We originally founded OSACO because we saw the massive need for oversight and compliance specialists—in particular very skilled investigators—who have real, on-the-ground experience in organisations. There’s no shortage of big consultancies out there with tons of academic and organisational theory, but we come at the problem from a more real-world approach, dealing with human nature at its best but more often, unfortunately, at its worst.
I started off as a police detective in New Zealand and then moved to the UN, investigating political assassinations in the Middle East. That developed into investigation work in UN agencies and International NGOs, and that’s now expanded beyond the humanitarian world into other sectors.
Years of on-the-ground experience in some of the worst human situations in the world give you a powerful insight into how things really work with people in organisational settings of all kinds. I believe passionately that things can be done better, so my aim is to bring this to bear on the human and organisational problems we all face in a way that really makes a difference.