Australian Strategy Partners expands to Melbourne

03 August 2021 2 min. read
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Recently launched strategy consultancy Australian Strategy Partners has established a presence in Melbourne.

Australian Strategy Partners, which launched in Sydney earlier this year, has established a Melbourne presence with the recruitment of experienced consultants Adam Qaiser and Oliver Jones, formers of EY-Parthenon, Bain & Company and Kearney. Both hires have previously worked alongside company founders and former EY-Parthenon leaders Jeremy Barker, Maurice Violani and Mark Blackwell.

“We are delighted to welcome Adam and Oliver to the team,” the firm stated. “They bring deep strategy backgrounds as well as a wealth of experience across a range of sectors. Both are classically trained strategy practitioners with engineering and MBA backgrounds and more than a decade of consulting experience in Australia and abroad.

Adam Qaiser and Oliver Jones - Australian Strategy Partners

Adam Qaiser joins Australian Strategy Partners after a period of entrepreneurial and freelance consulting activity, before which he spent a year and a half in strategy and operations with Bain & Company out of Melbourne. An MBA graduate from the University of Melbourne, Qaiser earlier spent two and a half years in Deloitte’s corporate finance wing, before moving on to Kearney, where as a leader in the strategy team he served clients across Australia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Oliver Jones meanwhile joins directly from EY-Port Jackson Partners (which joined EY-Parthenon in the middle of last year), where he spent the past two and a half years and was made Senior Associate toward the end of last year. An engineering graduate of Monash, Jones earlier in his career served in strategy and commercial analysis roles at Advisian and Jemena, with a more recent senior strategy and technology consultant stint at UK Power Networks Services.

In welcoming the pair, who will serve private equity and corporate clients with a focus on B2B, Industrials and decarbonisation, Australian Strategy Partners framed the appointments as Jones and Qaiser ‘rejoining the team’. All had worked with Jones at EY-Parthenon, while Barker and Violani held senior leadership roles at Kearney while Qaiser was a principal at the management consultancy (Blackwell, too, is an alumnus from before Qaiser’s time, joining from L.E.K. Consulting).

Since its inception, Australian Strategy Partners has targeted recruits with a solid background in tier-one consulting firms, including strategy and M&A advisor Julie Preston (five years between EY-Parthenon, Deloitte and Oliver Wyman), Simon Qi (ex-EY-Parthenon) and operations manager & executive assistant Amanda Gibbs (also of EY).

It’s a formula which appears to have paid off, with Australian Strategy Partners entering into a strategic partnership with global firm OC&C Strategy Consultants shortly after launch.