Meet Our Team


Ken Whitters

Principal, Strategic Leadership Pty Ltd

  • Master of Applied Positive Psychology (University of Melbourne)
  • Grad Dip Business (Executive) (Monash University)
  • BEc (University of Adelaide)
  • Executive Coach, Melbourne Business School and Lee Hecht Harrison
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)
  • Certified AHRI Professional Member (CAHRI); Member, Australian Computer Society (MACS)
  • Secret Level Clearance, Australian Federal Police

Ken specialises in developing organisational and individual capability through consulting, training and coaching. Specific areas of application in this regard are Leadership, Culture, Change Management, Strategy, Team Development, Knowledge Management, Communication, Performance Management and Resilience.

Ken has worked at the executive level at The Alfred Hospital (Melbourne) as Director, Information Services, where he had responsibility for some 100 staff and successfully led some of the most significant change initiatives tackled in the health sector at the time. He has also worked at the executive level at Honda Australia as National Manager Information Systems and in that capacity drove substantial strategic change initiatives.Ken has been an Associate of Mt Eliza Executive Education (now part of Melbourne Business School) for 16 years and in that capacity has conducted consulting, training and executive coaching for many of Australia’s most significant organisations.

Coaching Qualifications and Experience

While Ken had previously been coaching for some years, he underwent a formal coaching accreditation program conducted by Melbourne Business School in 2009. He has since remained an accredited executive coach with the School and its subsidiary, Mt Eliza Executive Education. He has also undertaken accreditation coaching at Lee Hecht Harrison, where he is an executive coach (currently working with Toyota).

Ken has provided extensive coaching at general management, CEO and Board levels. At City of Port Phillip, for example, he has conducted some 20 coaching assignments and delivered LSI 360 reviews / team coaching for managers in Place Development and Strategy, and Safety and Amenity.

At Defence Department, Ken has designed and delivered coaching and mentoring training for leaders, and has personally coached some 200 staff in leadership capability, career development and personal management. At Melbourne Water, Ken provided personal coaching to the CEO and all members of the Board, while at Australian Unity he also coached the CEO and senior members of the management team.At Baptcare, Ken and his coaching team have delivered a series of coaching programs for executive team members through to operational managers. At Queensland Health, Ken has conducted many coaching assignments for middle-level managers.Ken has coached numerous other private and public sector managers, CEOs and owners. Detailed references are available.

Other Client Activities

At Defence Department, Ken designed and delivered a suite of leadership programs (including Development Centres) that have now been undertaken by more than 2,000 staff. In parallel, Ken has designed and delivered programs for Defence covering high performing teams, change management and high potentials. At City of Port Phillip, Ken has conducted workshops on Resilience and Communicating to Influence, amongst many other programs. Finally, at Australian Federal Police, Ken has led numerous residential learning circles for executive staff (SES Band 1), facilitated national forums, conducted executive coaching and delivered workshops to support staff in dealing with change. He also worked as lead consultant in the AFP’s redesign of their performance management framework.

Accreditations (Instruments)

Ken is accredited in a variety of psychometric and leadership tools, including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI – Step II), Hogan Assessment Systems, Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ), Team Management Systems (TMS), Life Styles Inventory (LSI) / Leadership Impact (LI), FIRO-B/Business, DISC Advanced, Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI), Situational Leadership, Peak Performance Suite, Denison Culture Survey and the Benchmarks / Skillscope 360° survey instruments.

Matthew Mulrine

Associate, Strategic Leadership Pty Ltd

  • • B.Comm (University of Canberra)
  • • M.B.A. (change management specialisation) – ongoing (University of NSW)
  • • Various certificates and certifications
  • • Board positions: Flow Group, DnzMob, OATSEA
  • • Major publications: > 10 on the topics of business, organisational management and capability
  • • Top Secret Level Clearance (NV2), Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Matt regularly advises people up to and including executive boards, secretaries, CEOs and ministers.

He has led and worked on a range of high-profile projects as both a public servant and external management consultant. His expertise and experience is in strategy, communication, and change.

In strategy, Matt has led over a dozen whole-of-enterprise reviews of large organisations that range from the Federal Attorney-General’s Department through to NBN Co. He has also worked on more than 30 smaller consulting assignments to help clients overcome various functional and team challenges.

In communication, Matt has overseen multiple communication teams in the public service. He also previously led the whole-of-government media response to a major international media crisis (the Christmas Island Tragedy). He has developed a large number of communication strategies, and overseen the delivery of hundreds of communication products. This experience has helped shape his ability to write and communicate on complex topics in a clear and compelling manner.

