Niki Ellis | Professor Niki Ellis



Facilitating and Speaking
Niki is a sought after facilitator, especially for strategic planning, including futures thinking. She is also an engaging speaker.


Innovating in research management
Over ten years in two different Australian universities, Niki worked with government,industry and academic partners to develop innovative business models that ensured relevant and practical research that made a difference.

health and

After working on health innovation in the UK, Niki returned to Australia and applied principles of co-design and businss improvement to health and disability services research.


to good governance

Niki was a commissioner for the Safety, Compensation and Rehabilitation Commission, and is a NED for the Gertrude Association and Drink Wise. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Peter BrooksAM MD FRACP; Professorial Fellow; Centre for Health Policy; University of Melbourne.
On behalf of the organising committee for yesterday's workshop let me say formally how much we appreciated your facilitation . I am sure the outcome would not have been as good without you . Feedback was terrific.
CEO, Victorian WorkCover Authority
Niki is a creative thinker and an inspiring leader. She has helped to guide the development of an innovative program in our organisation– working with key staff, the board and our stakeholders, as a consultant. Her depth of knowledge and experience, and her strong relationship management skills have brought credibility to this work.
CEO, Academic Institution
I asked Professor Sohail Inayatullah and Professor Niki Ellis to facilitate a board’s strategy discussion. Sohail led discussion into a creative consideration of possible and preferable futures for the organisation, Niki drew the strands together and anchored them onto a strategic plan for the next few years.
Bravo Consulting
Niki is a strategic thinker who has the ability to test a groups thinking to the point of having them develop and test their unique IP. Niki stimulates and directs discussion in our groups, whilst retaining their focus on the purpose. Her background in research, consulting and health coupled with senior executive and board experience give her the credentials to do great work. Niki facilitates our board room and executive lunches and has never failed to deliver results.
Senior Manager in a public sector WHS/workers compensation agency, referring to a cross-sector innovation workshop for insurers.
Thanks very much for your effort last week to bring together the forum so successfully! We have already had feedback from a CEO … (who sent two people) describing it as “cutting edge” and our own GM Claims wanting a briefing.
Paul Hunt
Niki helped me decide what I wanted to achieve with my business, without me burning out. She changed my thinking from I can't do that, to how I can do that.

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About Niki Ellis

Professor Niki Ellis

Niki Ellis’ unusual combination of technical skills in occupational and public health, and experience in public policy, business and research along with her competence in stakeholder management; has resulted in her being well placed to assist organisations with innovation in health and research.

She currently works as a consultant to a variety of government, not for profit and private sector organisations and as a non-executive director.
Niki studied medicine. She is a specialist in both occupational and public health medicine, but quickly realised that clinical medicine was not for her. Fortunately a consultant for whom she was working at the Royal Hobart Hospital, who had previously been a Tasmanian Minister for Health, suggested she consider public health, and so her chosen career began in the Division of Public Health. She enjoyed a decade working for government, moving to the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission for the second half of the 80s.

In 1990 Niki left the public service to set up her own strategic occupational and public health consultancy, NE&A Pty Ltd, which she ran out of Sydney, Melbourne and for a while Brisbane, before merging it with PricewaterhouseCoopers after 10 years.

She left PwC to work in London for 3 years from 2002 to 2005, mainly on health innovation at London South Bank University and the Department of Health. However she also had a visiting research appointment at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine.

Niki returned to Australia to commence a decade in academia, developing new business models for collaborative research, including measuring research impact.
Niki’s full CV can be viewed here.

NE & A Pty Ltd

NE&A Pty Ltd is the company through which Niki Ellis provides her services. There are no other employees, however from time to time she sub-contracts other people for projects, and in turn NE&A Pty Ltd may sub-contract to other companies.