Felicity Hughes

Senior Associate

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I joined Port Jackson Partners soon after finishing my engineering degree in Industrial Chemistry. At the time I was looking for a career that would allow me to work more closely with people, and to gain experience across a variety of industries. After six years, I can safely say this was a good decision.

At PJP, I have worked with consistently excellent people (both within PJP and in client organisations), and have had deep exposure to a range of industries.

Continuous learning

One of the things I find most stimulating about consulting at PJP is that I am constantly learning something new, whether that be getting to know a new client and their business, or focussing on the next skill I need to develop to grow into a great advisor. Since being promoted to Senior Associate I have had the opportunity to really focus on developing my skills in leading teams, managing projects and developing client relationships.

A truly familial culture

One of the best things about PJP is the people I work with, who are friendly, interesting and intelligent without exception. This leads to a real familial culture around the office, which is deliberately fostered from the partnership down.  By this I mean that people really care about each other - for me an important example was the Partners giving me significant flexibility in staffing while a close relative was ill, without my needing to ask for it.

Exceptional development opportunities

Being a small firm, PJP offers real flexibility in development opportunities as staff move up through the firm. In 2015, I was lucky enough to participate in an exchange program we have with QVARTZ, a top-tier Scandinavian consulting company. I had an amazing experience on exchange - I got to work on three projects, exposing me to a great cross-section of industries and project types, while getting to know their exceptional people, experiencing a Danish winter, indulging in a little bit of travel and even seeing the Northern Lights.  It was fascinating to gain such a close insight into how another consulting company operates in a different business and cultural context, and the program has proven to be a great way of sharing ideas, processes and expertise.

Career highlights

  • Joined Port Jackson Partners as a Business Analyst
  • Helped write a response to frame a manufacturer's response to the Government's Energy White Paper
  • Assisted in a business unit strategy review for a major Australian retailer
  • Worked with an entertainment company to review their full corporate strategy
  • Developed a market, competitor and pricing strategy for an Australian mining services company
  • Assisted with commercial due diligence for a proposed merger, and helped the client in thinking through immediate post-integration priorities
  • Promoted to Associate
  • Assisted with a major organisational review for a division of an oil and gas company
  • Led a team to develop a new performance diagnostic tool for a major Australian department store
  • Worked with an FMCG business to redesign their commercial relationship with a key stakeholder
  • Spent 5 months on exchange at QVARTZ in Copenhagen
  • Completed a detailed market overview for a start-up looking to develop a new meditation app, and assisted them to produce a business plan and strategy (pro bono)
  • Supported a client in negotiations for a potential joint venture on a major piece of infrastructure development
  • Promoted to Senior Associate

"Since being promoted to Associate I have had the opportunity to really focus on developing my skills in leading teams"


  • B Eng (Industrial Chemistry), First Class Honours, UNSW
  • University Medal in Industrial Chemistry
  • Co-op Scholarship, UNSW