Our People

Peter Forster Director

Email: pforster@consultancybureau.com.au Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science (Forestry), Diploma of Agriculture Peter Forster, Director, has formal qualifications in Science (Forestry), Agriculture and Business. He has extensive experience
advising senior executives and leading major consultancy assignments in public and private sector organisations. Typical assignments include strategic and business planning, governance systems, performance review and improvement, comprehensive
organisation change programs and executive development. Significant consultancy projects include contributions to World Expo ’88, the Fitzgerald Inquiry and subsequent reforms, reviews of Queensland’s Child Protection and Health Services, and
contribution to strategy development for the Brisbane City Council. He also assists smaller organisations in regional and rural Australia. Peter is regularly asked to assist senior executives with challenging problems and opportunities. He is
a member of the Institute of Company Directors, Australian Institute of Management and the Institute of Foresters of Australia.

Catherine Sinclair Director

Email: csinclair@consultancybureau.com.au Master of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Certificate in Teaching Catherine Sinclair, Director, has qualifications in Teaching, Science and the Arts. She advises and supports organisations in the provision of a broad
range of management and consultancy services. She has highly regarded experience in strategic planning, systems development and human resource development. She assists senior executives to resolve complex issues and leads comprehensive organisation
performance improvement initiatives. Catherine has specific experience as a Board Director in Transport, the Arts and Local Government sectors. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management,
and a Certified Member of the Australian Institute of Management Consultants.

Les Hawkes Senior Associate

Email: mail@consultancybureau.com.au Bachelor of Science (Forestry) Les Hawkes, Senior Associate, is a Forester with extensive ecological management experience throughout Queensland. His skills in land classification and land use capabilities, environmental
and recreational planning and commercial forest management, including fire management, are applied in environmental impact assessment, urban development application and approval processes, land use conflict resolution, recreational planning
and development, and the design and implementation of farm and community forestry programs. Les has a reputation as a highly effective project manager whose pragmatic approach and skills deliver results in timely, cost effective ways. He is
a member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia.  

Ian Kelly Senior Associate

Email: mail@consultancybureau.com.au Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Laws, Master of Business Administration Ian Kelly, Senior Associate, has had 28 years experience in senior management roles and legal positions in both the public and
private sectors. He has held executive positions responsible for the delivery of legal services, funds management and financial planning strategies. He has provided policy advice in relation to legislation and cabinet submissions for government
and consults as a solicitor for corporate and private clients. Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia, admitted since 1982. Member of the Queensland Law Society. Special Skills

  • Providing high level support, policy advice, information and guidance to Government.
  • Developing strategic partnerships and relationships across the public and private sectors.
  • Project management, strategic policy formulation, implementation and review.
  • Contracts development and management.
  • Superior competencies in leadership and implementing contemporary management practices in organisational environments experiencing continuing change.
  • Ability to formulate, develop and implement critical business strategies and programs at both the corporate and business unit levels.
  • Ability to develop networks, liaise with clients and gain commitment from, and motivate staff in a competitive business environment of continuing change.
  • Demonstrated ability in reforming business processes to meet performance targets and deadlines through the use of technology and innovative management and entrepreneurial skills.

  Ian has a reputation for problem solving and for developing and implementing innovative solutions.

Jim Lowth Senior Associate

Email: jlowth@tpg.com.au Diploma of Business Studies, Graduate Diploma of Business Jim Lowth, Director of J Lowth & Associates Pty Ltd, has qualifications in Business. He provides The Consultancy Bureau with expertise in governance systems, financial
management, policy development, information management systems, program evaluation, performance review and audit. Clients benefit from his background in senior executive positions in public sector agencies in Queensland, interstate and overseas.
Working as consultant and/or project manager, Jim develops financial management improvement solutions based on the application of commercialisation principles, cost effective service delivery and performance based resource management.

Jan Wilson Consultant

Email: jwilson@consultancybureau.com.au Jan Wilson, Consultant, has extensive experience as a Director, Company Secretary and Financial Controller in small business.  Her skills include financial management, implementing computer systems, managing large
stock inventories, training and managing staff, and sales and marketing. She has experience with importing and exporting, dealing with countries including Japan, China, Singapore, Philippines, USA and New Zealand. Jan is skilled in MYOB, spreadsheeting
and human resources, including recruitment and selection and providing scribing and reporting services for senior executive appointment panels.

Karen Cox Office Manager

Email: mail@consultancybureau.com.au Bachelor of Arts Karen Cox, Office Manager, provides secretarial support to the Directors and Senior Associates to meet the Bureau’s administrative needs.  She has extensive and varied experience in this role and as
a Personal Secretary in public and private sector offices. Karen’s previous appointments include a longstanding role as Office Manager/Personal Secretary to five successive Governors of Queensland and a similar role to five Chairmen of The Public
Service Board in Queensland.  

Jan Clark Office Manager

Email: mail@consultancybureau.com.au Jan Clark, Office Manager, provides the first point of contact with clients. Jan has extensive and varied experience in administration roles ranging from receptionist through to Personal Assistant to the CEO in various
private companies. Jan is responsible for the smooth operation of the day-to-day business of the Company and works closely with the Directors and Senior Associates to meet the Bureau’s administrative, staffing, equipment, and organisational