Confidence in a
changing world

When opportunities arise, or problems present, you need to respond.

We believe organisations have the capacity and capability to make the decisions that are best for them. With our guidance, you can confidently move forward in a changing world.

Ehara taku toa, i te toa takitahi engari, he toa takitini
Success is not the work of one, it is the work of many

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Achievement through capability and connection

Jarvis McDonald Group is a Wellington-based strategic and business consultancy that works with you to build your investment story, and tell it to the people who matter.

Our achievements are built on strong networks with government agencies, funding bodies and providers, NGOs, partner organisations and ancillary providers. We are connected into this ecosystem to unlock necessary funding, and provide consultancy advice, guidance and services so that your project, and you, succeed.

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

- Robert Louis Stevenson


Connect, convince, catalyse

For you and your project to succeed, you will need to tell the right story – your investment story - to the right people. JMG works with you to:



with your communities of interest



them that your project is worth supporting



them to act.


We are skilled in:

  • Providing clarity – cutting through the complexity so you gain a deep understanding of the opportunity or problem before you
  • Connecting people – facilitating and building relationships based on trust and a common vision
  • Synthesising ideas – uncovering real choices and solutions that you can own and implement
  • Re-energising – Fostering a culture of self-belief and a “can-do” approach
  • Sharing our networks – extending your communities of interest to include those who can actively assist or provide backing
  • Ensuring the story is backed by empirical evidence, data that forms the base of a rock solid foundation

And, we are with you all the way.


Your investment story

Building and telling your investment story

The purpose of your investment story is to promote and sell your project to funders.

We work with you to build your investment story, and tell it to the people who matter, so that you can secure funding.

JMG will develop your story with you, identify the funders who can help you and get your story heard by them.

We understand that funders have myriad and differing reasons to act, and those reasons will require our focus to provide the appropriate response. Your story becomes a mini-series, your funders are the audience who dip in at different chapters along the way, but we need them all to reach the same conclusion.

No story lives unless someone wants to listen.
- J K Rowling, author, UK

The campaign for funding

Think of your investment story as a mini-series. As the path toward securing investment progresses, funders need information and evidence to support a decision to back the investment you seek. Working together with you, we develop successive stories and deepening iterations, all with the goal of gaining backing for your project.

The elements of a successful campaign:
  • Establishing good governance and project controls
  • Assembling committed, interested parties and influencers - the coalition of the willing
  • Facilitating collaboration to arrive at a shared vision, common agenda and preferred solution
  • Building a body of evidence through data and information collection, analysis and evaluation
  • Identifying and engaging with aligned investors
  • Quality assurance and monitoring progress

It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.
- Zig Ziglar, author, USA


Capable, knowledgeable, connected

JMG consultants are accomplished operators in our areas of speciality. Over many years we have nurtured strong networks through which advocacy and funding have been gained. At heart, we are bound by a common ideal that success will come from your effort, alongside ours.

+ John Jarvis

John Jarvis

John (JJ) has a strong background in programme and project management. His pragmatic and thorough approach is backed by his knowledge and experience of information/project management methodologies, standards and procedures. JJ has built a strong reputation for delivery in complex environments, and capably engages with senior executive and governance teams to develop a rapport that gives confidence that their project is in safe hands. Most recently his engagements have centred on quality assurance, providing independent assessments of in-progress projects. JJ is a Principal of JMG and has responsibility for risk and quality assurance across all of our deliverables.

John Jarvis

+64 27 541 5126

+ Bill McDonald

Bill McDonald

Bill is an entrepreneur and finance specialist with a well-established track record in consultancy, primarily in local and central government and NGOs. Bill is a big-picture thinker who is agile at directing tactical responses to maximise opportunities arising from changes in the political, economic and social landscape. His capabilities span the spectrum of stakeholder engagement, analysis, proposal development, project management, monitoring and reporting. These complement his low key and approachable manner and ability to network and interact at the most senior levels of governance through to front-line staff. Bill is a Principal and JMG’s Managing Director, and leads our client engagement arm.

