About us

We bring highly experienced practitioners with deep proficiency gained across both industry and the public sector. Our work requires not just knowledge and experience, but the willingness to lead intense and high-pressured situations while also getting our hands dirty in delivery.

We choose people who have passion, drive and dedication to an outcome. We look for leadership, management, empathy, common sense, drive, intellectual agility—the talents that allow for servant leadership (and to know when to laugh at the MD’s jokes).

Simply, we choose the right people, with the right attitude and teach them consulting. We extend and broaden their capabilities through our own professional development structure. We invest in our people.

From the M.D

This is now, but it was more than 10 years ago that I started Kiah Consulting. It was a micro-business for about five years, delivering strategic consulting and contracted line management roles. Our assignments quickly became too large for one person to handle and we started to grow. We took offices and started a team.

I decided my model would be different than the usual, that is, to hire some less experienced consultants and run a high leverage business. Why? First, because I liked the intellectual and social challenge of doing the work. Second, I think clients benefit from the experience and adaptability of smart leaders helping them drive better business outcomes. I wanted our clients to benefit from the leverage, not the business.

It is this thinking that led to the Kiah we see today.

John Glenn, Managing Director, KIAH Consulting

Company Overview

Over 15 Years in business

Kiah Consulting is an Australian company established in 2003, which has grown into a multi-million-dollar business servicing government and industry.

Our team is clear about why we are here, which is, to enhance the delivery of public services, either through the public or private sector or at the intersection of the two.

With this always in mind, we give our client’s ‘breakthrough consulting’, specialising in the delivery of superior outcomes through innovative strategies and purposeful execution. We do this across domains ranging from training, procurement, logistics, engineering, project management, supply chain analysis, strategy and transformation, through IT and compliance management.

Our expertise originated in the resolution of commercial and contractual crises, largely across the public and private sector boundary. Over time this has developed into a broader remit, where we help organisations in the quest to improve commercial and operating practices — internally and externally.

We help our clients achieve this by immersing our teams in their teams and providing advice and leadership through consultation, influence and example.

This is what we mean by ‘solving problems from the inside out’.

Government Panels

Our services and expertise are accessible through a number of government panels

Our current panel memberships are:

Department of Defence – Capability Acquisition and Sustainment – Support Services (CAS-SS) Panel SON48590

Services relating to capability and sustainment including strategy, program design and delivery, commercial services, and procurement support.

Access: all agencies

Department of Defence – Negotiation Services Standing Offer Panel
SON 3389328

Services including negotiation and evaluation training and negotiation strategy and support.

Access: all agencies

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development – ICT Services Panel
SON 3403954

Services relating to ICT strategy and advice, ICT procurement, and program management.

Access: all agencies

Defence Fuels Supply Chain Technical Expertise Standing Offer

Five sub-panels:

Engineering services (inspection engineering; hazardous area electrical engineering)

Fuel Infrastructure Maintenance Engineering (engineering studies and reviews; engineering project management; engineering inspection services; and tank inspection services)

Supply Chain Audit Services (Quality Auditors; Environmental Auditors; WHS Auditors; Specialist product auditors; specialist process and performance auditors; inspection/surveillance auditors; and safety in design auditors).

Advice (incident reporting and investigation; trend analysis; corrective action reporting; fuel quality, monitoring and remediation services; health, safety and environmental risk assessment; occupational hygiene and health; monitoring assessment services; safety and risk management; ICT systems and processes subject matter experts; loss management services; supply chain management specialists; operation site management; and operation, training, learning and development.

Defence Fuel Installation Mentoring, Coaching, Training and Development (National Foundation Skills; fuel quality control; investigation skills training; permit to work; advanced and other training.)

Fuel Farm Planning and Appraisal Services
DFI Systems; infrastructure design services.


Professional Advisory Services, Victorian State Government

Strategic policy review, reform and project development; business case preparation and development; market engagement and implementation; commercial contract management; project, program and business review; and general commercial advice and commercial negotiations.

Access: open to mandated departments and agencies.

Queensland Government, Procurement Learning and Development Panel – development of bespoke competency-based training services SOA GP002

Includes technical skills training (coursing, contract management, category management and procurement analytics).

Access: all agencies


Careers at Kiah

Kiah merges two capabilities: the experience, competence and leadership of senior executives with the continuously improving methodologies and knowledge base captured through the activity of the company.

There is no hard job description, but the following may offer some insight into what we anticipate at the varying levels. We seek individuals who are dynamic, intellectually agile and personable. They will be inquisitive and have the ability to research and quickly comprehend the essential details of a wide range of topics. Typically, they will be able to articulate complex concepts both verbally and through good writing. They will be well presented and present well.

Our ‘leads’ tend to have had executive experience in the public and private sector, most probably managed a P&L. We will expect a proven ability to manage a team, respected in the industry as a leader and a demonstrated ability to manage complex programs of work. Typically, our ‘leads’ are the people who lead assignments.

Kiah consultants will have all the same attributes though probably with a narrower set of experiences. It is expected that they will have a domain expertise such as IT, behavioural economics, engineering or similar. They typically support principals and may lead assignments that are not as complex.

Analysts will typically fall towards the graduate end of experience, perhaps with a few years of experience and some specific domain knowledge. They typically work under the guidance of principals and consultants but will be expected to be self-starters, confident, capable and able to quickly operate with limited direction.

Some work is explicit in its domain knowledge. Our span is broad covering Defence systems engineering, IT and general project management, workplace health and safety, risk and compliance, complex procurement to name a few. We have also pursued consultant’s passions — where they have shown that they can build a sustainable business around that passion.

You, and your clients will enjoy the benefits of being part of the Kiah Community: a community of like-minded, capable, people seeking to deliver better outcomes to the clients. You will enjoy corporate and peer support, a quality process, IP and toolsets, and access to more complex assignments than can be achieved as an individual.

More information and current positions available.

More information and current positions available

In The Community — Elevating Excellence

Can we change the world? We can certainly change it for a few talented individuals —and with our help, they might just change the world for us.

We are successful because we make a difference. We know we punch above our weight. Our business is about being clever, maximising the leverage to be gained from what we know and what others have. We apply that philosophy and our skills to life outside our business as well.

The Elevating Excellence program is our contribution — using who and what we know to give a hand to a few who have talent, a drive and a vision.

We call it Elevating Excellence because we aim to support our partners to level up, to take that jump to the next stage of their careers.

Elevating Excellence is eclectic. It’s not about supporting charities or foundations, although many of us do that too. It’s about people. Individuals who seek to excel. Who undoubtedly inspire, create and make a difference to those around them, and with just a little help, could do so much more.

We don’t know what our next project will be. We do know it will come to us from a heart filled with passion and determination to achieve something amazing, and that it will be our privilege to help.

Learn more about our current partners