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Meet the swarm

Strategy Road is an association of independent consultants and advisors with expertise in a range of professional support and advisory arenas. 

Meet the Strategy Road Associate Swarm...

TROY FORREST

    

BUSINESS & SALES STRATEGY, WORKSHOP FACILITATION
Forrest Workshops

 

Troy is the Founder and Managing Director of Strategy Road, a consulting group that helps organisations design, implement and calibrate Purpose-aligned strategies. Troy has 25 years sales experience and has spent the past decade helping business leaders develop and implement aligned business & strategic plans. Troy has post-graduate qualifications in management, coaching and mentoring, and has supported clients in over 100 industry sectors including B2B, B2C, government and not-for-profit. Through Forrest Workshops, Troy custom-builds and facilitates strategy & planning workshops, alignment & governance health checks, and advises clients on effective sales, customer experience and cultural wellbeing strategies. Troy is also the creator and Managing Director of Parcel Nest Pty Ltd.

Bevan Roberts

  

BUSINESS, READY-FOR-SALE & SUCCESSION STRATEGY
Dale Wood Business Sales & Succession Plus

 

Bevan is the owner and Managing Director of leading consultancy Dale Wood Business Sales. An experienced Board member, Bevan sat on the Business Development Council of South Australia and has decades of experience advising businesses of all sizes and industries. Bevan founded and ran his own family business for 25 years, supplying products to over 150,000 Australian homes. Bevan is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an accredited Family Business Adviser and a qualified Exit Planning Institute Adviser. Bevan specialises in helping businesses understand and navigate the strategic challenges of “being sales ready” as well as generational and succession planning.

 

Mel Blondell

  

HR & PRODUCTIVITY STRATEGY
Red Seed

 

Mel is the Principal of Red Seed Productivity Strategists, a consultancy that helps businesses develop people and process strategies to improve productivity and gain competitive advantage. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Mel is an experienced executive HR specialist, with leadership experience in the construction, mining, accounting, telecommunications, not-for-profit and public sectors. Mel’s areas of expertise include organisational & cultural development, change management, advising in the development and implementation of strategic plans, industrial relations and employment law.  

 

James McGill

  

OPERATIONAL IMPROVEMENT & INVESTMENT FACILITATION
Chatham Capital Exchange

 

James is a partner in Chatham Capital Exchange, a specialist advisory and facilitation firm that manages the movement of capital between investors and those seeking investment. James has over 20 years of strategic and operational management experience in service-based industries including financial services, energy, travel, education and aged care. James is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds an MBA and has diplomas in Financial Markets, Management and Project Management. In an advisory capacity, James specialises in strategic business planning and implementation support, strategic & operational change programs, post-merger integration and innovative customer acquisition & retention strategies.

Jason Dunstone

  

RESEARCH-DRIVEN STRATEGY
Square Holes

 

Jason is the Founder and Managing Director of Square Holes, a leading Australian market and consumer research organisation. With over 20 years experience in consumer insights and trends, Jason and his team have spoken with over 1 million people in order to guide consumer-centred innovation. Jason helps clients enhance their shopping experience, develop better business models and products, implement behaviour change strategies, build brands and increase sales. Square Holes was a national finalist for the AMI Consumer Insight Award for Marketing Excellence in 2010 (beer), 2012 (litter) and 2014 (theatre), and a finalist in the 2014 RICA Research Effectiveness Award for Consumer Insight 2014 (Adelaide Oval).

 

Tim Standing

  

BEAUTIFUL STRATEGIC CONTENT
Daylight Breaks

 

Tim is the Managing Director of Daylight Breaks, a visual content & creative agency that delivers strategic outcomes through beautiful video and photography. Tim consults with clients to understand their core purpose, values and ambitions, then designs and delivers content that engages audiences and realises meaningful results. With nearly 20 years creative experience, Tim holds a Bachelor in Cultural Tourism and Tourism Marketing from Flinders University. Tim's team supports organisations in health, defence, agriculture, education, mining, tourism, wine and multiple not-for-profit sectors. 

 

Michelle Bakjac

  

PSYCHOLOGY, LEADERSHIP & WELLBEING COACHING, RESILIENCE TRAINING
Bakjac Consulting

 

Michelle Bakjac is a highly experienced Psychologist, Trainer, Facilitator and Coach. Michelle has spent more than 25 years developing and supporting individuals, teams and organisations with workplace wellness training & strategy development, personal & leadership coaching, organisational development programs and leadership training. Michelle holds tertiary and post-graduate qualifications in Psychology with the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia, and is certified in Workplace Training & Assessment and Workplace Coaching (certified with IECL). Michelle helps individuals and groups build resilience and mental toughness, as well as learn strategies to successfully navigate change and embrace risk with confidence.

