About Us

WhO WE ARE

Our consultants come from a wide range of backgrounds.  One thing we have in common is that we are not lifelong career consultants.  We have experienced real-world business challenges, know what it feels like to be accountable for critical outcomes and what it takes to navigate the complexities of contemporary organisations.  

Between us, we have held C-Suite appointments, run national businesses, led HR functions, managed multi-million dollar programs, held senior positions in multi-national organisations, worked in government departments, led business transformation and been on the sharp end of defence initiatives. 

While our approach has its foundations in contemporary research, our application is always grounded in the contextual reality of our client organisations. 

Meet our team

Partners

Stuart Waldon Partner

B.Com, GAICD, FCPHR

I am a Director and Founding Partner at nXus People.

Having spent my career in a variety of organisations, and up to the senior most leadership roles in HR and consulting, I have a broad range of experiences and capabilities which I can bring to bear in almost all business scenarios.

My career started as an accountant in the brewing industry, at the same time as I was a Reservist in the Australian Army Reserve. After 4 years in the finance area, I moved into the People space and then took a series of more senior roles across Australia and Asia right up to HR Director level.

For the last 10 years, I have been in the management consulting arena, assisting a wide variety of businesses and leaders across multiple sectors and geographies including professional services, manufacturing, health, defence, government, fast moving consumer goods, consulting and the not-for-profit sector. This diversity of experience enables me to bring an extensive range of skills and experiences to effectively consult to a range of businesses and to assist in the coaching and development of staff at all levels of an organisation.

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At nXus, I co-lead the Canberra and Sydney practices with a focus on Defence and the Defence Industry sector, government, private practice and not for profits. My interest lies in how organisations and individuals can most effectively and efficiently deliver the desired outcomes and to work through the inherent challenges that come with today's world.

Outside of my day-to-day role with nXus, I serve as a RAAF Reserve Officer with the Military Workforce Design Division (VCDF Group), and as the Company Secretary of the Australasian Society of Developmental Paediatrics. I also sit on the ACT Council of the Australian Human Resources Society (AHRI).

I am married to the wonderful Jo, a senior federal public servant, and have two amazing boys who are both studying at Sydney University. In my spare time I love flying and keeping myself fit and well read.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Master of Science in Coaching Psychology (currently studying)
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne
  • Accredited in multiple assessment tools including Saville Wave, Herrmann Brain Diagnostic, Personal Directions and Birkman

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute (FAHRI)
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

Thomas Higgins Partner

B.A.(Hons Applied Psychology), M.Management, M.Professional Writing

I am a Director and Founding Partner at nXus People.

Before starting nXus People with my business partners, I held a range of senior roles in Australia and internationally, including significant experience in Asia broadly and Mainland China specifically. I have spent approximately half my professional career in private sector roles and half in consulting, in both senior business line and function roles - including Managing Director and Human Resource Director.

I have had the good fortune of working with leading organisations in finance, professional services, education, resources and energy, manufacturing, not-for-profit and public sector. These have included HSBC, AXA, AIG, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ANZ, ICBC, PayPal and the Royal Bank of Scotland in the finance sector. HK University of Science and Technology and the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council have been amongst education sector clients. TAL Group, China Light & Power (CLP), C&A, Swire Group, Briggs & Stratton and Fletcher Building are examples of industrial sector clients and the Australian Defense Force, Australian Antarctic Division, Australian War Memorial and the Australian Federal Police some of the organisations I supported in the Public Sector.

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In addition to my hands-on role in building and running nXus People, these days I coach Boards, CEOs and executives across a range of industries. With a unique understanding of what it takes to manage diversity and achieve with and through others, I have helped many seasoned managers find their way through challenges and achieve continued success.

I regularly facilitate and provide advice in the fields of leadership development, wellbeing, employee engagement, strategy, work and organisation design, creating clarity of purpose for individuals and teams, change management, communications, and assessment.

