Consulting and Communication


Sally Gaven Consulting is a collaboration between strategic policy and communication consultants, supplemented by expert advisors for specific projects and data analysis and marketing expertise:

Sally Gaven - Zina O'Leary - Simon Thomas - Lynette Thorstensen

Sally Gaven has public policy experience in both central and line agencies, and as policy advisor to a former minister helped progress major national reforms. Originally a journalist and editor, Sally delivers training in writing and works with public and private organisations to craft and convey clear messages. Sally takes an appreciative approach to strategic planning and review, with experience in applying Results Based Accountability to major process and outcome evaluations.

In 2013 and 2014, Sally joins the University of Sydney's Business School teaching team, tutoring in Critical Thinking. Sally also provides consulting services to the NSW Government's IAB Services.

With an interest in governance and social programs, Sally also teaches meditation and is a director of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation of NSW. Sally has a BA (Hons) from The University of Sydney with a double major in psychology and literature.

Zina O'Leary is a consultant and senior academic at the University of Sydney and is the author of four books for Sage Publications, over 15 refereed journal articles and three book chapters. Zina and Sally are collaborating to deliver EffectivenessTraining to government and corporations, including Writing Training.

Simon Thomas specialises in project management, policy, strategy and communication roles in public and private sector organisations, with signifcant experience in the health and transport sector.

Lynette Thorstensen has 25 years’ experience in policy development and implementation, sustainability and advocacy, with a particular interest in community strengthening. Between 2001 and 2005 Lynette was Director, Social Development and Environment at the NSW Premier’s Department, and is now an independent consultant ( working with us an expert advisor on specific projects.