TRavis adams

  

FINANCIAL ADVISORY
Baillieu Holst

 

Travis Adams is a chartered financial analyst, equities specialist and financial adviser with Baillieu Holst.  A highly respected share market commentator dedicated to investment strategies that satisfy his clients retirement goals, Travis' background includes roles as a senior stock analyst, equities specialist and financial advisor with Prescott Securities, and a senior valuations analyst at Deloitte Australia. Travis is a member of the CFA Institute, with a Bachelor of Economics from Adelaide University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investing with FINSIA, Travis also leads the finance sub-committee at Time For Kids, a not-for-profit organisation helping at-risk children overcome disadvantage and creating opportunities for them to fulfil their potential.

Alan hutchinson

  
 

Alan Hutchinson is a financial advisor and senior economist with Baillieu Holst.  Alan provides regular and highly sought-after media commentary on local, national and international economic forces and movements. Alan was formerly a senior economist and financial advisor with Prescott Securities and a research analyst with WHK. Alan's qualifications include Honors degrees in Business and Economics with Flinders University, FINSIA Certification and a Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning with Kaplan. 

catherine wells

  

FINANCIAL PLANNING
Plansure

 

Catherine Wells is the Managing Director of Plansure, a licensed Financial Planner and a specialist advisor in Self Managed Superannuation. Catherine and her team provide strategic financial, succession and retirement planning advice and long-term support to business owners, professionals, families and young people just getting started. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Business in Financial Planning (RMIT), Self Managed Superannuation Fund Accreditation through Kaplan, and is certified with the Financial Planning Association. Catherine is based out of Adelaide and travels regularly to Plansure's satellite practice in Darwin.

PETER ALDERSON

  

RISK ADVICE AND PROTECTION STRATEGY
Shield Insurance Brokers Adelaide

 

Peter Alderson is the Senior Partner of Shield Insurance Brokers Adelaide. Peter has over 30 years experience in the insurance and risk industry. He is a Senior Associate CIP of the ANZ Institute of Insurance & Finance, and holds a Diploma in Financial Planning. Peter and his team specialise in assessing client risk scenarios, then designing, implementing and managing risk protection strategies to ensure peace of mind and, in the event of a covered incident, appropriate claim payment. Peter consults to and supports a wide range of business and personal clients, with significant experience in transport & logistics, IT, medical, manufacturing and financial services.

Katharine Crane

    

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
Crane Creative

 

Katharine Crane is the Principal and Founder of Crane Creative. With a 20-year background in hospitality and restaurant management, Katharine has a keen understanding of fast-paced, fast-changing environments and the need to focus intently on every customer's experience. Katharine supports businesses with social media management services, photography and content curation, website maintenance, marketing material development and direct email marketing support. She designs and deploys social media strategies that are simple to execute and maximise results. Based in regional SA, Katharine holds a Diploma of Business and is a committee member of the Kapunda Business Alliance.

Deb trebilcock

  

GRAPHIC DESIGN
Coalmine Canary

 

Deb Trebilcock is the Lead Canary at Coalmine Canary, a small graphic design agency specialising in the creation and refinement of technical information communication tools (Powerpoint decks, graphs, infographics, editable PDF forms), as well as graphic design services for signage, print advertising (including specialty print finishes) and online communications. Deb's experience enables her to help clients navigate copyright matters related to design and registering trademarks. Deb has over 15 years experience in graphic design and marketing roles, and she holds a Bachelor of Visual Communication (Graphic Design) from the University of South Australia and an Honours Degree in Social Science (Philosophy) from Adelaide University.

Tania cavaiuolo

    

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
See Marketing & Communications

 

Tania Cavaiuolo provides strategic leadership, objective insights and practical implementation through her consultancy, See Marketing & Communications. She is a deep listener with a broad skill set and has more than a decade of experience growing local and national brands in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. Tania typically works with organisations who want to do more but aren't sure where to start, who need advice on how to ensure their in-house marketing team can support their growth aspirations, or organisations who just need short-term access to specialist skills for anything from email marketing campaigns to redeveloping websites to producing Annual Reports. Tania holds a Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the University of South Australia, a Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance) from the University of Adelaide, is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute and a Certified Practicing Marketer.

