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 used on more than 2,000 corporate, government and not-for-profit projects internationally.
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.
CEO and Director
Before Consultation Manager, Craig worked in investment banking in Asia for 15 years, where he developed an understanding or the skills required to produce a stable, happy, productive workplace. Craig's main focus at CM is creating an environment where people love coming to work, and he is a major proponent of the importance of work-life balance. He says 'every day we should engage with our brains, our bodies and our souls.'
Every chance he gets, Craig heads to the great outdoors. He and his family share a passion for skiing in the winter, and trail running, mountain biking and hiking in the warmer months.
Annoying habit: Craig grew up on a farm, so he gets up with the sun. Unfortunately that often makes him a very dull dinner companion
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.
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
Business Development and Key Accounts 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 Team Leader
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!
Customer Success Officer
Customer Success is the perfect department for Steph, who is bubbly and highly motivated about helping people achieve the most out of their experiences. A lover of the outdoors, you’ll find her surfing, reading in the sunshine, or chasing after her 2 beautiful daughters.
Favourite Food: I love a good cheese platter and I love to cook and eat Italian food. And baking… anything sweet!
Development Team Lead/Scrum Master
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
Nicholas van Paridon
– Product Owner
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.
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.
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.
Finance and Accounting
Accounts and Office Manager
Originally hailing from China, Paul is our Accounting whiz! Not only does he hold a Bachelor of Economics, he’s also a member of CAANZ and CPA Australia, and operates his own Accounting and Finance consultancy business. When he’s not hard at work he enjoys watching various sports and movies and trying different types of foods with friends.
Three people you’d invite to dinner: Xi Jinping (leader of China), Jeff Bezos (from Amazon) and Ma Yun (from Alibaba Group)