Senior Consultant

Anthony Zanatta

Anthony is an experienced Senior Consultant, with over five years of engineering and asset management experience across the private and Defence sectors. Anthony has provided services through a number of client engagements in Asset Management, Reliability Engineering, Configuration Management, and Integrated Logistics Support (ILS).

As a Senior Consultant, Anthony’s core responsibility lies in service delivery to our clients, where he specialises in applying data analytics that provides a deeper level of insight to help clients make informed decisions. Anthony feels at home in our family-oriented culture, “I feel like I’m a valued part of our tight-knit team who are all working towards a common goal. I don’t feel like another cog in the machine like you might find at some larger organisations”. Anthony is currently furthering his engineering studies, where he is working towards attaining his Masters of Systems Engineering (Reliability) at UNSW’s ADFA campus.

Anthony enjoys pushing his limits, in and out of the office. In his spare time you can find Anthony either training at the gym trying to set that new PB or tinkering with his Nissan 370Z to squeeze out every last ounce of performance.

Senior Consultant

Beth Boustead

Beth is an experienced commercial practitioner and one of our highly regarded Senior Consultants. Her approach is based on bringing the right people together, exploiting synergies and brainstorming solutions. Beth is admitted as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW and has experience in commercial law, intellectual property, negotiation and mediation.

Beths’ service delivery speciality is principally around requirements definition, tender development and evaluation, and commercial risk. She has developed new commercial contracts for Defence, which have been delivered through her astute knowledge of Defence contracting methods and policies, her effective stakeholder communication and her practical negotiation and mediation skills. Beth’s rare ability to develop a quick rapport with clients and stakeholders allows her to quickly grasp client needs. She understands client requirements can change rapidly and develops flexible solutions that are tailored to our clients.

Beth has an infectious personality and she always strives to be the best she can whether it be for client or for personal reasons. Her energy and enthusiasm for her work is cultivated at the heart of our organisation – it’s people. Outside of work, Beth enjoys immersive cultural experiences – food, music, books and theatre. She practices yoga, meditation and is an enthusiastic student of photography.

General Manager

Brett Rylance

Brett is a highly experienced manager and valued principal consultant. He served in the Royal Australian Navy for 20 years and has been delivering consulting services back to Defence and other industries for the past 13 years. He has designed and delivered a number of important reform initiatives and is well regarded by our clients. While Brett has an engineering and asset management background, his key service delivery is now in business advisory, governance and assurance.

Brett is our General Manager who instills functional excellence across our business. While he is results oriented and sets high standards; he empowers, engages and supports our people to be successful. Brett manages Coras around its people, not principles, and shapes the work environment through teamwork, capturing shared knowledge and developing collective intelligence.

Brett is passionate about travel and photography. He satisfies his wanderlust with an annual photography trip to explore and capture new destinations that are off the “beaten tourist track”. He has won a number of photography awards for his images, however for him it is about visiting new places, meeting different people, experiencing cultures and being able to bring a bit of that back home with him each time.

Principal Consultant

Carl Oberg

Carl is one of our Founding Directors and a Principal Consultant. He served in the Royal Australian Navy as a Marine Engineer for 25 years, with career highlights of an overseas exchange posting with the United States Navy in San Diego for 2 years and part of a joint task force in the UAE. While Carl has a maritime engineering background, in recent years, he has been at the forefront in delivering governance, regulatory compliance and assurance reform in Fleet Command. This has included leading and managing the implementation of the Fleet Regulatory Review and the development and implementation of the Fleet Command Management System.

Carl is passionate about people! He enjoys supporting our people and seeing them grow, but equally cares about the interactions with our clients, growing his extensive network and supporting his community This made him a perfect choice as our Defence Client Relationship Management lead, where he coordinates and directs activities and events in support of building and maintaining our relationships with current and potential future clients.

Carl hails from a very musical family and has travelled the world with his saxophone or guitar. These days his musical talents are largely confined to his local church and the occasional visit to the Hawesbury Jazz Club. And when his lanky, aging body allows, Carl can be caught occasionally running around a rugby paddock with Navy Old Salts or chasing a little while ball around the nearest golf course!

Business Manager

Melinda Halliday

Melinda has over 15 years’ experience working in the Defence environment, specifically in the delivery of strategic procurement solutions. She has extensive experience in all aspects of the contracting life-cycle and has implemented various contracting initiatives with industry to achieve cost savings, and sustainable value. While Melinda has enjoyed her time working in Defence, her career has now transitioned into business management.

