About THQ

We are a consulting company dedicated to helping organisations and communities transition effectively into a future in which they thrive. We believe that every organisation and community can develop their own unique transition capability and pathway. We provide the advice, learning experiences and support to achieve your transition objectives.

We are committed to improving the value we add to our customers through ongoing research, development, and integration of leading edge practice.

We convene the Transition Edge Community as space for like-minded innovators to test ideas, discuss best practice, and get stuck into the how of transition.

We are guided by a reference group with a comprehensive range of technical, governance, and management expertise and perspectives.

HOW WE WORK WITH YOU

We build your transition capability by providing:

Consulting advice

Learning Journeys

Independent facilitation and leadership

Governance, partnering and steering support

Research and thought leadership

Transition Learning Labs

Where you begin your learning journey – A selection of modules and learning experiences delivered in stages

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Transition Project Labs

Where you get to work on your own pilot project and apply what you have learned in Transition Learning Labs

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Transition Research and Strategy

The work THQ is doing to ensure you have the best tools and knowledge for your journey

OUR APPROACH

Evidence-based transitions

Ongoing and complex transition problems cannot be solved consistently without an appropriate toolset.

We include Transition Engineering methodology where appropriate to ensure that existing complex systems are sensibly transitioned to lower energy and material use levels while preserving essential functions.

TRANSITION ENGINEERING: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Dr Susan Krumdieck's book introduces the Transition Engineering approach and methodology in a way that engineers can begin applying it in their work.

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OUR PEOPLE

Our team is a blend of experience and emerging talent. The work we do demands open minds and hearts as transitioning into the future requires deep expertise, leading edge research and exceptional facilitation and communications.

Grant Symons

CEO/COO

Grant is a skilled consultant and leader with 30 years experience in systems change design and implementation and a unique ability to help his clients understand and effectively address difficult transition challenges. He is a thought leader in large scale transition and skilled advisor and facilitator in strategy and operationalisation of new capability. Grant is also a director at Onepointfive Limited, a Climate change Risk consultancy.

Wellington based

Paul Rayner

PRINCIPAL COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT – CHIEF STORY TELLER

Paul’s considerable change-management and stakeholder-engagement toolbox has been forged in the fires of Fortune 500 corporates and across New Zealand’s public-sector and Parliament. His expertise is in communicating and engaging people around ideas that were initially complex and unwieldy. A sixth-generation Kiwi, he’s on a mission to invest his three decades of change-engineering expertise into ethics-driven organisations and ventures that want to transition.

Wairarapa based

Alex Delmore

LEAD RESEARCHER AND
TRANSITION ENGINEER

Alex has a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied Nuclear Engineering. She has experience in energy systems research, and her current research focuses on energy transition, systemic change, and urban resilience. Alex is interested in teaching and has taught and tutored STEM subjects at the university level.

Tasman based

Fiona van Petegem

HEAD OF CONSULTING PRACTICE

Fiona has a B.E (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Canterbury New Zealand and an M.B.A. in International Industrial Management from the University of applied sciences in Esslingen, Germany. With 20 years of experience in industry, and 12 years in mentoring and management, Fiona plays a key role in shaping and delivering our research and product portfolio and client engagements.

Christchurch based

Millie Robinson

TRANSITION ENGINEER

Millie is a Graduate Mechanical Engineer from the University of Canterbury, where she studied Transition Engineering. Currently she is working on a transition project in the Wairarapa and has strong interests in local governance, diversity and inclusivity and is a member of Women in Engineering. Millie is skilled in stakeholder engagement and facilitation and seeks to find evidence based and innovative solutions to challenging problems.

Christchurch based

Rebecca Walthall

INFORMATION DESIGNER

Rebecca is an information designer and illustrator. She has 10 years of experience designing for the public and private sector, making complex information, data and messaging easy to understand and easy on the eye.

Melbourne based

Jamie Silk

SPECIALIST ADVISOR – ENERGY, TRANSPORT AND FINANCE TRANSITIONS AND BEHAVIOUR CHANGE

Jamie is a strategic advisor bringing commercial innovation, financial and business case and specialist sector transition skills. His capability is founded in a deep analytical ability to understand and simplify complexity, detail and emerging trends to road-map, validate and deliver new solutions. He deploys the tools and techniques that have equipped teams from start-ups to global businesses win NZ and international innovation awards.

New Plymouth based

Steve Jones-Poole

LEAD CONSULTANT

COMMUNITY-LED DEVELOPMENT

Steve is highly regarded expert in the field of Community led development. He is a board member and practicing consultant. Building on a career in the New Zealand Police he has expanded and deepened his capability through ongoing academic and practical application. Through his work and observations in the field over many years he brings a wealth of insight to Community programme design, establishment and implementation. Community engagement cannot be an afterthought, Steve leads our thinking and practice when it comes to creating enduring community development outcomes.

Christchurch based

Brent Thompson

RESEARCHER AND TRANSITION ENGINEER

Brent's interest in the transition away from fossil fuels has grown since leading the structural and aerodynamic design for the Solar Fern solar car racing team in the 2007 World solar challenge. He studied Transition Engineering through the University of Canterbury in 2020 and sees the disciplines strength in its acknowledgement that there are limitations to what can be achieved with technical solutions alone. Having extensive design and manufacturing experience he brings invaluable insight into the possibilities and limitations of technical solutions and the value of researching and quantifying a system level view.

Christchurch based

Mark Kroening

LEADERSHIP COACH

Mark coaches leaders and influencers within the Learning Journeys programme, to move their organisations in the direction of place-based-resilience, so they more resilient and better for the places the organisation occupies. Mark trained as a coach through Columbia University, has an MBA, MPP, and BE(Mech), and has worked globally in management consulting, sustainability strategy, and sailboat rigging design. In 2019, he ran a half marathon in every US state.

Canterbury based

Jen Vella

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY AND ADVISORY

Jen practiced environmental and resource management law for nearly two decades in Australia and New Zealand, predominantly in a leading boutique environmental law firm in Auckland. She has significant experience in advocacy and advisory roles, as well as leading interdisciplinary teams and communities to navigate complex issues and facilitate positive environmental outcomes. Along with an intimate knowledge of the regulatory and policy framework relevant to transition, she brings a lawyer’s eye and mindset to her projects. Her current study lies in the area of transition leadership (University of Canterbury) and organisational agility (Tech Futures Lab).

Auckland based

Nathan Surendran

TRANSITION ENGINEERING CONSULTANT

Nathan is a recovering Chartered Professional Engineer with a passion for honest conversations regarding the future we actually face. With a Bachelor in Engineering from the University of Nottingham, early career work was in projects up to $1Bn NZD and leading large multi-disciplinary teams in realising highly efficient buildings with integrated renewable energy systems. He developed a broader ‘biophysical limits’ systems perspective combining economics, environment and energy, and use of the Transition Engineering framework. Alongside entrepreneurial and academic endeavours, he helps communicate to a broader audience the benefits of asking the right questions, and the early mover advantage of well-informed transition decisions. 

Southland based

We are guided by a reference group with a comprehensive range of technical, governance, and management expertise and perspectives.

CONTACT US

For more information about your THQ Learning Journey, please get in touch

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