We assist to build powerful brands and devise practical marketing strategies designed to optimise a return on your products and services. We believe that the driver for all decisions starts with your overall business strategy and success is achieved when your marketing effort is integrated throughout and you are building a powerful brand.

Setting New Direction

If you are looking to set a new direction for your business, school, sporting organisation, not-for-profit OR you have finished your planning cycle and you are ready to refocus Or you feel that its time improve or refresh your marketing efforts… Congratulations you are in the right place!

Strategy1st are planning experts and can tailor a four year strategic plan or brand / marketing plan to best meets the needs of your organisation.

With twenty years’ experience in planning and marketing we will guide you in the right direction, with unique processes, beginning in the right place … with your Strategy1st!

Summary Strategy1st Clients

The following is a list of sectors, companies and organisations that Strategy1st has completed facilitated strategic sessions with in the past 24 – 36 months.

Government Agencies/ Bodies

  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Qld Govt. – Bris/ Gold Coast)
  • Contractors Accreditation Limited (NT Govt. – Darwin CAL)
  • Education Qld (Qld Govt. – Bris)
  • Museum Victoria – A Day in Pompeii (VIC Govt. – Melbourne)
  • NT Chamber of Commerce (NT Govt.- Darwin)
  • State of Design Festival – Victoria (VIC Govt. – Melbourne)

For Profit Organisations

  • Altec
  • Amalgamated Pest Control
  • Bells Property Group
  • de Groots – Wills & Estate Lawyers
  • Fast Track Home Loans
  • Fluccs Australia
  • Funder and Associates
  • Geonautics Ltd
  • Hoppy’s Hand Wash Café
  • International Quarterback
  • Motorama Group
  • Property Searchers / Minders
  • Quantum Eco Hot Water
  • Security & Technology Services (Darwin)
  • Suncorp Bank
  • UBet / TATTS Bet
  • Verifact

Not for Profit Organisations & Charities

  • Aspirations4Kids in Sport / Future State Greats
  • L.D Organisation
  • Coeliac Queensland
  • Queensland Trust For Nature
  • Sherwood Neighbour Centre

Independent, Catholic Schools and Education Queensland

  • Aspley State Primary School
  • Brisbane Inner Western Schools Alliance
  • Calamvale Community College
  • Canterbury College
  • Centenary State High School
  • Corinda State High School
  • Forest Lake State High School
  • Fraser Coast Anglican College
  • Indooroopilly State High School
  • Iona College
  • Marist College Emerald
  • Stuartholme School
  • St Andrews
  • St Mary’s College – Maryborough
  • St Paul’s School
  • St Rita’s College
  • The Associated Schools – TAS
  • Toowoomba Prep School
  • Queensland Academies – SMT
  • Queensland School Sport Management Group – QSSMG

Sport & Recreation

  • Byron Bay Triathlon
  • Queensland Reds
  • Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS)
  • Queensland Rugby League
  • Queensland School Sport Management Group (QSSMG)
  • Rugby League (the QRL)
  • Softball Queensland
  • South Pine Sports Complex
  • Volleyball Australia
  • Volleyball Queensland
  • Wilston Grange Football Club

Referral sources and client details available upon request.


As one of the owners and Managing Director of Security & Technology Services (Group) we have called on Strategy1st to facilitate the development of our recent strategic plan. Prior to working with Grant, it would be fair to say there was some scepticism (from some key managers) on how valuable the process would be for our group of companies.

Having ‘lived’ Grant’s unique refreshing strategic planning and facilitating techniques, our organisation is now crystal clear on where to place its emphasis and how best to measure our progress. We now have a set of priority projects, linked to clearly set goals, responsibilities, time frames for completion and measures that makes reporting and accountability key features of our success.

The end result was a practical and useful documented plan, which is simple to follow and implement. We like Grant’s unique style and the care he shows staying in touch with our management team to check on progress, taking more than just an ‘external’ arm’s length approach to the outcomes. We have worked regularly with Grant and his firm for the past four years.

Security & Technology Services Group recommends Strategy1st warmly.

George Rakkas, Owner Managing Director - Security & Technology Services Group (Head office Darwin – NT)

I have worked with Grant O’Hara for the past five years at Corinda State High School. I have always found Grant’s work to provide me with valuable insight to Strategic thinking and planning and have always considered his facilitation a form of professional learning for me as a leader in a large complex school. Through Grant’s work we have been able to position ourselves in a very competitive market in the Brisbane Metropolitan area. We have now just completed our second Strategic Plan with Grant and we are excited about the direction it is taking us.  Without Grant’s leadership we would not have been able to stretch our thinking to produce such a future’s focussed plan.

Grant has also provided outstanding leadership in his work with us in marketing. He led us through workshops to develop a very comprehensive marketing plan, which we are still utilising. Grant’s knowledge and skills in this area are outstanding and he is very knowledgeable with up to date research. He provided us with detailed data on our local area which enabled us to identify target markets.

As a Principal I value Grant’s knowledge and expertise and I regard him as a mentor and coach who assists me in positioning my school as a leading school in Brisbane. He has always been very supportive of our school and takes an active interest in our progress. It is not just about getting the job done with Grant – he follows through to see how well the plans are enacted and measures his own success against this.

Grant is thorough, very well organised and his workshops engage his audience. He knows how to get buy in from his participants and his facilitation skills are highly regarded by my staff.

We regard Grant as a valuable resource for our school and have no hesitation in recommending his services.

Helen Jamieson, Principal - Corinda State High School