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Our purpose

Unleashing potential to achieve high performance

Our focus is to partner with our clients to drive high performance. We achieve this by drawing out the potential in people, coaching them to see their potential and empowering them to achieve it. This is where the magic happens, true transformation, when people reach further, achieving results often beyond what they thought possible.

Our story

Our story

A pioneering and entrepreneurial journey that continues today

"My life’s journey is about pushing boundaries. I love seeing people imagine something then driving it further. For me it’s ensuring we are always, individually and collectively, pushing some boundary, inventing something different and/or challenging the thinking."

‑ Skipp Williamson, Managing Director and Founder.

Partners in Performance story begins with a vision and ambition to create a different type of management consulting firm.

After five years of consulting at McKinsey & Company, Skipp Williamson became convinced there was a better way to deliver value to clients. In 1996, she made the bold decision to launch her own firm. She wanted to go beyond delivering a smart strategy, which she saw as only a starting point, to create a consultancy committed to driving high performance across all levels of the organisation. Partners in Performance was founded on genuine partnership with clients to unleash their full potential and achieve operational excellence, delivering measurable value and lasting impact, every time.

Skipp has an established reputation for being straight‑talking and candid about how organisations can improve their operations. Her pragmatic and practical approach is the bedrock of Partners in Performance and now part of our firm’s DNA. We thrive on ‘rolling up our sleeves and working alongside client teams – from the front line to the Boardroom – making material change happen at all levels of the organisation.

We have come a long way since serving our first Pulp and Paper client in Europe almost 30 years ago. Our rapidly growing 600‑person team is led by 40 Directors across five regions – Latin America, North America, Europe, Africa and Australasia.

Thoughtful, but quick to react, we pride ourselves in staying ahead of the game – proactively looking for opportunities to create value through continuous improvement, innovation and growth.

Our values

Our values guide how we work and define how we treat each other.

Our values keep us centred when we need to make difficult decisions and ensure we deliver on our promise to create lasting, positive impact.

Commitment and partnership

We’re in it together with our clients. Things will go wrong. There will be setbacks; and it’d be easy – for us and our clients – to abandon ship and say, “hey, we gave it our best shot”. But we stick with it. We figure out what’s required to make it work, together. Building trust and true partnership takes time and that’s fine, as we’re in it for the long haul.

Simplicity and velocity

We are not ones to labour our thinking and strive for perfection. We go straight to the heart of any issue to resolve it, and then move forward confidently.

No harm

We take responsibility for our impact on people and the planet. We take proactive steps to improve the health and wellbeing of our people and the planet.

Do the right thing

We have the integrity and courage to speak up, ask tough questions and have open conversations. Every day we need to be honest, compassionate, and brave in order to create change.

How we work

Making meaningful and lasting change happen through authentic partnership

The driving force behind the impact we help organisations achieve, is the way we work with you as our client partners. We help you execute your strategy and build a high performance organisation. What makes us stand out is our focus on getting the result through effective collaboration.

Our partnership with INSEAD

As part of our commitment to building high performing teams, we have partnered with INSEAD to deliver a capability‑building program that combines formal training and on‑the‑job coaching to help your people build the skills needed to lock in the gains we make with you, and acquire the competence to drive improvement both now, and long after we have left.

Digitally designed, the ‘Leading Continuous Improvement’ online course is the first of its kind, co‑created with content from both a consulting firm and INSEAD academics.

Click to learn more about the ‘Leading Continuous Improvement’ program.


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We actively reduce the climate impact from our operations and invest in community-based climate solutions to balance remaining carbon emissions