having a degree in Event Management and Marketing, Zoe enjoys being able to bring a smile to people’s faces. A self-professed bookworm, she enjoys spending time curled up with a book, and finding new earrings to collect.
Favourite Sport: NRL – Go the Mighty Broncos!
Finance and Accounting
Jan owned a digital print business for 25 years, retired, got bored, and landed the job at Consultation Manager as Office Manager. She spends as much time as possible in Vanuatu for the sunshine, snorkelling and sea-kayaking, but also lists Laos, Cambodia and South America, as top travel experiences.
Favourite App: Tripit (for travel itineraries)
Leanne is Jan’s other half, job-sharing Accounts and Office Management. Leanne’s lovely, warm energy and generous nature is valued throughout the office and she is much loved for bringing in her hens' eggs for all. Leanne likes gardening, camping and house-boating with the family.
Favourite App SeizeTheDay
Programming for Matt is about coming up with solutions that make people’s lives easier. With an affinity for helping children through building educational software, when he’s not at work, we’ll find him in front of the piano or spending time with his wife and their toddler.
Favourite Book: All 30 books of the Magician series Feist.
From pumping petrol in university, programming for Flight Centre, to a shot with the army reserves, Dave brings an artillery of experience to Consultation Manager. He is most excited about making a nice, fun User Interface. His favourite food is a Bourbon Old Fashioned (no, that is not a mistake), which he balances out with running and mountain biking.
Dream travel destination: Fiji
Having dreamed of being a developer since he was five, you could say Ethan is living the dream. Ethan describes himself as fairly quiet, but we have our doubts that this translates to his favourite sport, Jugger, which involves attacking others with padded weapons. Jugger might mean fight AND flight for Ethan, who is on track for the 2016 International tournament in Berlin.
Favourite App: Steam (the iTunes of video games)
Having studied multi-media design, Chris chose to become a developer as programming came easy to him. Pre Consultation Manager, Chris worked in pest control, so it’s safe to say he’s a pro at getting rid of bugs. As an undefeated junior champ, Chris is king at chess. But his wife and daughter are the queen and princess in his life.
Fun Fact: Chris would like to visit Florence one day because of the art, the history, and as it’s the birthplace of modern banking.