orange compass team

who we are

leaders in large scale systemic change

Fiona McKenzie

Fiona McKenzie, Director

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Dr Fiona McKenzie is a human geographer with a PhD on innovation and expertise in both public policy and academic research. Fiona is respected for her ability to rapidly synthesise complex topics for decision makers and strategically co-design systems change processes with stakeholders. Before founding Orange Compass, Fiona was the Co-Founder and Director of Strategy for the Australian Futures Project where she led the design and implementation of a range of unique programs including ‘social innovation labs’ on early childhood development and agriculture as well as systems change initiatives on affordable housing and youth disadvantage. 

Through her career, Fiona has accumulated more than 15 years of experience working with a range of academic, corporate, government, non-government, and intergovernmental organisations. Examples include

  • Inter-governmental - United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations REDD Programme
  • Philanthropy - Colman Foundation,  Dusseldorp Forum, Gourlay Charitable Trust, Paul Ramsay Foundation, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation 
  • Non-government - EcoAgriculture Partners, Health Justice Australia, International Sustainability Unit, Terrestrial Carbon Group, Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists
  • Government - Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, National Transport Commission, NSW icare, VicHealth
  • Academic - Australian National University, University of Sydney, La Trobe University
  • Corporate & B Corps  - SEFA Partnerships, National Australia Bank, Rural Bank
In addition to leading Orange Compass, Fiona works with Collaboration for Impact as a Network Member, where she led the creation of Australia's first digital knowledge and learning hub for systems change and collaboration, Platform C. She is an Honorary Associate in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney, a member of Rural Bank’s Agribusiness Advisory Committee, and a member of the Reference Group for the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Investing in Rural Community Futures initiative.
 

Paula Steyer

Eve Millar, Strategy and Change Lead

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With a background in law and senior stakeholder and strategic management roles in the Department of Education & Training and the Department of Justice and Community Safety in Victoria, Eve is driven by a passion for improving systems and operations within the for-purpose sector.

Eve brings a lived experience and a proven record of delivering multi-stakeholder, strategic projects from concept to implementation, with a collaborative and inclusive approach to enable delivery of intended policy outcomes for the benefit of the community. She has strong conceptual, analytical and strategic thinking skills to support the development of innovative and practical solutions and inform project design, planning and delivery.

Eve is Strategy and Change Lead at Orange Compass, as well as a Partnership Manager at Our Place, a Colman Foundation initiative in Victoria.


Paula Steyer

Paula Steyer, Financial Controller

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Paula manages the day-to-day financial, regulatory and all reporting requirements of Orange Compass. She also manages strategy, operations and logistics without breaking a sweat. Paula is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to moving into the not-for-profit sector, Paula worked in the public practice sector, and in senior taxation, finance and human resources positions at HSBC Bank. Paula has worked in finance and company secretarial roles in the not-for-profit sector for the past 10 years.


Megan Seneque

Megan Seneque, Associate

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Megan Senque seamlessly blends on-ground practice and theoretical insight for systemic change. Her career as an academic and as a social process and development professional began in South Africa at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal where she was involved in long-term work on curriculum transformation in the transition to post-Apartheid South Africa. Megan was lead designer and Founding Director of a Leadership Centre that promoted new and appropriate forms of leadership in the African context.

Megan continued her work across the private, public and NGO sectors in South Africa, Australia, the UK and other global contexts - drawing upon principles of systemic inquiry and complex adaptive systems to challenge instrumental understandings of knowledge and to enable collaboration across boundaries.

Clients include Ernst & Young, Westpac, BHP Billiton, Qantas, Telstra, UN-HABITAT and Australian Futures Project. She is co-facilitator of the Wellbeing Economies in Africa lab, convened by the Global Leadership Academy (GIZ) and the Centre for Governance Innovation at Pretoria University. She is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Organisational Research at the University of Roehampton in London.


Jackie King

Sarah Tam-Perez, Engagement and Co-design Coordinator

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Sarah Tam-Perez is an experienced coordinator with a background in stakeholder and project management. Sarah is skilled in engaging with diverse stakeholders and building trusted relationships. She is also a strong written and visual communicator and has been responsible for the preparation of research, briefings and submissions for senior executives in government in previous roles, including in policy and executive officer roles with the Office of the Commissioner & CEO of the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services and the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

In 2017-2018, Sarah worked in Timor-Leste as an International Advisor for Ba Futuru (For the Future). In addition, Sarah undertakes pro bono consulting and volunteering including campaign strategy for Democracy in Colour.