Technical Partners

Catalyze complete many bespoke projects, of all types for a wide range of diverse clients. In designing our bespoke delivery and team to produce the best possible outcome for a client, we call on experts in our field to support and or lead a Catalyze client project alongside us. Please meet our technical experts and partners …

Patrick Sharry

Patrick has over 20 years experience working all over the world as a sought after educator and facilitator in the public and private sectors.

His clients regard him as an expert facilitator and he is regularly called on to assist with complex problems and difficult situations that need an expert and reliable hand. Much of his work is with groups involving multiple stakeholders with differing views on complicated issues. He has wide experience in handling groups from 6 to 600, from senior executives and Boards to local community groups, in domestic markets and in culturally diverse, multi-lingual international settings. Patrick works with organisations to help them develop strategy, align people to the strategy, drive organisational change and make more effective decisions.

Clients include: AFP, AILA, AON Benfield, APRA AMCOS, ASIC, auDA, Austrade, BHP Billiton, BNP, Boral, Cardno, CBA, DEXUS, Downer MEI, Frasers Property Group, Global Red, HNA, HSBC, ICANN, KWM, Lend Lease, McDonalds, NAB/MLC, NSW Public Service Commission, Ministry of Sound, Officeworks, Perpetual, Pfizer, QBE, Royal Sydney Golf Club, St Vincent de Paul Society, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, STW Group, Suncorp, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Telstra, Westpac.

A thought leader, an expert facilitator, an educator and a dynamic speaker. Patrick is regularly engaged to speak to Boards, senior management teams and conferences.

His extensive industry experience includes financial services, healthcare, Internet technology and international trade as well as a diverse range of other sectors including professional services, education, mining and utilities. In addition to his regular work in Australia, Asia, the USA, the UK and Europe, he has been closely involved with programs in developing countries such as PNG and East Timor.

Patrick is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and Fellow at the Australian Graduate School of Management. He has taught at University level in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and currently teaches Strategy and Managerial Decision Making on the MBA programs at the AGSM. He also designs and manages Executive Education programs for the AGSM in his capacity as Program Director. Patrick holds a Master of Science in Decision Sciences from the London School of Economics, Master of Education in Mathematics Education from QUT, a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts.

Grant Avery

Grant is a renown expert and published authority on project risk management, project management capability maturity assessments (using P3M3) and Independent Quality Assurance (IQA) reviews of projects, programmes, and portfolios.

In 2017 Grant was named Risk Management Professional of the Year (RiskNZ). RiskNZ wrote about Grant’s award: “(Grant is) an acknowledged authority and thought leader on project-portfolio management practice and the reduction of risk in high risk projects. He is also a significant contributor to the risk management body of knowledge through publication and participation in industry events.”  In 2011 Grant was lead author of the KPMG report for NZ Treasury “Portfolio, Programme and Project Management (P3M) Capabilities in Government – Increasing Success Rates and Reducing Costs“. 

Grant is also the author of an award-winning and academically-acclaimed book on the problems of risk homeostasis in complex projects “Project Management, Denial, and the Death Zone“. J.Ross Publishing Inc, 2016.

Grant has an MBA with Distinction from Victoria University in Wellington, has been a PMI Project Management Professional for the last 18 years, and is certified in P3M3, MSP, MB, BBC, ILM and Gateway. Grant is also a member of PMI and a Charter Member of the Project Quality Assurance Forum (PQAF) and a member of RiskNZ.

“O-I is one of Australasia’s most experienced P3M3 and IQA service providers and practice authors. O-I’s thought-leadership on project risk management is award winning and academically acclaimed.”


Tom Sanderson

As an experienced IT systems professional with more than 20 years of experience, Tom has a long history of successful projects across various industries. Tom enjoys working with the client to build lasting solutions for their business. With a well-rounded understanding of technology and utilizing existing knowledge and frameworks Tom can quickly focus on the specific client needs.