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In Residence: Q5

THE OFFICE SPACE: Can you tell us a little about  Q5?

Q5’s Jon Scotland: Q5 is a management consultancy that specialises in designing organisations and helping bring them to life. We work closely with senior executives to steer their organisations through big changes, typically: putting digital in context for their organisation, mending fragmented customer experiences, realigning organisation direction, developing leadership capabilities and reducing cost base pressures. Our clients include some very large (and very small) organisations from a broad range of sectors, including: The Guardian (Media), Frieze Art Fair (Entertainment), Lloyds Bank (Financial Services), UK Government Digital Service (Government), Topshop (Retail) and Shell (Infrastructure/Energy).

TOS: How has the transition been from a UK/US based company to setting it up in Australia?

JS: Setting up somewhere new is never an easy ride. Tom Leary, our Australian MD, moved his family out from London, so he has been busy battling real estate agents, car salesman and sunburn. In terms of business challenges, there are many, most of which are not listed in the brochure. Perhaps the most noticeable is the time difference, we now find ourselves on many early morning and late night calls to our offices in London and New York. We’re not complaining though, it’s all part of the fun!

TOS: What is different about Q5 than other management consultancies?

JS:: Since our inception in 2008, during the depths of the financial crisis, we promised a different consulting model. We work collaboratively with our client’s teams, we deliver our work in a shorter time frame, we bring the right talent and we deliver a sustainable solution, leaving our tools and methodologies behind. We also like to think we’re good fun.

TOS: What is next for Q5?

JS: Our number one objective is to establish a sustainable Australian business. That means hiring local staff to work on interesting projects supporting local organisations. Phase two focuses on the broader Asia Pac region. We are already doing some work in Hong Kong which is a great start.

TOS: Do you have a favourite place on Reservoir Street to stop at on your way to work?

JS: Tom loves a long black from Toast, I prefer The Reservoir. Coffee runs are a massive source of office tension. Our other colleagues, Tara and Sarah, are currently working in Hong Kong and Brisbane, so unfortunately they don’t join us at Reservoir too often.

TOS: Lastly, what do you enjoy most working from The Office Space?

JS: At Q5 we work with corporates, but we don’t think of ourselves as very ‘corporate’. The relaxed vibe of Reservoir by The Office Space feels like a good fit. Plus we’re surrounded by great cafés, restaurants and bars. q5partners.com

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