Ideas in Action

August 12, 2016 | Posted by: Cube Team

Welcoming new Cubie, Madeleine Scanlon

We are delighted to introduce Madeleine Scanlon as a new member of the Cube consulting team.

Madeleine’s experience spans key areas in government including transport and infrastructure, gaming, health and ageing, innovation and multicultural services. This is complemented by a background in financial services and small business. The critical components of her work include policy, strategy and governance, change management, communication and engagement.

We asked Madeleine a few questions to get to know her better.

Why did you join Cube Group?

I was aware Cube was a firm that shared my values and a commitment to making a positive influence in the community. That matters to me.

I was also attracted to the opportunity to apply my public and private sector experience to a growing medium-sized consulting firm. I like the idea of contributing to a firm which is maturing and has a range of talents in the team.

What are you most proud of in your career to date?

I’m proud to have delivered campaigns and social policy in government with a focus on resilience, consumer protection and support services for vulnerable communities in Victoria. Change in human behaviour is complex and can take a long time, however I enjoyed bringing stakeholders together that often had different views, and working towards a solution.

My work style is flexible and collaborative. I’m lucky to enjoy my work, and have made some great friends.

Who has inspired you?

I have the utmost respect for people working in health, social work and community organisations – supporting people and communities. My mum is one such person, and I admire her commitment to social justice and supporting those that need it. My father also has a great entrepreneurial spirit, and I value his openness to ideas and making things happen. A bit of girl power is a great thing, and I admire women such as Christine Lagarde (Managing Director International Monetary Fund) and Kate Jenkins (Australian Discrimination Commissioner) who show leadership, humility and a bit of flair in this weird and wonderful world.

You have worked in the public sector for a while, what are the biggest lessons you have learnt in that time?

I’ve learnt that compromise and collaboration are art forms, and you can’t get things done without them being front of mind. Many don’t. I also believe it’s important to surround yourself with clever people that both challenge and support you. And finally, I think it is a privilege to be involved in public policy.

What is on your agenda for 2016/17?

I’m looking forward to making a strong contribution at Cube. Hopefully I can assist in applying innovative solutions for our clients in areas such as strategy and co-design.

So that’s a lot of work-related things, do you have any passions outside work?

I am from a large family and enjoy all the chaos and entertainment that comes with it. Being an aunty to my three gorgeous nephews is pretty fun too. Holidays with friends are a treat, and I can’t wait for the next trip to New York and LA. I also enjoy running, rowing and netball for a bit of competitive fun!

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