Who we are

Profit and growth. Your CEO wants it. Thought Bubble can help you deliver.

Thought Bubble was established in 2003 by Nyree McKenzie who has a passion for strategic thinking and communication in all formats and a desire to contribute to the ever growing, changing and dynamic field of professional services.

With a commitment to teamwork, flexibility, organisation, a solid knowledge of capture / proposal planning and a do-what-ever-it-takes-attitude, Thought Bubble has established itself as a core member of executive and business development teams providing strategic advisory, proposal management and strategic communication services.

Today, Thought Bubble’s expertise ranges from leading and managing organisational transformation projects, to all aspects of the bid management function  (from inception to delivery) to position organisations for growth.

The success of Thought Bubble has been built around flexibility, mobility and collective intelligence – helping our clients extend the reach of their marketing and business development efforts.

What sets us apart is our ability to collaborate intelligently and creatively – sharing ideas in an environment that harnesses a solid command of client issues that adds a new dimension to ideas and innovation. Meet our founder and Managing Director:

NYREE MCKENZIE, CF APMP, Managing Director

  • Strategic bid management programs
  • Business advisory and business development
  • Organisational change communication
  • Marketing and communication strategy
  • Service modelling and process mapping
  • CEO and Co-Founder – Bidhive Bid Management Platform

Career background

Nyree has 25 years experience helping organisations in the health/human services, tertiary education, legal, technology, infrastructure development, mining/resources, environmental management and Defence sectors engage more effectively with their clients, partners, employees and stakeholders. Since establishing Thought Bubble in 2003 Nyree has focused on supporting executive management and business development professionals with marketing and communications programs, including managing the strategic proposals and bids function, to differentiate and position them for growth.  Having led marketing and business development teams across a variety of disciplines, Nyree has successfully secured billions of dollars worth of contracts and helped strategically position companies in ‘top’ rankings (by profit per partner, by market share, by brand and reputational ranking) as a precursor for market expansion, alliance or M&A activity.  As a member of the executive “growth team”, Nyree is also engaged by CEOs and Boards to drive the executive leadership team’s review of processes to strengthen alignment with contemporary market and business practices.

Nyree holds a Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) and a Master of Business (Marketing) from Queensland University of Technology for which she was awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence and she is also a trained RAAF Specialist Reserve (RAAFSR) in the field of operational public affairs. She has been awarded several Stevie Awards (Gold and Silver) in the Business Development Executive, Company and Women in Business categories, and is a former recipient of a St.George Bank Fostering Executive Women International Scholarship to attend Harvard Business School’s Leading Professional Services Firms program. 

New entrepreneurial journey

In March 2017 Nyree completed the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in New Ventures Leadership (her team came second overall). Shortly afterwards she received a Lord Mayor’s Budding Entrepreneurship Program grant for Bidhive, an early stage start-up SaaS Bid Management Platform for high volume and frequent responders to complex and routine RFT and RFPs. Nyree went on to be accepted into the 12 week CUA-sponsored entrepreneur’s program, with Bidhive then being accepted by the 6-month River City Labs Accelerator Program.  Bidhive  has received funding from the Queensland Government Ignite Ideas program and has a growing user base in Australia, UK and the US.

Our team is supported by consulting partners, industry subject matter experts and senior level practitioners who are skilled in:

  • Business and marketing strategy
  • Market research
  • Funding/grants
  • Design, digital and print management
  • Brand management
  • Editing, copywriting and proofreading
  • Tender and bid management
  • Corporate and marketing communication
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Quality and compliance
  • Programs and policy

To ensure our key accounts are serviced to the highest standard, we assemble the right sized team and skills matched to projects requirements.  We support freelance workers, working parents and return-to-work parents / seniors as well as workers based in regional and overseas locations by offering remote-based, flexible, rostered, split and shared shifts to meet our client deadlines. This proven business model has seen us awarded with Stevie Awards for Business Development, a St.George Bank Fostering Executive Women International Scholarship, and a growing number of international clients who value our ‘anytime, anywhere’ service philosophy.