Our people have many years’ experience

 

Phil Dray

Phil Dray

MD and Founder

Jayson Connacher

Jayson Connacher

Partner

Simon Clarke

Simon Clarke

Senior Consultant

Steven Burt

Steven Burt

Senior Consultant

Kate van den Broek

Kate van den Broek

Communications

Jacqui Beeton

Jacqui Beeton

Consultant

Phil Dray

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Phil has over 30 years of experience in transformation and program management, starting his career in telecommunications and IT.

For 10 years he worked in a global telecommunications company. His roles ranged from the deeply technical with the establishment of a tier 3 emergency technical support though to account management where he was recognised with the top global sales achievement award.

Prior to moving to Australia, he worked in the UK. Here he successfully set up a joint venture between Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, and a UK start-up – it was the only joint venture between the international partners that met every objective. He also headed up and transformed a business in 15 months, growing revenue by 120% to the equivalent of $250m and increasing margin in a market of declining prices

During the past twenty years with Hamel Group, he has used this experience to lead and oversee over 100 business transformation, infrastructure, and IT programs for a wide range of Australian companies.

Simon Clarke

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Simon has more than 25 years experience improving the sales and service functions for high profile organisations. He has previously built the business case and established a Small Business Telesales team for eBay Australia, managed the design and build of an online ordering platform for Lagardere Travel Retail’s duty-free business, designed the optimal operating model for Vodafone Australia’s retail business added two acquired businesses, reducing operating costs by 25% and managed the delivery of AU$7M IT investment for the Woolworths group.

Steven Burt

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Steven has more than 10 years experience in the telecommunications and IT Industries. He has extensive experience in joint venture projects, highly-developed problem-solving skills and a great ability to quickly understand the customer’s objectives and managing cross-functional teams. He fosters stakeholder engagement with the ability to influence and lead important key decisions to ensure outcomes meet expectations and has demonstrated success in delivering multi-million dollar projects under budget, with successful execution generating more than $40 million revenue.

Kate van den Broek

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Kate is our communications expert. She has more than 10 years experience in corporate relations and internal communications for organisations such as the NSW Government, Metcash, TAFE, Westpac, Nokia Siemens, Lloyds International’s Black Horse Foundation, Fauna & Flora International, Sydney Community Foundation, Optus, Cable & Wireless and AMP. She has worked for Hamel Group for ten years. Kate provides strategic consulting as well as internal and external communications services for organisations and projects implementing major changes.

Jayson Connacher

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Jayson has worked for seven years with Hamel Group as a senior consultant. In this time, he has led the delivery of a multi-year program for Sydney Airport and most recently led a finance transformation program for the CFO at TAFE NSW. Prior to joining Hamel Group, he reported to the CEO of Vodafone Australia where he was responsible for coordinating and developing a cross-business market recovery plan. He also led the successful retail consolidation program and a cost reduction program. Before moving to Australia, he held senior management positions responsible for billing in Vodacom in South Africa along with a secondment to Vodacom Nigeria as Chief Officer for customer care, billing and IT. He is also a chartered accountant.

Jacqui Beeton

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Jacqui is our chartered accountant with more than ten years experience in large international financial institutions working in treasury and risk management functions. She keeps the Hamel ship afloat by ensuring all money, incoming and outgoing, is exactly where it should be at all times. Previously she worked for KPMG in Johannesburg, Salomon Brothers, Schroders and Deutsche Bank in London and Standard Bank in South Africa.