Sparking ideas for a brighter future.
Our team’s experience weaves a rich tapestry of insight, which we proudly bring to all of our work. Having held senior positions across all sectors and having done the consulting rounds with firms from the top end of town to sole traders, we bring both technical excellence and deep sector insight.
Each year we get to share with you the work we have been doing in a format that’s not about us at all. It’s about the magnificent humans we get to work with, the world they are changing and how they are going about changing it… Welcome to our FY2020/21 Spark Impact Report!
Spark Strategy works with leaders who are as excited by ideas as we are, who want to take action and transform. And we stick with you to achieve outcomes, favouring long-term relationships over draft and dash plans. Our approach is highly interactive and all about bringing energy into the process through team-based workshops and activities that spark moments of discovery. We do the heavy lifting behind the scenes, stretching and probing the ideas before rigorously planning out the execution with you and building the organisational stamina required for your transformation. We employ both traditional consulting tools (without the consultant-speak) and creative tools to help unearth ideas that are practical yet innovative.
We started Spark because we identified a lack of transformational strategies and a lack of financially sustainable solutions to social challenges. We firmly believe that with the right ideas, capability and capital, we can change the narrative. We have curated our team to ensure that we have deep knowledge and networks across sectors so that we can help our clients align the jigsaw pieces for large-scale impact.
Workshops Run Over 16 Years
Cups of Coffee (and 1355 Cups of Tea)
We recognise each sector has a role to play in social change. While the majority of our work is with the not-for-profit sector, we also work across the other sectors on projects to improve social outcomes. Leveraging our unique positioning, we work with individual organisations and we also bring coalitions together for collective strategies, be they place-based solutions, sector reform or system change.
We are here to be the trusted advisor, to help inject creative ideas, challenge thinking, and create alignment between the conceptual and the practical. Here is what you can expect of Spark.
We always tailor our approach to deliver bespoke solutions. At Spark, we don’t come to our clients with a predetermined solution for their particular problem. We get to truly understand your organisation and work with you to created solutions that are tailored to your needs.
We’re straight shooters who offer useful truths rather than telling you what you want to hear. This is our tough love approach. It can mean an uncomfortable journey, but one that is necessary to build long-term vitality and viability. It’s about being authentic. We will challenge you to realize your potential.
Spark and Dynamism
Meet our team
While our team comes from all different backgrounds, we are bound by our common drive to reduce inequity. We care about our culture, the work we produce and the solutions we create. We’re for sparking brighter futures for our clients and the societies in which we live.
Founder & Chair
Associate Director – Public Sector
Cherie is driven by continuous improvement, human-centric service design, relationships and systems thinking. She excels at identifying connections between programs, projects, policies, trends and government directions and understanding their impacts on people and service systems.
Cherie brings with her more than 25 years of direct social sector and Government experience enabling her to advise leaders on engaging with both.
Adam (He/Him) joins Spark following a career working within, and consulting to, the public and Not for Profit sector across Australia and New Zealand. Leaders seek out Adam’s expertise in strategy, governance, ethics and the law to help them solve tricky problems and make practical change. Adam’s pragmatic and values-driven approach, and commitment to community, has seen him appointed as Secretary to a national Not for Profit, and as an inaugural member of the National Gallery of Australia’s Ethics Advisory Group. Adam is a proud advocate of Vision Australia, who together with his partner raised 3 seeing eye dog puppies. When he’s not at Spark, you’ll find Adam baking, hiking, and spending time with his family and toy poodle Roni.
Maté is personally interested in enabling passionate people to excel. As the Operations Manager for Spark, he can be found improving Spark’s operational efficiency or supporting the foundation of Spark Strategy; from managing operational systems to exploring how we can improve client touchpoints. He is also the first point of contact for our Facilitations core offering.
Prior to working at Spark Strategy, Maté has experience in managing Tier-1 client relationships in the IT Professional Services sector and Sales Operations experience in the Educational Technology sector.
Luke is passionate about driving positive, social change. As a recent graduate, Luke is operating in the role of a Strategic Advisor at Spark. Luke had previously interned for us during his studies and liked us so much he returned!
During his first iteration at Spark, Luke worked on the National Library of Australia’s engagement plan and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’ strategic plan. Luke will continue to hone skills on projects whilst also providing support through various marketing initiatives.
Luke is passionate about Indigenous rights and raising awareness regarding violence against women. It was helping society through these and other problems that drew Luke back to Spark.
Anna is a passionate Strategic Advisor with experience in service design, change management consultancy, and an MSc in Strategic Design. She believes that by blending creativity with systems thinking and consistently placing people’s needs at the heart of decisions, we can create lasting solutions that positively impact people, businesses, and our planet alike.
What energises Anna is engaging directly with customers, citizens, and other stakeholders, experimenting with new and creative ways to do things, and trying to understand project insights within a broader systemic context. The opportunity to work on a very diverse range of for-purpose projects across various sectors, coupled with a fantastic team, is what makes her happy to work at Spark every day.
Outside of Spark, you’ll find Anna out hiking, camping, trying out all sorts of new recipes or expressing her creative side in all sorts of ways.
Rose joins Spark with a healthcare background, where she fostered a strong interest in community development and health promotion. With extensive experience providing allied health services across the country, Rose offers a unique perspective on healthcare provision. Her commitment lies in delivering culturally safe care to individuals from diverse backgrounds.
In her For Purpose sector experience, Rose developed a passion for operational efficiency and organisation, which she brings to Spark. She’s driven by a desire for social change and takes satisfaction in enhancing the team’s efficiency to deliver impactful projects for clients.
Outside of Spark, you will find Rose watching and playing AFL or with a new craft project in her hand. In her downtime, she cherishes moments with her family and her rescue greyhound, Xena Hyena.
Spark Associates bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that complements the strengths of our core team. They deliver subject matter expertise and industry insights spanning several sectors and issue areas, helping our clients to better understand and respond to complex problems.