About

Vision

Enhancing Transformational Growth

Founded in early 2016 by experienced executive, consultant and entrepreneur Nick Northcott, Chrysalis is focused on helping individuals, teams and organisations unlock value, manage risk and to innovate.

The name Chrysalis stems from the metaphor used to describe the process of transformation observed in nature. The growth of a hungry caterpillar eager for change who enters the Chrysalis (cocoon) where it transforms into a beautiful butterfly mirrors the process of transformation that we aim for with all of our clients. Whether that be commercialising IP that transforms an industry / market or redefining the governance arrangements in a business that leads to transformational change.

We are your trusted partners throughout this transformation process.

our values & behaviours

Freedom to
be great

  • 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
perspectives

  • 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.

Learn
fast

  • 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.

Be committed
to success

  • 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
right thing

  • We always act with integrity.
  • We look for opportunities to build sustainable systems.
  • We make time to help colleagues.
  • We share openly and proactively.

"Everyday I hear our clients telling us that they need someone that they trust with the expertise and agility to help them to think through and exploit opportunities and to identify, manage and govern the risks that the current volatile and changing external environment brings. We see a massive opportunity to bring this outside in thinking as a long term partner with our clients to support them to maximise their impact both financial and social."

Nick Northcott Managing Partner

testimonials

"Can’t thank you enough for the superb facilitation Nick. It exceeded my already high expectations. It was world class. The clear strategic plan we achieved and the communication techniques you showed us are already making a huge impact here. I feel privileged to get this opportunity to work with you and observe the mastery in process."

Dr. Michael Winlo, CEO, Linear Clinical Research

“Nick has worked on several occasions with our Leadership Team of 14 individuals from very diverse working and cultural backgrounds. Through Nick’s skilled coaching and excellence in this field, he has taken our organisation on a positive journey to strengthen our purpose and vision, putting strategic plans together to enable us to strive towards our mission. He has brought about a positive cultural change within the organisation and enabled us to form a cohesive team that continues to build trust in each other. The skills learnt through Nick’s positive, empowering coaching skills have given the Leadership team insight and clear direction of our culture values. The bespoke training manual that he created for the staff continues to be used as a tool for achieving positive outcomes. Due to his skilled coaching, Linear has a united, trusting leadership team, working together with unified purpose.”

Gail Clement, Clinical Unit Manager, Linear Clinical Research

“Chrysalis Advisory provides an extremely professional and comprehensive suite of business services. Nick Northcott is a rarity. He always delivers, goes the extra mile for his clients, and is generous with his time, energy and contacts. In a matter of months, Nick has become my most trusted advisor. He is genuinely interested in assisting others to achieve their goals. I recommend Nick and his team without hesitation.”

Laura Keily, Barrister and Entrepreneur, BSc, LLB (Hons), MCommrclLaw, GAICD

Nick Northcott expertly facilitated a one-day meeting and workshop bringing together a diverse range of stakeholders across the clinical trials sector. The meeting was the first of its kind and Nick ensured the meeting delivered above and beyond on all objectives, including scoping six high quality projects and setting the tone and high expectations for future events. Nick also provided professional advice and assistance in meeting preparation as well as consolidating the meeting output and crucially identifying a pathway to action via an instructive report. We really look forward to working with Nick again!

Leanne Weekes, Programme Director, Clinical Trials Impact & Quality

“I engaged Nick’s services in 2017, to assist me in transitioning from a technical expert role into one of being a manager and executive team member of a large organization. It was a great decision. Nick is an attentive listener, he is honest and thoughtful. I trust him wholeheartedly. His broad knowledge, experience in organizations and authenticity have helped me develop the skills needed for my role, many of which were new to me – strategic recruitment, change and project management and having difficult conversations, to name a few. He has always made himself available to me during the challenging moments I have faced. I recommend his services as a coach for any new executive manager without reservation.”

C-level Executive of an ASX 100 company,

"Nick has presented as the ‘complete package’. This is a rare blend of technical expertise, emotional and social quotient, higher educational insights, challenging behaviour and the display of a genuine interest in what we want to achieve."

Jenny Taylor, Director of People & Capability, Curtin University

“I have recently worked with both Allison and Nick at Chrysalis Advisory. I consider myself to be a hard taskmaster and I am very impressed. Firstly, I was kept up to date on the status of the matter and with costs at all relevant times. This is very important to me when I brief out a matter. Communication and feedback is essential. Secondly, Allison and Nick are extremely professional and efficient. We conducted a lot of meetings over video on the computer, which was productive and less costly. Thirdly, the matter they dealt with was complex, with a significant degree of technical language and operational networks and also intricate cultural issues. I was impressed with the way they were able to easily master the core issues within a short period of time. Fourthly, the report that was produced at the conclusion of the matter was of a high standard. It was thorough and easy to understand, with supported reasoning. I would recommend Chrysalis Advisory to anyone seeking a professional and high quality workplace investigation to be conducted. Last but not least, both Allison and Nick are delightful people and working with them is a pleasure.”

In-house Counsel Employee Relations National Tourism/Hospitality company,

"Allison handled my case with care and sensitivity, wanting to ensure that me, and the other party, were treated fairly at all times. She was very well-prepared with a robust process that seeks to establish the facts through a series of in-depth interviews and a review of other artefacts."

Senior Global IT Business Director, Complainant in a bullying/harassment matter

"Chrysalis Advisory was very responsive to an urgent request we had to help us investigate a complex staff harassment matter. Allison and her team were professional, thorough and worked through the issues in a reasonable timeframe for all concerned."

Board Member Global Not for Profit organisation,

“I have worked with Chrysalis Advisory since early 2019 on a number of different projects drawing on their professional and excellent services in the areas of strategy, organisation design, and facilitation. In that time, I have thoroughly enjoyed building a trusted relationship with them. I know they place the best interest of the organisation I lead at the heart of their advice. I highly value the integrity of their approach, their open, candid and direct style, and their ability to deeply listen and seek to understand. They are experts in what they do, enablers of transformation, with a sharp skill for surfacing core issues, challenging assumptions, synthesising, and focusing on root causes and levers that can be truly transformational for an organisation.

Whilst I have worked more often with Nick, I have found both Nick and Allison an absolute pleasure to work with. They bring a valued mix of sharpness and kindness to all the work we have done together. I look forward to working with them again soon, and I highly recommend them to anyone seeking high quality strategic advice.”

Bettina Baldeschi, Chief Executive Officer, IWDA