Helyar & Co is focused on ensuring socially just outcomes are core priorities in design and delivery of engagement, consultation, service development and policy reform projects.

Susan Helyar founded Helyar & Co to share her distinctive mix of skills and experience in leading stakeholder engagement and consultation, improving social services, shaping policy reform and advocating for stronger social infrastructure.

Susan’s work in the community sector has demonstrated strong leadership and a unique capacity to discern common purposes across community interests, non-government organisations and with business and government sectors.

Through your work with Helyar & Co you will grow your social license:

  • Your credibility with internal and external stakeholders
  • Your legitimacy in your sector and community
  • Your entitlement to gain reputational and financial rewards
    from the work you do.

Susan brings humility, honesty, generosity, curiosity and thoughtfulness to all her professional interactions.

Why work with Helyar & Co? Helyar & Co will engage with you to consider where you are now, and work with you to get from now to next.

Change is ever present. Do you want to be ready, able and resourced to influence change, respond to opportunities and lead the transformations that are needed to stay relevant and effective?

In a complex, challenging and constantly evolving environment Susan will work with organisations to define and implement transformations that:

  • Align with your strategic intent
  • Make sense to your stakeholders
  • Ensure service and infrastructure development matches community needs and expectations
  • Deliver positive social impact
  • Strengthen your reputation and value proposition

Helyar & Co provides CEO mentoring services and works with managers to grow their leadership capability and confidence through a 12-month facilitated Peer Network Program that expands participant perspectives, grows professional networks and enables adoption of relevant and effective management tools and techniques.

Susan has worked as an Executive and Board Director in the Not-For-Profit Sector, as Director of Residential Experience at the Australian National University, in Senior Social Policy roles in ACT and Commonwealth Governments and as a social worker in health and community services.

Susan has led transformation in different contexts by:

  • Designing and implementing service reform at operational and policy levels
  • Putting issues onto the public policy agenda, contributing a social justice perspective to public debate, engaging stakeholders from consumer, carer, community and business sectors to agree and articulate reform priorities and motivating decision-makers to take on new ideas
  • Building and contributing to strategic alliances and maintaining productive relationships through difficult conversations and reform processes
  • Initiating and managing research and data analysis projects to build the evidence base to inform priorities for reform and guide strategic investment
  • Managing restructures of both governance and operational arrangements in non-government organisations to ensure decision-making and resource allocation are aligned with the organisation’s strategic objectives
  • Developing leadership capability and confidence