In all his work, Matt has prioritised the application of best practice change management to help navigate complex stakeholder environments, foster individual and cultural change, and deliver immediate and lasting outcomes for his clients. He has progressed post-graduate study in change management.

Matt has facilitated workshops and participated in interviews with over 3,000 people across corporate, policy and program areas. This and other experiences (such as working with Parliamentary Committees) has given Matt a cross-cutting perspective that has enabled him to mentor, support and advise on a range of functions from human resources, IT and communication, through to governance, finance and leadership.

In addition to his experience as a consultant, Matt previously managed multiple teams in large organisations. This experience has given Matt insight into ways to navigate and build support for initiatives in complex stakeholder management environments.

Matt brings to clients a wealth of practical experience, especially in significant public-sector settings.



“Working with Matt on the IP Australia Agency Capability Review, taught me how to be a consultant.”
Geoff Leeper
Former Second Commissioner, ATO

“I’ve rarely seen someone manage people’s different strengths and experiences so well.”
Nigel Ray
Deputy Secretary, Treasury

“I’ve had the pleasure to work closely with Matt on two occasions. In all my years in government and business, I’ve never seen anyone improve the capability of a team so rapidly.”
Dr Michael Vertigan AC
Chair and Member of various boards, former Secretary of multiple state government departments, and chair of multiple major government reviews

Geoff Leeper PSM

Associate, Strategic Leadership Pty Ltd

  • • B.Ec. (Honours), University of Sydney
  • • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • • Public Service Medal
  • • Top Secret Clearance (Negative Vet 2 ATO)

Geoff brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the benefit of his clients.He has over 25 years in senior executive roles within the Australian Public Service, fourteen of those at Deputy Secretary/Deputy CEO level.

Geoff has served on a number of commercial, not for profit and voluntary boards. He is currently the Chair of Hartley Lifecare ACT.He is deeply experienced in government affairs, and was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2011 for his work on reforms to national housing and homelessness programs.

Geoff is passionate about coaching, with a particular emphasis on assisting his clients to achieve their career potential. His own rise to senior levels across a number of organisations, and his experience in managing complex and challenging agendas, positions him to add tremendous value to each individual he supports as a coach. As an SES officer Geoff regularly coached between 6 and 8 staff across SES and EL levels.

Geoff’s distinguished career includes:
Second Commissioner, Australian Taxation Office (Deputy Secretary equivalent, SES Band 3)

Responsible at various times over a four-year period for: Service Delivery, Debt Management, Information Technology and Infrastructure, Corporate Services, Finance, ATO People and Business Registration functions.These functions involved an operating budget of some $2 billion per annum and related to over 10,000 ATO staff.Significant achievements included greatly improved personal taxation services through successful application of digital design and delivery, improved taxpayer service standards with diminished front line resources, strong leadership and effective cultural change in an agency with over 100 years of delivery history to the Australian public.

Deputy Secretary, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport

Responsible for oversight of the Commonwealth’s $6 billion contribution to Queensland and Victorian flood recovery.Designed and implemented value for money tests to protect the integrity of the Commonwealth’s flood recovery spending

Deputy Secretary, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

Responsible for establishing the Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority, and subsequently for policy and programs for climate adaptation, renewable energy, communications, and corporate affairs. Established the climate regulator from a zero base, ready for business by the time the emissions trading scheme was abandoned by the Government.

Deputy Secretary, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Responsible for policies and programs for Indigenous Housing, National Housing initiatives, legal and compliance activities, corporate affairs.Chair of the Audit Committee.Achieved significant reforms to social housing, homelessness and indigenous housing policies and programs through National Partnership Agreements.

Deputy Secretary, Department of Human Services

Responsible for service delivery policy and corporate affairs.Chair of the Audit Committee.

Gary Dunn

Associate, Strategic Leadership Pty Ltd

  • • Bachelor of Arts (Macquarie University)
  • • Diploma of Education (Macquarie University)
  • • Executive Fellow (Australian and New Zealand School of Government)
  • • Fellow Australian Institute of Management
  • • Honorary Vice President of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir

Gary has over thirty-four years’ experience as a distinguished public servant with a proven track record in organisational change, corporate governance and strategic management. He has held a wide variety of senior positions in a variety of disciplines including international development and social services. Gary has had extensive dealings with Ministers and senior government representatives.

Gary has deep experience in organisational renewal, change management, strategic planning, policy development, service delivery, and program management; and in recent times has focused on strategic management of corporate functions and services.

