Founding Chrysalis in 2016, Nick is an experienced management consultant and executive with almost 20 years’ experience working with large enterprises, government, private high growth ventures, not for profits and SMEs.
With a diverse commercial, consulting and entrepreneurial background, Nick has a speciality in helping leaders and executives to think strategically, create value and navigate the difficult decisions and choices that inevitably arise during periods of growth and change.
His expertise includes strategic growth and transformation, operational excellence, organisational development & strategic HR, workplace investigations, facilitation & mediation, IP commercialisation, corporate finance and M&A.
Nick has extensive experience in helping boards and executive teams to manage complex and high risk matters and to originate and complete value adding deals, including having raised over $100 million in corporate, venture, grant and philanthropic funding.
Nick has significant experience in the following industries / sectors:
- health, life-sciences and medical devices
- higher education
- research & development
- professional services
- technology & high growth ventures
- not for profits / social enterprises
Prof Nik Zeps
Nik brings over 20 years of experience working in senior leadership in healthcare research. A cancer biologist by background Nik has most recently led national initiatives to develop and implement research infrastructure, policy and practice. He has been an expert adviser to the TGA, served on the Research Committee and Australian Health Ethics Committee of the NHMRC and serves on national and International advisory boards across a diverse range of clinical trials and biomedical research activities.
His expertise includes a deep practical knowledge of conducting research in health services and a demonstrated capability of implementing functional change in organisations that improve productivity through positive and sustainable cultural change.
Nik retains an academic role through the Eastern Health Clinical School of Monash University where he is an adjunct Professor and is Clinical Research Lead of Monash Partners through engagement with Chrysalis. He is a current Chief Investigator on grants of over $5million and still co-supervises post graduate students and publishes academic papers.
As an experienced coach, workplace investigator and mediator, Allison is passionate about working with her clients to get to the bottom of the most challenging workplace matter.
Allison's current clients include corporates and NFPs across all sectors, government departments and law firms. Prior to specialising in workplace investigations and mediation, Allison held senior HR/ER roles in blue chip companies in both Australia and offshore, including Westpac, Credit Suisse and Rio Tinto. Allison holds a Masters of Labour Law and Relations from Sydney University, is an accredited mediator having trained with the Resolution Institute and is qualified in the use of the Human Synergistic suite of tools for personal and professional development.
Allison is experienced engaging at all levels, including with Boards and has gained directorship skills and experience is a qualified company Director through completing the AICD Company Directors Course. In addition, Allison is Company Secretary for Eudaemon Technologies an innovative Med-Tech start-up.
Shane brings over 10 years’ experience in the commercial biotechnology and drug discovery space, and is a strong advocate for linking scientific and business strategies towards realistic translation and commercialisation of academic research. His experience ranges across the drug discovery and development landscape from target validation, screening, and molecule optimisation to in vivo validation, with the focus on developing programs to strong IP positions and potential commercialisation. Shane also advises on scientific strategies and program direction for start-ups in the bioscience space
A/Prof Tam Nguyen
Tam has over 20 years of working in the healthcare, health and medical research and research management sector including tertiary teaching hospitals, medical research institutes and universities across Australia. Tam serves as non-executive director on various NFP, healthcare and aged care boards providing his broad range expertise including strategy, governance, and stakeholder engagement. He also advises numerous medtech and health tech start-ups on their overall strategies, clinical trials strategies, project management and execution.
Prof Robert Gorkin
Rob is an engineer and entrepreneur passionate about transforming innovative concepts to commercial reality with a strong focus on social good. His experience includes work on five continents with world-class institutes and companies, varying from international corporations to entrepreneurial startups and not-for-profits. His work has navigated the academic-industry interface through research, project management and advocacy for advanced manufacturing and biotechnology.
our values & behaviours
Creating long term Trust-based relationships with our clients, Chrysalis enhances transformational growth.
- We believe in ourselves and others.
- We take courageous action to deliver our vision.
- We inspire with our desire for excellence.
- We care intensely about Chrysalis’s success.
Call it as
you see it
- We value truth and transparency.
- We are candid and direct.
- We are quick to admit mistakes.
- We identify root causes, and get beyond treating symptoms.
Seek out other
- We listen well and seek to understand.
- We value diversity of thought.
- We look for the adjacent possible.
- We challenge assumptions and suggest better approaches.
- We learn fast and eagerly so we are always improving.
- We see setbacks/challenges as an opportunity to learn.
- We embrace and initiate change.
- We keep trying new things until we succeed.
- We delight our clients and colleagues.
- We accomplish an amazing amount of important work.
- We consistently demonstrate a bias to action.
- We are tenacious and don’t give up.
Always do the
- We always act with integrity.
- We look for opportunities to build sustainable systems.
- We make time to help colleagues.
- We share openly and proactively.