Economic Transitions was established in 2011 by Principal, Kim Hewson, who recognised many regional communities globally were establishing tourism development outcomes from a top-down approach without consideration for sustainability.  Economic Transitions approaches all tourism development projects with consideration to the overall triple bottom line and socioeconomic development and benefit of the community.  A community participation approach is utilised as an integral part of the sustainable tourism development.  Incorporating a bottom-up approach - community participation, power redistribution, collaboration processes and social capital creation – integrates the benefits of each and provides for the achievement of a healthy environment and society that can continue to be maintained and renewed.

Economic Transitions is recognised as an industry leader with vast holistic tourism and economic development capability and community engagement expertise.  Their exceptional communication skills with all communities and professional approach in the international business field, with MSME operators, all levels of Government agencies, communities, industry colleagues and collaborators ensures a comprehensive tourism strategy which all levels of industry is able to employ.  The success of Economic Transitions is shared with collaborating partners such as Creative Spaces, Flametree Creative, Margaret Gollagher Consulting, Puzzle Consulting and Thinkfield, who are experts in their fields and enrich the final product.

Kim Hewson - Principal

Kim Hewson has over 30 years' experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, including positions as General Manager of hotels in Western Australia, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for an international hotel chain leading their global offices in South-East Asia, and director of Australian and New Zealand markets with various hospitality and tourism products.  With experience in a number of regional and international locations including Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia and New Zealand, Kim has a solid understanding of the global environment and the diversified requirements of tourists.  Kim’s strong research background provides tourism businesses with a thorough situational analysis of the tourism business mix, a methodology which is tailored to suit the project requirements, and an outcomes based report to meet the client’s requirements.

In 2010, Kim graduated from the University of Western Australia having completed the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA).  With an interest in sustainable tourism, Kim completed her thesis on, 'A Strategic Analysis of the Key Success Factors of Developing a Sustainable Tourism Resort in a Remote Location – Cocos (Keeling) Islands'.  Keen to continue her research in the sustainability of regional and remote locations through the implementation of tourism strategies, Kim was accepted through the Curtin Sustainable Tourism Centre at Curtin University in 2011 for research in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).  Her current research focuses on the economic diversification of regional mining communities, and is titled, 'The Development of Sustainable Tourism as an Economic Alternative to Supplement Mining Based Regional Economies – Kalgoorlie, Western Australia'. 

Awarded with a scholarship through the Department of Communities and Women, Kim successfully completed the Company Directors Course in 2011, and is currently a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She has completed a Certificate in Governance of Not-For-Profits and is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia, and with an extensive financial background, is a Pathways Member of CPA Australia.

Kim is a Committee Member of the Jurien Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Company Secretary for the Australian Prospectors & Miners' Hall of Fame, and was a voluntary Board member and Treasurer of the Goldfields Tourism Network Association Inc from 2011 until 2016.



Rikki Clarke - Creative Spaces

Creative Spaces consists of a group of passionate designers and architects who work in collaboration with individuals, local communities, and local and state governments to create immersive environments ithem the ability to create spaces that act as a “living bridge” connecting people with their environment, cultural places, each other, and important events of the past.  Over time they have built an impressive network of other like-minded creatives to partner with. Their network includes: landscape architects, historians, interpretive and tourism consultants, cabinetmakers, printers and suppliers from many other industries.

Rikki Clarke, Director of Creative Spaces, possesses over 15 years’ experience in design, interpretation and exhibitions. Before investing in the private practice of Creative Spaces, she worked in various design and project management roles in Australia and the UK.  Rikki has extensive experience on projects where the combination of space and content has been used to interpret stories of people and place. She brings this expertise toall Creative Spaces’ projects, whether in exhibition spaces (both permanent and temporary), heritage and environmental trails, new media productions, creative encounters and interactive experiences.

John Douglass - Flametree Creative

Flametree Creative is a Western Australian owned communications consultancy specialising in transformational change.  Their clients vary from one man bands to national companies and they operate on a project basis or full service capacity, but their objective is always the same:  to clearly differentiate their client's business to the extent that it becomes or remains a brand leader within its category.  To achieve their aims the follow a process of continuous improvement that clearly positions their client's brands by simplifying offers and ensuring that the expectations they create are matched by the outcomes desired by their clients.

Creative Director John Douglass graduated from Curtin School of Design before commenced his career at Fremantle Arts Centre Press, beore launching Brown Cow Design in 1993.  He has served as lead creative to:  City of Fremantle, Dunsborough Construction, Fremantle Sailing Club, Halco Tackle, Kidago Art Institute, and Mt Barker Chicken.  He has designed books for Richard Woldendorp, City of Perth, UWA Press, The Town of Victoria Park, Holmes a Court Gallery, Linneys, BHP and many others.  He has designed interpretive displays for the Australian Prospectors & Miners' Hall of Fame, John Curtin Gallery and the Maritime Museum of WA.

Margaret Gollagher - Gollagher Consulting

Gollagher Consulting provides training in sustainability and participatory processes tailored to suit clients’ needs; undertakes research to inform sustainability strategies and policies; and develops grant applications to assist communities and organisations obtain funds to pursue their sustainability goals.

