Flinders Enterprise Consulting

Industry expert

Business projects
tackled by students


Welcome to Flinders Enterprise Consulting!

Flinders Enterprise Consulting (FEC) allocates your business with a team of high performing Flinders University business students, who work on delivering a solution for your organisation’s challenge.

How do businesses partner with Flinders Enterprise Consulting?

In an ideal world, ahead of every project, program, service, process or initiative, businesses would perform extensive research and testing before launch.  

We know that not every business has the time or capital to work with a big name advisory firm to make that happen. Flinders Enterprise Consulting uses the brightest business minds from Flinders University to explore your challenge, test different solutions and present a game plan – for much less money, but with the same service and delivery you would get from the experts. To make sure, we pair the student teams with mentors and advisory boards so your project is delivered to a standard worthy of the Big Four!

How FEC works to get the best result for your business

Project Executives:

Each student team works with a dedicated Project Executive: an industry professional with plenty of experience. Their role is to direct, support, offer recommendations, oversee the students work and ensure client deliverables.

Advisory Board:

An Advisory Board made up of consultants from PwC review the student team recommendations and offer feedback at two key stages during the program. This ensures the team working on your project deliver a high quality solution in the form of an insightful report and presentation for you to execute.

At a glance, the Flinders Enterprise Consulting program gives you access to:

  • Up to 15 people working on your challenge
  • Application of the latest research in the field to your industry
  • Guidance from industry-leading professionals
  • Feedback that offers you a direct competitive advantage
  • You will also receive a complete report, and a full presentation, at the end of the program.

Want to see how it works from beginning to end? The Port Pirie Regional Council came with a specific challenge for their student team and were surprised with the results.

Discover how FEC students were able to deliver significant outcomes for the Port Pirie Regional Council

Apply to have your project in FEC: Places are limited!

Applications are open for 2020 – starting March 2nd. Submit your project and tell us more about the challenge you’d like our student teams to work through on the link below. 

Gain an edge on other graduates when you go through FEC as a business student

Working with world-class mentors on real-world challenges from South Australian businesses gives you the practical learning your business degree needs. Go into the workforce with confidence and learn the process from the ground up, outside of a textbook.

Over the course of a semester, your project team will: 


  • Define a business challenge
  • Conduct a complete analysis and assessment of the organisation and challenge
  • Conduct client briefings and progress meetings 
  • Write a report that offers robust recommendations
  • Deliver a full presentation to your business at the end of the program.

Have questions?

If you’re an interested student and you’d like to know more about the Flinders Enterprise Consulting program, you can contact Sarah Randall-Smith, the FEC program coordinator below: 

Email: sarah.randallsmith@flinders.edu.au

Contact number: 08 8201 5722

Your Flinders Enterprise Consulting Facilitators

Bill Cinnamond

Bill Cinnamond

Student Lecturer


Bill manages his own consulting business following a distinguished career as a leader in public sector roles for over 20 years. His work encompasses strategic reform and business improvement with experience and expertise that covers:


Senior level corporate leadership

Enterprise transformation through better use of resources

Strategic advice and coaching

Business strategy and performance


Bill led the Public Sector Management agenda where he was closely involved with driving change to increase performance at both the individual and organisational level across the South Australian Public Sector. 

He was a key participant and driver of the reforms that led to the development of South Australia’s Public Sector Act 2009, the instigation of significant workforce reforms, the building of the public sector’s leadership strategy, and the High Performance Framework. In 2007 he project managed the review of the WorkCover system.

Bill’s background is in the field of Human Resources, an area he’s worked in for over 30 years covering many areas including industrial relations, change management, OHS&W, performance improvement, and strategic HR. 

Darren Oemcke

Darren Oemcke

Program Facilitator


Darren’s role is formally “Pracademic” as he brings his experience from Management Consulting into the academic learning environment in a highly practical way. He believes that students learn better themselves than if they’re taught and is here to help students deliver the best work they’ve done at University and to be more prepared for the workforce. Darren’s support and industry experience ensures that students have the best possible opportunity to deliver a high quality solution for their respective client. 


Darren’s industry experience is extensive, being well-practiced in helping businesses grow in creative ways. He’s passionate about customer engagement, operational excellence and business growth in wine, food, tourism, agriculture and manufacturing. He’s a partner in boutique consulting firm Hydra Consulting, advising business, industry and government on a wide range of management issues that include strategy, competitiveness, exporting, marketing, IT transformation, operations management and project delivery. He’s also a founder and Executive Director of luxury tourism business Invina, Chair of Surfing South Australia, Chair of AI cancer diagnosis startup 2nd Appinion, and on the advisory boards of edtech startup Opentute, manufacturing optimisation startup Ailytic, and micro-visualisation startup GoMicro.

How the program works

Over the course of a semester, a group of students will:


Your organisation’s challenge


Your organisation thoroughly 


Solutions by working with their team, Project Executive and Advisory Board Members to achieve client deliverables


Validated solutions that will move your business forwards!

Past Participants: