Alicia McKay is passionate about making the most of change - finding the opportunity that lies in every challenge, to get the best out of you and your people.

Alicia is no stranger to adversity and resilience. Thrust into early independence, Alicia has spent her life challenging the status quo and coming up tops, emerging from a background of constant change, foster care and teen parenthood. These experiences have fed into Alicia’s wicked sense of humour and grounded, dynamic approach to strategy.

Keen runner, philosophy buff, music lover and mother to three daughters, Alicia draws on powerful metaphors of family and everyday life. Thanks to a life-long love of writing and public speaking, Alicia uses her platform to inspire strategic rebellion and smart decision-making, encouraging others to embrace the opportunity that lies in every challenge.


What got you here won’t get you there”

- Marshall Goldsmith


On a mission to get sh*t done

As a policy analyst and management consultant, Alicia saw her fair share of bureaucratic nonsense. Unimpressed by the traditional approach to problem solving and decisions, Alicia has spent years training and refining her craft, accumulating best-practice accreditations, and testing evidence-based methods with overwhelmed clients.

The results speak for themselves - and her clients couldn’t be happier! More passionate than ever about smart decisions and resilience to change, Alicia is in high demand for speaking, coaching and workshops, regularly travelling across New Zealand and over the ditch. Clients like Auckland Council, University of Canterbury, Dunedin City Council, Experience Wellington and Southland District Council appreciate Alicia’s evidence based approach, proven methods and fun approach to strategy and change.

Her depth of expertise, infectious sense of humour and relentlessly pragmatic approach is making waves in the public and private sectors. Workshop and coaching slots book out months in advance as leaders and decision makers frustrated with spinning their wheels turn to a fresh new approach to strategy and change.

Professionally at home in local government, Alicia works in all sectors and at all levels… but really comes alive working with people that have some skin in the game and a twinkle in their eye. If this sounds like you, or you need a fun and lively speaker to tackle old subjects with new life, get in touch.


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