Along the way I found time to pick up a Master of Management, MA in Professional Writing and a BA with Honours in Applied Psychology & Statistics. I’m also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Society of Human Resource Management.

I’m married to Margot, have two daughters Alexandra and Emma, and four grandchildren – Josephine, Luka, Elodie and Tao – and a cat called Murphy.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Murdoch University
  • Master of Management, University of Western Sydney
  • Master of Professional Writing, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Accredited in multiple assessment tools including Saville Wave and Herrmann Brain Diagnostic

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Society of Human Resource Management

Molly Henman Partner

BA, MHRM&IR

I am a Director and Partner of nXus People.

I have returned to my hometown of Canberra- having lived and worked in locations around Australia, the U.S. and most recently Asia.

I have worked up to C-Suite level with a broad range of public and private entities, across sectors including Risk, Security and Support, Aviation, Defence and Defence Industry, Aviation, Mining and Resources, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Banking, Retail, Energy and Professional services.

My first degree was in Political Science, and the early part of my career was as a Researcher at ANU in the Research School of Social Sciences and in the Faculty of Arts History Department. Curiosity, enquiry, love of research and learning have been a lifelong passion.

Deepening that understanding, I came to HR through a commercial background running high tempo businesses where I held P&L accountability. I developed an early and keen interest in leadership and gained extensive experience in leading large sales and business operations teams, as well as through leading strategic and operational HR teams. This gives me substantial insight into individual, team and organisational development challenges.

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As an Organisational Development specialist, I am energised by supporting others to develop their own insight and by helping people, teams and organisations learn and succeed. I have therefore been instrumental in both consulting and in-house roles in establishing and providing HR management services which support the alignment of people with culture and strategy such as coaching, individual and team development, leadership development, career management and transition and recruitment.

My interests are conversation, reading, entertaining, travel, vintage and antiques. I love houses and gardens and enjoy fluffing around my much-loved heritage house in Reid. This is not to forget my adored husband Bill, and two ungovernable labradoodles, Max and Milly.

Qualifications and Accreditations
  • Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University
  • Master of Human Resource and Industrial Relations, University of Newcastle
  • Accredited Herrmann Brain Dominance Tool (HBDI) Facilitator
  • Accredited 7 Habits Facilitator
  • Accredited Team Managements Systems (TMS) Facilitator
  • Accredited Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey(GLWS) Facilitator

Professional Memberships
  • Australian Institute of Human Resources
  • Australian Industry Defence Network

James Fulford-Talbot Partner

M.A, Defence Studies

I am a Partner and Director at nXus People

Before entry to the consulting world, I spent much of my career leading a wide range of teams, in a wide range of organisations, in a wide range of countries.

I started my career as an infantry officer in the British Army, learning about team dynamics in challenging circumstances. I experienced a number of national and international postings, including five operational tours in Europe and the Middle East. Late in this part of my career, I worked in large headquarters and as a procurement program manager in the Ministry of Defence, partnering with industry and government departments to develop and deliver capability to front-line service personnel.

I took this experience into leadership roles in the commercial sector, mostly in the defence industry leading large and complex organisations through challenges and transformation at General Manager and Director level.

This depth and diversity of this experience has helped me work with great clients, as a consultant, coach and facilitator including teams and individuals in Amex, Bloomberg, the Department of Defence, Canberra Health, Indigenous Business Australia as well as significant SMEs.

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Away from work, I am a volunteer firefighter with the NSW RFS, am a board member of Business Southern Highlands, am an active member of the local community, and wrote the Brass Tacks column for On Duty magazine.

I am married to Jodie and have two mini donkeys: Freddie & Mr Percival.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • MA, Defence Management and Military Studies, King’s College London
  • Post Graduate Diploma Defence Studies, Cranfield University
  • Managing Successful Programs (Advanced Practitioner) Association of Program Managers
  • Advanced Management Achievement Course Manchester Business School
  • Accredited in multiple assessment tools including Herrmann Brain Diagnostic & the Global Leadership Wellness Survey.

