About Creative

Creative Development Solutions Limited is a New Zealand based and registered limited liability private company.

We are a multi-disciplinary company providing an integrated range of services.  These extend from strategic planning through managing complex business, transformation or technology integration projects, to protecting your information assets.  

Creative applies a building blocks approach to delivering traditional professional services that is designed to create maximum value for your organisation.

We consider strong and professional governance in business essential.   Creative has a corporate membership of the Institute of Directors and Creative Directors are members of the Institute, committed to ongoing development and training.

Our reason for existence is to provide advisory, integration and management services that create ongoing advantage.  

We apply a unique conceptual framework that is designed to identify and leverage ways and means for you to identify opportunities for economic development and growth, to gain and maintain an innovation edge, as a tool for organisation, community and regional resilience.  

Creative's entrepreneurial approach to service delivery allows us to partner closely with you.  We are organisationally designed to be looking out for your long-term best interests. 

Our structure is lean and efficient.  

We embrace the Internet as a tool for research, communicating, and managing our business.  We live and operate across New Zealand without geographical boundaries.  We are security conscious and regard client confidentiality as paramount.  We know that our client relationships, our people and our intellectual property are our key assets.  We focus our investment in these three areas.  

Our mantra is simple; your success creates our success.


Qualified, experienced, trusted.  At Creative we recognise that seeking independent advice can be fraught with challenge.  

Our approach is simple – we would like to help you.

The knowledge, skills and experience of our people match the capabilities required by most organisations.  We have specialists in Media Management, Community and Stakeholder Engagement, Planning, Marketing, Sales, Production, Logistics, Customer Service, Finance and Information Systems.  Our senior people have held executive positions in major local and global organisations and bring industry-specific knowledge to bear on your opportunities and challenges.  We leverage their many years’ experience in delivering results in line management roles or an advisory capacity.

Our people have also excelled in activities outside the business environment.  They bring the networks, vision, motivation and discipline required to achieve outstanding results to your organisation.

Creative people contribute to the communities in which they live.  They are active in environmental, sports and community service organizations.  This is a small and important way in which we can leverage our knowledge, skills and experience for the benefit of the wider communities in which we live.

Communications Director and Principal: Brendon Burns
Brendon moved to Marlborough 24 years ago after a career as a political journalist to become an award-winning Editor of The Marlborough Express.  From 2002 to 2005 Brendon managed a communications unit in the Prime Minister's Office. 

In 2008, he became MP for Christchurch Central and is recognised as having worked ceaselessly for constituents after the 2010/11 earthquakes. Brendon returned to Marlborough in 2012 and rebuilt his communications and media consultancy.  Clients have included Marlborough District Council, Shell NZ, Wellington City Council, Palmerston North City Council, Earthquake Services, the Aggregate and Quarry Association and Marine Farming Association.  He is a foundation trustee and chair of the Marlborough Business Trust, chairs the Smart + Connected Aquaculture steering group and is a past board member of Marlborough Chamber of Commerce and the NMIT Council.

Programmes Director and Principal: Paul Roberts – Paul is an IT Professional and Programme Director with a detailed knowledge of information Management, project Management, service management specifically in shared Services and availability contracting.


Before moving to New Zealand in 2012, Paul directed major transformational change programmes in Defence and Aerospace. Leading programmes for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Royal Air force.


Since moving to New Zealand Paul has used his expertise in managing complex stakeholder groups and Programmes to deliver mutually beneficial and much needed services, mobilising and recovering Programmes in Health and other Government organisations.  He has worked on large complex implementations and capability development projects, involving the deployment of cloud based Project Management and Clinical Systems in New Zealand. 


He is a qualified Gateway assessor for high value NZ Government programmes and has over 20 years’ experience of organisational change, in Defence, Health and Outsourced IM&T Services for Government, top FTSE and Fortune 100 companies.

Technology Solutions Director and Principal: Phil CoxPhil, based in Wellington, has over 3 decades of experience designing and implementing IT solutions. He has worked across a broad range of industries that include Military, Banking, Financial Services, Energy, Telecommunications, Transport, and general IT within both Government and Commercial sectors. Often he is involved in successfully delivering significant strategic or step change systems that have no room for failure, but are breaking new ground for the organisations involved. Examples include the design and delivery of Kiwibank's systems enhancements to replace or enhance their initial mainframe only banking system, assisting the systems and process change component of Telecom's Operational separation programme (to prevent data leaking to the newly separated business units for shared systems), the vendor delivery of the Z Energy's overall ICT systems upgrade/replacement and recently, the design and delivery of NZTA's replacement Crash Analysis System, which introduced the first significant Cloud based application to NZTA. 

A keen enthusiast for leveraging ICT investment alongside existing systems, Phil actively works with senior management to ensure that objectives are clear and realistic, while providing innovative thinking around what else can be achieved. He is regularly sought as an advisor for start-ups, both local and international, to aid in melding business success with realistic technical capability and investment.

Strategy Director: Rohan MacMahon - Rohan has over 20 years’ experience in commercial and NGO fields with deep expertise in the impact of changing technology on business. He wrote his first paper on technology convergence and the Internet back in 1994 while a management consultant at Accenture (then Andersen Consulting). Rohan led an Internet start-up in the late 1990s followed by executive roles at Telstra Australia in strategy, planning, product/ sales/ marketing and operations. He was Strategy Director of Crown Fibre Holdings Ltd from 2010 until late 2016 through the start-up and development of the UFB and RBI work programmes. 

He holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney.  Rohan is also actively engaged on a range of community initiatives in Auckland.

Programme Director: 
Ashok Mathur
- Ashok is a highly experienced advisor and programme director with an impressive track record of successfully delivering high profile and complex programmes of work with budgets up to $100 million and team size of up to 340.

In a career spanning over 35 years, Ashok was a senior consultant with one of New Zealand's largest consulting companies before taking up senior executive roles within NZ and internationally in the private and public sectors. He has managed significant programmes of work within NZ, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia, in a variety of sectors including financial services, central and local government, petrochemical, energy, health, transport and entertainment.

Ashok’s recent work includes delivery of the NZ Welfare Reforms; helping establish the new Social Investment Agency; and advising the transport agency transform into a future focussed provider of an integrated and sustainable transport system. This work has earned him accolades from all levels of government, up to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. The Welfare Reform programme was a finalist in two categories at the PMI Awards for 2014.

Senior Project Manager: Richard Nguyen
- Richard is a pragmatic project manager with a deep passion for effective strategy execution and building high performing teams. He is highly skilled in Agile and Kanban development delivery and is an accomplished trainer in Agile and Kanban practices. A seasoned Information and Communications Technology consultant with 20 years working for large enterprises in the energy, financial, telecommunications, transport operations and information technology sectors.  

Richard's recent assignments include delivering a Strategic Alliance framework for a major bank and implementation of a new Terminal Operating System at one of NZ's largest port terminal.  He is also a Business Process Engineer and Technical Systems Analyst.

Change Advisor: Karren Kerrisk
- Karren is an experienced Leadership and Communications Trainer based in Wellington. She has a passion for enabling people and organisations to manage the implications of change created by new technology, organisation redesign and service transformations.  She is a certified Neuro Communication and Neuro Leadership Trainer.  
She has an extensive background in Business and People Performance Management.  Karren offers practical, sustainable solutions, from new strategies and people and capability design, to change project implementation, facilitation and support.   

She has assisted in the establishment, growth and profitability of a number of business entities and has designed and delivered professional performance and change capability development, processes and training to a number of private, government and not-for-profit organisations.