Melinda is our Business Manager who is primarily responsible for the day to day operations of our business. She is relied on to manage our office and business systems, supporting our awesome people, and enabling continual improvement. Melinda is passionate about culture as an enabler of high performance and is focused on creating an inspiring and inclusive workplace that fosters collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Melinda is full of life and positive energy, enjoys the outdoors and is always looking for her next adventure. She has participated in a number of endurance races, some spanning over 750km! She is passionate about giving back to the community by supporting her local surf club and being involved with her daughter’s sport. Her claim to fame is administering CPR to save the life of a 55 year old male who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while cycling. They are now great friends.

Senior Consultant

Mitch Stubbs

Mitch is an engaging, energetic and professional Senior Consultant. He served in the Royal Australian Navy as a Junior Engineer and completed studies in Naval Architecture and Fluid Dynamics. Whilst Mitch’s background stems from his studies, his recent placements have seen him play a key role in the development, facilitation and implementation of material and logistics management policies and system development in Defence.

Mitch is a Senior Consultant who came to us from an engineering and technical solution background. Eagerly immersing himself in the consulting world and thriving on our “always improving” mindset, Mitch quickly found his place in our team and continues to support and learn from those around him.

Senior Manager

Neill Morgan

Neill is a Public Sector consulting specialist with extensive government experience. Neill has 15 years of experience in the procurement lifecycle, category management, senior stakeholder management, and implementation of Target Operating Models. Neill’s experience in Procurement Advisory Services for Defence and NSW Government gives him a unique ability to illicit the complex requirements from his stakeholders and translate them into a structured procurement strategy.

Neill is one of our Senior Managers and was our very first employee. He is responsible for leading the delivery of services within our Commercial Service Delivery Group, where he is experienced and highly regarded in providing solutions to Defence and NSW Government industries. Neill’s management ethos is based on leading by example, by achieving client service excellence, and empowering and supporting those around him.

Neill is passionate about Krav Maga – a military self-defence form of martial arts. Neill is a qualified instructor in Krav Maga and enjoys meeting new people and watching his students gain in confidence as their skill and conditioning improve. When not playing with his infant son, or teaching self-defence, Neill loves reading and is a deep thinker. He is an avid student of Neuroscience, Philosophy, Politics and Economics and is a member of a social book club.

Managing Director

Phil Cutts

Phil was the inspirational force that formed our business into what it is today and brings with him a combined 25 years of Defence and consulting experience. His early career involved applying skills in technical asset management and systems engineering, however he has now transitioned to delivering complex program management and commercial services. His previous skills and recent delivery provides our clients with a unique offering of ensuring any strategic sourcing he is involved in is effective and efficient in the in-service environment. Phil has been instrumental in many key Defence commercial activities and particularly enjoys leading negotiations with Defence suppliers. He recently received a commendation by one of the Navy’s Admirals – Head of Maritime Systems, an award rarely bestowed on a consultant.

As our Managing Director, Phil focuses on the strategic direction of our business, driving outcomes by enabling others and then challenging the team to be awesome. Phil sets high professional standards to differentiate us from our competitors and to ensure clients realise the value they expect from consultants. He thrives on doing things differently by challenging norms, searching for innovative approaches and thinking new.

Phil is an avid sailor with more than 20 years of inshore and offshore sail racing experience. Most weekends you can find Phil racing around Sydney harbour with a crew of friends or up on the Pittwater trying to escape. Phil enjoys finding the balance between healthy competitiveness and enjoyment allowing him to relax while still competing. This approach is reflective of his style within Coras where he continually strives for an enjoyable yet aspirational culture.

Manager

Ryan Brook

Ryan has over 16 years’ experience in the Defence industry including 14 years’ service in the Royal Australian Navy. He is an advocate for working together collaboratively and has a delivery philosophy that includes knowledge transfer to our clients and setting them on the path for continual improvement. Ryan has recently developed and implemented a number of complex governance and management systems, and is a specialist in asset, maintenance, and Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) management.

Ryan was one of our first employees and has very much enjoyed being involved in our growth. He continues to be an integral part of building, and maintaining, our company culture and has been our internal engagement coordinator for the past two years. Ryan strives to maintain a healthy work-life balance and encourages others to do the same. He is often providing feedback to senior management or mentoring junior staff to ensure we have an awesome workplace and delivering the best outcomes for clients and our team.

