Principal Consultants

Mark C Schultz


Bachelor of Business Studies
Graduate Diploma of Business Management
Master of Business Management
Harvard Business School Programs:
* Leadership for Professional Service Firms – 2009
* Governance excellence in the non-profit sector – 2012
* Performance management in the non-profit sector - 2014

Fellow, Certified Practicing Accountant
Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Mark has been involved in business for over 40 years in a diverse range of industry sectors.
Mark was one of the founding Principals of the SED Consulting Group, a leading business advisory organisation that provides professional services to the SME sector through a network of offices across Australia.

Mark was also an inaugural Board Member and Chairman of Ballarat Health Services, an organisation created out of the amalgamation of 3 public health services in Ballarat. In 2012 Mark published his first book Business Insights which is a reflection on his learnings from his business experience, in particular, the past 15 years in business consulting. Currently Mark is the Project Director for a Governance and Operational Training program for Victorian Cemetery Trusts on behalf of the Victorian State Government.

Mark’s focus today is governance, and in partnership with a group of talented colleagues, has created a new business that will focus on providing governance support and advice in both the not-for-profit and private company sectors. Mark also writes a weekly blog on governance which can be found at

Stephen Lake

Public Administration at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Graduate Retail Management Program at Myer Melbourne

Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants

Stephen’s career well qualifies him for advising Not for Profit organisations. He has over a decade of Information Technology experience with Olivetti and then his own software organisation. As General Manager of Total Logistics (now Exel Logistics) he built up New Zealand’s largest 3rd party outsourced logistics and customer service organisation with demanding clients such as Mars and Procter and Gamble. Trained as a consultant by Ernst and Young, Stephen has over 15 years consulting experience which includes project management, change management, information technology, process improvement and governance. He has served on numerous Not for Profit boards in the last 40 years and previously served as the Federal President of the Institute of Management Consultants.