Family Business Central is a world-leading consultancy, advising family businesses throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Family Business Central is a world-leading consultancy, advising family businesses throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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Our response to COVID-19

As we all face the uncertainty of COVID-19, we’ve put together some helpful resources to help family businesses navigate these challenging and unprecedented times.

Keeping the peace: Why your family business needs a family constitution

Keeping the peace & building a legacy: Why your family business needs a family constitution. The benefits of working with a family business expert to write a family charter.

Your Family Council

Successful family businesses rely on good family governance. Our Family Council service involves supporting the governance of your business – helping you achieve the best results possible.

Family Business Charter

What are your goals and ambitions as a family, and as a business? We work with you to identify your family business legacy, creating a lasting enterprise for generations to come.

Client testimonials

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Philip also ensured that our change management process was as transparent as it could be. His one-on-one meetings with the various family members prevented conflict from arising … there’s a heap of emotion involved in our business.”


Garry Beard, Director, A.H.Beard

“At the end of the day, it’s not so much about the business but about the family. Philip has enabled us all to speak our minds about the business and walk away as a loving family. There would be a number of us who wouldn’t be talking to one another if we hadn’t had Philip working with us for the past five years.”

Anthea Hammon, General Manager, Scenic World

“Our issues were not so much about the business, they were centred around the relationship between the seven family members: my parents, myself and my four younger sisters. Philip’s biggest achievement was bringing our family together.

Philip is now helping us step up to the succession plate through leadership and business training. He’s teaching us how to communicate with each other in order to make informed, intelligent business decisions. He continues to raise the bar!”

David Hammon, Director, Hammons Holdings

“As our Family Business Adviser, Philip has provided us with ongoing support and guidance in developing the knowledge and taking the right steps to a successful succession plan. His professionalism, knowledge and quality of work have allowed us to progress with ease into the next levels of succession and in doing so he has become an invaluable member of our team.”

Michelle Corby CA, Company Accountant, Mangan Logging

“Philip has worked with our family since 2012. In that time he has provided valuable facilitation and guidance to the family, which has enabled us to resolve some significant issues leading to much improved family relationships. He has also worked closely with our other advisers and Chairman of our board to resolve family and ownership issues that impact both the family and the business. He is now helping the next generation get ready to take over as owners of the business.”

Anthea Hammon, General Manager, Scenic World

“Phil quickly understood the drivers of our business, which allowed him to ask the hard questions and to cut through any tensions or silo based issues that often confront a sales/project delivery oriented company.”

John Hewitt

“Phil is a professional, urbane, free thinker who quickly gains the confidence of executive management and staff alike and is also very prepared to make the ‘touch calls’ when required. In my view Phil is not your typical consultant and actively becomes a part of, and understands, your business so his input and advice are commercially sound and business focused.”

Steve Booth Directory, HR Yokogawa

“It became apparent to me that  I needed more help managing the family than managing the business. The forum group run by Philip is far and away the most valuable component of my involvement with the organization. My experience in forums is that it is all about the people. The other family business owners need to be able to dig deep and give as much as they can whist at the same time taking some heat as well. The other component of a successful forum is the facilitator and Philip is the best I’ve ever had. He knows when to be visible and keep us on track but every more so, he knows when to be invisible. In my humble opinion, this is an art not a science and he does it brilliantly.”

Kevin Smaller

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