Gary holds the view that effective executive management is the foundation for good leadership and drawing on his depth of knowledge has developed approaches to help individuals and organisations improve their executive management skills.This in turn creates stronger leadership and better achievement of outcomes for organisations and government.Gary has coached and mentored many SES and EL staff.

Gary’s recent work history includes:
Deputy Secretary-General (Corporate), Commonwealth Secretariat, London

in the most senior position ever held by an Australian in the Commonwealth, Gary was accountable for all corporate services and functions of the Secretariat. Highlights included the initiation and implementation of new vision and mission statements, new performance management system, new ICT strategy, new internal governance arrangements and development of a new strategic plan. Gary undertook high level liaison with the UK government, High Commissioners individually and as Governors of the Board of the Secretariat, and presented to dignitaries at the London School of Economics and to Foreign Ministers at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta in 2015. Gary was trustee for the Commonwealth Secretariat’s staff pension scheme and the main executive interlocutor with the independent Audit Committee.

Chief Operating Officer, AusAID

accountable for all corporate services and functions. Gary was responsible for reporting to government on the performance and evaluation of Australia’s then $5 billion aid program and managing its reduction to meet revised government policy. Gary was the government’s representative on the Independent Aid Evaluation Committee. Gary was influential in the change management process that supported the merger of AusAID into DFAT in 2013, where he was Deputy Secretary until his move to the Commonwealth.

Deputy Secretary – Department of Human Services (DHS)

accountable for the management and implementation of government initiatives for high profile social support programs and payments for the aged, families, those with a disability, the unemployed and youth. For DHS, Gary had the lead role in implementing the government’s Building Australia’s Workforce measures from the 2011-12 budget. Gary was also Child Support Registrar.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Medicare Australia

accountable for all corporate services and functions and for the Medicare national service delivery network. Gary also had the lead role for the integration of human resource management from five separate agencies within the Department of Human Services into one, including leading the negotiation of a new single enterprise agreement, to replace the existing five agreements, for 40,000 DHS staff.

Further at the SES level, Gary (1) led the negotiations forthe largest enterprise agreement in the APS at the time covering 27,000 Centrelink staff in 2008, (2) was the initial lead for Centrelink on the Northern Territory Emergency Response in 2007, (3) was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on welfare reform in 2005 and (4) was Senior Policy Adviser to the Minister for Family and Community services in 2004.

Ross Anderson

Associate, Strategic Leadership Pty Ltd

  • • BSc (Psych) (Melbourne);Grad Dip (Educational Counselling) (RMIT)
  • • Exec Dip (Business Coaching) (NBIA); Dip. Training and Assessment Systems (ANTA)
  • • Member – International Positive Psychology Association
  • • Secret Level Clearance, Australian Federal Police



Ross is a highly experienced executive coach and designer, developer and facilitator of leadership development initiatives. His initial career as a psychologist was in clinical practice and he became a leader in the field of trauma management and crisis response. Over the years, Ross became increasingly in demand as a coach and trainer of coaches, particular in business settings. He has been involved for many years with Melbourne Business School / Mt Eliza Executive Education, and at various times has had responsibility for the public sector (Australia and Pacific region) and managed large complex change initiatives in Defence, Health and Utilities. He was also responsible for a global leadership project with BHP Billiton.

In addition to designing and facilitating leadership and change programs, Ross has undertaken extensive research into strategies to identify and develop high potential staff and has become recognised as an authority on the use of Development Centres to determine leadership capabilities. He also assists organisations to develop and articulate leadership capability frameworks to benchmark leadership development initiatives.

As an Executive Coach he brings his rich background as a practicing psychologist and expertise with standardised assessment instruments to tailor unique interventions for executives. He is particularly interested in peak performance and in managing work and whole-of-life balance, resilience and motivation.

Coaching Qualifications and Experience

Ross has been accredited through Melbourne Business School and in fact has at times led the coaching accreditation process for the School. He has a deep understanding of coaching methodologies and has designed and delivered many Leader-as-Coach programs.

He has facilitated and coached on programs for the Centre for Creative Leadership in Australia, China, Singapore and Belgium. He has also led a coaching program for the leadership team of ACTEW Water and delivered mentoring, coaching and action learning projects at Melbourne Water.

Ross has coached senior executives of Airservices Australia, HVP, Sensis, Cabrini Health, Defence, Federal Police, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Department of Inland Revenue (Solomon Islands), City of Bayside, Mars, Queensland Health, SA Health, Melbourne Water, AECOM, UniSuper, Boston Consulting Group and Telstra.

