Nicola Grayson

Chief Executive Officer

Nicola Grayson is the Chief Executive of Consult Australia.  Nicola is responsible for implementing the organisation’s strategy, building ongoing external relationships, and for leading Consult Australia’s advocacy and government relations agenda on behalf of member firms.

Nicola is a government relations specialist, and has represented industry associations in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Australia.  Nicola has worked across a range of sectors including general insurance, consumer finance, alcohol, and education, in addition to consulting engineering.  She has an Honours Degree in Law from the United Kingdom, and was previously Consult Australia’s Director of Policy and Government Relations.


Penny Clark

Finance Manager

Penny has a diverse range of industry experience across finance and operations in large multinationals and SMEs across various sectors including marketing, software, recruitment, construction and FMCG. 

Penny seeks to partner with organisations, their stakeholders and staff by respecting and nurturing people and relationships and leading with integrity, honesty and keeping an open mind. She is focused on delivering sustainable results and change for success.


Linda Gaunt

Engagement Manager

Linda Gaunt is a career association manager with over 20 years’ experience in managing not for profit organisations. Linda’s success comprises developing and implementing sound association strategies and identifying market opportunities. Linda joined Consult Australia in 2018 as NSW State Manager. In October 2020 she accepted the role of Engagement Manager with responsibility for Consult Australia membership engagement, events, sponsorships and partnerships, with line management responsibility for our marketing team.

Linda holds a Master’s of Business Administration and in 2005 was honoured to receive the Hudson Private and Community South Australian  Business Woman of the year as well as the overall Telstra South Australian Business Woman of the year.  Linda is now a member of the Telstra Business Woman's Alumni and has acted as a judge for the program on a number of occasions.


James Robertson

Policy Lead (People and Pipeline) and VIC Manager

James joined Consult Australia in July 2018 as a policy advisor, bringing with him policy experience across a number of sectors. In October 2020 he became VIC Manager with a focus on policy, advocacy, and business development.

Prior to joining the team, James was a policy manager at Consult Australia’s sister association in the UK. James also has a background in the Australian Public Service and in consulting, having previously worked in transport, infrastructure, security and health policy areas. James is a cricket fan in his spare time.


Kristy Eulenstein

Policy Lead (Practice and Procurement) and NSW Manager

Kristy joined Consult Australia in July 2019, after over 15 years in the public service. She has delivered high-profile policy and regulatory initiatives involving significant stakeholder engagement on a range of topics such as gambling, online content, and broadcasting. In October 2020 she became NSW Manager with with a focus on policy, advocacy, and business development, as well as line management for our state and territory managers (SA/NT/Tas/ACT/QLD/WA).

Kristy is legally trained and enjoys delving into complex legal problems. In her spare time Kristy sews, watches films (featuring powerful women) and looks forward to seeing her Rabbitohs win more NRL premierships.


Teone Tobin

Policy Analyst

Teone is a Policy Analyst at Consult Australia and joined the team in January 2021. Prior to this, Teone worked in the legal industry for four years, where she crafted her skills in stakeholder engagement, problem-solving, strategic thinking, research and analysis.

She is currently undertaking a Masters in Public Policy and Management where she has had the opportunity to develop her skills and knowledge in policy development. Outside of work Teone enjoys painting, gardening and finding new gems in Australian music.


Jan Irvine

Manager SA, TAS and the Territories

Jan joined Consult Australia in December 2009, with a background in finance, IT, recruitment, event management and advocacy, bringing with her the knowledge and experience gained by working in both non-profit and corporate organisations in a number of executive and management positions.

Responsible for achieving Consult Australia’s business strategy and representing its member businesses from SA, NT and TAS and from December 2020 the ACT on a wide range of issues, Jan facilitates the connection of business to Government and business to business - working with government at both state and federal level, collaborating with numerous Built and Natural Environment stakeholders. She strives to address critical business issues and improve the business environment in which our member firms work.


Diane Dowdell

Diane Dowdell

WA Manager

Diane has broad experience across government, resources and the consulting sectors and has been working with and supporting industry and professional associations over the past 15 years.  Diane has held policy roles in government, and worked in management roles on major infrastructure and mining developments in both Australia and overseas.  She brings knowledge of policy development, government relations, fostering productive working relationships with government agencies on developments and permitting activities and extensive community stakeholder engagement to Consult Australia. 

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QLD Manager

Kristine has over 18 years’ experience operating in both private and government owned corporations across energy, resources and defence sectors. Her expertise covers strategy, risk, policy development, project management and business transformation. Kristine brings a strong skillset in stakeholder engagement with highly developed collaboration, communication and organisational skills. She has a demonstrated ability to manage multifaceted projects across a business, understand the regulatory and commercial environment, and leverage strategic capability and analysis to provide meaningful insight and advice to clients and stakeholders.