The Commonwealth Secretariat is the intergovernmental organisation that supports member countries to achieve the Commonwealth's aims of development, democracy and peace. DXP Consulting is immensely proud to have helped the Commonwealth Secretariat revised the Commonwealth Education Policy Framework, initially developed to help countries to better align their national education policies to global development goals and Commonwealth values. COVID-19 is an unfortunate yet important reminder of the need for education systems to remain sustainable and resilient in the face of emerging global challenges.
VETASSESS is Australia’s largest skills assessment provider, authorised by the Australian Government. DXP Consulting have had the privilege of working with VETASSESS for a number of years in a range of capacities, including assisting with the development of submissions, reports and presentations. Central to all is the value of attracting and recognising globally mobile talent.
Futurity is an independent and mutually structured financial institution and Australia’s leading issuer of tax-effective, life-event Education Bonds. It also amplifies the otherwise disparate voices of its members - over 75,000 parents and caregivers. It is in this capacity that DXP Consulting is proud to have been of assistance. DXP Consulting helped author the latest two editions of Futurity's and it's predecessor's Parents Report Card - a unique publication that captures perceptions on the state of education in Australia.
NEiTA has been recognising and rewarding exceptional and inspirational teachers for a quarter of a century. It also strives to raise community awareness of and confidence in the teaching profession. DXP Consulting has been honoured to be invited to share its insights on teaching and learning on the NEiTA website.
FIRN – the Financial Research Network – is the premier network of finance researchers and PhD students across Australia and New Zealand. DXP Consulting listened to the voices and FIRN's governors, executives and members to distill their collective insights on how to ensure FIRN's effectiveness and future sustainability, and has twice facilitated the Board's deliberations as it moves forward.
If, like our valued clients, you share DXP Consulting's passion to make a difference, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
"It is a delight to work with Mary Clarke. Over the past two years across multiple engagements for Futurity, Mary has skillfully and professionally delivered insightful education and policy-focused research, analysis and commentary.
Mary’s enthusiasm for improving education systems and outcomes is evident to the reader as she brings to light the salient issues in each topic."
David Michell, Policy Research & Stakeholder Relations Manager, Futurity Investment Group
5 August 2021
"The Commonwealth Secretariat engaged Mary Clarke from March to June 2021 to revise and update the Commonwealth Education Policy Framework (CEPF) – a key resource for education policymakers in the Commonwealth. Mary's organisation and expertise in education policy were demonstrated throughout the delivery of each key project milestone and research, analysis and findings from consultations were consistently presented in a clear and detailed format during meetings. In addition, Mary possessed excellent communication skills and was flexible and dynamic with her approach. Mary completed the assignment within the agreed timelines, specs and to a very high standard."
Nasir Kazmi, Education Advisor, Economic, Youth & Sustainable Development Directorate, The Commonwealth Secretariat
3 August 2021
"VETASSESS has been working with Mary Clarke for some 2 years. Mary was quick to understand our business and our strategic priorities. She has worked on numerous presentations and thought pieces for VETASSESS which have been very well-received by global audiences. Apart from her professional expertise Mary Clarke has a wonderful demeanour and is great to work with. We highly recommend Mary for research work, development of thought leadership pieces and facilitation of discussion forums on economic and social issues around global mobility and skills recognition."
Dr Mamta Chauhan, Group Manager, Skills Recognition General Occupations, VETASSESS
7 August 2020
"DXP Consulting, with Mary Clarke as principal, has excelled in delivering on two briefs for our organisation. First DXP conducted a strategic review that resulted in a complete restructuring of the organisation putting us on a sustainable footing for the future. Secondly, DXP facilitated a day-long board meeting on strategy and risk management in accordance with best corporate governance practice.
DXP acts professionally and listens to the views of people before making suggestions and guidance. Mary Clarke as principal quickly understands the client’s needs and quickly establishes what needs to be done to provide an operational outcome and explicit recommendations. Her understanding of business and her skills in pulling together disparate sets of data into a cohesive whole enable her to produce very clear, understandable reports and templates that are vital in helping move an organisation forward. We are extremely satisfied with DXP’s work and we would use DXP again (and indeed we did) when the need arises."
Professor Christine Helliar, University of South Australia and Chair of the Board of the Finance Research Network (FIRN)
17 June 2020
"Mary Clarke has been engaged on several occasions by ASG. And for very good reasons. She brings to bear a rare blend of both an in depth and breadth of knowledge of education policy issues, expert analysis, data dexterity and a persuasive presentation style, Importantly, she also has a style of writing that is both appropriate to audience and a pleasure to read. To top it off Mary is a joy to do business with - ever pleasant, professional efficient and agile.."
Ms Wahdiah Hopper, Former Director Policy and Advocacy, ASG
20 August 2019
"Mary Clarke was contracted by the professional accounting bodies to examine alternative models of oversight and governance of the Accounting Professional Year Program. Mary’s professionalism coupled with her ability to fully engage with the Program Providers enabled her to produce a well informed and extensive report. A number of the recommendations Mary made in the report have been taken up by the Committee or are on the project list. She is a pleasure to work with and I hope we have the opportunity to work together again in the future."
Ms Sue La Roche, SMIPA Manager, CPA Australia
25 June 2018
"Mary Clarke is a consummate professional who cares about the needs of her clients and how best to meet them. She is approachable, a very good listener and excellent at delineating client needs and constraints. She has high level business and behavioural skills in pulling together disparate data when preparing her briefs. That, together with a good understanding of government and business processes gives her a real advantage in consulting work. Her passion for good outcomes makes her a valuable and successful advocate for any organisation."
Indigenous Business Development Program providers: John Roberts, Professor of Marketing, University of New South Wales Business School, Baljit Sidhu, Professor of Accounting, University of Sydney, Tom Smith, Head of the Department of Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies, Macquarie University and Martina Linnenluecke, Professor of Environmental Finance, Macquarie University
27 May 2018