Other Client Activities

At Airservices Australia, Ross has recently conducted a large scale assignment to assess the top talent of the organisation and has conducted numerous management programs and executive coaching assignments in support of a significant change initiative. He has designed the ‘Managing for Results’ program for Airservices (a three-module blended learning program) and delivered this on 12 occasions for over 250 level 3 managers.

He has designed and delivered a talent management program for Melbourne Water culminating in a one year development initiative including training in team work, emotional intelligence, advanced communication and conflict management. Ross also designed and delivered their Graduate program.

Accreditations (Instruments)

Ross is accredited in a range of psychometric and leadership tools, including Hogan suite, Caliper 360, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Life Styles Inventory / OCI / OEI, TAIS, Voices 360, IEIL, Foresight, Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ), FIRO-B® / FIRO-B® and MBTI® Combined Report, California Psychological Inventory (CPI™ 434 / CPI 260®), Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode, Conflict Dynamics Profile (Eckerd College), BarOn EQ-i® / EQ-360™ and 16PF®.

Dr. Lynn Scoles

Associate, Strategic Leadership Pty Ltd

  • • MBBS (Melbourne); FRACGP (General Practice); Dip RACOG (Obstetrics)
  • • Registered medical practitioner
  • • Exec Dip Business Coaching (NBIA); Trainer NLP
  • • Associate and Executive Coach, Melbourne Business School

Lynn specialises in human development and improved personal effectiveness, drawing on a broad range of skills from her medical background, the psychological tools with which she is accredited and her practical life experience. Issues relating to work/life balance, peak performance and maximising workplace effectiveness are of particular interest to her.

With her specialist knowledge as a medical practitioner Lynn has helped hundreds of people to better understand their inner sources of well-being and make changes that have led to greater vitality and energy in their daily lives. Her executive education experience assists individuals and teams to translate these knowledge and behavioural skills into greater productivity and fulfilment in their workplaces. Her major interest and strength lies in working with individuals to increase their effectiveness, resilience and satisfaction with their work environments and beyond.

Coaching Qualifications and Experience

Lynn has undertaken accreditation through Melbourne Business School’s coaching program. She has extensive coaching experience and applies a range of models in her coaching, including GROW, ACT and CBT. Lynn has been providing coaching to Defence staff for nine years, has provided extensive coaching to medical practitioners at Queensland Health and has coached senior managers at Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria), Ambulance Victoria and Melbourne Water.

Other Client Activities

Lynn divides her time between medical practice, executive education and assisting individuals and teams develop peak performance through coaching and action learning. Other organisations she has worked with include Minter Ellison, Optus, Defence Materiel Organisation, South Australia Health, Air Services Australia, Mars, VicRoads, Australian Taxation Office, Dandenong Division of General Practice, Tipping Foundation, Council for Christian Education in Schools and Australian Unity. She has also worked individually with many executives from leading Australian companies and has provided coaching for family businesses.

Lynn assisted in the design of a customised 360 degree leadership survey for South Australian Health, as well as designing and facilitating a suite of change management, team development and leadership programs for that organisation. She has also worked as an action learning project facilitator at Melbourne Water.

Lynn is often called upon for keynote speaking at conferences and professional forums, addressing such topics as work/life balance, resilience and stress management.

Accreditations (Instruments)

Lynn is accredited in a range of psychometric and leadership tools, including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Life Styles Inventory, Group Styles Inventory, Benchmarks / Skillscope 360º survey instruments, The Learning Circle (TLC), FIRO-B®, California Psychological Inventory (CPI™ 434 / CPI 260®), Bar-On EQ-i® / EQ-360™ and Hogan Assessment Systems.

Jackie Watkins

Associate, Strategic Leadership Pty Ltd

  • • M App Psych – Organisational, Grad Dip App Psych, BA (Monash)
  • • Registered Organisational Psychologist
  • • Member of College of Organisational Psychologists
  • • Member of Australian Psychological Society Coaching Interest Group

Jackie is a qualified Organisational Psychologist with 20 years’ organisational, counselling, consulting, facilitation and coaching experience. She enjoys working with both corporate and public sector clients in a wide range of areas including executive coaching, workshop facilitation, action learning groups and development centres.She is highly experienced in assisting coaching clients to develop a range of competencies relating to work performance. She has extensive counselling experience in assisting coaching clients to improve their ability to cope with conflict and change, and to enhance their work and personal resilience skills through increasing self-awareness.
When consulting to clients, Jackie utilises a variety of clinical approaches such as CBT, ACT, solution-focused therapy/coaching, mindfulness and interpersonal psychotherapy, with the goal of improving psychological resilience. She is also trained in, and has managed, Critical Incident Stress Management teams (an organisational response technique for dealing with workplace trauma).Jackie has developed and delivered coaching workshops to support managers in performing the coaching role with their own staff. Jackie is an experienced facilitator, specialising in leadership development, team building, resilience training, change management and dealing with conflict. Her approach focuses on an adult learning environment and challenges participants to learn using a variety of methods including experiential activities.

