By Phil Noble , Bethany Jinks   /

SPP is pleased to announce growth in its leadership roles in its consulting team.

These leaders have been attracted by the chance to work in a more agile and dynamic way, with less focus on leverage, and more focus on excellence in problem solving.  The SPP approach utilises smaller groups of experienced advisors, supported by industry nous, well crafted IP, and a strong heritage in data-driven decision making.  

Two new Partners and seven senior leaders have joined SPP’s expanding Melbourne and Sydney offices this year, increasing the senior team by over 50%.

These leaders will support on projects across a number of client sectors including Education & Research, Consumer, Government, and Financial Services.  Founded 16 years ago, SPP’s areas of capability include strategy & decision making, transformation planning and support, precinct and capital works planning, customer-driven growth strategy, and data and digital strategy & operations.


SPP’s new leaders and their reasons for joining SPP:

Ian McCall joins as a Partner within the firm after previously being the National Lead Partner of Strategy and Performance Improvement at Grant Thornton, and prior to that, the Lead Partner at Deloitte in Strategy and Operations.

“I saw a firm with a great heritage and tremendous opportunities to grow.

Ashan Ponnusamy has joined as a Partner within the firm after previously being a Partner at Partners in Performance.

“I wanted to work with a quality team to build a strong(er) relationship-based business”

Michelle Goldsmith has joined as a Principal within the firm from a prior role as the Head of Enterprise and Innovation at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

”I’ve been a long term client of SPP and I know the firm to be innovative, thoughtful and creative.  I’m really looking forward to contributing to the great work that SPP produces for a variety of clients.”

David Gunsberg has joined as a Principal in the firm after previously establishing his own consulting firm based in Brisbane, as well as working as the Director of Planning and Engagement at Griffith University.

“I joined SPP because it is driven by real values and an authentic sense of purpose – to deliver impact and change that matters. And that matters to me.”

Tim McMaster has re-joined as a Principal in the firm after a number of years as a Principal in SPP’s Sydney office, having previously being a Director at PwC/Strategy&.

“Excited to join a growing team in Sydney that includes new senior hires with a wealth of experience in strategy consulting”

Roger Wood has joined as a Senior Engagement Manager in the firm after previously being the Digital Strategy and Transformation Lead at RACV, and prior Head of Group Payments, Strategy and Innovation at NAB.

“After working for myself for several years I missed the challenge, camaraderie and breadth of opportunity that an established, mid-sized consultancy can provide – something SPP provides in spades.  (Also the people are really nice!)”

Neil Frankland has joined as a Senior Engagement Manager in the firm after previously being Deployment Program Manager at AMP, and prior Project Manager/Senior Business Analyst at AXA.

“I joined SPP to work for a firm that (a) works collaboratively with its clients to deliver practical outcomes, (b) understands the importance of work-life balance; and (c) is positioning itself for growth.”

Mihajlo Starcevic has joined as a Senior Engagement Manager in the firm after previously being an Associate Principal at Partners in Performance, with a number of industry roles prior to this.

“It is great to join a purpose driven organisation and bring your best self to work every day of the week”

Kim Poth has joined as an Engagement Manager in firm after previously being a Senior Manager at PwC.

“I’m excited to join a talented, vales-driven team, focused on working with industries that will power Australia’s future prosperity”


Senior Partner, Ben Apted is excited for what the growth has in store for both SPP and their clients. “It’s great to have such a cadre of experienced senior people joining our team, as the needs of our clients rapidly evolve, and our desire to remain nimble and responsive grows.”

SPP’s Founder and Managing Partner Phil Noble added – “We are pleased to have such a talented group of people come to work alongside us, enhancing further the quality of service we can provide to our clients across the many and varied challenges they face”.

SPP is a high impact strategy consulting firm, supporting organisations on difficult strategic and operational challenges with a vision to be the most client-centric partner for transformational change.  

The firm has delivered successful outcomes for a broad range of public and commercial sector clients since it was founded in 2005, and helps clients succeed through focused teams of energetic problem solvers, delivering navigational foresight, and demonstrable impact.

Key Contacts

Ian McCall  /  Partner

Ian has over thirty years’ experience as a Senior Line Executive, Board Member and Consultant. Ian’s direct line experience includes being the Strategy Director for a major Australian retailer. Prior to SPP Ian was the Managing Partner of Deloitte’s...

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Ashan Ponnusamy  /  Partner

Ashan has over 20 years experience in strategy and business improvement. He has partnered with executive teams of major Australian and international public, private and government-owned organisations to deliver new insight and drive transformation through to results. These collaborative...

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Michelle Goldsmith  /  Principal

Michelle most recently held an executive role at the Florey as the inaugural Head of Enterprise and Innovation where she oversaw Translation, Business Development and Legal Services.   In this role Michelle successfully secured several significant partnerships and investments for...

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David Gunsberg  /  Principal

David Gunsberg is a Principal at SPP. He has more than 20 years experience as an executive and consultant. He has held senior roles across higher education, technology and NFP sectors. David brings expertise in strategy development, Customer experience,...

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Tim McMaster  /  Principal

Tim is a Principal in SPP’s Sydney office, with over 18 years management consulting experience in strategy advice, business transformation and operations improvement.

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Roger Wood  /  Senior Engagement Manager

Roger is a Senior Engagement Manager at SPP with over 20 years’ experience as a senior strategy consultant and executive line manager at major financial services businesses.

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Neil Frankland  /  Senior Engagement Manager

Neil is a Senior Engagement Manager at SPP. He has over 20 years of experience in the delivery of transformational change within the Financial Services industry. Neil brings expertise in Strategy Development, Organisational Design and Business Integration, Business Case...

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Mihajlo Starcevic  /  Senior Engagement Manager

Mihajlo brings 20 years experience in consulting and line roles in operations, FMCG, education, government and manufacturing.

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Kim Poth  /  Senior Engagement Manager

Kim is an experienced management consultant focused on the higher education, research and government sectors. Kim advises clients on strategic planning; policy design, implementation and review; performance improvement; benefits realisation and transformation. She has led significant strategy and transformation projects both as a consultant, and within...

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By Phil Noble , Bethany Jinks   /