OUR PEOPLE

 

GNC Group consultants are broadly either qualified accountants or MBAs. We partner with Australia’s two leading business schools, Melbourne Business School (MBS) and Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) to recruit high-quality candidates, and also recruit selectively from industry.

We use a rigorous interview process including a verbal case study methodology and quantitative testing. Importantly, we focus heavily on softer skills particularly influencing and stakeholder management.

We have a team of more than 50 consultants throughout Australia and Asia, with a small sample of our people here. Click on their photos to find out more and discover what makes them tick.

KEITH BROADFOOT

 

Keith Broadfoot began his career in Scotland as a trainee accountant with a mid-tier firm of Chartered Accountants. After completing his Accountancy training he moved to Sydney and joined PKF (now BDO) as an audit supervisor.  Keith made the move out of practice spending several years with Tip Top Bakeries (GWF) initially in the role of NSW Commercial analyst before moving into National Operations roles. During his time at GWF he also worked on setting up the GWF Foodservice Division where he performed the role of Planning Manager. Following a restructure he moved into GWF’s Corporate Office as the Group Finance Project Manager working on a range of transformation projects.  Prior to joining GNC Group Keith has recently held senior finance positions with Downer (Planning and Performance Manager in the Rail Division) and with Caltex as the Analysis Manager.

Keith enjoys the variety and challenging work a career with GNC facilitates, allowing him to utilize his learnings from several different industries to deliver sound commercial solutions for clients. He is a genuine collaborative business partner, with engaging people skills, and a 'hands on' approach. 

Keith’s current project with GNC is with a large FMCG organisation based in Sydney.  Keith has a varied role working within the client’s PMO supporting a number of transformation initiatives around Factory Automation, Supply Chain and Procurement. 

In his spare time Keith is a Community Ambassador for Heart Research Australia as well as being a keen runner and triathlete having previously represented Australia in Duathlon.  Keith was recently selected as a member of the 2016 Medtronic Global Heroes Team.  The team is made up of 25 runners from around the world supported by implanted medical devices. Keith has overcome a serious heart condition to regain his fitness and will represent Australia in the Twin Cities Marathon in StPaul/Minneapolis USA.

 

GULINKA SHADINUOWA

 

Gulinka Shadinuowa began her career at Coles Supermarkets in their Finance Graduate Program. This was a fantastic opportunity as it exposed her to a breadth and depth of experience within the retail business sector. Gulinka worked as a Commercial Analyst across their supply chain, operations and fuel & convenience departments. She then shifted her focus to oil and energy by accepting a position at Origin in their commercial finance team as a Commercial Analyst partnering Retail Sales & Marketing. She is now a valued member of GNC Group working as a Consultant.

 

Gulinka believes has been given many challenging opportunities with GNC Group that have enabled her to learn new skills quickly; ones she may not have otherwise developed in a large corporate. The values of GNC Group align with her own core personal values, which makes her feel like a great fit with GNC Group.  Gulinka hopes to grow her career with GNC Group and continue to make an impact to the businesses she works with.

 

Gulinka’s current project with GNC Group is with CoINVEST, a long service leave scheme for construction workers. She is working towards improving their internal claims system through changes in strategy, technology, people and processes. When the project is complete, she will leave the client with a more streamlined and efficient claims process. 

 

In her personal life, Gulinka loves to travel and go on hikes. She is an avid reader and cites Good to Great by Jim Collins and Who Moved My Cheese by Dr Spencer Johnson as two of her favourites. Both of these were recommended to her by her GNC Group colleagues and she hopes the insights she’s gleaned from them will help her further her career path at GNC Group.

IMRAN MALIK

 

Holding an MBA, Imran Malik has over seven years of commercial experience in business and operations management across a variety of industry sectors and countries.

 

He began his career as a Financial Analyst for the Abraaj Group in the United Arab Emirates, the largest private equity firm in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region. Imran was responsible for the Due Diligence of investment opportunities plus managing the portfolio of companies across the aviation, retail and real estate sectors. Imran then worked as a Business Consultant for Virtual City, a mobile software solutions firm in Kenya. There he developed a commercial model and route-to-market strategy to deliver products and services across East Africa.

 

Here in Australia, Imran has consulted for a number of businesses but his most rewarding was with Social Ventures Australia, a not-for-profit organisation delivering employment outcomes for Australia’s disadvantaged. He assisted with the development and implementation of a youth program aimed at upskilling seriously disadvantaged youth to help them gain long-term employment. He also provided best practice solutions for dealing with workers made redundant through industry closures.