Client Activities

Jackie has a depth of experience working as a Manager and Senior Psychologist with Defence Force Psychology Organisation, HMAS CERBERUS, Navy’s largest training base. She has also performed the role of Manager and Senior Psychologist for Australian Defence Force, Navy, Army and Air Force Recruitment and Selection for Victoria and Tasmania.Jackie’s clients include ADF / Defence Materiel Organisation, BHPB, Fletcher Building, Telstra, Baptcare, Melbourne Water, Air Services and Holden.


Jackie is accredited in a wide range of psychometric and executive coaching instruments including 360 degree measures. These include: Human Synergistics Life Styles Inventory (LSI & GSI), MBTI (Myer Briggs Type Indicator), Benchmarks / Skillscope 360, Leadership 360 (360 By Design), FIRO-B, FIRO-Business, Workplace Big Five, Californian Psychological Inventory 260, 16 Personality Factors, Change Style Indicator, Bar-on Emotional Intelligence instruments EQ-I and EQ-360, Conflict Dynamics Profile, Hogan Personality Inventory and Organisational Workshop.

Louise Klein

Associate, Strategic Leadership Pty Ltd

  • • Master of Social Science (Organisation Behaviour Change) (University of Melbourne)
  • • BA Social Science (Hons) (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • • Certificate IV, Change Management and Training and Evaluation (RMIT)
  • • Level 2 Coaching Certificate Ontological Coaching
  • • Associate, Melbourne Business School
  • • Accredited Coach, Australian Grad. School of Management

Louise has 25 years of operational and strategic experience in executive and management consulting roles, where she has specialised in complex organisational change and innovation in professional services, research and development, the financial sector and the public sector. Her business experience includes Senior Consultant KPMG (Change Management), Senior Consultant, Corporate Vision in Australian and UK (Leadership Development and Organisational Change) and Regional Director, North East Department of Health.

During her professional career, Louise has led teams throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. In her senior executive roles within the public sector, she has led regional services and state-wide policy teams to deliver new services directions. She has facilitated the people, culture and thinking side of innovation in a range of organisations leading to significant ROI. Her efforts in the field of innovation were published in Rethink Edward de Bono in Australia.

Louise is often complemented for her intellectual challenge, and ability to quickly identify the core dynamic and insightful questions. A leadership program she designed and facilitated was awarded a Prime Ministers High Commendation.

Coaching Qualifications and Experience

Louise is an accredited coach at Melbourne Business School. In addition, she has a Level 2 Coaching Certificate in Ontological Coaching.

She has over 20,000 hours of executive and feedback coaching delivered at the Board, executive and senior levels in legal, professional services, financial, R&D and Government. This has included lead coach on executive and extension coaching projects to support high potentials, succession planning and the transition to higher levels of leadership. She has also supported executives to deal with uncertainty and complex decision-making when taking a new product to market, managing mergers or leading a reform agenda.

Her objective as an Executive Coach is to support executives to bring about organisational and personal change. Her deep understanding of the commercial and the psychological allows her to support leaders to gain insights about themselves as leaders. With that knowledge they design practical development plans to work more effectively within their roles and to develop their leadership, careers, teams or organisations. Her management, consulting and psychological background allows her to relate to the person’s drivers and concerns. She has a reputation for quickly building relationships, working collaboratively and for being challenging.

Other Client Activities

Louise’s clients include BHP Billiton, Bluescope Steel, Rio Tinto, KPMG, SEEK, Minter Ellison, Acciona Energy, St Barbara Mining, AXA, Deloitte, Freehills, John Holland Group, Tabcor, Monash University, Schweppes, HBA, Toyota, Fonterra, DPI, DSE, DMO and Anglicare Australia.

Accreditations (Instruments)

Louise is accredited in The Leadership Circle, MBTI, Majors Personality Inventory, Hogan Personality Inventory, Bar-On EQi, Skills Scope, De Bono methods, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space.

Warren Kennaugh

Associate, Strategic Leadership Pty Ltd

  • • Masters of Complexity, Chaos and Creativity (UWS)
  • • High Potentials Leadership Program (Harvard Business School)
  • • Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (WSI)
  • • Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)
  • • Secret Level Clearance, Australian Federal Police

Warren is a Behavioural Strategist specialising in the development of executive capability. He has been responsible for the assessment, development and implementation of development programs for senior executives in a variety of large blue chip organisations and has conducted over 14,000 hours of development with senior executives. Examples of projects which he has led include senior executive coaching and development, advanced leadership programs, human capital due diligence, team development, strategic planning, sales strategy development and personal career planning.

