Lesley White


Simon White


Lesley White

Lesley is a Director and the Company Secretary of Solve Consulting. She also happens to be married to Simon. Together they make a pretty dynamic duo!

Lesley is an accomplished leader with more than 20 years’ experience in R & D roles within the pharmaceutical industry. She has led teams of up to 75 staff across Asia Pacific, the US and Europe working to secure the approval of new therapies in a highly regulated environment.

Lesley is our people person and strategic thinker. She has a knack of understanding what makes people tick helping them to work together to achieve great things. She has a wealth of experience in organisational development and change management. In addition to her extensive experience in Regulatory Affairs, Lesley has held leadership roles in Early Years, Healthcare and Education. Lesley is passionate about delivering great outcomes for her clients.

With a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with European Languages, Lesley is a fluent French speaker and has lived and worked in the UK, Australia, France and Singapore. She is a Fellow of the Asialink Leaders Program and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Lesley was previously a Director and Vice President of ARCS Australia Ltd, which is a member association for the Australian Therapeutics Industry.

Lesley is Mum to Charlie (7) and Stepmum to Taylor (15). Lesley is a proud Scot and loves sharing quaint traditions from her childhood with her kids. Having moved from the UK to Australia 14 years ago she is still a keen traveller and enjoys exploring new countries and cultures with the family. She’s not happy unless she has their next adventure in the planning!

Lesley loves motorsport – as a child she wanted to be a Formula 1 driver, and she has been to more than 30 Grand Prix around the world. One of her career highlights was beating most of her male colleagues in a Karting competition at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia!

Lesley is highly organised and would be lost without her colour co-ordinated stationery. Lesley is the quiet achiever in the team. Don’t be fooled by the quiet, petite exterior – what she lacks in stature she makes up for in brains!

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Simon White

Simon is the Founder and a Director of Solve Consulting. He established the business in July 2010 when he became a stay at home Dad to son Charlie – probably his most demanding client yet! Since then the business has grown to a full time operation supporting partners in the community.

As a qualified engineer Simon started his career in the construction industry working for a number of large commercial organisations including Transfield and Lend Lease. His interest in community oriented projects then led him to get involved in emergency response and disaster recovery activities both in Australia (post cyclone Larry) and overseas (in Sri Lanka, following the tsunami). In 2006 he transitioned fully into the emergency services sector taking on the role of Manager of Assets and Infrastructure for the Victoria State Emergency Service, where he was responsible for managing $90 million of assets across the State and supporting major emergency response events.

In 2015, after serving as a Board Director of the Mercy Health Foundation, Simon took on a full-time leadership role as Executive Director tasked with effecting a transformative change of the organisation.  During this time Simon was responsible for the development of a long-term strategy focusing on the establishment of financial sustainability and a organisational structure to support a greater impact of those in need. Having set the Foundation on its new course, Simon stepped back into Solve in April 2018 armed with a new found appreciation of the NFP sector.

Simon is the ideas and numbers man. He loves getting his head around how businesses work operationally and looking for ways to help them function more effectively. He is an analytical thinker and is able to quickly understand complex issues and develop practical solutions that exceed client expectations.

Simon loves to get to know people, and immerses himself in his clients’ businesses so that their problems become his challenges. Simon holds a BEng (Hons) from Swinburne University, an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Family is a big priority for Simon – as evidenced by his one and only tattoo. Simon is Dad to Charlie (7) and Taylor (15) and can often be found building Lego or baking with the kids. Simon took up running in 2011, completing his first marathon in 2013. Then in 2017 he completed one of his life long dreams – to trek the Kokoda track.

Simon loves a challenge, whether it be personal or professional, and is passionate about delivering successful outcomes to the benefit of the community. All in all he’s what you might call a very nice chap!

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