Ryan is an experienced sailor and strives to compete at the top of the ‘amateur’ league. We would not be surprised to see Ryan as a regular participant of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in years to come and with his passion for long offshore races he is looking to extend this to compete in some prestigious overseas events.

Senior Manager

Tony Bannister-Tyrrell

Tony has extensive defence, private industry and government experience in aviation and maritime domains. He has regulatory compliance and application experience and had senior management roles in maintenance and Integrated Logistics Support (ILS). Tony has also been instrumental in the development of Defence Aviation and Maritime Safety Management policy and systems in a number of roles. Over his career, Tony served in the Royal Australia Air Force for 20 years, worked for Airbus Group for 10 years and has been consulting back to Defence and other supporting industries for seven years.

Tony is our lead aviation, ILS and safety systems Senior Manager. He has attained a Masters in Aviation Management, however, his passion for safety management outcomes was a catalyst for undertaking his PhD candidature through the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle.

Tony immerses himself and is recognised as a leader in forming our belonging and caring culture. He takes our junior team members “under his wing” and has developed a strong connection with all of us. Out of work, Tony enjoys his family, especially his three grandchildren who he simply adores. He also enjoys classical music, refereeing rugby and attending the ballet on occasion.

Senior Manager

Shaun Norman

Shaun recently left the military after serving for 15 years in the Royal Australian Navy and 25 years in the Royal Navy as an Aeronautical Engineer. While Shaun is a well regarded and experienced engineer, he is a specialist in maritime aviation systems integration, education and training and regulatory system compliance and assurance. He was a Deputy Director in Technical Airworthiness and was recently the lead project manager in the design, development and implementation of the Defence Seaworthiness Management System.

Shaun is one of our Senior Managers and is located in our Canberra office. While he is relatively new to consulting, his past military experience have made him a great communicator, facilitator and of course he knows the Defence industry very well. Shaun is already developing benefits to our Canberra clients and his experience and passion of achieving results will see him to leading our Asset Management, and Governance & Assurance Delivery Groups in our nation’s capital.

Outside work, Shaun is an extremely passionate football (soccer!) coach. He has coached from junior level right up to senior mens teams, including the Navy Over 35s. Last year Shaun coached a team of talented individuals to become a great team who went on to win the State League 1 Grand Final in Canberra.

Senior Manager

Mark Fullick

Mark is a highly experienced combat systems engineer within the Defence industry, who served in the Australian Army and Navy for a combined total of 36 years. A recognised Fellow in Engineering, Mark has contributed to Defence capability acquisition programs as a project manager, systems engineer and logistician. Mark has led a number of teams in complex and challenging environments within Australia and abroad. He has extensive knowledge in systems integration, maintenance, logistics, fleet management, and multi-disciplinary engineering support services. Mark has a working knowledge of Defence regulatory systems including establishing accredited organisational assurance systems for Defence materiel.

Mark is one of our senior managers responsible for the delivery of our Asset Management Service Delivery Group. Mark has extensive experience and knowledge of asset management practices across the asset lifecycle in Defence and other government industries. This includes establishing accredited asset management policy and plans, acquisition of assets, reviewing and improving asset performance, and effectively sustaining assets through established processes. Mark has led a number of successful asset management reform initiatives for clients. He has a team orientated and collaborative approach towards service delivery and takes pride in exceeding client expectations.

Mark also has a keen interest in supporting the veterans community. He is an active veteran mentor and represents veteran interests as a member of the board of the DVA Young Veteran’s Contemporary Forum on behalf of the Naval Association of Australia. Mark has a passion for his family, the great outdoors, and travel. He can be found most weekends somewhere on the coastal fringes of Australia camping and fishing with his family. While, Mark has travelled to a number of areas around the world during his service life, he now enjoys taking his family on trips to destinations to relax and experience new cultures.

Senior Consultant

William Carter

Will is a highly experienced engineering professional. He served as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Navy for 13 years in a range of engineering, maintenance and Integrated Logistics Support management roles. He has extensive weapons, sensors and communication systems experience across multiple platform classes. This service included systems engineering at the Centre for Maritime Engineering and as a Weapons Electrical Engineer in one of Navy’s latest capabilities – the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) class. Will was also one of three personnel as a Human Resources Business Partner for Defence recruiting, where he was responsible for the attraction of engineering candidates and the promotion of Defence engineering careers across Australia.

Will is one of Coras’ senior consultants and is responsible for delivering engineering, logistics and asset management consulting services back to Defence and other asset intensive industries. He enjoys the extremely friendly, family atmosphere of Coras where everyone is open, honest and willing to help. As someone who enjoys working with people, building good relationships, and being a part of a collaborative environment; the Coras culture aligns well with Will’s personal values and career goals.