 

Imran joined GNC Group in 2015 as a consultant and has been involved in numerous business improvement projects for clients like Funtastic, Officeworks and The Reject Shop. In this past year, GNC Group has provided Imran with a platform to significantly progress in his career path by enabling him to solve complex business challenges with a direct line to senior management. Imran enjoys the supportive team environment at GNC Group and looks forward to his continued growth within the company.

 

Imran’s current client is Target where he is leading the procurement of machinery, equipment and other supporting infrastructure at their new Victorian Distribution Centre. He is also assisting them with the transition of existing operations to the new site.

 

Outside of his career, Imran enjoys being active and cites golf, squash and tennis as three of his favourite activities.

FINN SPACKMAN

 

Finn Spackman started his career as a District Manager for Foot Locker overseeing their strategy, sales and operations for all stores within key districts of the Asia Pacific region. After twelve years, he moved to Oakley South Pacific as their National Retail Sales Manager for Australia and New Zealand, working in very similar areas.

 

His next move was overseas as he took up a position at Wyevale Garden Centres in the UK. He worked there as a Finance Analyst in their Retail Operations division, consulting and overseeing a major Footfall and Conversion initiative across 150 garden centres across the United Kingdom. He then returned to Australia and began his role at GNC Group as a consultant.

 

Finn believes GNC Group provides wonderful opportunities for consultants to work on meaningful and challenging projects. He feels supported by the mentoring available from senior consultants and also enjoys the opportunity to learn from other consultants with specific expertise. He is passionate about learning continuously by working on different projects within GNC Group and his improving his ability to deliver sound commercial solutions for clients.

 

Finn is currently working with Coles Fresh on their DC Stock Accounting Project. Coles were looking to better understand the influencing factors driving stock on hand and variances in the Fresh DC month end result. Specific periods were identified as concerns to investigate. Over a 12 week period, Finn hopes to achieve a number of deliverables including the development of an EOM Fresh DC Dashboard report to explain factors influencing the monthly results.

 

Outside of work, Finn likes to spend time at the MCG supporting the Melbourne Demons, he’s currently completing Bachelors in Business part-time, and current hobbies include photography, playing cricket in the summer and exploring Melbourne’s restaurants and bars with his partner Mia.

MUDIWA CHIPUNGU

 

Mudiwa Chipungu originally hails from Zimbabwe but has lived in Australia for over half her life. Over the last 10 years, she has worked across a variety of sectors including manufacturing, telecommunications and retail as a Senior Logistics Manager, Senior Supply Chain Analyst and Network Optimisation Manager. She has been involved in projects covering freight, warehousing, procurement and consulting at firms such as Telstra, Coles and Goodyear.

 

Mudiwa thrives on tasks involving problem solving, business transformation, strategy, supply chain and strategic sourcing. She believes her points of difference are strong business acumen, extensive cross-functional experience and an ability to communicate with various stakeholders. Mudiwa has degrees in Business and Engineering from Melbourne University and RMIT and is currently finalising her MBA at the Melbourne Business School.

 

Mudiwa began working with GNC Group in late 2015 as a Senior Consultant. In this role, she has led projects as well as undertaken implementation and strategic roles. Mudiwa feels her move to GNC Group has been a refreshing change. Against a background of a decade in large corporates - some of which were bogged down by legacy, hierarchy and bureaucracy - GNC Group has proved to be an agile and proactive organisation. Their no-fuss attitude to getting things done quickly suits Mudiwa and she thoroughly enjoys the collaborative team spirit she fosters with her clients. She hopes to continue to work with and lead teams of people and organisations that give back to the community.

 

Mudiwa’s current client is nationwide variety retailer, The Reject Shop. Her project focuses on optimising the allocation of funds, resources and operations within stores. The key outcomes will be the standardisation of the ways of working, increased productivity, useful tools for team members and bottom-line savings.  

 

Mudiwa’s change from large corporates to a smaller niche consulting firm like GNC Group has inspired changes in her personal life too. Even though the shift was a little scary, the rewards have been great and this has led her to try new things – such as boxing and riding. It turns out she has a knack for both sports and loves them equally!

SIVAROOPAN PILLAI

 

Residing in Malaysia, Sivaroopan Pillai started his career as a Graduate Trainee for Accenture’s Resources practice, where he worked with an Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company. Even as a graduate trainee, he was tasked with the deployment of engineering applications for the client’s capital projects domain. He was able to improve service delivery and turnaround time with targeted use of cloud technology. Sivaroopan was later selected to train and set up a new managed service team in India as part of the client’s IT Transformation Roadmap.

