Matthew McLaren

Matthew McLaren

Consultant

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Matt is a consultant in the Canberra office who has experience working with government; specialising in public policy and government funded infrastructure. He has also had experience in stakeholder facilitation, having recently completed his PhD involving multiple qualitative interviews with key international government officials. Matt has strong communication skills as well as the ability to synthesise complex insights and present these concisely and logically. Matt harnesses his experience working with government for most of his professional career to enact a creative and disciplined approach to structured thinking in the public sector.

Influential work

  • Worked on an Australian Government department’s operational plan, involving ongoing engagement with senior members and synthesising input from three steering committees
  • Reviewed a major Australian non-government organisation’s data intelligence capability, including managing consultations with business leaders
  • Contributed to an efficiency review of a major government department, providing structured thinking and innovative ideas to synthesise qualitative data from workshops and deep-dive consultations
  • Developed an earned-value system for a large Transport for New South Wales (NSW) project, involving developing an innovative and easily-understandable solution to communicate commercial data
  • Completed a PhD on trust between government and international partners after Tropical Cyclone Winston, involving deductive qualitative content analysis of interview data
  • Served as assistant project manager for the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor upgrade works, liaising with sub-consultants.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous, Matthew was an assistant project manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff, specialising in rail infrastructure. He has also been employed by Baulderstone in Construction  Management, as well as the Roads and Maritime Services NSW.

Matthew holds qualifications and expertise in natural disaster management research from University of NSW and civil engineering from The University of Sydney. He has also volunteered on over 20 school holiday camps as a director and leader of school children.

In his spare time...

Matthew enjoys sitting with a coffee and trying his hand at a cryptic crossword, as well as cooking for his friends.