Warren’s core capabilities include business acumen, grounding plans into action, fostering insight in others, getting to the ‘seed’ of an issue and accurately predicting behaviours and outcomes based on strong observation and analysis techniques.

Warren has held positions of national responsibility in training and development, and sales innovation and development. At ANZ Financial Planning, he was Head of Sales Effectiveness. He currently holds positions on Advisory Boards in the Medical, Banking and Finance industries.

Coaching Qualifications and Experience

Warren has undertaken the formal coaching accreditation program conducted by Melbourne Business School. He is regarded as one of the country’s top feedback coaches in Hogan Assessment Systems and has been called upon by many business executives and sporting professionals to deliver his unique insights for performance improvement.

Warren has provided coaching to the Department of Defence for some ten years, being regularly called upon to support leadership feedback and extension coaching. He has also worked with a range of other public sector organisations including SA Health, Melbourne Water and Australian Federal Police.

On the sporting front, Warren has provided coaching to elite athletes in Europe and the USA and is also the profiling consultant to the Australian Rugby Union Wallabies and NSW Waratahs.

In early 2016, Warren’s acclaimed book “FIT” (Wiley) was published, which challenges much of the conventional thinking in place today regarding talent and presents a clear roadmap for developing and sustaining high performance. The premise of this book is “Understand where you fit to understand where you’ll excel”. It highlights the approach Warren applies to achieving remarkable results in his coaching.

Warren has also published his insights and recommendations for improving personal and team outcomes in a range of articles in The Wall Street Journal, HR Monthly, BRW, AIM Magazine, AFR and the AGSM Magazine.

Other Client Activities

In addition to his work within the public sector, Warren has completed assignments in the Finance, Infrastructure, Telecommunications, PR, IT, Travel, Medical, Recruitment, Engineering and Manufacturing industries. His private sector clients include ANZ Bank, AMP, ARU Wallabies, Asgard Financial Services, Aussie Homeloans, AXA, Bank West, BT Financial Group, Burson Marsteller, Caltex, Challenger Financial Services, Colonial First State, Compaq, CSC, Fairfax, Flight Centre, Future Flow, Genesys Wealth Advisors, Genworth Financial, Hewlett Packard, Hudson, Human Synergistics, ING Group, Janssen-Cilag, Johnson & Johnson Medical (Australia & AsiaPac), KPMG, Manpower Services, Macquarie Bank, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Mortgage Choice, Pfizer, PwC, Parson Consulting, RAMS Homeloans, Smith & Nephew, Snowy Hydro, St George Bank, Sinclair Knight & Merz, Sydney Airport, Toyota Motor Company, TransGrid, 3M and Westpac Banking Corporation.

Accreditations (Instruments)

Warren is accredited in a variety of psychometric and leadership tools, including Hogan Assessment Systems, Life Styles Inventory, Bar-On EQ Reports and The Leadership Circle 360 reports.

Julie Edwards

Associate, Strategic Leadership Pty Ltd

  • • Master of Education (UWA)
  • • Certificate in Entrepreneurism and Innovation (Masters Level) (Swinburne)
  • • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • • Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training
  • • Associate, Mt Eliza Executive Education, Melbourne Business School

Julie has worked extensively in areas of strategic planning, leadership and behavioural change during the last 18 years. She has supported many private and public sector organisations in achieving the outcomes they need to thrive, not just survive.

She has specialist skills in leadership, emotional intelligence, communication, relationship development, team effectiveness, business development, change management, productivity and execution of strategy. Her real passion is working with people to help them reach their potential. She has an exceptional ability to develop rapport, identify blind spots and analyse opportunities, develop buy-in through a values based approach and use her skills to assist companies to implement long lasting strategies and behaviour change. Her approach is warm and generous allowing her to effectively challenge and identify previously undiscovered areas.

Julie understands diversity well; she has over 15 years’ experience in leadership within the civil construction industry and has been the key facilitator for the Australian Women and Leadership Program. She has also developed, facilitated and coached on the largest graduate leadership program in the Southern Hemisphere with BHP Billiton. She works in conjunction with Melbourne Business School and has been a key coach and facilitator on several large accounts such as Defence Materiel, Melbourne Water and BHP-Billiton.Julie is an outstanding coach and is renowned for achieving effective and lasting change in both her facilitation and coaching work.

