How we began

In late 2007 I had a discussion with three other Wellington-based independent business consultants about working together to support large organisations. We saw a need for both private and public entities to be able to engage experienced management consultants without massive overheads. We were confident that we could assist these organisations to reduce their overall ICT programme/project costs, and allow them to make significant business improvements at the same time.

The only way for our company to be truly productive, responsible for outcomes, and build solid relationships with our clients was to be hands-on with them every day. We decided the best approach was to work alongside our clients and gain a deep understanding of their business objectives and processes. With this knowledge we could then assist them to meet their objectives. To achieve this, we needed to source and retain the very best people in the market. Ascent Business Consulting was born. The goal was to form a consulting company made up of experienced, like-minded people who would benefit from working together to deliver specific outcomes while also managing and building our client relationships.

Through repeat business, we have grown rapidly. We now have a large team of associates, many of whom we have worked alongside for years. We deliver projects and assignments for larger government and commercial organisations. We have expanded into Auckland and more recently to Australia.

On reflection, we believe that we are delivering on our core values and, most importantly, it is still fun. Every day, we would like to think that we are providing great outcomes for our clients and we are grateful for their continued support.

Matt Collier, Managing Director

Our people

The people of Ascent Business Consulting are experienced business or ICT consultants. We work in both the public and private sectors and all our consultants have a proven history for delivering superior results on behalf of our clients. Our contracting services include programme and project managers, coordinators, business analysts, infrastructure and solution architects, and test managers.

We have a history of delivering high-quality consulting assignments, with consistently good feedback from the client.

We’re outstanding communicators and stakeholder managers.

We possess excellent planning, change, risk, and issue management skills.

We’re experts in strategic consulting, project management, enterprise and solution architecture, service management, business analysis, and project technical support.

We hold formal qualifications in programme management, project management, service management, and process improvement (PRINCE 2, PMBOK, ITIL, Six Sigma).

We have experience in large multinational vendor environments.


Our directors have an exceptional depth of experience in consulting and delivery across a variety of industries, including with large multinational ICT and consulting organisations.

Matt Collier



Chris Nicholls



Deryk Soderberg



Working at Ascent

We are always on the lookout for excellent client-facing consultants that are reliable, have a great delivery reputation and good personality.

If you are interested in working with Ascent please get in touch.