Nick Sharrock

Nick Sharrock

Freelance Business Consultant and Interim Leader

Melbourne, Australia
Management Consulting

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Nick Sharrock's Overview

  • Freelance Business Consultant and Interim Leader at Nicholas Sharrock Consulting
  • Entrepreneur at The Apps Broker
  • Interim Director of Operational Change and Control at Venus I.T.
  • Interim Project Manager at Agenti Construction
  • Travel and relocating to London at /in America and Mexico.
  • Leadership Consultant at Hay Group
  • Interim Business Development Manager at Headsearch
  • Interim Project Manager at CEA@Islington
  • Head of Centre at CEA@Islington
  • Consultant at CEA@Islington
  • Consultant at Education Queensland
  • Design and Techonology Teacher at Education Queensland
  • Student at Griffith University
  • Electrical Apprentice at SEQEB
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Queensland
  • Griffith University

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Nick Sharrock's Summary

As 'self praise is no commendation' - following is an extract from another.

"Nick's passion for organisational development and leadership have led him to be a life-long student in this field, with a depth of knowledge and experience that make him an insightful, powerful partner to client organisations.

I particularly appreciate the way that Nick's passion for innovative and authentic approaches to leadership is balanced out by a no-nonsense, pragmatic understanding of how organisations work and how best to engage with them. This combination will support him in both supporting but also stretching the organisations he partners with.

As an individual, Nick is highly motivated and challenges himself to deliver his best in all areas, ensuring that he follows through and delivers on his commitments. He is supported by a strong team of professionals to deliver only the best to his clients and I would recommend him to any organisation looking for service providers in sustainable, game-changing leadership and OD work."

Donna GlanvillRe-order
OD Consultant, Facilitator and Intervention Designer (Self-Employed)

Nick Sharrock's Experience

Freelance Business Consultant and Interim Leader

Nicholas Sharrock Consulting

October 2008Present (6 years 1 month) Brisbane - London - Melbourne

In my freelance work I engage with organisations to close the gaps in process, to measure tasks and decipher the elements for success, and implement the practices for continual improvement.

I have worked with quite a number of organisations focusing on the planning and strategy of existing businesses and startups. I have a forte for writing business plans from an inert interest in business, business process, method, marketing, sales and strategy.

Whilst working in-house I aim to create a coaching climate and I engage employees around our common organisational goals and I raise awareness of the parameters that enable success.

Over the last several years I have adopted an interest in migration and have been working closely with Solicitors and Agents to advise and write business plans that will work to support the visa application.

My goal in this work is to maintain a full understanding of the requirements of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and to be a trusted advisor to my clients.

Interim General Manager

Nexstep Employment Services

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Human Resources industry

February 2013August 2013 (7 months) Melbourne, Australia

Nexstep is an organisation that seeks sponsored employment for migrants.

Working as a consultant in the role of General Manager my responsibility in this project was to close the gaps in process, map and measure tasks, and raise productivity. This was done through implementing practices that captured the actions of four teams for analysis, for continual improvement and benchmarking.

Managing Director

Engage Investments

Public Company; Myself Only; Investment Management industry

October 2010August 2013 (2 years 11 months) Melbourne - Brisbane, Australia

The goal at Engage Investments has been to source the best property solutions for individual investment expectations and financial prosperity.

Why 'Engage'?

At the centre of the business are the clients. We engage with them to decipher the best investment option according to their particular circumstances and goals.

On the other side of the business we engage with developers, builders, and other business owners to create the best solution.

Interim CEO Products

Shape Consulting Products

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Management Consulting industry

April 2011December 2011 (9 months) Brisbane, Australia

This was an interim consulting assignment to lead the development of a new company in the Shape Consulting group and raise the capacity of business development for four other divisions to support the growth of the organisation in accordance with the Strategic Plan.

Shape was a terrific company to work with and a thoroughly enjoyable experience with many outstanding professionals.


The Apps Broker

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

January 2010December 2011 (2 years) London, United Kingdom

The Apps Broker specialises in the development of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch applications. The company supports the realisation, development and launch of Application ideas through joint venture relationships with investors.

A key success during my time working on this business was taking an App into the top ten in the USA.

Interim Director of Operational Change and Control

Venus I.T.

August 2009October 2009 (3 months) London, United Kingdom

Management responsibility of five niche companies and their relating infrastructure. Supervisor of more than 250 projects with responsibility for the systems, processes, logistics, infrastructure, the use of technology, and the interface between these and staff.

Overhauled a manufacturing factory of 60 staff, replacing the General Manager for a three week period to raise performance and streamline the business, achieving a 30% increase in production.

Overhauled the stock and despatch department of 22 staff. Managed this department for 2 weeks and caught up on a 3 week back log in 3 days (36 hours). Set up processes, trained staff, hired a logistics manager, handed it over, and maintained a coaching role.

Interim Project Manager

Agenti Construction

May 2009July 2009 (3 months)

Managing 4 teams of 6 employees on building and construction projects.