Client Activities

Juliesupported the team development series of programs that Strategic Leadership conducted for Department of Health Human Resources. In addition, she has led many leadership development and organisational change projects including:

    • • Helping a mining company improve productivity by 17%
    • • Assisting a government organisation to achieve improved productivity of $500k per annum
    • • Restructuring a civil construction company, developing their leaders and managers, and measuring a tenfold improvement in profit and 30% improvement in productivity
    • • Developing and conducting many leadership development programs across diverse industries, including local government.
    • • Coaching a general manager recently to achieve the biggest turnaround in staff engagement across the National company, to be voted as world best by his peers and opposition, and importantly, to achieve major organisational change and business targets through a time of major change.

Other clients include BMD Construction, QIC, Beveridge Williams, Defence Materiel Organisation, Virgin Australia, BHP-Billiton, Suncorp, La Salle Investment, Telstra, Australian Sugar Milling Council, Altus Traffic, Mainland Civil, De Bortoli Winery, Main Roads, Office of Road Safety, Bielby Construction and West Australian Football League.


Julie is accredited in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI Step II), Hogan Assessment Systems, Benchmarks / Skillscope 360°, Bar-On Emotional Intelligence and DISC survey instruments. Julie is a Master Practitioner, NLP and has completed advanced training in Acceptance Commitment Training, Narrative Coaching and Stakeholder Engagement (Marshall Goldsmith). She is an accredited Executive Coach with Mt Eliza Executive Education, Melbourne Business School.

Doug Mackie

Associate, Strategic Leadership Pty Ltd

  • • Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Masters of Organisational Psychology, Masters of Clinical Psychology
  • • Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)
  • • Member of Institute of Company Directors
  • • Member of Australian Psychological Society College of Organisational Psychologists Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society, Member of the Association for Coaching
  • • Member of Australian Psychological Society Coaching Interest Group
  • • Associate & Executive Coach, Melbourne Business School & Inst. of Company Directors

Doug is a business psychologist and executive coach specialising in the assessment and development of executive capability within top 100 companies both in UK and Australia. His qualifications in organisational and business psychology have helped to shape his focus on increasing the performance and well-being of both the individual and the organisation.He has a particular interest in developing high performing teams and developing leadership and coaching capabilities in senior executives. His experience in facilitating and developing executive capability across a variety of countries brings an international perspective and global mindset to his approach.Doug’s core capabilities include identifying strengths and success factors as well as barriers to optimal performance, facilitating high performing executive teams, executive assessment, aligning individual development with organisational strategy and benchmarking against high performers in a range of functions. Doug has worked for a top London business psychology consultancy and managed departments of psychologists in Health Care settings. He has taken a leadership role in the development of the coaching industry and has presented at International conferences and published in leading journals on the importance of effective evaluation and assessing ROI in coaching engagements. He is a past participant in the Australian Psychological Society’s strategic leaders program and was a member of the Standards Australia Committee for the guideline for Coaching in Organisations. He is currently conducting the largest controlled trial to date of the effects of strength-based coaching on transformational leadership behaviour.

Client Activities

Doug has worked for a range of international and domestic companies including HSBC, BP, Toyota, Barclays Bank, BAA, Standard Life, Diageo, Mercer, Telstra and Rio Tinto. As well as being directly involved in executive assessment with the above organisations, he has gained extensive experience constructing leadership, coaching and development planning interventions around organisational capability frameworks.Doug has also provided services to the following organisations: Wesfarmers Resources, Translink, Queensland Rail, Queensland Treasury Corporation, Minter Ellison, Brisbane City Council, Queensland Investment Corporation, Maroochy Shire Council and Queensland Health.In addition, Doug has developed long standing relationships with multi-national banking, FMCGs and resource companies, primarily conducting executive assessment, benchmarking, development planning and coaching to senior executives in UK, Ireland, Australia, Thailand, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong.


Doug is accredited in a range of psychometric and executive coaching instruments including MLQ, Human Synergistics Life Styles Inventory (LSI & GSI) and MBTI (Myer Briggs Type Indicator).

Drew Ginn

Associate, Strategic Leadership Pty Ltd


Drew Ginn is recognised as Australia’s most decorated rower, having won 3 gold medals and a silver medal in four Olympics, been a member of the “Oarsome Foursome”, and been crowned world champion five times. Drew is also an exceptional coach, speaker, facilitator and consultant.

