Tara Waniganayaka

Tara Waniganayaka


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Tara brings a strong understanding of business strategy and practical experience in organisational change. Her problem-solving and critical thinking skills are complemented by her focus on productive interpersonal relationships at the client level. Tara has worked with state and federal government and private sector clients. Her industry experience includes health and ageing, central and economic agencies, financial services and not-for-profit organisations (NFPs). She also has experience facilitating and designing leadership and strategy sessions for companies and NFPs.

Influential work

  • Worked with the New South Wales (NSW) Ministry of Health to streamline their processes around data and analytic services requests, including the generation of process maps, personas and tools
  • Reviewed the operating model of a NSW Justice department; including extensive stakeholder consultation with senior executives, individual consultations with over 200 members of staff, and an hour-by-hour costing analysis
  • Modelled a five-year forecast based on existing cost analysis, projected population increase and staffing growth; the results of which were presented by a NSW department to NSW Treasury to request further funding
  • Currently developing an outcomes framework to establish performance metrics for the NSW Domestic and Family Violence System and mapping services to support the NSW Sexual Assault Strategy
  • Currently developing an Integrated Care Strategic Framework for NSW Health.

Outside of Nous

Tara currently serves on the boards of two NFPs: Acquired Brain Injury Services in disabilities, and the Stepping Out Housing Program in supporting victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. She is also a mentor with the Women’s Justice Network.

Prior to working at Nous, Tara worked in health and government consulting at PwC, and was the president of the University of Sydney Union. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) majoring in political economics from the University of Sydney. She was a New Colombo Plan Law Scholar at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and the editor of Yemaya, the University of Sydney’s Law School Journal.

In his spare time...

Tara spends weekends bushwalking and hiking, and has a love for western NSW wines. She enjoys reading about innovation and entrepreneurship, and has strong interests in politics and public policy.