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Stephen Plank

 Principal Consultant 

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Stephen Plank, the principal of Ascenza Limited, is a leader in Outcomes & Benefits Management. He has global experience (UK, Asia, Australia, NZ) working with major organisations to bring outcomes and value focus to change programmes & portfolios.

Stephen worked in the technology sector for decades and founded Ascenza to introduce Outcomes thinking to New Zealand organisations. He believes that Outcomes thinking is fundamental for New Zealand companies to grow and succeed in a global environment, 

Stephen specialises in strategic business case development, establishing large change programmes, benefits led procurement and coaching organisations & PMO's in Outcomes thinking. 

Ascenza's mission is to help New Zealand make a step-change in thinking about technology and change. 

Outside Ascenza, Stephen is a passionate sailor. ​

Sharon Lyon-Mabbett

 Senior Consultant 

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A strong track record in mapping outcomes with clearly articulated benefits and measures.


An accredited Wovex benefits management practitioner skilled at creating benefits frameworks & methodologies along with solid training & mentoring experience.

Her passion is to ensure strategic intent is executed and implemented, delivering business value through solid customer advocacy and outcomes management.

Nicola Deacon

Senior Consultant & Founding Associate

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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 to project delivery and benefits realisation.


Nicola has delivered training in business case development, benefits management and performance improvement.

Mandy Lacy

Senior Consultant

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Dr Mandy Lacy is a benefits realisation management specialist and qualified practitioner passionate about measuring return on investment with an excellent experience.


Over the last ten years, Mandy has been involved in significant digital transformation programmes, better business case development and writing, service review and re-design plus people and business change management.  


Mandy brings experience from the business, health, education, social and community sectors in corporate, government and business settings.

Mandy also specialises in modernising meeting practices to improve productivity, saving the enormous spend on meetings and driving a focus on group memory - the intellectual capital.  Find out more:

Kerry Boyle

 Senior Consultant

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Kerry has spent most of the last twenty years working with government agencies individually and at cross-sector level to develop successful outcomes within complicated and complex environments.

He is a Better Business Case and Benefits Management specialist, accredited in Investment Logic Mapping and certified to be a Gateway Reviewer.


He is especially interested in identifying real benefits that are aligned to strategic outcomes and ensuring they have measures that are Specific, Measurable, Attributable, Realistic, and Time-bound.

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