His key skills and interests in coaching (individuals and teams) are centred on leadership, team development, creating and supporting change initiatives, developing peak performance and managing action learning programs. His mission is achieving high impact outcomes for his clients and he manages this through an engaging style of interaction, an ability to think outside the square and a unique ability to assist clients in forming a vision of success and a pathway to achieving that success. The X factor he provides to clients is his understanding of what makes a world champion; he enables his clients to leverage and apply this understanding in ways that are appropriate for their own personal situation.

In addition to being an Associate of Strategic Leadership, Drew has been affiliated with Melbourne Business School / Mt Eliza Executive Education for more than 10 years and has facilitated numerous sessions on their behalf in public and private programs. He consistently returns very high evaluation scores from participants in all his programs and coaching sessions.

In addition to being an Associate of Strategic Leadership, Drew has been affiliated with Melbourne Business School / Mt Eliza Executive Education for more than 10 years and has facilitated numerous sessions on their behalf in public and private programs. He consistently returns very high evaluation scores from participants in all his programs and coaching sessions.

Drew has recently been Head Coach Integration for Rowing Australia where he worked closely with, and supported, the national team coaches and key state institute coaches in their bid to achieve Olympic success.

Other career experience includes responsibilities for program and coaching development at Bluearth Institute, and Director at Energy Impact Group.

Coaching Qualifications and Experience

Drew has driven the professional development of coaches within the national rowing network of system coaches, including coordinating the creation and effective implementation of coach development plans, reporting and reviews. In business settings, Drew has provided extensive coaching to CEOs / Executives through front-line staff.

Drew has facilitated development opportunities for an extensive range of individuals, teams and organisations such as CBA, Essendon Football Club, AXA and BHP Billiton.


Drew is accredited in MBTI, Benchmarks / Skillscope 360, Firo-B and Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP).

Reg Crawford

Associate, Strategic Leadership Pty Ltd
Graduate, Officer Cadet School Portsea, The University of New England, The University of Canberra and The Australian Army Command and Staff College (Royal Australian Army’s masters level Leadership and Management Program)


Reg Crawford enjoyed a 22 year Army career that included operational service in Rwanda, East Timor and Iraq. He commanded units of up to 300 personnel including soldiers from Egypt, the UK and the USA. During his time in the Army, Reg gained extensive leadership and management experience. He served in the elite Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) for a greater part of his career. Reg also gained considerable experience acting as an advisor to the United Nations in New York and to senior State and Federal Government officers while working for the NSW Police Commissioner during the Sydney Olympic Games. He was awarded the United States Bronze Star Medal for meritorious Service during the Iraq War.Reg left the Army in 2005 and accepted a 12 month contract with Collingwood Football Club as Chief of Staff /General Manager, Football. During his time at the club, Reg oversaw implementation of strategies for elite player development, operational planning, staff development and developing a culture of elite performance. He has co-authored a component of the Energy 4 Life corporate well-being program, providing subject matter expertise on Motivation, Attitude and Discipline. He has been hired by listed companies, business schools and Olympic and World Championship sports to improve leadership, team development and high performance strategy.Reg is a highly skilled facilitator and coach to CEOs, senior management and Board members of varied organisations in business and sport.Key areas of focus include leadership assessment and development, elite team development workshops and experiential camps, high performance reviews and strategy, executive coaching and keynote speaking engagements. He is an engaging and active motivational speaker on topics such as elite performance, elite team development, leadership and dealing with chaos and adversity.

Client Activities

Reg has consulted to the Victorian and NSW Institutes of Sport on the development and implementation of Leadership Development and Team Building programs for elite athletes in rowing, netball and hockey and has also developed and facilitated leadership development and coaching programs for numerous clients including NAB, GMHBA, Barwon Health and NEC. He consults to the Melbourne Business School, Mt Eliza, on Elite Team Development and has provided organisational reviews, strategic planning and facilitation of high performance programs for clients such as the Australian Sports Commission, Swimming Australia, Netball Australia, Melbourne Vixens, Volleyball Australia, Equestrian Australia and numerous public and private health sector clients.He has presented to the Victorian Institute of Sport, Barclays Capital (Singapore and Japan), IBM Global Services Australia, Johnson and Johnson and to numerous corporate programs and schools.Reg has significant experience in consulting in major projects. This has included working with key executives in the Federal and State Health Departments to prepare the Mersey Hospital in North West Tasmania for handover to Federal Government control. Since 2008, Reg has been engaged as a consultant to the International Criminal Court, primarily in conducting reviews of the management of African field operations. In 2010-11, Reg assisted the Commander, Joint Health, in conducting a national level restructure and development of change management plans to implement new health support arrangements for the entire Australian Defence Force.


Reg is accredited as a Master Practitioner in the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ).