Our Story

Our Story

At Collaborations our focus is on people. The potential of people working together to share knowledge and build understanding, for better decisions and outcomes that really stick.

Collaborations is a boutique social research and planning consultancy with a track record of providing research, facilitation and strategic advice. We pride ourselves in building strong collaborative working relationships with our clients and supporting informed decision making with our research and facilitation skills.

We thrive on diversity, working with inter-disciplinary teams, integrating values and information to develop new directions, building a culture of respect and COLLABORATION. Our 30 years of experience working with groups in the public, private at non-profit sectors has demonstrated the power of effective dialogue to facilitate change.

  • Are you working with multiple stakeholders?
  • Do you need to find common ground between different organisations and views?
  • Do you want to ensure that the diversity of those you serve or work with is reflected in your decisions?
  • Are you really embracing the challenges and opportunities of the future in your planning?

In a rapidly changing and complex world effective collaboration is an essential skill for surviving and thriving!

  • Collaborations can partner with you to facilitate effective planning and decision making.
  • We can build your skills and capacity to create and deliver lasting outcomes.
  • If real dialogue matters to you then we are ready to collaborate.
  • Client relationships

    We are committed to going the extra mile that is required to build quality working relationships which value the knowledge and skills of all involved. Lasting outcomes can only be delivered by working in partnership to build share understanding and ownership.

  • Courage

    In a complex world, there is always more to any issue or situation than meets the eye. It takes courage to ask the tough questions and get to the heart of what really matters and identify levers for change.

  • Integrity

    Our reputation as an honest broker and independent expert is critical to our client relationships and longevity. We pride ourselves in role modelling respect for all involved and our commitment to delivering on commitments made.

  • Learning and growth

    We are always looking for the opportunity to improve, innovate and learn. We demonstrate this by responding to the unique circumstances of each project and building skills and capacity in others.

Our Team

Michelle Howard

Managing Director

Sue Loukomitis
Sue Loukomitis

Research Director

Carol Vale
Carol Vale


Melissa Greenwood
Melissa Greenwood


What our clients say

We continually look for how we can add value for our clients and here is what they say:

  • "Bringing different and diverse stakeholders together and managing those difficult dynamics. Managing expectations and supporting ownership of the process."
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  • "Collaborations is rock solid and reliable to work with. You always get a group to a decision or an outcome. You deliver on your promises and go one step beyond."
    Testimonial 1
    Themeforest Customer
  • "Your questions and insights always help us to shape a better process and outcome. I appreciate your authenticity and fearless advice."
    Testimonial 2
    Themeforest Customer
  • Respect. Respect for all involved, for the issues of concern and for mapping a way forward. You create a safe environment where everyone feels valued.
    Testimonial 3
    Themeforest Customer