Bill McDonald

+64 27 268 8024

+ Diana Sue

Diana Sue

Diana is an experienced marketing and communications practitioner, and has worked in government, education, NGO, community and private sector settings. Diana works to understand each client’s business needs so that she can deliver the right result, considering each unique situation and its audiences across the spectrum of seniority, perspectives and capability. She is a pragmatic and hands-on operator capable of working to tight deadlines, doing what it takes to complete a job efficiently and proficiently. She draws on a broad skill set that sees her comfortable in taking on a diverse range of activities, and enjoying the insights gained from each project.

Diana Sue

+64 21 174 4195

+ Richard Hall

Richard Hall

Richard is a senior analyst with strong analytical and modelling skills, honed in a variety of complex public sector environments, both local and central government. He has a good understanding of public sector finance and reporting expectations. Richard’s skills are underpinned by a foundation in statistical and trends analysis, and financial forecasting. Calm, engaged and very reliable, Richard is able to work collegially and successfully alongside peers and colleagues.

Richard Hall

+64 21 511 352

+ Florence Kelly

Florence Kelly

Florence is an experienced and motivated researcher who has worked in the areas of science, education and the environment. Her diverse roles span the spectrum of research, independent advice, analysis, proposal development, monitoring, risk assessment, and reporting. Her skills, experience and study enable Florence to provide the coherent big picture view from which a solid vision can be formed and implemented.

Florence’s research experience is grounded in science, economic development and social impact, and at times has seen some intermingling across these fields. She has experience in writing and peer review, including reviewing papers and grant applications. Florence embraces opportunities to learn, and quickly grasps new subject areas, allowing her to add to her already wide body of knowledge. With a strong academic background, she enjoys sharing and furthering her knowledge, and collaborating with others. Natural curiosity, a helpful mindset and strong problem solving skills make Florence a strong member of the JMG team. She is currently working towards an MSc in Ecology and Biodiversity.

Florence Kelly

+ Shawn Manders

Shawn Manders

Shawn is a senior analyst with advanced modelling capability, specialising in financial and cost analysis. He has a natural affinity for technology enablement, and understands the opportunities that IT can create. Shawn’s combination of skills and a strategic mindset has seen him add significant value to change and development projects. He provides valuable insights backed by the evidence necessary for senior leadership to support their decision making. Shawn has worked in complex environments, in both private and government sectors, and builds trusted relationships that facilitate the performance of his roles to a consistently high standard.

Shawn Manders

+ Angelique Praat

Angelique Praat

Angelique is a social researcher and writer with local and international experience. She has worked across a range of fields: from incarceration to infrastructure, from social wellbeing to social work. If you have a proposal, a project or a business case that requires flair, discipline, and a bit of heart, Angelique is your person. Bringing her curiosity, collaborative approach and analytical eye, she will help clarify your story, drawing on the latest evidence and that all important stakeholder input. She has worked in senior analytical roles in government, the charity sector and academia. Angelique holds a PhD in psychology from Massey University.

Angelique Praat

+ Grace Chan-McCarthy

Grace Chan-McCarthy

Grace is JMG's intern, and undertakes research, analysis and writing assignments in a variety of mediums including reports, presentations and digital (websites and social media platforms). She also provides marketing and customer support to some of our small business clients. She is a quietly confident achiever who embraces the projects she carries out, producing meaningful results in a real-world context. Grace is an able researcher, and has an analytical mindset that is invaluable when delivering evidence-based findings. She forms rational conclusions drawn from wide ranging and disparate sources of information, and presents her work in plain-English that is fit for purpose. Grace is taking a post-graduate course of study in public policy.

Grace Chan-McCarthy


Enquiries +64 4 831 1470


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PO Box 5310, Wellington 6145, New Zealand