Ascenza is a New Zealand born and bred consulting company.


Our mission is to be New Zealand's provider of choice for business case development & benefits-led services.


We bring fresh thinking to help you plan the execution of complex strategies.


Never before has delivering real benefits been more important

Are you choosing the right projects?

Do your business cases have real benefits that can be practically delivered?

Can you track, measure and report on the delivery of your benefits?

The team


Stephen Plank

Principle Consultant

Innovative thinker with broad experience in strategy, team building, vendor management, business development, benefits management and project management.

A reputation for creating successful outcomes in highly complex environments.

Broad experience building high-performance teams and strategies. Business & outcome-focused.

Nicola Deacon

Founding Associate Consultant

Nicola has over 30 years of experience in management, consultancy and project implementation roles within the Tertiary Education sector, Manufacturing, Logistics, and FMCG.

Nicola has worked across the project lifecycle from the development of business cases and benefits identification through to project delivery and benefits realisation. Nicola has delivered training in business case development, benefits management and performance improvement.

Mike Stobbs


With over 30 years’ experience leading teams and organisations in the technology, consultancy and innovation sectors, Mike has spent much of his career working at the leading edge of both corporate and consumer solutions. Mike has held a number of executive and governance roles as well as directly providing advisory and implementation expertise from electronic banking, home shopping and payments to multi-sector digital transformation initiatives. Mike's Master's thesis “Are organisations realising the promised Benefits or just delivering another project?” was driven out of a desire to better understand the required attributes organisations need to improve business outcomes.

Better decision making.

The winning business case

Ascenza is all about developing the winning business case. However, preparing a well-worded document or PowerPoint is the easy part. The "thinking" behind the business case is what leads to ultimate success. This is where Ascenza is uniquely qualified to support businesses in preparing and implementing business cases.

Because: the winning business case:

Is aligned to strategy

Has identified the right partners

Can be delivered

Can be fundedCan be tracked and measured

Strategic review

Our strategic review framework helps develop a starting point for building programmes which include the right projects.


Short courses :

Foundation benefits mapping

Advanced benefits mapping

Better business cases


Finding the right partner, solution or service providor is often key to delivery of a robust business case. Which is why we have developed a benefits led approach.

Tracking & reporting

Ascenza uses the Wovex software platform for benefits modelling, tracking & reporting. A powerful way to bring complex portfolios together.


Contact us

021 800 000

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