Associates

Elayne Verner Senior Associate

M.Mgt, PGD.Mgt, BA (Hons)

I am a Senior Associate with nXus People, providing leadership & organisational development expertise in solution design, program facilitation and executive coaching. I have extensive senior-level, global experience across a broad range of companies and industries, including healthcare, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, construction, transport, corporate and financial services, technology and government departments.

Prior to becoming an organisational development consultant 6 years ago, my 35+ years career journey includes highlights in roles as Johnson & Johnson Global Head of Learning Strategy (Emerging Markets), AsiaPacific Learning & Development Director, Head of Leadership Development for Woolworths Group, Learning & Development Manager for Mirvac Hotels, and 15+ years in General Management of 5-star hotels in the UK, Italy and Australia.

I am passionate about creating sustainable behaviour change, both at an individual, team and organisational level, with a strong emphasis on emotionally intelligent and authentic leadership, coaching skills, leading effective change, personal wellbeing and creating high performance teams.

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In addition to numerous organisational development and psychometric assessment accreditations, I hold a Masters of Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Management, Bachelor of Arts in English & Management and a Professional Certificate of Executive Coaching.

I love spending time in the outdoors and spend much of my time walking my two dogs, riding horses, gardening, bike riding and travelling.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Masters of Management & Postgraduate Diploma, Queen Margaret University UK
  • Professional Certificate of Executive Coaching, Sydney University Inst. of Coaching Psychology, NSW
  • Bachelor of Arts (English and Management Studies), University of Leeds UK

Andrew Wu Senior Associate

BA Hons in Psychology, MBA

I am a Associate at nXus People, with extensive experience working with C-suite and executive leaders in large matrix organisations across South East Asia.

Throughout my corporate career, I have held senior advisory and strategy roles in Government and multi-national consulting firms, working with Boards and executives to drive change across diverse portfolios.

I am an organisational psychologist with an MBA. I support executives to live their preferred identities as leaders and to create organisations that deliver profound and sustainable results.

I am passionate about assisting leaders to connect and redefine their relationship with their people in order to build organisations that more fully realise their potential. I specialises in organisational development and transformation, executive coaching, culture change, leadership development and team effectiveness.

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I am married to Barbara, a clinical psychologist, have a daughter and four grandchildren. I have a crowded back yard with over 30 bonsai trees.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology, University of Wollongong
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Wollongong
  • Accredited in multiple assessment tools including Hogan Leadership Assessment Systems, LSI & Leadership Impact, Leadership Circle’s TLC and CCL’s Benchmarks

Professional Memberships

  • Registered Psychologist (AHPRA)
  • Australian Psychological Society (APS) – Fellow: College of Organisational Psychologists

Paul Stormon Senior Associate

B.Com, GradDip Ed

I am a Senior Associate with nXus People, providing coaching and career transition support to candidates across a wide range of industries. I have managed large scale career transition programs for clients across a variety of locations including remote or offsite projects.

My own career experience includes highlights from roles in natural resources, telecommunications, public safety and professional training and recruitment and spans secondary teaching, sports coaching, learning and development, business consulting, career transition and teaching English as a Second Language.

I have a passion for teaching and guiding people along their career and life journeys and am very adept at connecting with people at an individual level to draw out their best. My approach for clients is to maximise cut-through presenting benefits in the form of a personal business case.

I hold a Bachelor of Commerce (Education & Psychology) and Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of NSW and a Graduate Certificate in TESOL from Curtin University.

I am also a very active sports coach (cycling and swimming), have been a long-term volunteer with Surf Life Saving Australia and I am recognised as one of Australia’s leading open water swimming coaches.

