Nous adds Peter Collins to ethics consulting team in Melbourne

17 September 2023 2 min. read
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Peter Collins has joined management consultancy Nous Group as a principal in Melbourne, with a specific focus on advising on ethics and integrity in leadership.

The Nous Group recruit comes from a McKinsey background, and has also been a director of the Centre for Ethical Leadership at the University of Melbourne.

“Peter is a world-class expert in leadership development, with decades of experience in Australia and around the globe,” stated Nous Group chief executive Tim Orton.

Nous adds Peter Collins to ethics consulting team in Melbourne

“At a time when ethics ought to be high on the agenda of every organisation as they grapple with major challenges, Peter’s deep thinking, formal qualifications and practical experience in ethics will be invaluable. I am excited he has chosen to join our leadership and capability practice.”

A doctorate-holder from the University of Oxford, Collins first kicked off his current career as a media advisor to then foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer, before moving into to private sector with McKinsey & Company.

Over the last 24 years, he has worked extensively with a range of listed companies including ANZ, BHP, Wesfarmers, and public sector organisations including the federal defence and environment departments in a career devoted to working with leaders and leadership teams with a special focus on leadership integrity.

As a snap-shot, Collins spent two years as a director of the Australian National Centre for Ethical Leadership as a leading ethics educator and investigator into breaches into integrity, with a focus on aligning purpose and values in organisations and senior leader decision-making, during which he was also appointed as head of ethics and integrity and a specialist board member at WEHI (the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research).

Nous Group described Collins as skilled in facilitation, leadership development and cultural transformation, with public and private sector results across Australia, the UK, Europe, South America and Asia, including an 18-month cultural transformation of an ASX 10 bank involving around 24,000 people in workshops globally.

At Nous Group, he will build on the leadership of Tessa Dehring and Philippa Prothero, the former who was promoted earlier this year.

“I am thrilled to join Nous Group to support its clients to solve their most difficult problems and gain a more expansive view of their reform potential,” Collins said of his latest appointment. “From my experience across the world, I have seen that leaders need expert assistance and grounded advice to be effective, to lead teams through unpredictable and challenging times, and to build cultures that are high-performing and ethical.”