Testimonials

Pollen Strategy works with businesses large and small, in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Here are some of the comments our clients have made about us:

“Jo Hunter is one of the very special people in consulting. I have been the beneficiary of her guidance on many occasions and have always been impressed.”

Michael Smith, Chairman of 7-Eleven Australia, Lionel Samson Sadleirs Group and Pioneer Credit Ltd. Patron of Variety WA and Principal of Black House. Former Chairman of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, iiNet, the Perth International Arts Festival and Synergy.

 

“The service we received from Pollen was exceptional in terms of quality outcomes and value. Despite the complexity that comes from our organisation’s scope of service delivery, Jo was able to navigate the challenges and provide a structured and productive way forward for the development of our new Strategic Plan.

Jo’s approach was diligent, respectful and collaborative and coupled with her insight, creativity and outstanding facilitation skills this made her a pleasure to work with. I have no hesitation in recommending Jo Hunter and Pollen strategy to other organisations seeking strategic solutions.”

Ian Moore, Executive Manager Business Development and Strategy at UnitingCare West

 

“Pollen Strategy were excellent. Jo got to grips with the key issues in our business very quickly from limited briefing notes and interviews. She was able to provide a very balanced view through her understanding but also maintaining an appropriate objective distance as a third party, that assisted us in identifying key issues – and not just “stuff” we needed to sort out. Great to work with and highly recommend them.”

Neil David, Group CEO of Lionel Samson Sadleirs Group

 

“Pollen Strategy worked well to structure a programme for developing capability in innovation, enabling collaboration with a number of internal and external participants. Pollen integrated best practices from many disciplines to deliver a relevant approach for Donhad to build a strong platform for growth.”

Brad Kobus, Finance Director at Donhad

 

“I found Pollen Strategy just through a Google Search whilst applying for Grant Funds for business improvement activities. Boy am I glad I did! From start to finish Jo maintained a highly professional and personable attitude whilst obviously enjoying her work and being genuinely excited about helping our growing business. Additionally, Jo worked jointly with a local business improvement and finance expert, Nikhil, who was able to bring a lot to the table. The end product far exceeded my expectations and I’m looking forward to implementation! Thanks Pollen.”

Jimmy McGregor, Managing Director of Western Refractories

 

“Pollen were engaged to prepare a new Strategic Community Plan for Council. Pollen undertook extensive community engagement and listened to the community. Positive feedback was received from the community and elected members on the success of these meetings and outcomes we achieved. Pollen worked very hard with Council officers and elected members to understand our priorities, community aspirations and vision. Pollen were very approachable for advice and professional at all times. They met their project timelines and gave regular progress reports to Council. I would recommend Pollen for similar work in the area of strategic and corporate planning, vision setting and community engagement.”

Brad Gleeson, Director of Planning and Richard Gorbunow, CEO, at Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale

 

“I had the pleasure to work with Jo whilst I was in a previous role and Pollen were contracted to complete the Strategic Community Plan. The extensive amount of work undertaken included community and staff workshops ensuring that the Local Government Act and Regulation requirements were met, as well as analysing information from surveys. Pollen produced a professional and detailed Strategic Community Plan that accurately reflected the Community’s aspirations. Included in the delivery were objectives, strategies to deliver the objectives, and measurements to know if the objectives were reached.”

Casey Mihovilovich

 

“As a market leading national distributor of telecommunications products, Force Technology International Pty Ltd cannot speak highly enough of the impact Jo Hunter has had on its business, and strategic direction. From mediated strategy sessions which have provided clarity and insight into the business’s current, 5 and 10 year goals, through to the review and establishment of corporate values, mission statements and vision, Jo Hunter has provided invaluable guidance and intellectual property which has been tangible and executable.

Across a wide range of strategic initiatives, we would thoroughly recommend Pollen Strategy as a partner that will understand the brief, deliver on time, and provide outcomes which the business can seriously get its teeth into. On top of this, it’s clearly refreshing to see a business balance the aspirations and expectations of commercial success for itself and clients, with a genuine, substantiated commitment to social and environmental projects and outcomes.”

Jake Minear, Director of Force Technology International Pty Ltd

 

“Jo Hunter has provided invaluable guidance in the development of the West Australian Football Commission’s strategic plan, business and performance management plans. Jo provides a strong business management approach to the projects, is highly organised, deadline driven and has been quick to learn the intricacies of our business. As the outcomes from this project have been excellent we will continue to use Jo on an ongoing basis. Jo provides excellent value and applies a part of her fee to charitable purposes which reflects her strong community focus.”

