“As a coach Nick is encouraging and supportive however, is not afraid to provide direct feedback and objectively report back on behaviour that he is observing… I would recommend Nick to anyone who would like to improve their leadership skills and self-awareness or anyone dealing with people issues within their organisation.”

Abby Page – Co-founder, FlowerFox


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Chrysalis Advisory was founded in early 2016 by Nick Northcott, with a view to creating a group of businesses that would have a material positive impact on the Australian and global business landscape.  Providing services across Australia, Chrysalis has grown to have offices in Sydney, Perth and Wollongong.  Based upon a core competency of rapidly transforming and growing knowledge intensive businesses, Chrysalis intends to be a conscious business, providing an exemplar model of transformational leadership. The name Chrysalis was ideated from the process of transformation that a caterpillar goes through as it transitions into a chrysalis and then into a butterfly. It is not easy and requires an understanding of your context. It requires courage to step into the chrysalis. It requires creativity and passion to build your own butterfly.

“When I think of success for Chrysalis, I picture a wall of stories and being able to walk through the Chrysalis offices and hear and see the positive impact on the mindset, thinking and outcomes our business has had on the world.” – Nick Northcott, Managing Director


  • Freedom to be great – believe in yourself and just do it
  • Learn fast – it’s ok to fail as long as you learn, just do it quickly
  • Seek out other points of view – look for the adjacent possible
  • Call it as you see it – hard on the issue and soft with the person
  • Be committed to success – do what it takes to create success
  • Do the right thing – if in doubt do the right thing by your customers, staff and people


Nick Northcott, Managing Director BSc (Psych), BCom, MBA, CAHRI, GAICD

Nick founded and leads Chrysalis Advisory, providing Governance, Strategy, Leadership, Culture and Business Development services. Chrysalis supports Boards, CEOs and senior leaders in designing their strategy, business model and facilitating their team to deliver. With deep sector expertise in health, education, research and professional services, Chrysalis has a particular speciality in organisational change and transformation.

Nick’s most recent position as Chief Operating Officer at the Telethon Kids Institute was a diverse executive role where he led transformational change to build a platform for the research institute of the future. In this role Nick led a shift in the Telethon Kids business model, including the development of a number of innovative partnerships and collaborations.  With diverse experience, Nick has held roles in the global professional services firm KPMG in the UK, Europe and Australia, with the CIPD in the UK and within the Australian Federal Government.

An experienced consultant with global experience, Nick is an expert facilitator and accomplished keynote speaker. Nick has worked with a number of C-suite and board level executives as an executive coach and advisor in Australia, the UK and Europe with a focus on improving effectiveness, impact and in supporting leaders through change. Nick is accredited in the use of several tools (including the Human Synergistics suite) for personal and professional development and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. This pragmatic, hands on experience, commercial acumen and understanding of the importance of working with and developing people make Nick a unique combination in a consultant.

Nick is also a Director of Impact at Work (a specialist workplace investigations and mediation business) and Write My Grant (a specialist grant writing business) and was until recently Chairman of uDoc Health, a start up health technology company and on the Board of the WA Data Linkage Infrastructure Project. Nick also guest lectures for the MBA (Social Impact) program at AGSM, UNSW on governance, strategy, leadership, culture and risk and is a Venture Associate with 808 Ventures a global early stage venture capital firm.

Allison Northcott, Director BA, MLLR, CAHRI

A senior HR leader and consultant with almost 20 years experience, Allison has extensive experience in generalist and specialist roles across a variety of industries in Australia and overseas. With strong ability to engage, influence and coach senior leaders in challenging environments and a cross different cultures, Allison has a passion for guiding leaders and individuals through career and personal change.

Allison has established project and change management skills gained through planning and executing large scale projects through corporate roles such as Manager, Remuneration, Performance and Talent at Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Associate Director, HR at Westpac Institutional Bank and Vice President, HR at Credit Suisse (Sydney and Hong Kong).

With a Masters in Labor Law and Relations from Sydney University and having undertaken specialist mediation training, Allison is an expert in all things HR advisory with specialities in employee relations, remuneration, workplace investigations and mediation.  Allison is also founder and Director of Impact at Work.

Nina Burrows, Consultant BA, LLB, GradDip in Legal Practice

Nina graduated from a Bachelor of Arts/Law in 2016 and after being admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW, spent time working in corporate immigration. With high-level advisory and client-facing experience delivering outcomes to some of the world’s largest companies, Nina is a skilled writer and is looking to build her career in seeking out and aligning funding opportunities for innovative businesses. She is passionate about assisting clients who are making a difference to grow and succeed.

Nik Zeps

Adjunct Professor Nik Zeps, Associate Consultant BSc (Hons), PhD (Surgery & Pathology)

Nik brings over 15 years experience in oncology research including pathology based biomarker studies and clinical trial development. As a founding board member of the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance and former member of both the Research Committee and Australian Health Ethics Committee of the NHMRC, Nik has extensive experience in clinical research policy and implementation.

Nik has recently been the Director of Research for St John of God HealthCare overseeing a 5 fold growth in research activity from 2011-­2016 including the expansion of oncology trials through an overhaul of the business model that has attracted new and old sponsors back to WA.

He is the chair of the Cancer Biology Group of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Australasian Gastro­intestinal Trials Group and of the Primary Care Cancer Collaborative Trials Group Executive committee. He is the Australian representative on the Ethics and Governance Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) and was recently appointed Co­Chair of the Communication Committee of the ICGCMed initiative. He was the Australian member of the Steering Committee for the Global Summit of National Ethics Committees (WHO/UNESCO) from 2010-­2016.

Nik has recently been appointed Group Director, Research at the Epworth Hospital in Melbourne and will continue in a part-­time capacity for Chrysalis as an expert Advisor.