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Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Education), University of New South Wales
  • Graduate Diploma of Education, University of New South Wales
  • Graduate Certificate in TESOL, Curtin University

Tom Gilmartin Senior Associate

NDBS, FCCA, GAICD, AGSVA NV2

I am an Associate at nXus with expertise in business analysis and redesign, strategy development and implementation and change management. I help organisations to adapt, reorganise and remain resilient in demanding conditions.

My background spans Big Four consulting and Big Six legal firms, Commonwealth and State government, private equity, boards and executive leadership teams.

I've worked as a CFO, COO and Deputy Secretary at organisations including KPMG, Clayton Utz, NSW Treasury, Justice NSW and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, specialisng in finance, risk, program delivery, organisational redesign and talent management.

Calm, focused and considered, I bring excellent stakeholder and people management skills to the table, that build trusting and lasting relationships and networks.

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I mentor five younger people at various stages of their career development and have led a community choir of elderly singers. I live with my partner Sarah her daughter Chloe, and my daughter Lara, and spend my spare time dabbling on the guitar, knocking about on a tennis court and doing all things outdoors.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Chartered Accountant (FCCA)
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
  • Diploma of Business Finance
  • Project Management and Coaching

Chris Huet Senior Associate

B.A., M.Mgt,Stud., M.Mgt.Def.Stud, MAICD

I’m a Senior Associate at nXus People, boosting organisational, team and individual performance through better communication. I bring a diverse background in leadership in public sector, business and creative fields to my practice.

I served twenty years in the Royal Australian Air Force as a fighter pilot, instructor and project manager. After serving as the Commanding Officer of Australia’s fighter pilot school, I left the Air Force to consult on program and operations management for government agencies and finance and intelligent transportation systems companies. I consulted on the Australian Super Hornet acquisition from the beginning, developing the operational capability documentation, advising on operational requirements and managing the environmental approval process. I also developed the transition and communication plans for the $20bn Air Combat Capability program for Air Force, which covered the transition to both the Super Hornet and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter..

After leaving consulting, I worked as a Business Development Manager for Lockheed Martin, pursuing flying training and helicopter support business in Australia and South East Asia. In 2015, I won a $1.2bn contract for the Australian Defence Force Pilot Training System, acting as the Business Development Lead, Solution Architect and Lead Technical Negotiator.

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I’m also an award-winning spoken word poet who’s been crowned the Australian Poetry Slam Champion and presented twice on TEDx stages. I’m currently writing a play with the support of the The Street Theatre in Canberra, ACT.

I bring all this experience to my work, helping you communicate with the precision of a fighter pilot and the passion of a poet.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Master of Management in Defence Studies, University of Canberra
  • Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management), University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Management), University of New South Wales
  • Certified Level 1 Leadership and Organisational Coach
  • Member of the International Coaching Federation
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Carolyn Trotter Senior Associate

I am a Senior Associate with nXus People with expertise in introducing and embedding agile into organisations. The rate of change is increasingly fast and requires organisations to be able to adapt rapidly in order to remain relevant. Having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the agile mindset, which I use to help co-design new organisational and operating models. I believe in transformation through transparency, linking corporate strategy to the actual work being done. I operate by supporting leaders to delegate and empower their teams to own decisions to achieve the desired outcomes.

Prior experience as a senior PM in the Telecommunications sector set me up well for my agile coaching journey which began in 2010. Subsequently I have worked in Aviation, Banking, Insurance, Federal Government, Mining and Utilities (power and water). At all times the emphasis is on collaboration with all levels of people within these organisations to embrace agile.

Sharing the possibilities that agile brings is one of my passions. I enjoy creating and delivering agile training courses, and I have enlightened more than 1,500 people from C Suite to new starters. As part of embedding agile within an organisation selling the message is essential and I bring the skills to relate and talk to the entire organisation from IT, Procurement, Finance and HR and more.

Outside of work I continue to embrace agile and taught my husband the concepts whilst renovating. We have 2 Burmese cats, called Fib n Archie to reflect our love of agile and a good pun.

