Nick Carlaw

Managing Principal
Wellington Office

Clients value the way Nick works with them to understand their issues and develop practical solutions.

Nick applies a broad range of skills and experience to three speciality areas: business cases, organisational performance and financial analysis and modelling. He quickly gets to grips with complex problems using a mix of strategic and analytical thinking.

Examples of Nick’s work include:

• Advising public agencies on funding arrangements, including working out the optimal mix of government and third party funding – for Auckland Council he designed a charging mechanism for the use of public space for commercial purposes, and a 30-item fee regime that replaced 350 separate fees.

• Developing business cases that precisely meet client needs, drawing on the Better Business Case framework – Nick led an indicative business case for the Ministry of Justice to replace paper with electronic files in the court system, and he has developed smaller business cases, eg to establish an enlarged rural fire district involving multiple agencies.

• Reviewing central and local government organisations to improve performance – such as the Ministry of Education’s corporate services and MBIE’s corporate, governance and information group, and a section 17A review of Hauraki District Council’s roading services contracts.

Clients also benefit from the crossover in Nick’s specialist skills, such as his work for the Standards Council, where he assessed its financial sustainability, and also developed an alternative business model – which led to the new location of the standards function within MBIE.

Project Examples