Sue is a skilled facilitator, evaluator, researcher and writer with a strong interest in the education and training, community services and arts sectors.
For the past 15 years, Sue has worked in Australia and overseas as a consultant in social policy and research and social planning, providing research, policy advice, facilitation, writing and evaluation services to a range of industry, not-for-profit and local, state and federal government clients. She brings to her consulting work the ability to uncover the heart of issues and problems and to bring clarity to complex concepts and challenges.
Sue’s earlier work as a teacher/practitioner in the school, vocational education and training and university sectors has informed her policy work in these sectors. She has developed significant expertise in issues around work readiness and employability and has helped to progress national policy thinking on these issues in her work for the Australian Government.
She has developed a reputation for producing reports that are clear, insightful and “well-written” and her writing skills have been used to produce a variety of other products, such as resources, frameworks and tools, designed to assist in turning policy into practice.
Sue holds a Bachelor of Music (Education) and Master of Social Planning and Development from the University of Queensland. She is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society.
Rachel is a critical thinker and sharp analyst with a passion for social justice.
She worked for ten years in the Queensland Government including senior roles in social policy coordination and development, program design, implementation and evaluation, and regulatory reform. As a consultant for the past ten years, she has provided services in review and evaluation, strategy development, facilitation and planning, and assistance with drafting reports and submissions to government, industry and not-for-profit sector clients.
Rachel brings her extensive experience and deep understanding of public policy and program design and implementation into her consulting work, providing clients with insight into how to successfully navigate the complexities of this field. This ability is evident in the popular workshop series 'Mastering the Craft of Advising Government' which Rachel and her colleague Anna Moynihan have designed and delivered to more than 600 people across ten Queensland government departments and public servants from the Victorian, New South Wales and Australian governments.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts with first class Honours and a Master of Arts by research from the University of Queensland. She is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society.
Katy O'Callaghan is a social researcher, evaluator and social policy analyst, with expertise in education and training, workforce development and social inclusion, particularly issues affecting Indigenous people and people with disability. Katy is a descendent of the Noonuccal people of North Stradbroke Island.
Prior to establishing Outpost Consulting in 2005, Katy worked in government research and policy, holding senior roles at both State and Commonwealth levels. As a consultant, she has undertaken over 100 projects for dozens of clients. Most of her work has involved evaluations of social policies and programs; research and design for new approaches and assisting organisations plan and articulate their ideas.
Katy brings insightful and creative thinking to her consulting work and is skilled at making complex information understandable and finding fresh ways of looking at problems. Katy’s focus is bringing the best and latest data and thinking to inform sound decision-making for better communities.
Katy holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Social Policy and Planning from the University of Queensland. She is also an adjunct research fellow with Griffith University and a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society.
Gretchen is an experienced facilitator, evaluator and researcher. She has a particular interest in improving the wellbeing of children, young people and their families. She brings the principles of strategic foresight to all her work to support organisations and individuals to respond to emerging futures and achieve their preferred future.
Gretchen established Young Futures in 2006. As a consultant, she has worked with government and non-government organisations to develop aspirational visions and long-term plans, inform policy, facilitate strategic planning, and contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of health and human services.
Central to Gretchen’s work is the belief that meaningful and effective change requires those experiencing and affected by the issues at hand to be included as partners in the change process. Her capacity to engage with and facilitate conversations between people from diverse backgrounds is key to the success of her work.
Gretchen began her career as a speech pathologist and held senior clinical, leadership and policy positions with Queensland Health. She has experience working in primary, secondary and tertiary health services, to deliver services to metropolitan, regional, rural and remote communities.
Gretchen holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) from Flinders University in South Australia and a Master of Science (Strategic Foresight) from Swinburne University of Technology in Victoria. She is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society and the Association of Professional Futurists.