Success for Top Drawer Consultants is when people and organisations work effectively.
Established in 1991, Top Drawer Consultants is Shayne Mathieson, Margaret Hanson and Janice Burns. We are skilled in developing customised responses to challenges in workplace cultures, systems and working relationships.

Our core & specialist skills


& process reviews




Strategy advice


Multi stakeholder projects

Janice Burns

  • Organisational design

  • Small business advice

  • Organisational research

  • Job evaluation

  • Work analysis and Job design

  • Pay and employment Equity Reviews

  • Management troubleshooting

Margaret Hanson

  • Facilitation

  • Organisational design

  • Small business advice

  • Organisational research

  • Conflict resolution

  • Coaching

  • Responses to equity and diversity issues

  • Professional supervision

Shayne Mathieson

  • Investigations

  • Training

  • Training trainers

  • Systems for avoiding harassment and bullying

  • Responses to bullying

  • Mediation

  • Conflict resolution

  • Coaching

Top Drawer Consultants work comfortably with a wide range of businesses and with people of diverse backgrounds and at all levels in organisations.

Our approach is informed by our own entrepreneurial experience in starting and running small businesses and holding management positions.

We always offer

  • An independent view

  • Experienced inquiry

  • Quality analysis

  • Customised and smart responses

  • Safe and productive conversations

  • Confidentiality

We regularly collaborate with other professionals who bring additional skills in HR, employment relations, research, marketing and systems design.

Snapshot of some recent contracts


Facilitated discussions about policy direction for our health sector client


Developed, delivered and evaluated training for key person harassment prevention. The training was customised for the particular circumstances of several private and public sector organisations

Management troubleshooting

Provided interim cover as acting CEO for a small not for profit organisation that involved change management and system development

Harassment and bullying

Expert advice for a large local body organisation on best practice bullying and harassment prevention


Senior executive coaching in leading motor industry company

Process review

Independent change process review for staff in a newly merged organisation who requested a review of reassignment/reconfirmation decisions

Complaint investigation

Formal relationship complaint investigation in large public sector organisation where the issues were complex and entrenched


Mentoring a small business owner around business development


Getting in touch

Janice Burns

Margaret Hanson

Shayne Mathieson