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Hague Consulting Limited's Directors, employees and Associates provide strategy execution and strategic review expertise for government, not-for-profit and private sector clients.  We can review operations, systems and processes, engage in the early planning stages of strategic investments, provide a rapid response, help with implementation or rescue projects in trouble. Our preference is to be involved early as that offers the best opportunity to help raise your capability.

Together we offer some of the best value consulting advice in Wellington and New Zealand. Chat to us today. We will listen to you, help define your problem or opportunity clearly and respond quickly.



Phil leads the strategy practice in our Wellington management consultancy team. He is a strategy implementation specialist with a background in strategy, finance and operations, process improvement, and project and programme management. 

Projects Phil has undertaken for Hague include: systems design and implementation, capability development, IT infrastructure replacement, process redesign. Consulting assignments include options analysis, feasibility studies, business cases, turnaround management, strategic review, strategy development, effectiveness and efficiency reviews, reviews of information systems, property management, quality auditing, operating model design.  Phil has managed ERP implementations including Oracle, TechnologyOne and Yardi Voyager. 

Phil holds a Master of Management from Massey University, a Bachelor of Arts (Economic History) from Victoria University and a Certificate in Statistics from Wellington Polytechnic.   Phil is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a Strategy Implementation Professional (SIP). He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP), a PRINCE2 practitioner and a trained Gateway reviewer. Phil is a Fellow of IMC (Institute of Management Consultants) New Zealand. He is experienced in operational excellence, value stream mapping and Lean Six Sigma and is a member of the Business Excellence Institute (BEX).



Jacquie Hamer M.Mgmt (Hons) CMC FIMCNZ

Jacquie is the founding director of Hague Consulting. With her background in market research, communications and business planning and analysis, Jacquie has a particular focus on helping clients make business decisions informed by data and insights.  Jacquie has also organised many successful seminars and conferences, particularly in the fields of emergency management and earthquake engineering. Jacquie is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).  Jacquie is a trained Strategic Doing facilitator.

Before she established Hague in March 1998, Jacquie was a director of NovaTech (NZ) Ltd - a highly successful consultancy business specialising in feasibility studies, business planning and market research. Jacquie also worked for several years for the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) in the areas of international science and technology transfer. Jacquie has a Sociology Degree from Victoria University and a Masters in Management with First Class Honours from Massey University.  Jacquie is Vice President and a Fellow of IMC New Zealand, the Institute of Management Consultants. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacquiehamer/


Dr Bob McNeill Ph.D CMC

Bob is a management consultant who has 20 years experience leading strategy and providing investment advice to the education, law enforcement, social and health sectors.

After a science PhD in Glasgow, Bob moved to the Open University's Centre for Educational Software as a software designer.  He was then recruited as a senior designer to the BBC's renowned Interactive Media Unit in the late 1990's, working on multimedia, Internet and early concepts for digital tv. A Visiting Fellowship at the University of Otago School of Business brought him to New Zealand in 1998.  He spent the next three years running the web team at e-Media (an Internet start-up) in Dunedin, before moving to a senior business IT role at New Zealand Trade & Enterprise in Wellington (the NZ Government's Economic Development and Trade body).  Many Wellington and Auckland software industry people know him from this wide-ranging role.  Bob left NZTE in 2008 and now consults mainly on strategy and business intelligence, seeing the two as different sides of the same coin. Experienced strategist and business case writer.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bob-mcneill-2761053b/


Salman Motara B.CIS, GradDipBusiness

Salman Motara has been employed as an analyst at Hague since 2019.  Salman has a degree in Computer and Information Science majoring in Analytics from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Business.  Salman has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and has completed management consulting training. Salman uses his skills in analysis and modelling business processes to support both IT and general management consulting engagements.  His skills include data analysis, value stream mapping, modelling and data cleansing. Salman has experience in business research, data analytics, requirements analysis and software testing and assurance. https://www.linkedin.com/in/salman-motara-ba7a30204/