RANDAL BROOKS

    

FINANCIAL, BUSINESS & COMMERCIAL MANAGEMENT SUPPORT
Results Business Management

 

Randal Brooks is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience managing and developing businesses, government departments and commercial enterprises in a diverse array of industries. Randal specialises in identifying and implementing organisational productivity improvements, undertaking commercial feasibilitiy studies on new businesses or revenue streams, and helping business owners and leaders make clearer, well-informed and financially diligent strategic decisions. Randal is a member of the judging panel for the SA Food Industry Awards, an advisor for the Southern Adelaide Business Advisory Service, and a panel member of Polaris Centre's Advanced Accounting & Mentoring Program.

john-paul della-putta

  

IT-ENABLED BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
Advance Business Consulting

 

John-Paul Della-Putta is the Managing Director of Advance Business Consulting, a company with 21-years experience in the IT industry. John-Paul and his team specialise in creating and implementing solutions to do with Business Intelligence, Enterprise Content Management, Application & Website Development, Cloud & Infrastructure Management and Portals & Intranets. With a team of developers and a cutting-edge understanding of the market, John-Paul consults with clients locally and internationally to understand their needs, develop goal-, budget- and capability-focused solutions, and support them to achieve the results they seek and get the most from their technology. John-Paul holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Australia.

MIKE YORK

  

GROWTH PHASE SPECIALIST
MikeYork.com

 

Mike York is the Principal of MikeYork.com, a specialist advisory and support partner to successful businesses readying to scale up. With more than 10 years experience working with some of Australia's largest brands to deliver projects with multi-million dollar budgets, as well as supporting start-up founders in scaling up and exiting, Mike can help enterprises of all sizes with people, process and technology matters. Mike's specialty is businesses with complex products or services employing salespeople, helping them scale their offering to wider markets, new locations or new audiences. Mike holds a Bachelor (with Extended Major) in Marketing from QUT, has mentored at the Springboard Digital Marketing Course in San Francisco, and has previously headed up Digital Marketing - Search and Optimisation at Flight Centre.

brendan littlechild

  

INDIGENOUS WORKFORCE CONSULTING
IWC

 

Brendan Littlechild is a Director and CEO of Indigenous Workforce Consulting, an Aboriginal-owned, Supply Nation registered company influencing social procurement and social impact policy through the development of best practice Aboriginal engagement activities. Brendan and his team guide organisations on engagement strategies with indigenous communities, develop and implement Reconciliation Action Plans, source and place indigenous staff, design and deliver graduate, trainee and cadetship programs, and facilitate mentoring and support programs (including diversity and cultural sensitivity training). Brendan has over 20 years experience in recruitment and training services. He is a Member of the Westpac Indigenous Advisory Committee, the Australia Post Reconciliation Action Plan Advocacy Group, and a Board Director of Show Me The Way (an online learning & networking organisation for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander youth).

Deb black

  

CONFLICT RESOLUTION, ADVISORY & MEDIATION
Blackforrest & Associates Conflict Resolution

 

Deb Black is the Principal of Blackforrest & Associates, a specialist advisory & support firm on matters of workplace conflict, industrial relations, restorative justice, change management and leadership development. Deb has over 30 years experience in the banking and finance sector, with a proven track record of facilitating positive outcomes for businesses, G & NGOs, NFPs, industry bodies and individuals. In her support of clients and linked parties, Deb focuses on ensuring productive team dynamics, effective communication, and constructive, sustainable working relationships. Her approach serves to minimise and mitigate against damage to relationships, and promotes the health, safety and productivity of the workforce. An experienced Board Member, Deb holds numerous tertiary and internationally-recognised qualifications, including GAICD, Bachelor of Social Science, Grad Cert in Mediation and a Diploma in Vocational Education & Training. Deb also works as a Facilitator at the Centre for Restorative Justice. 

joslyn hutchinson

  

HR & BUSINESS CONSULTING
The Engaged Space

 

Joslyn Hutchinson is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant of The Engaged Space, a consultancy that specialises in delivering integrated business & people management solutions to drive strategy and business performance. Joslyn works with an array of client organisations to analyse workplace culture, employee experience and employee engagement, then tailors, implements and supports initiatives to underpin a higher performing enterprise. Joslyn has an extensive business and leadership background in financial, public and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science from Flinders University, a Cert IV in Business Governance, and Grad Dip in Management (en route to an MBA) with the Australian Institute of Management.  

scott elder

  

XERO ACCOUNTING SPECIALISTS
Catalyst Cloud Solutions

 

Scott Elder is the Managing Director of Catalyst Cloud Solutions, a business specialising in cloud integration using Xero ecosystem apps that help SMEs automate bookkeeping, accounting and office administration.  Scott and his team are all Xero-certified advisors & accredited trainers, supporting client organisations with system set-up, integration, education and ongoing service. Catalyst's suite of cloud- and app-related services are about finding and realising administrative efficiencies, economies and ultimately delivering business owners peace-of-mind. Scott holds a Commerce Degree from Edith Cowan University, and is currently studying his MBA with the Australian Institute of Business.