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.

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 21 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 deputy chair of the Marlborough Business Trust, a past board member of Marlborough Chamber of Commerce and NMIT.

Commercial Director and Principal: Dayal Phillips
Dayal who is based in Christchurch, has wide ranging experience, working in NZ and internationally.  He has deep knowledge of the technologies used in the energy, commercial, health, local government, telecommunications and information technology sectors, having led and delivered wide ranging transformative change.  Dayal has in-depth technical and operational experience, combined with extensive commercial management and negotiation capability.   

Dayal’s recent assignments include General Manager of an ICT Services company, National Health ICT Infrastructure reform, ICT restructure and transformation for a nation wide energy provider, CE & Board advisory to large commercial Health Sector providers.  He is a qualified Gateway Auditor for high value NZ Government ICT work programmes.

Brendon and Dayal worked together in 2015 for Marlborough District Council to deliver the region’s Registration of Interest in securing Government funding for broadband expansion and the subsequent Digital Enablement Plan.  They also supported the Tasman District Council ROI response to the Crown, following a "Top of the South" approach.

Programmes Director and Principal: Paul Roberts
 - Paul has particular expertise Managing complex stakeholder groups to deliver mutually beneficial and much needed services together with complex large scale programme delivery, ITIL Service Delivery and Project mobilisation.  

He is a qualified Gateway Auditor for high value NZ Government ICT work programmes and has over 20 years’ experience of organisation change in Defence, Health and Outsourced IM&T Services for Government, top FTSE and Fortune 100 companies.
An IT Professional, Programme Director and Technical Project manager with detailed knowledge of ITIL, shared Services and availability contracting. He has worked in complex IS implementations and capability development, business process change, bid team management mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing and government liaison. 

Paul has led Transformational change programmes across the whole of the NZ Health Sector, as well as the delivery of highly complex Defence and Aerospace Programmes for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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.

Specialist Advisor: Neil De Wit - Neil who is based in Wellington, is an experienced CEO and an award-winning entrepreneur.  Neil co-founded Nichecom and FibreNet and then went on to co-found CityLink where he was the CEO for 12 years. Neil has a proven track record of successful leadership and growth within the Information and Communications Technology sector and is passionate (and concerned) about environmental issues.  Started in 1995, CityLink achieved a number of world firsts by breaking the traditionalist telco paradigm in Wellington and downtown Auckland. The company was very customer focused and re-wrote the rulebook when it came to delivering fibre infrastructure (now the norm with UFB). 

In 2005, Neil led a Management Buy Out (MBO), partnering with TeamTalk.  He was deeply involved in the establishment and operations of FX Networks (now Vocus) and has worked extensively managing the transition of organisations onto fibre networks from older technology.

Brendon, Dayal and Neil undertook a range of work in 2015 for councils and broadband providers including commercial and economic analysis of broadband delivery requirements, concept and technical design, Business case development and investment analysis, together with wide-ranging and direct engagement with major fibre, broadband and associated technology providers.   

Senior Project Manager: Richard Nguyen
- Richard is a pragmatic project manager with a deep passion for effective strategy execution and building high performing teams. A seasoned Information and Communications Technology consultant with 20 years working for large enterprises in the energy, financial, telecommunications 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.