innovation and continuity since 1992

Reliable evidence .... insightful advice …. enduring success

Government, not-for-profit and corporate clients rely on us for unique management and business development insights to improve outcomes. Our independent assessments provide a solid foundation for progress. Our strategies are unique. We work with Boards or management teams to understand issues, build an agreed way forward and then implement improvement plans. This results in:

  • clear direction, owned by the client
  • improved effectiveness and efficiency
  • practical implementation pathways.

Our approach to problem solving is our hallmark. We deliver improved business solutions for our clients - our recommendations are practical and enduring.


Over twenty years, we have developed a strong reputation for professionalism and service excellence.  We have a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills across a broad range of industries and disciplines. You can be assured that by working with McDonnell-Phillips, you will have a partner that you can trust and count on for success.




For the past twenty years, McDonnell-Phillips has worked with public sector managers on small and large research, review/evaluation, marketing, strategy and change management projects. As a result, we have a vast knowledge of how government works, what customers and communities want, how to develop policy that achieves the targeted impact, how to structure government effectively and efficiently, different business model options and how to plan for enduring success.

We have worked with local, state and federal governments. We have worked with many different government departments including agriculture and fishing; arts; clean tech; communications and IT; community services; corporate services; corrective services; creative industries; disabilities; education; emergency services; employment; food; government services; health; housing; human services; law and order; natural resources and environmental management; public works, asset management and construction; science; shared services; small business; tourism; trade and export; transport (i.e main roads, rail and ports); utilities; waste.



We work with individual companies and industry associations seeking to improve business performance or grow through developing and enhancing their competitive position. This has ranged from market scans to pricing studies to location studies to talking to clients about performance and future opportunities to build relationships to strategy and planning.

Companies have valued our innovative approaches, professional expertise, experience, and confidentiality. 

Sectors include automotive, trucking and ancillary companies; construction; food; manufacturing; mining, heavy equipment and support companies; professional service firms including legal, architects, recruitment, training, advertising, ICT.



As not-for-profits grow, there are points when additional commercial and corporate expertise can make all the difference. It may be working with Boards on up-skilling or strategy development, reviewing organisational structures or capacity, evaluating programs, services or roles/responsibilities, client consultation or repositioning for future growth. We have worked with a number of not-for-profits when they have needed some additional corporate support, resource or an external perspective on an organisational issue.

Thinking about getting external advice?

Sometimes when you're not part of the day to day struggle, you can see things from a different perspective. That's why an external, independent point of view can help to improve organisational performance.

Our approach integrates research and evaluation with strategic thinking, planning and implementation to bring about real change in organisations.

If you would like to talk about an organisational issue or how to optimise performance, please contact our directors for a non-obligation discussion about your needs and how we might be able to help.