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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Family Business 101 Workshops

If you are a family business, you are not just another SME! There are important issues that are unique to family businesses that you need to get your head around.

The team at Family Business Central runs informative two hour sessions that are a fantastic opportunity to get an update on what you need to do … as a family and as a business.

Direction vs Decision: The Differences Between the Family Council and the Board in a Business

This month, we talk about the relationship between the Family Council and the Board. As a family business, it is important to have the proper systems in place to help keep the family and business aligned and ensure both business success and family harmony.

Family Business 201 Webinar Series

Six new webinars specifically developed for family-owned businesses.

These practical and down to earth webinars will give you tools and methods you can apply to your family business now.

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.

Managing the Challenges of Succession in Family Owned Farms

Family Business Central in partnership with Whanganui and Partners ran this fantastic webinar for farming families on how to start the conversations around succession and what needs to be in those conversations. The Webinar identified practical actions the two generations can take to move through the succession process. The feedback was fantastic and we’d love to hear your thoughts.

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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