Fortis Consulting was established in 2007.
Today, Fortis employs some 30 people and has a network of more than 150 offering a comprehensive range of services focused on diversity, capability development and creating an optimal culture to improve retention, morale, productivity and return on investment.
National Senior Team
Executive Business Consultant
Responsible for project direction and management on larger projects, specialist advice and quality assurance.
40 years of experience in education, training, stakeholder and community engagement.
Mary is a leader in building individual and organisational capability to capitalise on language, culture and diversity of workforce, clients and community. An important part of her work has been devoted to Aboriginal well-being. Her public sector experience spans education, training, audit, evaluation, policy and planning roles. Since joining Fortis Consulting in 2009, she managed the rapid growth, business diversification, partnership development and organisational change that led Fortis Consulting to be identified as one of the top 30 consulting businesses in WA and winning the WA Multicultural Private Sector Award in 2016 (https://www.omi.wa.gov.au/EventsInitiatives/Pages/MMRAHonourRoll.aspx).
Mary volunteers with the Zonta House Women’s Refuge where as Chair of the Board she led the development and establishment of the award-winning Positive Pathways program that continues to help women to stay safe and lead fulfilling lives after leaving the refuge. As President of the Zonta Club of Perth, Mary led the Kimberley-based Aboriginal project which has achieved improved safety and employment outcomes for young people.
- Master in Bus. Admin.
- BA English and Italian
- Teacher’s Higher Cert.
- Interpreter and Translator (NAATI)
- Graduate AICD
- Cert. IV in Training & Assessment
As Business Manager, Natasha is to build on the work of Fortis. Fostering new business partnerships whilst continuing to strengthen the existing strategic relationships. Natasha will oversee quality governance practices for Fortis in its daily activities to provide sustainable and equitably business practices.
Having 13 years background in the finance industry gives her a good understanding of the drivers of business and connectivity with people. Relationships are at the centre of everything that we do. Connecting and providing benefit, making the lives of others better is what she strives to achieve.
Influencing advancement is what Natasha works towards being on numerous Not-For-Profit and For-Profit boards.
Natasha has a Bachelor of Commerce and post-graduate degree in Finance and Investment.
Her spare time is spent with her husband and two young daughters.
Julie McCulloch has a wide range of experience across the public and private sector as a project manager, lead consultant, executive coach and facilitator. With over 30 years’ experience of engaging organisations, local and national government, communities and public-sector partners to achieve organisational outcomes.
Her pragmatic approach enables her work to incorporate a strong methodology based on theoretical research with practical insights, which enable meaningful consultation and connection with those she works with. Her social consulting experience in co-design and consultations with communities, politicians, consumers as well as public and private stakeholders covers a wide range of activity including service re-design, organisational efficiencies and community empowerment in service provision.
Having worked in Germany, The United Kingdom and Australia has provided Julie with opportunities to develop through her passion for community development, strategic planning, revenue growth, risk framework and proactive engagement across all levels of stakeholders.
Most recently Julie has been involved in the New Disability legislative and policy frameworks currently being rolled out across WA, having been a key influence in the development of community educational tools funded through ILC grants.
Qualifications: PG DipSW, Cert IV TAE40110, Workforce Planning Development CHCCDP403B, Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer and Accredited UK Person Centred Planning Facilitator.
Dr. Ruth Tigges
Organisational Development Consultant
Ruth is an accomplished and highly practiced Organisational Development (OD) advisor and trainer with strong skills in Intercultural Change Management.
Having worked in multiple countries across the world, Ruth has developed and facilitated the implementation of custom-tailored learning and Capacity Development (CD) architectures (trainings, coaching, projects, workshops, large group interventions) to increase organisational effectiveness and stakeholder satisfaction. She thereby adopts a co-design process (in contracting, diagnosing, designing interventions, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, institutionalising) to working closely with individual and teams from the client system to increase their own problem solving and innovation capabilities.
- PhD in South East Asian Studies
- Master’s in Business administration with a Focus on International Management
- Master in Global Public Policy
- Master in Agricultural Economics with a Focus on International Development
- Intercultural Human Resource Development and Diversity Management
- Conflict Resolution in Intercultural Training
- Curriculum Development for Intercultural Training
- Concepts of Culture
- Core Competency Change
- Understanding Organisations- Facilitating Change
- Outcome Mapping: Addressing the Dynamics of Change in Complex Environments
- Developing Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks
- Change Management- Shaping Change
- Strategic Planning and Organizational Development
- Capacity WORKS
- Facilitation Training
- Intercultural Communication and Interaction
- Communication and Cooperation Training
- Facilitation and Visualisation
Senior Developer and Facilitator
Responsible for the development and implementation of change management training.
10+ years of experience in developing and delivering cultural diversity training for the services sector in New Zealand and Australia.
Design, deliver, facilitate and evaluate training courses for several large public and private sector clients.
Develop tailored course materials, curriculum and other related documents including all those required by AQTF.
Conduct and manage Training Needs Analyses and other related training analyses.
Preparation of a range of reports and papers for publication.
Effective liaison skills being able to communicate with all levels of organisations.
Robust problem solving skills enabling analysis of complex situations leading to innovative initiatives and solutions.
Strong training/facilitation skills with an emphasis on participatory style, clarity and conciseness.
Current knowledge of quality management systems including ISO 9001, the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) and the UK Investors in People Standard
- Diploma in Teaching (completed in New Zealand).
- 1991 Diploma in Business Studies (completed in New Zealand).
- 1981 Certificate in Business Studies (completed in New Zealand).
- 2011 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (Completed in Australia).
Member of Order of Australia (AM)
Director, Greg Martin Transport Strategies
BE(Hons), BCom (UWA), MS (UC Berkeley)
Grad Dipl Urban Systems (Swinburne COT)
Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Honorary Fellow, Engineers Australia.
Chairperson, Finance and Audit Committee, Community Vision Inc
Business Manager, School of Economics & Finance, Curtin University
M Comm Accounting, CPA,
Postgrad Dip Business in Accounting,
B Comm Accounting,
BA (Hons) German
Yvonne is a highly qualified and experienced corporate / operations strategist and governance professional (AGIA).
Yvonne is experienced across a large cross sector of industries and organisations, providing high level commercial, strategic and technical advice to a wide range of stakeholders.
With a background in Disability Services and Mental Health Yvonne has extensive experience in managing complex health concerns and her Operational Management experience has enabled Community Vision to expand its digital offering to consumers.