Wayne Bradshaw, CEO of the West Australian Football Commission

 

“Jo Hunter of Pollen Strategy did an outstanding job and provided great value for money with the work she did for Giving West. Tasked with reviewing the landscape, establishing gaps, mapping the sector and identifying opportunities, she presented quality work as an output and all milestones were met in a timely manner.

Through regular meetings and communications, Jo assisted in refining the scope of the project and made considered recommendations at regular intervals for getting the best value from the work she was doing for us. Not only did Jo conduct market research on the environment and landscape, but she also identified additional opportunities and provided analysis beyond scope. This, together with benchmarking and options for consideration, was above and beyond my expectations and we worked as partners rather than as supplier/client.

As a customer, I felt I got good outcomes and quality work, within timelines and budget, which will provide the bedrock for our strategy going forward.

I would recommend Jo Hunter to anyone looking at a research project that can use her skills, experience and work ethic.”

Kevin MacDonald, CEO of Giving West

 

“The Australian Institute of Management’s Members are of the highest importance to the organisation and Jo Hunter was the perfect choice as Consultant for the Personal Member Surveys project. Immersing herself completely into all things related to the portfolio, she delivered both the surveys and final analysis with incredible interest, insight and depth. Jo brought a delightful mix of ultimate professionalism, strategic brilliance and high energy to the table. She is clearly very passionate about supporting her clients to achieve great results. AIM WA is a not-for-profit organisation, and as such, it is very much appreciated that Jo not only demonstrates excellent value for money, but also gives back a portion of her fees to other not-for-profit organisations in the local community. I would highly recommend Pollen Strategy in every sense.”

Andrea Walters, Manager – Personal Membership, Australian Institute of Management WA

 

“Darling Range Wildlife Shelter faces its 10th birthday in 2016. Despite our organisation’s numerous strengths we were desperate for professional and strategic advice to help guide us through the next 10 years! We just did not have the skills to work out how we could capitalise on our strengths into the future. We were immediately attracted to Jo’s philosophy of being successful while also making a positive social and environmental difference to our world. Subsequently, working with Jo has been of immense benefit and enjoyable.

Jo had a sincere interest in our organisation and genuinely wanted her expertise and services to bring out the best outcomes for use by our organisation. Jo’s capacity to draw out our jumbled ideas and translate them into a coherent strategic plan with various other aspects which would support our organisational success has been extremely impressive. The various documents produced are useful and will greatly assist us to progress into the future.

I would highly recommend Jo Hunter, Pollen Strategy, to other organisations seeking strategic planning services.”

Michelle Hazelwood, Executive Coordinator of Darling Range Wildlife Shelter

 

“Jo Hunter’s capability to analyse what is needed in the organisation plus facilitate a variety of different personalities through workshops was first class. Jo not only provides an outstanding outcome for the organisation, but does it with a wonderful personal touch. I will openly recommend her services to anyone in the football industry.”

Todd Shimmon, CEO of Claremont Football Club

 

“Pollen Strategy have not only provided high level management and planning workshopping and advice, they are always conscious of ensuring they prioritise investment in their local community. The management support and development they have given RTRFM as a Not For Profit community broadcaster we would otherwise never have been able to access. The new strategic plan is playing a big part in how we talk to sponsors and funding bodies, and is having a measurable impact on the station’s broadcast content and revenue.”

Jason Cleary, General Manager of RTRFM

 

“We were very impressed with Jo’s personal touch and ability to quickly gain an understanding of the core values behind ArborCarbon. Jo shares our love of the environment and desire to leave a legacy, and this, combined with her commitment to donate a significant portion of the profits of Pollen Strategy to environmental projects, made it an easy choice for us. We have no hesitations in recommending Jo to other companies, and we consider her services as a strategic consultant excellent value for money.”

Paul Barber and Giles Hardy, Directors of ArborCarbon

 

“Pollen Strategy created an atmosphere and process which enhanced our Strategic Planning outcomes. Jo took the time to understand the organisation before helping to map out a pathway for the completion on the plan. Her presentation and the residual documents she created for WPWAI to use moving forward are extremely useful and relevant. I would be happy to endorse Pollen Strategy to my other colleagues in the sporting industry in WA.”

Dale Ballantyne, CEO of Water Polo WA Inc (WPWAI)

 

“Great program. Jo was able to engage the Committees, staff and members throughout the program. The result was the club’s inaugural 5 Year Plan. I would have no hesitation in recommending Pollen Strategy.”

Damien Gasper, Managing Secretary of Swan Yacht Club

 

“Jo listened to the diverse group of opinions and then very deftly nailed the essence of what we were about in a manner that pleased us all. She brought some good ideas and insights to guide our planning for the future of our Club.”

Roz Hart, President of the WA Naturalists’ Club