Get To Know

Sue Hurly, Principal Consultant

What are you most passionate about in your role at JOST&Co?

As an Organisation Design, Development and Change Practitioner, who has a human resources background, it probably won’t be surprising that I am passionate about helping organisations become better workplaces. As the answers are often already within organisations, I particularly enjoy supporting clients to “join the dots” and uncover their own solutions.

What career journey have you taken to get here?

I have had an unusual career path. My first degree was in Mathematics & Statistics, and I started my professional career as a trainee actuary in NZ. After completing an MBA in Human Resource Management in London, I worked in Remuneration and Benefits for a large UK retailer and then as a consultant with PwC back in NZ for five years. In the early 2000s, I had the opportunity to learn about organisation design from some of Australasia’s leading specialists while working at PwC, Mercer and Right Management. Since moving to Australia in 2000, I have built on this knowledge from experience in multiple consulting assignments, and in internal P&C roles, in a variety of contexts across the private, public and NFP sectors. 

What’s the best bit of career advice you’ve received?

Play to your strengths and look for people to supplement the other areas. As an individual, you can’t be everything to everyone. As a team you can. That’s one of the reasons I love working at JOST&Co.

What do you love to do when you’re not at work?

It’s a long list that somehow fits well together. I love yoga, walking in nature, photography, discovering new places and spending time with my adult daughter. I also really enjoy being a Director on the Inglewood and Districts Health Service Board, which is a fulfilling community role.

What’s something few people know about you?

I’ve been medivacked off a mountain at 4,600 metres. At the time, I was climbing Mount Kenya and suffered from altitude sickness. Luckily, I felt much better after a few days once I was at a lower altitude.