Director Margaret Gollagher has a particular focus on collaborative, participatory processes which are vital for sustainability policy and strategy development and implementation. She is currently a policy adviser for the Western Australian Greens MLC, Hon. Diane Evers.  She is also an Associate lecturer/researcher at Curtin University’s Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, where she teaches and researches subjects such as Collaborative Governance, Deliberative Democracy, Participatory Sustainability; Sustainability Management – Public Policy; Public Policy Analysis and Design; Sustainability Management – Corporate Citizenship; Global and Regional Sustainability; Cities and Sustainability; Economics for Sustainability.

Margaret was formerly a lecturer at Murdoch University’s School of Sustainability; a sustainability consultant with HAC Consulting (now Energy Made Clean - EMC); Principal Policy Adviser for Sustainability for the Western Australian Minister for Planning and Infrastructure; and Senior Policy Adviser for Climate Change and Environment for the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Margaret’s key areas of expertise include: sustainability policy; collaborative governance; urban and regional planning; community and regional development; agricultural sustainability; business strategies for sustainability; and strategic planning.

Greg Harwich - Q2 Group

A graduate from the University of Western Australia with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, Greg has spent the last 20 years in executive management roles improving business performance in a variety of product and service businesses.

Greg’s expertise includes spearheading strategy, business development, operational performance, organisational performance and financial performance. He also has extensive experience in launching, developing, managing, and selling successful small to medium sized businesses across many sectors at a local and international level including the resource industry (Oil and Gas and mining), consulting, technology, environment, scientific, utility and legal.

Passionate about building lucrative and sustainable businesses, Greg’s main aim is to help clients develop the leadership and management capability to stop following the herd and take ownership of their own personal and professional journeys to business success.  His approach is to ask the tough questions and not change the subject when the heat is turned up. There is no magic bullet for business success but with Greg you can discover what makes your business tick and what your potential clients REALLY expect.

Kate Mills - Puzzle Consulting

Puzzle Consulting is a West Australian business established in 2012 with a broad client base in industry, government and the not-for-profit sectors from across the State. They specialise in the research and development of comprehensive strategies, plans and business cases as well as providing project management services with specialised skills in analysing issues and problem solving and community engagement. Puzzle Consulting tailors their work to respond to the needs of the clients and the individual projects.

Puzzle Consulting works with clients on all aspects of project development from concept through to implementation and completion. They are committed to increasing community capacity through economic growth, job creation and community empowerment.  This is achieved through adopting an outcomes based approach which generates a positive flow on affect for the community and ensures that the project objectives are always met. 

Kate Mills is the Director of Puzzle Consulting, commencing the business in 2012. She has a Bachelor of Commence Degree majoring in Tourism Management from Curtin University, Perth and has extensive experience in the tourism industry through her role as the Tourism Development Manager with Tourism WA. Through her diverse roles with the Department of Indigenous Affairs, the WA Attorney General’s Office, the peak not-for-profit organisation in WA (WACOSS) and the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission, Kate has developed an innate ability to connect with people and work collaboratively with all level of both government and industry. Kate also has a Social Science degree with a major in Politics with critical learnings from this degree relevant to the analytical, idea generating and report writing capabilities of Puzzle Consulting.


Thinkfield’s services include Qualitative Data Collection (door-to-door, mystery shopping, online surveys, etc.) and Qualitative Recruitment (for focus groups, ad tests, workshops, etc.). Their resources include in-house focus group facilities and an extensive database and research panel, as well as a state of the art 60 seat CATI & CAPI facility.

Their expertise is available to business directly as well as in support of marketing and research agencies.  Built around the most exacting standards, Thinkfield has a well-earned reputation for quality and integrity in Data Collection.

The Thinkfield brand was born in 2015 when West Coast Field Services joined forces with Research Panel to create a single entity with enormous combined experience, resources and skill. With a quarter-century track record, Thinkfield is one of Australia’s leading market research organisations, with a particular specialisation in outbound call centre services with an International presence: part of The Key Research Group of Companies with offices in Perth (WA), Tauranga (NZ), Oamaru (NZ).  We have extensive experience with Indigenous communities with many government projects in the regions in Australia.

Amy Gough - Wanderlust Communications

anderlust Communications is a boutique communications consultancy based in Western Australia, specialising in the tourism industry. Wanderlust Communications offers a range of services including traditional and online public relations, online communications strategy, workshops and training, copywriting and social media implementation and management.

Wanderlust Communications was set up by Amy Johnston in 2015. Amy is an experienced communications professional with a strong background in integrated public relations and social media. Amy began her career in the UK working with travel and tourism brands including Stena Line, Welcome to Yorkshire and Co-op Travel. She then went on to work for one of the UK’s first social media agencies and developed the social media strategy for global brand Sony Ericsson. Since relocating to Western Australia in 2011, she has worked as the Marketing Manager for a large recreation centre and as General Manager for the Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre.  Current contracts for Wanderlust Communications include Australia's Golden Outback where Amy is consulting in digital PR and social media, and the Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor centre in Social Media.

In 2014, Amy won the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry Administration Employee of the Year Award and the GWN7 Golden I Award for Visitor Centre Leadership. She has an Honors Degree in Public Relations and recently completed an Advanced Diploma in Management.