The Nous Story so Far

The Nous Story so Far

Nous was established in 1999 with the aspiration of building a consulting firm that made a substantial, positive contribution. Not just to our clients and their businesses, but also to the customers and communities they serve.

It worked. This aspiration, fueled by the expertise and passion of many Nousers past and present, has led to more than 20 years of uninterrupted growth.

As we have grown from 20 people to 700, we have built our strategy with strong reference to purpose. This means we ask ourselves ‘What sectors should we work in? What issues should we work on? How can we partner with clients in ways that will have a significant positive impact on people’s lives?’

We also seek to grow in a way that allows our people to have rewarding professional lives where they continue to develop individually and collectively.

Played out over our 20 years, this has resulted in a stimulating journey with many highlights. Here are some of these highlights, and a sense of what’s ahead…

Meet our founder – Tim Orton

When founding Nous, Tim had a vision of creating a management consultancy where people could deliver positive influence through interesting and rewarding work while still having a full life outside work. This vision still holds true today and guides Nous’ strategic and operational decisions.  


Tim has led the business through more than two decades of growth including expansion across Australia, the UK and North America.   


Tim draws on his international experience as a trusted advisor to executives in the public, private and community sectors to provide a unique perspective on how leaders can achieve lasting, positive impact that balances competing needs and avoids unnecessary trade-offs.  

Tim Orton facilitating on stage

Do you want to be a part of Nous’ future?

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