Australian consultancy Straight Talk acquired by RPS Group

06 June 2018

Straight Talk, a communications and engagement consultancy based in Sydney, has been acquired by Oxfordshire-based RPS Group. The UK consulting firm has a strong presence across the Asia Pacific with offices in every Australian state as well as in Wellington, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.

RPS group is a strategy and management consulting firm which works across a diverse range of sectors including energy, mining, built and natural environments and urban planning. The firm – founded in 1970 – employees 5000 people around the world and has offices in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia. RPS expanded into Australia Pacific in 2003 and have a thousand employees spread across 24 offices around the region.

RPS chief executive for Australia Asia Pacific Ross Thompson said of the acquisition; “Over the past twelve years, Straight Talk has emerged as an Australian leader in engagement for complex projects and initiatives under the leadership of director and founder Lucy Cole-Edelstein.”

“The team is passionate about facilitating meaningful dialogue between projects and people. They have built their reputation on a fundamental vision – that when it comes to decisions about our cities, communities and culture, every stakeholder has a voice and should have the opportunity to be heard. It’s a vision that RPS shares.”

Australian consultancy Straight Talk acquired by RPS Group

“The synergies between each company’s beliefs, experience and capability aren’t just strong, they’re fundamental. We’re extremely excited to welcome Straight Talk to RPS,” Thompson said.

The consulting firm bought Straight Talk for an undisclosed sum in May 2018. Straight Talk is a Sydney-based communications consultancy that will be integrated into RPS’s Sydney CBD office. Straight Talk provide its clients with strategic advice based on community and stakeholder engagement. 

Lucy Cole-Edelstein has been at the forefront of Australia’s growing consulting industry throughout the past two decades and has previously worked as a senior consultant for Philips Group and associate director at Elton Consulting.

Cole-Edelstein said that joining the RPS network was in line with Straight Talk’s growth strategy and will allow the firm to provide its clients with a greater range of expertise and international experience.

“Previous collaboration between Straight Talk and RPS on a range of projects revealed an undeniable opportunity to combine complementary skills, interests and approaches to engagement strategy, design and delivery,” said Cole-Edelstein. 

“Becoming a part of team RPS will expose Straight Talk to new technical disciplines and project perspectives, helping us to facilitate even better engagement outcomes for the clients and communities we serve. By joining forces, RPS and Straight Talk can continue to build a future where positive, proactive, best-practice engagement is no longer the exception, but the norm.”

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Deloitte bolsters digital capabilities with The Terrace Initiative

19 April 2019

Global professional service firm Deloitte has bolstered its capabilities in the cloud computing domain through the acquisition of management consultancy The Terrace Initiative, which is based in Perth. The acquisition gives Deloitte access to Alchymy, which is a insight-driven digital portal. 

The Terrace Initiative was established in 2013 as a management consultancy, offering a wide range of services including organisational change management, project management, risk management and business analysis. The firm is based in Perth, with an additional office in Sydney.

The firm offers support with digital transformation and is adept at dealing with services in the Industry 4.0 domain, making it an enticing prospect for Big Four accounting and advisory firm Deloitte. Specifically, Deloitte is aiming to acquire capabilities in Alchymy, which is an insight-enabled change management platform.

Alchymy was devised to cope with the high-speed environment that is characteristic of the contemporary business environment. The firm is hosted in the digital domain, and delivers data-driven insights that are computed in real time on a singular dashboard for organisations.

Deloitte bolsters digital capabilities with The Terrace Initiative

Leaders have an overview of the progress being made in different areas of their organisation, with simultaneous identification of any barriers being faced in any domain. Alchymyst offers visual representation, which enables the quick deciphering of progress and issues, allowing for speedy action. 

The platform will significantly enhance Deloitte’s capabilities. Conditions of the transaction dictate that the joint CEOs at The Terrace Initiative – Melissa Bell and Corrie Scheepers – will join Deloitte at a Partner level, and will lead a new change management division. All roughly 50 The Terrace Initiative employees will also join the big four accounting and consulting giant.

The acquisition comes amid a period of expansion for Deloitte Australia. Since the start of this year, the firm has made a foray into the New Zealand market with its digital vertical, in addition to the acquisition of risk consultancy Converging Data Australia.

Managing Partner of Consulting at Deloitte, Kaylene O’Brien, said of the acquisition, “The digital age is driving organisational change at an unprecedented rate. Managing the human aspects of these changes is incredibly complex and generates large amounts of data that has traditionally been hard to capture and interpret.”

David Brown, Leader of Human Capital at Deloitte added, “The world of work is rapidly changing. The future of work, workers and the workplace are all being disrupted by technology, in a myriad of ways. Successful change initiatives and inspired cultures rely on agile, flexible and innovative leaders, and the effective use of data will become increasingly important.”