Management Options Pty Ltd applies a team approach to ensure the successful completion of most procurement projects. This includes utilising a range of skills and experience within the team on an as required basis throughout a project’s life cycle to ensure project milestones are met while maintaining deliverable quality and business benefits.
Where required and appropriate, individual consultants can also be provided to undertake a project. Regardless of the resourcing approach, all team members have access to the Management Options knowledge bank, tools and methods.
The Management Options team are highly effective working cooperatively with and utilising to the fullest extent any available client resources or other contractors involved in an initiative.
Probity Services are provided by one of our four accredited probity practitioners.
Murray Watt (MCIPS, MIAMA)
Managing Director and Principal Consultant
Murray founded Management Options in 2004 following a successful career in the public sector, where he was the Head of Procurement for the Queensland Treasury portfolio of Offices (1990-2002).
Murray is a tertiary qualified procurement and supply chain professional with 30+ years’ experience successfully planning, leading and advising on procurement projects. His leadership, ability to motivate and harness the full potential of his team is fundamental to the ongoing success of Management Options and its clients.
Murray brings extensive experience in successfully leading, planning and providing strategic, tactical and probity advice and resourcing to numerous significant procurement projects within the public and private sectors.
Murray was recognised in 2005 by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) for his expertise, knowledge and achievements in this field by awarding him the designatory and internationally recognised letters MCIPS.
Murray retains and enhances his MCIPS certification through his leadership role on CIPS Queensland regional committee promoting the continuing professional education and development of members, including himself.
Murray is a nationally Accredited Probity Services Provider with extensive experience across numerous diverse projects, industry sectors and organisations in the provision of independent probity advice on and conducting probity audits of procurement, contracting and funding processes.
Marilyn is a highly experienced procurement specialist with a proven track record in developing and implementing effective sourcing strategies in the ICT category and driving procurement capability and supply chain improvements in the public sector in Queensland.
Over the past few years, Marilyn has undertaken procurement and commercial lead roles on several significant procurement programs and projects in the health, justice and energy sectors.
In addition, Marilyn has experience in the banking industry as a business banker specialising in lending to the professional services industry including accounting, financial planning and insurance sectors.
Marilyn’s strength is in establishing strong relationships with clients and stakeholders, through a demonstrated commitment to collaborative engagement and building trust across business functions.
Carol Smith (PhD)
Carol has over 20 years’ experience in the provision of consulting services to the public sector, energy, mining, and small business sectors, providing leading-edge thinking in program and project management, business architecture, business process modelling and managing large technology change projects.
In addition, Carol has a further 13 years’ experience in the mining industry in process engineering and management roles.
Carol’s consulting approach brings considerable expertise in managing stakeholder engagement; capturing and providing clarity about a client’s requirements; developing suitable strategies and plans to meet those requirements, and effective communication and project management to facilitate successful outcomes.
Carol has extensive experience in consulting and applying her expertise, including a deep understanding of the strategic and practical aspects of procurement processes to major ICT and non-ICT procurement projects.
John Bateman (LLB, FCIPS, MAIMA)
John brings a wealth of experience in successfully planning, leading and providing strategic, tactical and probity advice on procurement projects within the public sector, Government Owned Corporations and statutory authorities.
John is a tertiary qualified procurement professional with a Master’s Degree in procurement management and has 20+ years’ experience in the procurement field. He is a very experienced and successful consultant, probity advisor, probity auditor and training facilitator in procurement.
John has an extensive legal background in commercial law, intellectual property and contracts including the GITC and QITC. John has been a solicitor since 1988 acting for private clients and also as in-house legal counsel for the government. John’s passion for procurement has resulted in him focusing his legal expertise on procurement and contracting matters for the past two decades to the great benefit of clients.
John is a nationally Accredited Probity Services Provider with extensive experience across numerous diverse projects, industry sectors and organisations in the provision of independent probity advice on and conducting probity audits of procurement, contracting, grants and funding processes.
