“I’m energised by the opportunity I have to work with clients who are dedicated to solving some of Australia’s most wicked problems. At SVA I can bring my whole self to work each day and my passion for social justice and my professional skills can align.”
Susie is the Executive Director in the Consulting team, providing functional expertise in the areas of strategy, business planning, service design and scaling, as well leading SVA’s family violence practice. She has more than 20 years of experience working as a strategy consultant in Australia and overseas across the public, private and social sectors. Susie has deep knowledge expertise and client relationships in the justice, mental health, child and family services, and philanthropic sectors.
Susie has worked on a number of high-profile projects, including the development of Lifeline Text, Australia’s first mental health and suicide prevention text-based counselling service, the case for investment in early intervention in the Victorian child protection system for Berry Street, and other leading agencies in the child and family services sector.
Susie joined SVA after more than 15 years overseas working as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in London and the United States. Prior to joining McKinsey in Melbourne, Susie worked as a solicitor in a large corporate firm and as a policy advisor for two Health Ministers in the Victorian government. As a consultant in McKinsey’s London office Susie led projects in the energy, retail, and not for profit sectors as well as a secondment in the Prime Minister’s office working on long-term strategic challenges for the UK government. In the US, Susie managed projects in McKinsey’s Advanced Healthcare analytics practice addressing the implications for payor and provider clients of US health care reform.
Susie also served on the board of varying not-for-profit organisations and is currently Deputy Chair of the Board of the Brotherhood of Saint Laurence, a national not-for-profit organisation focused on an Australia free of poverty. She also serves on the Board of WEstjustice, a community legal centre in Melbourne’s west, and Chairs Mortgage Stress Victoria.
Susie holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Melbourne as well as a BA in History and Fine Art. Susie is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.