 

Sivaroopan spent some time in the Philippines to volunteer for the renewable energy vehicle race for ASEAN universities. In his capacity as the technical lead, he advised the junior inventors on efficiency improvement.

 

Sivaroopan led a short-term operation transformation for a Bruneian JV oil and gas company by developing a framework to increase focus on safety critical elements in turnaround. The implementation resulted in saving of $1 million USD for maintenance costs in its first year. During this time, he developed his skills in asset maintenance and integrity.

 

After spending significant amount of time in a large consulting firm and even bigger clients, Sivaroopan looks forward to further develop his consulting skills in GNC Group while pioneer its expansion in Asia. Sivaroopan currently works with Target’s Supply Chain Division. He developed a dashboard that can offer reliable and insightful report to help track completion of all work streams in a project.

Sivaroopan graduated from Universiti Tenaga Nasional with Bachelors Degree (Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering.

 

Outside GNC Group, Sivaroopan enjoys backpacking to places less travelled. He is an avid obstacle marathon runner and enjoys any form of water and adventurous sports.

TYSON DUJELA

 

Tyson is a Finance and Project Management professional, with more than 10 years’ experience in the retail, brand management and food and beverage industries in Australia and overseas. He is a Chartered Accountant with a Commerce degree from Latrobe University.

 

Tyson began his professional career with Deloitte where he worked as a Senior Analyst in the middle market audit division. Tyson was responsible for managing teams and overseeing the delivery of audits to his clients including the Australian Red Cross Society, Boost Juice and Catholic Education Office.

 

After Deloitte, Tyson worked in the United Kingdom where he was a finance analyst and manager for European businesses, Burberry and Pentland Brands. Tyson has also held significant retail management roles, overseeing numerous cross-functional projects at Target including the implementation of their first large-format renewal store.

 

One of the attractions of working with GNC Group for Tyson is that it is a hands-on consulting company with a diverse client base across different industry sectors. In Tyson’s opinion, GNC Group is also growing at a rate that provides ample opportunities to travel both interstate and internationally.

 

He is currently completing a cross functional project at a major retailer covering the Supply Chain, Merchandise, Legal and Replenishment functions.

KEVIN BROWN

 

Kevin began his career as an Engineer at Andrew Corporation (now Commscope Inc.) working in Hong Kong to help deliver the world’s first underground wireless network. Since then he worked in a number of engineering and management roles in telecommunications throughout Asia, USA and Australia, before switching gears to work in financial services.

 

Kevin believes GNC Group provides a fantastic opportunity to pursue his twin passions of problem solving and helping improve business performance. GNC makes this possible in a friendly, supportive environment that encourages initiative and continuous growth. He is excited at the prospect of finding new ways to deliver exceptional value to his clients through the continuous learning gained from each project.

 

Kevin is currently working at PetBarn to identify a number of opportunities across the business to deliver significant profit margin improvement over a four-month period. These opportunities range from supply chain management, promotional effectiveness, working capital improvement and in-store losses. Over the coming months, Kevin expects to deliver real cost reduction across a number of these areas to help the company meet its performance objectives.

 

Away from work Kevin is an avid golfer with a life-long goal to play scratch golf one day. The quest continues. He recently completed his MBA at the AGSM and is an avid reader of business and finance books. He recommends any book from Clayton M. Christensen or Michael Lewis. Kevin is passionate about experiencing new places and cultures and his fondest travel memories are from an 18-month odyssey throughout Latin America and the Caribbean with his wife Kathy, on a small sailboat they bought and restored.

PHOEBE WETTENHALL

 

Phoebe Wettenhall started her career with Linfox where she worked in a number of supply chain operational environments, and was constantly driving transformational initiatives. When supporting the FMCG Finance team, Phoebe drove PMO deliverables, supported the financial reporting, modelling, business case development and implementation planning for key sites across Asia Pacific.

 

 

She later joined a global consulting firm with a role in London, where she led a Business Transformation Programme and a restructure of the end-to-end procurement process in a manufacturing business. She returned to Australia and joined GNC Group in 2016 as a Consultant.

 

 

Phoebe’s diverse industry experience, PRINCE2 qualifications and knowledge of supply chain process improvement methodologies allows her to identify and deliver significant improvements and cost savings for clients with complex transformation challenges.

 

Phoebe enjoys working in her clients’ operations and supporting them to make tangible change to their businesses. She is passionate about learning continuously by working on different projects within GNC Group and improving her ability to deliver commercial solutions for her clients.

 

Away from work, Phoebe enjoys spending her weekend with friends watching the Melbourne Demons or out of town relaxing with her family. She’s a passionate runner and netballer, keen traveler and always exploring what Melbourne has to offer.