In 2012 John was recognised for his expertise, knowledge and achievements in the field of procurement by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) by awarding him a fellowship with the designatory and internationally recognised letters FCIPS.
Gary Power (BA, LLB, MIAMA)
Gary joined Management Options in 2014 following a distinguished career with the Australian Government Solicitor’s (AGS) office, during which time he established and led the probity practice for the AGS in Queensland.
Gary is solicitor with extensive experience ranging from private practice, an overseas placement in London and as a Senior Lawyer with the AGS. He has extensive experience in the provision of probity and procurement advisory services demonstrated over 25 years within the Public Sector environment.
Gary is currently a principal presenter in 1-day probity workshops and the 4-day continuous Probity Accreditation program, having presented to groups of candidates across Australia from all tiers on Government.
Gary is a Nationally Accredited Probity Services Provider with extensive experience across numerous diverse projects, industry sectors and organisations advising on and conducting audits of procurement, contracting and grants processes.
Carol Dale, AM (Military Division), MCIPS, Assoc Dip Mgmt
Carol is a procurement and logistics specialist with 30+ years of experience in procurement, military logistics and category management. Her career has encompassed all levels of government and industry progressing to a much sought-after consultant focusing on tendering and contracting, probity advisory and probity auditing, and as a bid manager.
Carol has managed categories and procured goods and services as wide-ranging as aircraft research and development activities, to facilities management services and recruiting services. Carol provides expert advice on procurement strategies and executing effective processes. She has an in-depth understanding of how procurement works, and the role that procurement plays in supporting procurement objectives.
Carol’s private sector experience includes the banking sector, particularly in outsourcing property services, cleaning, security and corporate real estate.
Carol was a commissioned officer in the RAAF and was awarded an Order of Australia (AM – Military Division) for her contribution to Defence Logistics. She reached the rank of Squadron Leader and worked in many policy and procurement positions during her 19-year RAAF career, including on two major aircraft upgrade projects.
Tom Murphy (BSc (Physics), MBA, MCIPS)
Tom is a highly experienced in management and senior procurement roles. He brings business acumen, a pragmatic approach to his work and a successful record in developing and maintaining accountable, high performing procurement operations.
Tom’s work engagements have covered International, State and Local government organisations. Examples include: leading a procurement capability assessment and development program across a group of state government agencies with combined procurement expenditure in excess of $10 billion per annum; capability assessment and development work in the United Nations system; and similar work in the Local Government environment in Queensland.
Tom has an undergraduate degree in Physics, a Master of Business Administration and postgraduate qualifications in procurement.
Tom is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.
Ashur Merza (MBA, AIAMA)
Ashur is currently on a sabbatical from Management Options.
Ashur brings 20+ years’ experience in the successful planning, managing, undertaking strategic procurement and providing probity advice in relation to those activities in a wide range of business, procurement, contracting, insurance and finance matters within the public and private sectors.
Ashur is a tertiary qualified professional with a Master’s Degree in business administration. Ashur’s other formal qualification include a Diploma in Financial Services (General Insurance) and is a Fellow of ANZIIF.
Ashur’s knowledge and insight into public sector procurement and the public sector environment is highly valued by public sector clients. As a principal procurement advisor to the Queensland Treasury, Ashur’s strategic procurement and contract management advice to senior stakeholders on a broad range of significant procurements across the portfolio was valued and respected.
Ashur’s insurance industry expertise developed and honed in stints in the private sector as the claims manager in the Queensland Government Insurance Fund equip him with unique experience in risk and strategic business analysis that now enhances his procurement credentials. Ashur has excellent skills in organisational analysis, review and consulting.
Ashur is a nationally Accredited Probity Services Provider with extensive experience across numerous diverse projects, industry sectors and organisations in the provision of independent probity advice on and conducting probity audits of procurement, contracting, grants and funding processes.