Defence consultancy Coras Solutions has opened a new office in Canberra to strengthen the support of Defence capability.
On Thursday night, Defence consultancy Coras Solutions officially opened its Canberra office on Lonsdale St, Braddon. The office was opened by Commodore Ray Leggatt on behalf of Chief of Navy and witnessed by 80 Defence and industry guests.
This significant milestone culminates Coras’ most successful year since it started business in December 2015.
CDRE Leggatt said, “Coras’ rapid business growth and expansion into Canberra is important for Defence as industry plays a critical part in the delivery of Defence capability.”
The new office in Braddon is modern, light-filled and spacious. It includes cutting-edge technology to promote collaboration in the office, and virtually with other Coras offices and their clients – an essential requirement that the recent environment has demanded.
Phil Cutts, Coras managing director, said the office was intentionally designed to encourage colleagues and clients to chat, work together and share ideas.
“We’re in the business of solving complex problems and problems are rarely solved by an individual, so it was important to us that we designed an office which encouraged people to come together and discuss their work,” said Cutts.
The new office is a far cry from the small room the co-founders shared when the business first launched five years ago. It houses modern workstations, private quiet areas, huddle rooms, a café-style kitchen, an event space built for knowledge sharing and virtual collaboration, and even a wellness room. Coras’ clients are invited to utilise these offices and maximise the innovative layout.
“We want our office to be a place where great ideas are generated. We will be hosting thought leadership events and bringing together industry and government to progress some of the complex issues Defence is facing.”
The design of this office, which brings people together, embodies Coras’ values. It knows its greatest asset is its people. Having served in the Navy, the three founders know the importance of camaraderie and teamwork. They have made sure their people are at the forefront of all business decisions, and their passion, dedication and empathy for others is represented in the delivery of Coras’ services.
They have also made sure Coras’ employees feel valued. This year the founders launched the Coras Equity Plan, which gives team members shares in the company at no expense to the individual. It is their way of rewarding the team for their hard work and commitment, and incentivising their people to stay with the company long term.
“We really pride ourselves on hiring exceptional people and we want to keep those people for as long as possible, which is why we introduced the Coras Equity Plan,” said Cutts.
“Doing the right thing by our people, and in turn by our clients, has mattered to us from day one. We chose not to implement a sub-contracting model, and rather hire permanent employees, because we know our people are the most important part of our business.”
Coras first launched in Sydney, as a three-person company, delivering on a single maritime project. Today, it is a thriving consultancy. It employs 40 Australians, many of whom are veterans, who work on 17 projects across Defence’s Joint, Land, Maritime and Air domains.
Its expansion into Canberra highlights its growth and broadening support across the Defence portfolio. From its new Canberra office, Coras looks forward to strengthening and pursing new opportunities to support Defence capability.