Hugh Stephens is a serial entrepreneur, who runs a number of companies primarily in the technology and social media space. He is the Director of Dialogue Consulting, who specialise in providing social and digital media strategy, risk and advisory services. Dialogue Consulting also operates multiple start-ups including Schedugram, a tool for businesses to use Instagram and Barometrics, a platform to allow large enterprises to monitor employee satisfaction metrics. Through these projects, Hugh has experience in identifying market needs and developing specialist products along with the build, launch and marketing of the subsequent platforms.
Hugh’s work has crossed a wide range of sectors, and he regularly draws on his experience in the IT, healthcare, statistics and risk management sectors. He has worked with brands ranging from federal and state government, healthcare institutions, multiple universities, including RMIT University, Monash University and the University of Melbourne, and private clients including AMP financial, DDB, Lend Lease and not-for-profits like the Red Cross.
Hugh appears frequently in the media to comment on the latest developments and disasters experienced by brands in the social media space, as well as on broader issues such as entrepreneurship, innovation and how larger companies can develop a ‘startup mindset’.
Hugh currently mentors students studying entrepreneurship and innovation, and volunteers his spare time to assist a number of not-for-profits and social enterprises in governance, strategy and start-up culture.