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Stephen Wood

Stephen (43) became an Australian Citizen on Australia Day 2008. He owns and runs Success Enterprises Consulting Pty Ltd, an independent Strategy Consulting firm which helps clients by working with Strategy and Business Planning to improve their business. Stephen has over 20 years of business experience in delivering assignments in the automotive, consumer electrical and industrial B2B sectors.

Born in UK, he studied Mechanical Engineering with German at Bath University where he gained a 2.1 BSc (Hons). Later he added finance and management skills by achieving a Certified Diploma in Accounting & Finance from Westminster University in London, and then an MBA from Cranfield University in the UK, which is regularly rated as one of the best MBA schools in Europe and where he finished in the top 20% in his class.

Stephen started his career in 1986 with Thorn EMI Ferguson, - one of UK's largest television manufacturers. For 3 1/2 years, Stephen helped the company to radically improve (by 90%) the on time delivery of new TVs to market.

His career continued for 11 years in various roles at Ford Motor Company. As an engineer on the shop floor he planned and launched multi-million dollar production facilities for new vehicle components. On completing his MBA, he worked in the commercial arena in a range of sales and strategic marketing management roles in creating economic value for the business.

At RAC plc, a motor breakdown and services company similar but four times larger than the RACV, from 2001 Stephen worked as Corporate Strategy Manager for 2 1/2 years, to help grow the business. Projects included the acquisition of a £112m (A$280m) aftermarket windscreen company and the pre-M&A financial evaluation of a 50,000 vehicle fleet with 80 workshops worth more than A$750m in asset value.

As a Strategy Consultant, since 2003, Stephen has founded and operated two successful Strategic Management Consulting Businesses- Success Enterprises Ltd in the UK and Success Enterprises Consulting Pty Ltd in Melbourne.

Sample projects included helping a vehicle leasing company evaluate a A$250m turnover takeover opportunity in Germany; an Air Conditioning manufacturer to develop 15 new service product business cases aimed at doubling revenue; creating a start-up business plan and winning a A$64,000 Federal Government Grant; and helping a A$5-$10m Software company prepare documentation aimed at explaining the business to potential investors. Most recently Stephen helped the NRMA in Sydney to figure out which new business areas it should grow into.

Stephen holds Full Memberships of the Institute Of Mechanical Engineers in the UK and the Institute of Management Consultants in Australia where he also is a Committee Member and VP for the Victorian Chapter. He helped create the A$100,000 Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship Foundation Inc. and now holds the position of Secretary.

Stephen speaks German fluently and is a Member of the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club where he plays Real Tennis and lives in Melbourne.


  • Strategy Planning
    • Industry, Market & Competitor Analysis
    • Strategy Analysis
    • Strategy Development
  • Business Planning and Business Plans
    • Existing Business Review
    • New Sales & Market Planning
    • New Product Portfolio Planning & Delivery
    • New Product Development Process
    • Financial Analysis & Modeling
    • Business Plans
  • Problem Definition and Analysis
    • Alternative Generation, Ranking and Selection
  • Senior Management Coaching

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