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Francesca Catalano

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Francesca is a Director with expertise managing complex projects across a wide range of sectors including higher education, health and the broader public sector. ​

She has an academic background in economics and experience in strategy, operating model design, transformation, process improvement, evaluation and social impact.

Influential work

  • Currently managing the shared services workstream of a multi-year professional services transformation at a Canadian university; including supporting the design, stand-up and roll-out of a shared services centre
  • Developed a pricing strategy for a Group of Eight university, including comprehensively analysing market size and structure across a range of program types, and developing recommendations on the use of pricing tactics and governance
  • Analysed Australian, UK and Canadian postgraduate coursework markets to identify opportunities for a Canadian university to better position itself in the global market
  • Managed an organisational capability review for a state human services agency and development of recommendations to integrate, transform and enhance capabilities
  • Managed the development of a strategic framework for delivering an AUD$100 million COVID-19 recovery fund
  • Provided ongoing support to a health service provider, including support to develop a five-year strategic plan, strategic framework for a state-of-the-art, digital command centre and operational planning to support telehealth services expansion.

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. She also managed consulting services for an international performance evaluation consulting firm, supporting the firm as it expanded its reach across Australia, the UK and Canada.

Francesca holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia (WA) and is passionate about the arts. She has contributed to arts governance in WA, including as vice-chair of The Last Great Hunt, an internationally renowned theatre company and collective of six theatre makers.

In her spare time...

Francesca likes dining out, Pilates, painting (poorly), music and spending time with her family and friends.

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