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Chris Skelly


Decision Support Consultant



Chris is a strategic thinker with more than 20 years of international experience across government, academic and private sectors. His broad scientific knowledge combined with expertise in Geographic Information Systems and Systems Thinking allows him to provide targeted strategic and operation level support to projects, programs and organisations. He is an enthusiastic proponent of organisational capacity building through the development of people, processes and systems.


With a career path that began in resources management, earth observation and climatology, Chris eventually took his core skills in geospatial data analysis and management into the public health field. He has maintained an interest in research and development, while working both in government and as a freelance ‘decision support consultant’, and continues to work with academic colleagues on projects ranging from infectious disease transmission in developing countries to the risks of coal seam gas extraction on communities.


Government Experience

Chris has worked across a number of government organisations in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom during his career. These organisations include the Ontario Ministry for the Environment, Energy Mines and Resources Canada, Queensland Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Australian Biosecurity Intelligence network, New Zealand Ministry of Health, Institute for Environmental Science and Research, the National Health Service and local government organisations in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.


Private Sector Experience

Consulting and contracts in a number of sectors including waste management, water utilities, and oil and gas, have provided insight into the data management needs of large organisations and their intersection with government.


Teaching and Learning Expertise

With a long standing interest in adult learner engagement, Chris seeks to build capability in all client organisations. After many years of university teaching (University of Western Ontario, Macquarie University, James Cook University, Brunel University, The University of Queensland), he has focussed on short courses that deliver skills to adults already working in organisations that can use these learnings immediately, and he has developed and delivered these short courses in Thailand, Ghana, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and for the World Health Organisation.


Educational Background

DPH, Wellington School of Medicine, Otago University, New Zealand

PhD, School of Earth Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia

MSc, Geography, University of Western Ontario, Canada

BA (Hons) Resources Conservation, Geography, University of Western Ontario, Canada.



  • Stakeholder Engagement: Skilled workshop facilitator and communicator, who creates meaningful participation opportunities using Systems Thinking and Foresight methods.


  • Conceptual Modelling: Adept reviewer of processes and systems, who integrates ideas to develop visually illuminating models and frameworks that reflect shared understanding.


  • Research and Analysis: Capable analyst with excellent research design and management skills, who is able to review literature, analyse and model data and present effectively to a non-expert audience.


  • Change Management: Sound interpersonal skills facilitate the development of the collaboration and participation needed to enable group reflection and initiate required change within organisational groupings.


  • Teaching and Learning: Experienced educator who works across disciplines to help organisations solve complex problems on the road to becoming ’learning organisations’ that make better decisions.


  • Geospatial: Expert level capability in program design, project development and delivery, management, analysis and training.

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