Sue Tomat’s profile


Over the last 19 years, Sue Tomat has specialised in helping her clients become more effective and efficient written and oral communicators – this has significantly contributed to their success.

She has developed an extensive client base in a range of industries in Australia, New Zealand and across Asia. This exposure enables her to share knowledge about:

  • international trends in excellent communication
  • innovative and efficient approaches being taken.

Key strength

Written communication is one of Sue’s key strengths. She has developed a niche in training and consulting in writing over the last 19 years. Sue delivers training programs and consults to clients on business writing to help them:

  • produce excellent business documents
  • improve their writing and editing efficiency
  • develop or refine templates, including for board papers, managerial reports and public-sector briefing notes.

Other areas of focus

Sue also focuses on designing and delivering training programs to refine other communication skills. More detail appears on the Services page.

In 2018, Sue began an exciting collaboration with InsideSherpa to create a virtual internship. Its aim is to help students build the skills and confidence to become job ready and future-proof their careers.

Career history

In 2000, Sue moved from the legal profession into communication consulting and training.  She worked for a boutique consulting company before founding Paragon Associates in 2002. In 2012, she relaunched her business under the GumLeafGreen brand.

Sue has 12 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer in Australia:

  • beginning her career as a lawyer in Australian law firm, Clayton Utz
  • helping the Queensland Government implement its corporatisation agenda and other related reforms
  • drafting legislation for the Queensland Parliament, where she honed her expertise in plain language
  • acting as the assistant company secretary of Marsh Pty Ltd, the Australian operation of the Marsh & McLennan Group, the world’s largest insurance broking organisation.

Qualifications and awards

Sue holds an honours degree in law from the Queensland University of Technology.

She is a certified administrator of the MBTI one of the world’s most widely used instrument for assessing personality type.

Sue completed a crash course on design thinking through Stanford University’s in January 2017.

In 1998, the Australia Day Council gave Sue an achievement award for the work she did for the Queensland Government.