About Jacq Hackett
After a decade working in the public health sector, I started my consulting business in 2000 and have never looked back. I specialise in providing expert advice to address complex issues in health organisations, and in evaluating the effectiveness of health services and programs.

When I started out as a consultant, I was lucky enough to have a mentor to guide me. 

I’d already enjoyed a successful career, so I had plenty of skills and experience under my belt. 

I had networks and contacts and an excellent reputation.
But I realised pretty quickly that I knew basically nothing about consulting.

There was a very steep learning curve - but it was made much easier by working under the guidance of a great mentor who generously inducted me into the world of public sector consulting in my first year. 

Fast forward 20 years and I’m still running a very successful business here in New South Wales Australia.
Now it’s my turn to mentor others

I’m aware that many other consultants aren’t as lucky. The leave their public sector/community services sector employment role with a solid career behind them and launch their consulting career with all the usual dreams of more flexibility, better work/life balance and more autonomy. 

They anticipate a steady stream of interesting projects so they can continue to make a difference. 

But many struggle. Many give up after a while and go back to employment. 

And in most cases, it’s not because they didn't have what it takes to be a successful consultant, it’s just because they didn't have guidance and a roadmap.
There’s no doubt about it - the first couple of years in business are the toughest. 

This is where I come in. 

I’m on a mission to build the next generation of excellent public sector consultants 

For 20 years I’ve enjoyed all the benefits a consulting career has to offer. Consulting has been very good to me, but I wouldn't have made the move without a generous mentor.  

And now I’m getting towards the end of my consulting career I’m ready to pass on what I’ve learnt to others. 

Because it’s no surprise that I’m extremely committed to the public sector. I’ve devoted my whole career to it, first as an employee and then as a consultant. 

But although I run my own small business, I never lose sight of the fact that I’m paid by the public purse. It’s tax payers money that makes its way into my bank account for all the projects I undertake. And so I take my responsibilities very seriously. I need to be very, very good at what I do. 

The public sector deserves to have access to the best consultants.
And that means I’m also committed to supporting others to become the best consultants they can be.

Excellent consultants will always be in high demand. The public workforce is shrinking, and in that environment the government and community services sector turns more and more to consultants to complete important projects.  

If you have recently started your solo consulting business – congratulations! I look forward to passing on some of my own consultancy wisdom so you can go from strength to strength.
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