Sue Tomat’s profile


Over the last 17 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 significant niche in training and consulting in writing over the last 17 years. Sue delivers training programs and consults to clients on business writing to help them:

  • produce excellent business documents
  • significantly improve their writing and editing efficiency.

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 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.  She then helped the Queensland Government implement its corporatisation agenda and other related reforms. Sue’s expertise in plain language writing was honed during the two years she drafted legislation for the Queensland Parliament.  She was also 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.

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