A Nichols review is an independent, strategic assessment of the status, health and likely outcome of a programme or project. This provides an independent strategic assessment of an element of the organisation, such as management structure, efficiency, profitability and deliverability. Reviews are often commissioned for a rapid status assessment, in the case of ownership or management changes, where there is considerable complexity and risk, or if there have been significant changes to requirements, cost, schedule or funding.

We are renowned for our strategic reviews, having undertaken several hundred reviews of major projects or iconic change programmes.

We mobilise a small, high calibre team of experts with extensive experience across many industries and quickly and creatively identify and simplify challenging situations. In partnership with our client, we develop the scope of the review and lines of inquiry; and identify and plan to engage key stakeholders.

Independent, strategic assessment

We provide valuable insights through comparator research, investigating and sharing how they have addressed similar challenges to provide confidence, insight, fresh ideas and measures of success to enhance strategy and approach. Our tailored approach, intuition and insight are welcomed by our clients who benefit from early visibility of our findings and our open and clear communication style.

A Nichols review is strategic and collaborative, bringing clarity to complexity. Our advice helps our clients to improve their performance and gain confidence in the success of their delivery strategy. Our approach is consultative, and findings are evidence-based enabling our clients to understand the issues, and act on the recommendations, helping to deliver the review outcomes.

In some cases, a Nichols review will lead to the engagement of a team to integrate with the client and drive the implementation of the review recommendations. This enables our clients to maximise team potential through knowledge sharing, coaching and mentoring.

We engage positively and constructively with the project team to create a culture of success and allow renewed focus on project goals. Our approach ensures a high level of engagement so that we can retain critical information within the team, while embracing new ideas and innovation.


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