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Qualifications

  • ICAgile: Authorized Instructor and practitioner
  • PMI: Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master
  • SAFe: Program Consultant 4
  • Scrum.Org: Professional Scrum Master
  • PMI: Project Management Professional

Fergus (Gus) McLachlan, AO, MAJGEN (Retd) Senior Adviser

B.A., M.A. , FRSN​

As a Senior Adviser to nXus People, I bring my experience as a senior executive used to leading large, complex organisations to achieve outstanding results in the public and private sectors. Leadership roles have included Land Forces Command in the Army, one of the largest and most complex teams in Australia, and following a successful transition to the commercial sector, senior leadership roles at Boral - Australia's largest construction materials company. ​

I believe I am respected for my open and inclusive leadership, curiosity, and innovation, having led Army investigation into cyber, robotics, digital connectivity and data analytic tools. I now seek to enhance the competitiveness and resilience of organisations and institutions. ​

I am a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School & Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership.​

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In addition to my role with nXus People, I advise in private equity markets and on the board of companies ranging from US Defence and Technology companies to early stage AI and cyber security businesses. I advise The University of Sydney, Charles Sturt University and the Group of Eight University peak body on Defence and National Security and the mobilisation of research.​

I'm married to Maree, and have adult sons. I live in Sydney where I love competitive sailing and ocean swimming.

Voluntary Roles

  • Director of The Williams Foundation, Air and Space Think Tank​
  • Chair of the Advisory Board, AI and Cyber Futures Institute, Charles Sturt University
  • Fellow of The Royal Society of NSW

Our Values

Value

We provide high value adding services, advice and expertise that is best suited to our customers’ needs and makes a real positive difference  

Humility

We listen carefully to what others have to say, acknowledge the value of their experiences and work with them to develop ‘right fit’ solutions

Courage

We value what is decent, strive to do the right things and go to the core of presenting issues

Diversity & Inclusion

We embrace difference, treat others as they ask to be treated and seek strength in diversity

Trust

We create trust through consistently delivering high value services, authentically engaging and always working in our clients best interests

Innovation

Building on solid evidence based foundations, we welcome ideas and seek innovative ways to help those we work with

Our Commitments

In addition to our core values, nXus People supports and strives for positive social change in three critically important areas. 

1. Equal opportunity, inclusion, respect and appreciation for diversity in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, national origin and education.

2. Accepting the invitation from Australia’s First Nations people and walking together to realise the ambitions of The Uluru Statement from the Heart in establishing a First Nations Voice to Parliament and building a better future for all Australians.

3. Taking steps to contain the existential threat caused by climate change and minimising the potentially detrimental impact of our actions on the environment. 

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Stuart Waldon Director

B.Com, GAICD, FAHRI

I am a Director and Founding Partner at nXus People. 

Having spent my career in a variety of organisations, and up to the senior most leadership roles in HR and consulting, I have a broad range of experiences and capabilities which I can bring to bear in almost all business scenarios.

My career started as an accountant in the brewing industry, at the same time as I was a Reservist in the Australian Army Reserve. After 4 years in the finance area, I moved into the People space and then took a series of more senior roles across Australia and Asia right up to HR Director level. 

For the last 10 years, I have been in the management consulting arena, assisting a wide variety of businesses and leaders across multiple sectors and geographies including professional services, manufacturing, health, defence, government, fast moving consumer goods, consulting and the not-for-profit sector. This diversity of experience enables me to bring an extensive range of skills and experiences to effectively consult to a range of businesses and to assist in the coaching and development of staff at all levels of an organisation.

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Thomas Higgins Director

B.A.(Hons Applied Psychology), M.Management, M.Professional Writing

I am a Director and Founding Partner at nXus People. 

Before starting nXus People with my business partners, I held a range of senior roles in Australia and internationally, including significant experience in Asia broadly and Mainland China specifically.  I have spent approximately half my professional career in private sector roles and half in consulting, in both senior business line and function roles – including Managing Director and Human Resource Director.

