Meet the Team

Doug Rutter
Managing Director
Rebecca Skagestad
Senior Bid Manager
Ruth Mackenzie
Bid Consultant
Suz O’Callaghan
Project Coordinator
  • B.Bus(Finance)
  • Diploma of Business (Loss Adjusting)
  • Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
  • ANZIIF CIP(Fellow)
  • Fellow Chartered Loss Adjuster (FCLA)
  • Qualified Financial Services Representative (QFSR)
  • Associate Fellow Risk Management Institute of Australasia (AFRMIA)
  • B.Bus (Marketing and Management)
  • Diploma of Market Research
  • Member APMP
  • MA(Hons) in English, English Language and Literature
  • Post-graduate Diploma Printing and Publishing Administration
  • Doug’s career spans 30 years, and includes extensive report writing through various consulting and management roles.  Doug was also based in Asia for 5 years.

    Since 2006, he has specialised exclusively in sales, proposals and tenders.  He has worked both remotely as a bid consultant supporting clients across Australia, as well as in-house as a Bid Director.

    Doug has been involved in more than 3,000 tenders across a wide variety of industry sectors and all levels of government.

    Doug founded Expert Proposals in 2017 specifically to bring industry best practice to organisations of any size and budget. 
    Over the course of her 20+ year career, Rebecca has responded to thousands of tenders. An Australian who has lived in Australia as well as Norway for a decade, Rebecca has worked both remotely as a bid consultant supporting bid teams and consultants across the world, and in in-house bid management roles.

    She understands the time pressures, team work and quality focus that the role requires.

    Rebecca has been working as an independent tender consultant since 2016 supporting clients across Australia, New Zealand and the UK to win their tenders.

    Rebecca has been working with Expert Proposals since 2018.
    Ruth’s career includes 30 years working in proposal writing, copywriting, communications, editing and print.

    For the last 9 years Ruth’s focus has been on bid writing and management, helping clients win tenders.

    She has a successful track record in the private, public and not for profit sectors in Australia, the UK and Ireland.

    Ruth enjoys working with clients to boost their growth and help them to maximise their opportunities.
    Suz provides project management support to clients on our many and varied projects.

    Suz has been working with Expert Proposals since 2021.