Travel and relocating to London

/in America and Mexico.

November 2008April 2009 (6 months)

Travel and relocating to London.

Leadership Consultant

Hay Group

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Management Consulting industry

March 2006October 2008 (2 years 8 months) Brisbane, Australia


Project managed a program of cultural change for Australia’s largest Health Department. Managed a team of over thirty consultants from three states for the training of 520 of Queensland Health’s top tier managers and directors, consisting of twenty three day workshops.

Led process facilitation for a Wesfarmers coal mine as it looked to improve productivity when faced with closure.

Built workforce competency models to assess Ausenco a mining engineering company prior to it being publicly listed.

Project Leader for Lihir Gold on the merger of two domestic and two international gold mines into one corporation, and advised on developing a shared services for human resources and corporate.

Project Leader to advise the CEO of Brisbane’s Council of Mayors in the development of this public department as it grew to manage the merger of South East Queensland’s water management departments.

Project Leader in capacity planning for Australia’s civil aviation safety authority (CASA).


Led the business development for Hay Group Brisbane.

Instrumental in the win and maintained Hay Group Pacific’s largest contract worth over $2.5 million over three years.

Successfully marketed Hay Group to over sixty government departments, and forty private firms.

Won a place for Hay Group on four different Government panels of providers.

Developed bid/tender writing and branding workshops for delivery to colleagues and clients.


Executive Coach to six Queensland Health District Managers as they tackled the restructure of the State from twenty districts to fifteen.

Provided coaching to over sixty Directors and Managers in Banking, Oil and Gas, Mining, and large public departments.

Facilitator on over twenty executive two and three day workshops.

Interim Business Development Manager


September 2005January 2006 (5 months) London, United Kingdom

Contracted for three months to set up a new division of recruitment for senior managers in education.

Set up networking practices and incentive schemes for employees over twenty offices.

Successfully forged links with key organisations such as the National Association of Head Teachers, Local Education Authorities, and several other key companies across England.

Interim Project Manager


January 2005August 2005 (8 months) London, United Kingdom

Contracted for six months to project manage the redesign of a section of the Islington Green School.

Consultant manager of eleven staff.

Head of Centre


July 2003December 2004 (1 year 6 months)

Contracted for eighteen months to manage all factors of the school and most importantly to lead it through its ensuing OFSTED inspection, the school had been labelled with ‘serious weaknesses’ – October 2003

Successfully completed the inspection with personal commendation for my leadership and vision in the OFSTED report

In addition to my regular duties in managing the school and its staff, I created and managed the work of a multi disciplinary team of professionals including senior educational psychologists, clinical psychologists, and social workers, with the directive of improving strategy and outcomes for pupils.

Member of the Behaviour Support Services, senior management team to advise on district wide issues, responsible for eights secondary schools in Islington.

Member of the Behaviour Support Services Management Advisory Group responsible for overseeing the management of four other behavioural schools.



September 2002June 2003 (10 months) London, United Kingdom

Contracted to coach teachers, department heads, and senior managers in their preparation for OFSTED inspections.

Provided one to one coaching and ran various in-school and borough wide seminars.

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Primary/Secondary Education industry

June 1997September 2002 (5 years 4 months)

Head of centre and line manager of two ‘alternative education’ centres.

Consultant in the design, implementation, and maintenance of people management projects across eight secondary schools.

Responsible for training and development of staff across eight schools.

Managed a case load of up to sixty ‘pupils at risk’.

Design and Techonology Teacher

Education Queensland

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Primary/Secondary Education industry

January 1992June 1997 (5 years 6 months)

Seconday teaching, and teaching at Colleges of Further Education

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

19901992 (2 years)

Scholarship into teaching

Electrical Apprentice


19861990 (4 years)

Electrical apprentice

Nick Sharrock's Skills & Expertise

  1. Nine Conversations in Leadership - Worldsview 2011
  2. Purposeful Teams - Worldsview 2011
  3. Heart of Leadership - Worldsview 2011
  4. Train the Trainer - Haygroup 2007
  5. Job Evaluation - Haygroup 2007
  6. Emotional Competency Inventory - Haygroup 2006
  7. Behavioural Event Interview Coding - Haygroup 2006
  8. Reality Therapy - Glasser Institute 1998
  9. Inventory
  10. Leadership
  11. Investments
  12. Strategy
  13. Sourcing
  14. Coaching
  15. Employee Training
  16. Recruiting
  17. Management
  18. Training
  19. Organizational Development
  20. Change Management
  21. Business Development
  22. Small Business
  23. Human Resources
  24. Strategic Planning
  25. Mergers & Acquisitions
  26. Marketing
  27. Time Management
  28. Project Management
  29. New Business Development
  30. Consulting
  31. Business Planning
  32. Workshop Facilitation

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Nick Sharrock's Education

The University of Queensland

MBA, Business


The University of Queensland

Bachelor of Educational Studies, Psychology, sociology, philosophy, studies in teaching


Griffith University

Diploma fo Teaching, Teaching


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