Richard Downey B.A (Geo.) MSRM CAPM

Richard Downey is employed as a Consultant and People and Capability Specialist at Hague.  Richard recently completed his Master's degree (with Distinction) at Lincoln after completing his initial Geography and Planning degree at Newcastle University.  Richard gained experience in Human Resources at KPMG and DLA Piper in London before moving to New Zealand.  He has worked on consulting engagements for Hague and applied his skills in project planning, reporting, stakeholder analysis, capability development, communication and relationship management while building experience across a broad range of consulting work. https://www.linkedin.com/in/rich-downey-14107a77/

Hayden Schaw MCom (Hons)

Hayden is a Hague associate who provides services in the Financial Modelling, Strategy, and Valuation space. Hayden’s own clients range from early-stage start-ups to large private and listed entities, with assignments completed for over 25 discrete clients over the last 4 years, across multiple industries. He has an extensive Corporate Finance, Strategy and Financial Modelling background, both in investment banking with JBWere, Deutsche Bank, and Cameron Partners; and in industry in senior roles with BNZ, GE and Fonterra. Hayden has a Master of Commerce (Honours) in Accounting and Finance from Auckland University.



George Cole B.C.A 

George Cole is a Hague Associate. George has over 20 years’ experience in senior management/CFO/director level positions in the private and public sectors in New Zealand and internationally. Recently he has applied his project management and business analysis skills to short-term assignments including evaluation, feasibility, design, implementation and project recovery. He has worked in many sectors including infrastructure, IT and business system/processes. His varied HR and finance experience up to and including CFO level reflects on his ability to deal pragmatically and decisively in any situation.  His experience includes investor relations, P2P, shared services, procurement SRM programs and joint venture enterprises. George has strong human resources skills and experience including staff training and mentoring, change management and redundancy programs, Union and collective agreement bargaining.


Dr Iain Matheson Ed.D CMC

Iain Matheson is Hague Consulting’s research and evaluation specialist associate. Iain is the Principal Consultant with Matheson Associates Ltd - a Wellington-based management, research and learning consultancy that works across the community, education, health and welfare sectors in NZ and overseas. As well as being a generic management consultant, Iain has built up particular expertise in the area of research and evaluation. He has successfully undertaken research, monitoring and evaluation assignments with many NZ social sector government and non-government organisations, regularly gives talks to professionals on research and evaluation matters and now teaches an evaluation paper to postgraduate students on the Massey University social sector evaluation research and public policy programmes.

Before becoming a management consultant in 2004, Iain held a high profile senior management position with Child, Youth and Family Services and prior to that a range of Government managerial roles in the areas of policy, strategic planning, regulation and operations. Iain is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and still maintains his Scottish registration as a social worker. He has postgraduate qualifications in social sector evaluation research from Massey University, social services management from the University of Edinburgh and social work from what is now the University of the West of Scotland; he is also currently undertaking a part-time doctorate at the University of Otago. His professional affiliations include the American Evaluation Association, Australasian Evaluation Society, Aotearoa/New Zealand Evaluation Association and the Institute of Management Consultants New Zealand.



Debbie is an Associate with over 30 years’ experience in senior leadership and strategy in central and local government. With expertise in stakeholder engagement, public consultation, communication, facilitation, and customer relations across a diverse range of organisations and sectors, her contextual and systems thinking approach helps analyse and distil complex information quickly.

Debbie has Practitioner certifications, experience, and delivers training in a wide range of well-recognised project, programme and portfolio management qualifications. She is an APMG International Better Business Cases Practitioner and a Strategy Implementation Professional (SIP).

In 2021, she became one of the first people in the world to achieve all three of the new ProPath Certifications from Axelos: Project Expert; Agile Project Expert; and Programme Leader. She also recently completed a Master of Business Administration from Victoria University of Wellington. She is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, an APMG International Stakeholder Engagement Practitioner, an AXELOS Management of Risk Practitioner and certified trainer, and an APMG International Facilitation Practitioner.

Debbie is of Ngāi Tahu/Ngāti Mamoe descent and has a strong understanding of and commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi. Outside of her work, she is on the board of several organisations in the community sector, including (and former Member with Delegated Authority) Transparency International New Zealand where her focus lies in the Pacific (having worked for TINZ/MFAT on a project in Fiji), Treaty of Waitangi and is a member of its Māori Caucus.


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