Our Executive Team

The Litmus executive team consists of experienced and knowledgeable senior professionals who are driven by the value they can add to clients’ businesses.

Julian Challingsworth

Partner

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Julian is a Senior Partner with Litmus.  He brings knowledge and experience gained from more than 20 years of international business consulting and senior executive positions, where he has assisted organisations to set their strategic direction and improve their investment decisions, raise growth capital, improve business performance and support the adoption of enterprise technologies.
Julian has extensive experience in investment analysis, capital/debt raising and business sales.  With a focus across the business lifecycle, Julian has engaged with a broad spectrum of businesses ranging including start-up, high growth and distressed companies.  His approach is pragmatic and grounded in a strong desire to see clients achieve the outcome they need.

Julian serves on the Victorian committee for the Turnaround Management Association and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Julian has a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Logistics, a Graduate Diploma in IT and a Master of Science (Organisational Consulting).  He is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).

Ian McRae

Partner

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Ian is a Senior Partner with Litmus and has more than 25 years of business and IT experience in strategic planning, project management, and the implementation of transformation initiatives.  This has been gained across a variety of industries in project and line management roles.

Ian has held several leadership roles as a Partner with a large international consulting firm, including ERP Solutions Leader for Asia-Pacific and building a highly successful PeopleSoft consulting practice for the Australian firm.  He spent a year as CEO for an ASX-listed company providing Internet solutions to major corporates.

Ian's consulting experience follows 11 years in line management roles in the grains industry in Victoria.  His project experience includes strategic information systems planning, applications architecture and delivery, shared services infrastructure architecture, IT effectiveness reviews, ERP systems implementations, business process re-engineering, applications management outsourcing and web-based solutions. Ian has international experience serving clients in the Middle East, Greece, Asia and the US.

He has a Diploma in Business Studies and is a member of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Computer Society.

Stewart Key

Partner

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Stewart is a Senior Partner with Litmus and has more than 28 years’ experience in consulting to multiple business sectors with primary focus on asset intensive industries such as resources, corporations of government, engineering based businesses, primary production and professional services

Stewart came to Litmus after a career leading a National Consultancy, chairing several private and public sector boards. He excels in his distillation of business processes, risk implementation, application of best practice methodologies, demystifying the complex into simple practical and implementable management actions.

He leads the Business Development and Market Engagement activities at Litmus and has a special area of interest in Asset Management.

Stewart has an MBA and B Eng (Hons) from the University of Western Australia. He has worked in all states and territories of Australia, in Europe, USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Middle East and Indonesia.

He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Geoff Hinkins

Partner

Geoff is a Senior Partner with Litmus and has more than 20 years of experience in consulting. Prior to joining Litmus he was Partner and Principal with a ‘big four’ consultancy as well as working ‘client side’ for a number of years.

Geoff has extensive expertise in Business Transformation - bringing business strategy to life. He effectively partners with Client Executives to prioritise and integrate competing agendas that deliver the desired outcomes.

Geoff also has a strong background in ERP program planning and implementation that focuses on all aspect of the implementation.

He has managed large and complex programs of work and invests in and builds strong relationships to increase the potential for success. He is passionate about bringing out the very best in the people he works with. Geoff blends a genuine people engagement style with disciplined project methodologies to deliver results.

He has worked in a large range of industries and sectors including Health, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Retail and FMCG.

Geoff has a B.Bus from RMIT.

Jon Chadwick

Partner

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Jon is a Partner with Litmus Group. He has more than 17 years of consulting experience in global businesses in the telecommunication, manufacturing, IT and financial services sectors.

Jon has broad experience in planning and executing strategic initiatives.  From business transformations to systems implementations, he uses his skills in program and project management, business analysis and computer software development to help clients deliver the outcomes they need to meet their corporate strategy and objectives.

His strong leadership and people management skills have enabled him to successfully manage complex programs of work in large global companies and to develop creative solutions in process and systems improvement across an organisation.

Being delivery focused with excellent team working and interpersonal skills, Jon effectively manages large teams and consistently delivers outstanding performance.  Jon holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science from Saint Francis Xavier University (Antigonish, NS, Canada).

Mike Knowles

Partner

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Mike is a Partner with the Litmus Group with over thirty-years executive and management consulting experience in asset-intensive industries, include energy, utilities, infrastructure and mining.

Mike focuses on helping clients design and deliver sustainable improvements that reduce operating costs, increase performance, and better manage risk.  To achieve these outcomes, Mike draws on practical experience and builds client capabilities in the areas of strategic planning, business transformation, cost optimisation, and operations, asset management and supply chain leading-practices.

Mike has a Masters of Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario and Bachelors of Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada.  He has international experience working with clients in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Korea and Indonesia.

Guy Chandler

Partner

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Guy is a Partner with Litmus Group who, with over 15 years of hands-on general management experience, understands first-hand the challenges management teams face in achieving financial and operational targets through business transformation initiatives.

Guy is a top MBA award winner with further qualifications in digital technology, creative media, value management and project management.

Paul Minnock

Partner

Paul  is a Partner with the Litmus Group, with over 15 years of consulting experience.  He is experienced in strategy and consulting roles in the Energy & Utilities,  Financial Services and IT sectors.   

His experience encompasses the design and delivery of operating models, project/program and portfolio management, strategic planning and implementation, change and communications management.

Paul  holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Dublin City University, a HDip in IT and Business from University College Dublin and an Executive MBA from RMIT. 

Chintan Ganatra

Partner

Chintan is a Partner in the Singapore office with over 11 years of consulting experience across IT advisory, benefits identification, tracking and management, and corporate performance management and reporting. Chintan has delivered value to our clients across the Energy, Mining and Government sectors internationally.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Software) and Bachelor of Business (Management).

Garry Butler

Partner

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Garry is a Partner with Litmus who has over 25 years’ experience in the management consulting, not for profit and the engineering services sectors.

Garry played a key role in establishing the management consulting practice in a global chartered accounting firm and spent twelve productive years as a Partner. His strong commercial, strategic, corporate advisory and project delivery skills combined with his business development acumen has led to his proven track record in developing and growing businesses.

He holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Queensland.

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