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Meet Prominence consultant Mark Patch

A former Director General within the Defence Materiel Organisation, Mark had a 31 year career in the Australian Defence Force before becoming an independent consultant. Mark's experience covers strategic management, project leadership and assurance of high risk and high value initiatives in the public and private sectors. With a passion for giving back, Mark is Chairman of two not-for-profit charities supporting the underprivileged in the Redlands district of Brisbane.
What's the most exciting part about your job?
Working with a broad range of clients across a diverse industry landscape. In particular, being able to share lessons that we have learnt with our clients and witnessing the benefits of seeing them apply those lessons.
What's something you find challenging about your work?
Working with our clients through the transformational change many have had to implement to survive.
What was your first job?
I delivered milk in the streets of Wollongong from 4.00am as a 15-year old - and loved it.
What's the best professional development book you've ever read?
John Maxwell's 'The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership'.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
My boss once told me to "Fess up early and fess up often".
Do you have a favourite charity or not-for-profit you wish more people knew about?
Cereal for Coffee which provides breakfast to the 20% of Australian school kids who arrive at school not having eaten breakfast and thus lose 20% of their capacity to learn.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
Patchwork with a Purpose.
What are you reading at the moment?
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (with my granddaughter).
If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
Your children are your legacy. Love them unconditionally and recklessly.