Will is passionate about travel and in particular foreign architecture. Outside of work he also has a passion for Latin cultural activities, frequently participating socially in salsa dancing in Sydney, and is currently learning Spanish at the University of Sydney.

Manager

Sean Payne

Sean is a commercial and contracting specialist who possesses a coveted mix of both technical and commercial skills. He has over 16 years experience within Defence and industry, including service in the Royal Australian Navy, and has fulfilled multiple in-service sustainment and commercial roles. He is well regarded for his maritime sustainment knowledge, is a specialist in the commercial development and delivery of complex in service support contracts and has been involved in several Defence acquisition and sustainment projects.

Sean is one of our Managers and is located in our Canberra Office. Sean has a unique ability to blend his technical knowledge, commercial acumen and stakeholder engagement skills to design and deliver innovative and effective commercial solutions to Coras clients.

Sean is a qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, has a Bachelor of Laws and a Post Graduate Certificate in Aviation Management. He is currently studying to gain admission as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Outside work, Sean is an avid outdoorsman and can often be found in nature; trail running, mountain biking or camping with his family. When confined to civilisation Sean enjoys travelling and tinkering with his old landrover which he hopes to one day drive overland to the UK.

Team Assistant

Nathan Chua

Nathan is a university student currently studying the Bachelor of Commerce and Actuarial studies at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), majoring in finance and economics. Reporting directly to the Business Manager, his role as the team assistant is to facilitate the smooth running of the business by liaising with the Coras team and implementing continuous improvement practices across the workplace. He brings a friendly, enthusiastic and optimistic attitude to work and enjoys working in team environments.

Nathan has a variety of interests including finance, politics and economics, and is currently a part of the publications teams at the UNSW FOREX Society and Economics Society. He is passionate about helping other university students build greater familiarity with economics and financial markets by producing articles, newsletters and presentations. As a keen problem solver, he also immerses himself in different consulting competitions such as the Global Scope Program and the 180 Degrees Social Impact Hackathon.

Outside of work and university, Nathan volunteers with organisations such as the Cancer Council and Red Cross, and is passionate about tennis – whether that be following the ATP tour or playing tennis on a social and competitive level.

Senior Manager

Stuart Lymn

Stuart is an experienced project, solution and change management professional. He served in the Royal Australian Navy for 13 years and has been delivering capability to Defence and other industries for the subsequent 17 years. Dual qualifications in Operations and Engineering provide him with a rare ability to appreciate diverse organisational and professional perspectives. This has enabled him to play a key role in a range of Defence projects, and more recently to deliver projects and capability improvements in banking, payments, digital and conveyancing industries.

Stuart’s key strength is with people. He has a deep understanding of human behaviour, particularly in teams. This has been utilised in many IT and software intensive projects, where complexity is high and where inappropriate management and project delivery approaches often contribute to negative outcomes. In recent engagements, Stuart has restructured, coached and educated clients and colleagues alike.  Stuart’s strong skills have been complemented by post-graduate education in Project Management and with certifications in multiple Change, Project and Solution Delivery methodologies.

Stuart’s passion for people, team, communication and leadership extends outside the workplace. He is a member of several community organisations where he strives to build connections between people and to show servant leadership. An avid reader, Stuart compliments this with pumping iron and strenuous gardening!

Senior Consultant

Leanne Brook

Leanne is one of our Senior Consultants who brings a 20 years’ of experience working across the Defence sector in Finance, Logistics, Commercial and Business Management. She is motivated, resourceful and has a proven ability to maintain effective relationships with her positive attitude and pragmatic approach to ‘make things happen’

Her most memorable role was managing the RAN Liaison Office located in Philadelphia, USA.  During this role she worked closely with the US Navy to provide support to CASG on Foreign Military Sales (FMS) matters.  The office was part of an international community consisting of 18 other foreign militaries. Known as Security Assistance Foreign Representatives (SAFRs), Leanne became the SAFR spokesperson representing the international community during various US conferences and seminars.  Across her career, Leanne has fostered a reputation for integrity and excellent work ethics.

Leanne has a passion for shopping and has been a personal shopper for 15 years with interstate and international clients. Other interests include all things fitness related and is always looking for the next challenge whether it’s a half ironman, trailblazer events or she’ll create one for the Coras team. Her belief is running to work most days is the best form of transport.