I have had the good fortune of working with leading organisations in finance, professional services, education, resources and energy, manufacturing, not-for-profit and public sector. These have included HSBC, AXA, AIG, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ANZ, ICBC, PayPal and the Royal Bank of Scotland in the finance sector. HK University of Science and Technology and the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council have been amongst education sector clients. TAL Group, China Light & Power (CLP), C&A, Swire Group, Briggs & Stratton and Fletcher Building are examples of industrial sector clients and the Australian Defense Force, Australian Antarctic Division, Australian War Memorial and the Australian Federal Police some of the organisations I supported in the Public Sector. 

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James Fulford-Talbot of nXus People

James Fulford-Talbot Position

M.A, Defence Studies

I am a Partner and Director at nXus People

Before a relatively recent entry to the consulting world, I spent the majority of my career leading a wide range of teams, in a wide range of organisations, in a wide range of countries.

I started my career as an infantry officer in the British Army, learning about team dynamics in challenging circumstances. I experienced a number of national and international postings, including five operational tours in Europe and he Middle East. Late in this part of my career, I worked in large headquarters and as a procurement program manager in the Ministry of Defence, partnering with industry and government departments to develop and deliver capability to front-line service personnel.

I took this experience into leadership roles in the commercial sector, mostly in the defence industry leading large and complex organisations through challenges and transformation at General Manager and Director level. 

This depth and diversity of this experience has helped me work with great clients, as a consultant, coach and facilitator including teams and individuals in Amex, Bloomberg, the Department of Defence, Canberra Health, Indigenous Business Australia as well as significant SMEs.

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Molly Henman of nXus People

Molly Henman Position

BA, MHRM&IR

I am a ………

I have returned to my hometown of Canberra- having lived and worked in locations around Australia, the U.S. and most recently Asia.

I have worked up to C-Suite level with a broad range of public and private entities, across sectors including Risk, Security and Support, Aviation, Defence and Defence Industry, Aviation, Mining and Resources, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Banking, Retail, Energy and Professional services.

My first degree was in Political Science, and the early part of my career was as a Researcher at ANU in the Research School of Social Sciences and in the Faculty of Arts History Department. Curiosity, enquiry, love of research and learning have been a lifelong passion. 

As an Organisational Development specialist, I am energised by supporting others to develop insight and by helping people, teams and organisations learn and succeed.

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Molly Henman of nXus People

Molly Henman

BA, MHRM&IR

I am a ………

I have returned to my hometown of Canberra- having lived and worked in locations around Australia, the U.S. and most recently Asia.

I have worked up to C-Suite level with a broad range of public and private entities, across sectors including Risk, Security and Support, Aviation, Defence and Defence Industry, Aviation, Mining and Resources, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Banking, Retail, Energy and Professional services.

My first degree was in Political Science, and the early part of my career was as a Researcher at ANU in the Research School of Social Sciences and in the Faculty of Arts History Department. Curiosity, enquiry, love of research and learning have been a lifelong passion. 

As an Organisational Development specialist, I am energised by supporting others to develop insight and by helping people, teams and organisations learn and succeed.

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James Fulford-Talbot of nXus People

James Fulford-Talbot

M.A, Defence Studies

I am a Partner and Director at nXus People

 

Before a relatively recent entry to the consulting world, I spent the majority of my career leading a wide range of teams, in a wide range of organisations, in a wide range of countries.

I started my career as an infantry officer in the British Army, learning about team dynamics in challenging circumstances. I experienced a number of national and international postings, including five operational tours in Europe and he Middle East. Late in this part of my career, I worked in large headquarters and as a procurement program manager in the Ministry of Defence, partnering with industry and government departments to develop and deliver capability to front-line service personnel.

I took this experience into leadership roles in the commercial sector, mostly in the defence industry leading large and complex organisations through challenges and transformation at General Manager and Director level. 

 

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