Emily Nicholls

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Emily is an experienced consultant based in Nous’ Canberra office, where she has supported the federal government in multiple policy and strategic planning initiatives.

Through her work at Nous and her undergraduate studies, Emily has developed a strong understanding of and passion for solving complex policy problems. Emily brings strong research, stakeholder engagement and communication skills from her experience working with government and previously with an international NGO.

Influential work

  • Transformed a federal government department’s approach to strategic planning through the development of a toolkit to facilitate strategic conversations that address key planning challenges
  • Examined complex regulatory options for a federal government department through extensive consultation with federal, state and private sector stakeholders
  • Consulted for the Future Drought Fund to determine the scope and design of a drought resilience knowledge management system providing more streamlined access to drought resilience and realise on-farm practice change
  • Engaged stakeholders from across multiple departments to reflect on lessons learned from previous rounds of in-drought community support programs and initiate proactive design of future programs
  • Managed an 18-month project to support a Melbourne-based NGO as it gained accreditation from major funding bodies.

Outside of Nous

Emily previously worked in the not-for-profit sector, overseeing the completion of the accreditation and compliance requirements for an international NGO. She holds a Bachelor of Science (geographical science) and a Bachelor of Global Studies (international relations) from Monash University, partially completed at Queen Mary University of London. Emily has also volunteered to lead numerous camps and programs for children and young people.

In her spare time...

Emily loves reading, baking, travelling, and walking her dog while listening to a good podcast. She is an avid supporter of the Carlton Football Club, which often leads to disappointment.