New CEO for Consult Australia as Nicola Grayson moves on


Jonathan Cartledge to take over as the new chief executive officer of Consult Australia.

Consult Australia, the industry association representing small, medium, and large businesses in design, advisory, and engineering, has announced Jonathan Cartledge as its new chief executive officer.

Cartledge will replace Nicola Grayson, who is leaving the organisation on 19 August 2022 after leading Consult Australia for three years, growing the organisation’s profile and influence and steering the leading business group through the uncertainties of the pandemic.

Cartledge will start his new role on 12 September 2022, with Consult Australia’s head of government relations and policy, Kristy Eulenstein, taking on the role of acting CEO in the interim.

Rowenna Walker, president of Consult Australia said: “We congratulate Nicola Grayson for her achievements in the role. She has lifted our profile in the media, driven reform through government, and been a tireless champion for the Consult Australia membership, bringing focus and a clear strategic vision for the organisation. Consult Australia’s enduring ability to serve our members is a credit to her leadership and we wish her well in her next role.”

Welcoming the new chief executive, Walker continued: “We are delighted to welcome Jonathan Cartledge, an alumnus of Consult Australia and respected executive leader. Most recently director of policy and research at Infrastructure Australia, Jonathan brings extensive experience across the property and construction sector and a proven record championing culture, driving positive change, and building organisational capability.

“The board is looking forward to building on Nicola’s legacy with Jonathan and continuing to grow and strengthen Consult Australia for the benefit of our members and industry.”

Cartledge has more than 20 years’ experience across government, industry, and membership organisations. He previously worked at Consult Australia as the head of policy and government relations from 2010 to 2016, before joining the Green Building Council of Australia as head of public affairs and membership.

At Infrastructure Australia he led a visionary reform agenda in partnership with governments and industry supporting productivity and innovation and a new understanding of market capacity, place, sustainability, and resilience.

Cartledge said that he was excited by the opportunity ahead and grateful to be following the exceptional leadership of Nicola Grayson with the Consult Australia team. “Australia’s consulting firms are critical as we seek to grapple with those most pressing challenges facing our communities,” he said.

“The leadership and success of these organisations and their longstanding commitment to collaboration and innovation through Consult Australia reflects those values critical to seeing better outcomes for industry, government, and the wider community,” said Cartledge.