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...
BUSINESS & SALES STRATEGY, WORKSHOP FACILITATION
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 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.
HR & PRODUCTIVITY STRATEGY
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 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 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).
BEAUTIFUL STRATEGIC CONTENT
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 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 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 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.
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.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
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 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 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.
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 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.
GROWTH PHASE SPECIALIST
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 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).
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.
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 set businesses up for success and drive strategy and business performance. Joslyn works with an array of client organisations across the strategic and operational HR realm. She specialises in workplace culture, employee experience and employee engagement, and tailors, implements and supports all initiatives to drive 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.
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.
Go-to-market, Commercial and Leadership Consulting
Owen Williams is the Director of Exceed 100, a Brisbane-based, nationally-serving leadership and sales consultancy that helps organisations bridge the gap between “strategy” and “implementation”. Owen has more than 25 years technical, commercial and leadership experience in the Australian agribusiness market. He supports SME and large commercial clients in a range of industry sectors with sales strategy & implementation, commercial mentoring, negotiation skills training, value proposition development, product positioning, pricing policy and effective procurement processes. A qualified Agronomist and former General Manager of a $250M agrichemical business, Owen brings a unique and rare set of experiences, skills and disciplines to bear for his client’s sustainable commercial success.
Andy Steven is the Principal of Andy Steven Photgraphy, a specialist photography, videography, website construction and social media services business. With a 25-year background running his own IT services business (developing and managing solutions for a wide range of organisations), Andy has a deep understanding of what makes visual imagery, digital marketing and user interfaces work as business profitability drivers. Andy specialises in commercial photography and videography of major events, as well as developing and managing digital platforms, strategies and campaigns for SME clients. Andy’s images have graced the cover of the Adelaide Yellow Pages, and he is a past winner of the Adelaide “Snap your city” competition. Andy holds a Certificate IV in Photo Imaging and is studying for his Bachelor of Digital Media.
Alex is the Director of Alex Thomas Pty Ltd, an Adelaide-based consultancy dedicated to co-creating lasting safety outcomes in client businesses… differently. Alex is the 2018 AgriFutures Rural Woman of the Year (SA), the winner of the 2018 SafeWork SA Augusta Zadow Award, and a participant in the 2018 Governors Leadership Program. From small farming businesses to large multinational corporates, Alex offers clients a range of services, from keynote speaking to workshop facilitation, organisational reviews, research co-investigation, program & system development and strategic planning support. Formally endorsed by the Executive Director of Safework SA, Alex is committed to re-calibrating the value proposition of work health and safety, from ‘box-ticking’ to empowering people, reducing risk and ultimately preventing people from getting hurt. A member of the Hart Field Site Board and a co-investigator on a FRDC research project into safety practices in the commercial fishing industry, Alex holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science from the University of Adelaide and Certificates IV in Occupational Health & Safety and Training & Assessment.
Deb Purvis is the South Australian Director of Robinson Sewell Partners, specialists in agricultural, commercial and corporate finance and credit advisory solutions. Through their extensive relationships with banks and debt & equity providers, Deb and her team provide tier one finance-based solutions to their SME clients, ensuring they have the most cost efficient and flexible financial trading platforms for their business growth and sustainability needs. Deb has extensive experience as a rural financial counsellor with the Rural Business Support network, and is a graduate of the University of New England with qualifications in Rural Science and Agricultural Consulting. The Finance Officer and current member of the Hart Field Site Board of Directors, Deb has provided business analysis support in the farming business that her husband has managed for the last 20 years.
Mike Chalmers is the Chief Buyologist at Buyologists, a consultancy that helps businesses reduce their overhead costs and save on major purchases by finding and negotiating the best possible deals. Mike trains and advises business people on negotiation strategy and writes about negotiation for various newspapers and magazines. From an executive strategic background with a major multi-national, Mike established and ran a highly successful national branding & merchandising business for 20 years. Mike is an experienced Board Member with an Honours Degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce from Adelaide University. A mentor of many young entrepreneurs, Mike is also a co-founder of the not-for-profit Café Outside The Square, which offers training opportunities to disadvantaged people including those experiencing homelessness, with a view to helping them find employment.