Rod McMillan

Rod has wide public and private sector experience including roles as a general manager in policy and operations, a strategist and consultant. He has been a senior public service manager, university academic, farmer and advisor to corporate leaders on business strategy, leadership, organisational design and development, public policy and programme/ project management.

Rod was the founding Chair of the Public Service Senior Managers’ Forum.



Rod has studied strategic management and leadership at Harvard Business School, and Stanford’s School of Business. He has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Canterbury and an honours degree in agricultural science specialising in management and rural development and extension from Lincoln University.

Consulting areas

Consulting areas

Rod has a wide range of skills and experience in relationship, management, and systems thinking. Key areas include:

  • Facilitation and guidance of strategic conversations
  • Organisation design and development
  • Business planning [process, content, written plans]
  • Foresight and strategic planning activity
  • Public policy development, research and analysis
  • Leadership development, coaching and mentoring
  • Machinery of Government - relationship management
  • Programme and Project management
  • Primary Sector - networks and problem solving
  • Value chain innovation - international and path to market
  • Education sector problem solving


 A sample of Rod’s clients include:

  • The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • The Treasury
  • The Reserve Bank of NZ
  • The Ministry of Education
  • NZ Police
  • NZ Defence Forces
  • Archives NZ
  • Te Puni Kokiri
  • Te Wananga o Raukawa
  • Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi
  • Te Wananga o Aotearoa
  • Land Information NZ
  • The Department of Labour
  • The Ministry for the Environment
  • The Ministry for Primary Industries
  • The Ministry of Social Development
  • Child, Youth and Family

  • The Community Funding Agency
  • The Ministry of Health
  • The Tertiary Education Commission
  • The Association of the Centres of Research Excellence
  • The Department of Internal Affairs
  • Skills Org ITO
  • Ministry of Research, Science and Technology
  • Dairy NZ
  • Beef + Lamb NZ
  • Wrightson Ltd
  • The Primary Industries Industry Training Organisation
  • Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre
  • Te Mania Angus Beef
  • The Escorial Group
  • Canterbury Fresh Lamb Ltd
  • Irrigation NZ
  • New Zealand Trade and Enterprise


A sample of assignment areas includes:

  • Financial modelling and the Public Finance Act
  • Review of policy team capability and capacity
  • General management projects
  • Departmental output pricing review
  • Policy process design and workshops for government
  • Relationship building with ministers
  • Māori education paradigm v western centric modelling
  • Treaty settlement negotiations and advice
  • Capability and performance modelling / plans 
  • Managing for outcomes modelling and action plans
  • Restructure, planning and change management
  • Review of appointments
  • Establishment of the Centres of Research Excellence
  • Review of the Centres of Research Excellence

  • Review of org approach to strategy formulation
  • Customer service design and implementation
  • E-learning design and implementation
  • ICT systems design and project implementation
  • Education sector frameworks
  • Policy around tomorrows schools
  • Primary sector tertiary education design workshops
  • Education provider modelling
  • Primary sector value chain design and implementation
  • National climate change workshops
  • International path to market design
  • Commercial innovation and funding processes
  • Science and innovation modelling
  • Facilitating planning sessions using scenario planning
  • Farm systems modelling in the Primary Sector

George Stuart

George has a proven track record in general management, policy and strategy  development in both the public sector and the private sector.  He specialises in scenario analysis and System Dynamics Simulation Modelling, providing organisations with risk-free insights into future possibilities. George has developed robust models for clients in the health, emergency management, education, agriculture, traffic safety, economic development and resource allocation, and human resources areas.

George has held senior management roles in the: Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Zealand Wool Board, Ministry of Research, Science and Technology and Business and Economic Research Ltd.  He also has international experience in Japan and Germany.  George enjoys teamwork in an environment of creativity and constant challenge.



George's PhD studies were in Radio science, followed up with a post-graduate diploma in business administration.

Consulting areas

Consulting areas

George has a wealth of experience in:

  • Simulation modeling
  • Scenario planning
  • Building strategic capability
  • Group facilitation
  • Executive and director coaching.


 A sample of George's clients include:

  • Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • Connell Wagner Ltd
  • Department of Internal Affairs (Royal Commission on Genetic Modification)
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • ECNZ Northern Generation and ECNZ Southern Generation
  • Emergency Management and Civil Defence
  • Energy Smart Ltd
  • Enterprise Horowhenua
  • Hutt Mana Energy Trust and Hutt Mana Charitable Trust
  • Hutt Valley Polytechnic
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Justice
  • National Mutual
  • Pilkington New Zealand Ltd
  • Sport and Recreation NZ
  • New Zealand Earthquake Commission
  • Office of the Auditor and Comptroller General
  • Inland Revenue Department
  • Wellington College of Education
  • NZ Qualifications Authority
  • Hutt Valley Health (Hutt Hospital)
  • Department of Consumer Technology, Massey University
  • Department of Child, Youth & Family Services
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry - MAF Quality Management.

John Murphy

John has over 30 years public and private sector experience primarily in business development, programme management and project management roles. The majority involved major projects for either vendors or clients.



John has a BA in Biochemistry. He has attended numerous training courses and seminars in the course of his career. His focus for the last 12 years has been business development.

Consulting areas

Consulting areas

John has over 3 decades experience in relationship, management, Programme and project management.

Key areas include:

  • Business development
  • Programme and Project management
  • Problem solving
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