Francesca Catalano


NousGroup Background Pattern
Francesca is a strategy and transformation consultant with experience in Australia and Canada.
She relocated from Australia to Canada in 2020 to expand Nous’ rapidly expanding Toronto office and returned to Perth in 2023. She combines formal education in economics with experience delivering strategy, transformation and operational improvement projects across Australia and Canada. Francesca’s work has crossed an array of sectors including education, health, social services, infrastructure and resources.

Influential work

  • Led the design, stand-up and roll-out of a shared services centre at a Canadian university as part of a multi-year professional services transformation program
  • Designed a new university budget model for a research-intensive Canadian university to allocate CAD$1.1 billion in operating budget
  • Developed a pricing strategy for an Australian university to adopt more sophisticated pricing methods and tactics for international and domestic postgraduate students
  • Conducted an independent review of a state human services agency to assess leadership, strategy and delivery and improve service delivery
  • Analysed Australian, UK and Canadian postgraduate coursework markets to identify opportunities for a Canadian university to better position itself in the global market.

Outside of Nous

Prior to joining Nous, Francesca held consulting roles in multi-disciplinary consulting firms, specialising in social impact assessment, corporate social responsibility, economic impact assessment and economic development strategy. Francesca holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia.

In her spare time...

Francesca recently returned to her Perth hometown after three years living in Toronto and Montreal. She’s looking forward to time at the beach (after some very snowy winters) and with family.