Our Team

Larry Quick

Larry Quick is a strategist with significant global experience in both the corporate and civic sectors. He is the founder of Resilient Futures and the original developer of the Strategy in Action framework.

Larry has designed, led, and facilitated countless strategic programs that draw upon his expertise in corporate strategy, innovation, economic development, technology strategy, sustainability and resilience, and urban planning.

Larry is the primary author of Disrupted: Strategy for Exponential Change. He is also a cancer survivor and is “committed to squeezing every ounce out of life that this great world can bring”. Larry lives in Woodend, Victoria with his wife Helen.


David Platt

David Platt is a strategist and expert facilitator with significant experience in education, social enterprise, community development and community resilience.

He has designed and led learning experiences that build strategic capability in leaders of organisations across Australia and the United States and is the co-author of Disrupted: Strategy for Exponential Change and The Disruption Readiness Test .

American by birth, when not commuting to Melbourne, David lives in Woodend, Victoria with his wife and two children.


Paul Szymkowiak

Paul is a seasoned consultant, mentor and educator, with over 30 years experience helping organisations to overcome problems and make improvements in their solutions.

A career centred around software technology has lead to work in Australia, New Zealand, North America and Asia. An adopter of iterative and agile practices in 1994, he is one of the authors of the Rational Unified Process, and an original member of the context-driven testing community.

When not consulting on agile, iterative and quality-related practices, he is an active maker within the international "Maker" community. He lead the organisation of Australasia's first Maker Faire, and has co-created a space-research maker alliance.

Kristin van Vloten

Kristin van Vloten is a writer, researcher, editor, and the founder of Salvo Communications, a writing service catering to thought leaders.

She has provided analysis and report writing for the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and the University of the Fraser Valley, and the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce has published her policy writing.

She has assisted Resilient Futures in the creation of three publications centered on strategic planning in disruptive conditions. For her exceptional work with business leaders and organizations, she has been nominated for two Business Excellence Awards.

Rachel Simmons

Rachel is a practical and pragmatic strategist and educational leader, with a firm belief that a hands-on and interactive approach results in transformative outcomes. She takes an innovative approach to crafting learner-centred programs and was an early adopter of digital learning, simulations and blended delivery.

With extensive experience at the executive level within the tertiary education sector, Rachel's strengths as a leader centre on: strategic thinking; inspiring people to launch initiatives and undertake projects; achieving goals and producing quality results; and challenging ideas to identify innovative solutions to problems.

Rachel has significant experience driving major learning & teaching initiatives within the tertiary sector, with a focus on digital learning, simulated learning environments, capstone units and deep industry engagement. She also has a strong background in the design and delivery of customised L&D programs for a range of industry clients, in a diverse range of sectors including: education, health, logistics, retail and government.