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Summary

A positive, dedicated professional highly skilled in interpersonal communication, strategic planning, policy development and stakeholder engagement/management with vast experience and networks across corporate, NGO and government sectors.

Strong skills in traditional and social media for influence and promotion with exceptionally high capacity for learning and new skill acquisition.

Recent Work History

June 2016Present

Corporate Services Manager

Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation

Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation has 44 employees located in 4 offices throughout Western Australia and provides mental health, healing, Royal Commission support and Stolen Generation family reunions and reconnections to Aboriginal people and their families. As a member of the Executive team, the Corporate Services Manager develops and implements the systems and infrastructure required to support the growth of the business and ensure that the governance and financial controls of the organisation support a sustainable organisation now and in the future.

Key duties include:

  • Manage all human resource, facilities management, information communication technology, procurement and premises needs of the organization
  • Plan, manage and develop Yorgum’s financial, regulatory, legislative, administration, human resource and information technology (IT) functions in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Develop new and or revised services in areas of responsibility as required.
  • Lead, manage and develop administrative staff and contractors to ensure the efficient & effective operation of Corporate Services and the provision of timely & accurate information
  • Prepare Yorgum financial projections, budgets and reports and administrative financial accounts
  • Undertake all strategic communications, finance and payroll functions for the organization
  • Provide advice and support to the CEO and Board on various governance and operational matters
  • Represent the organization at external meetings and in insurance hearings
  • Liaise with funding bodies, partnering agencies, governments and other stakeholders

Key achievements:

  • Revolutionised administrative systems resulting in very significant efficiency gains and cost savings
  • Developed and implemented internal and external communications channels to enhance reputation building opportunities with all stakeholders
  • Created the organisation’s intranet for more effective internal communication and discussion
  • Significantly reduced cumbersome red tape and other obstacles to efficiency and high staff morale
  • Developed strategic plans to diversify the organisation’s income source and reduce dependence on sporadic grant funding
Feb 2012June 2016

Freelance Consultant

External Affairs; Business Strategy; Writing; Training

As a freelance consultant, I have undertaken a number of consulting roles for various organisations in industries ranging from professional fishing and emergency services to environmental management and construction.

Key duties include:

  • Provide strategic Political and Government relations advice
  • Develop and manage media management plans on behalf of a number of organizations and individuals
  • Write speeches, media releases and opinion pieces on behalf of several organizations and individuals
  • Deliver lectures, speeches and panel discussions regarding the role and function of government

Key achievements:

  • Provided political background and commentary to various media outlets including Fairfax Media (WAToday.com.au & Sydney Morning Herald) ABC radio, The West Australian, The Australian and Financial Review 
  • Lectured undergraduate and post graduate students of ECU University on Government and Media
  • Developed and managed lobbying strategies for a number of issues/causes
  • Developed campaign strategies for a number of political candidates
  • Drafted numerous speeches for individuals on various topics
Jul 2014Oct 2015

Executive Officer

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades WA Inc

The AVBFB is the peak body for WA's 26,000 bush fire volunteers. The role was the first paid position within the organisation and has broad responsibilities including to raise awareness, develop policies, increase profile, lobby government, undertake governance and structural reform and establish public brand recognition and credibility.

Key duties include:

  • Develop policies and procedures for the organisation
  • Provide strategic advice and support to Board members on various governance and operational matters
  • Communicate with Media, Members, Local Government, State Government and other stakeholders
  • Create documents and presentations for internal and public distribution
  • Manage all media enquiries and provide public comment

Key achievements:

  • Successfully developed and implemented a strategy to rapidly increase the brand recognition and awareness across all stakeholders
  • Created the organisation's web portal, including public-facing areas and sophisticated“ back end” to allow for capture, analysis and communication with site visitors and members
  • Established and managed very successful social media presence including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+, which saw more than 800, 000 unique contacts in the month of February 2015
Feb 2010Jan 2012

Chief of Staff

Ministers for Energy; Training & Workforce Development; Indigenous Affairs; Mental Health; Water

17 Ministers form the Cabinet – the executive level of Government - and are responsible for the leadership and stewardship of policy and service provision within their respective portfolios.

Key duties include:

  • Lead and manage the Ministerial office, travel and budget
  • Provide strategic political and policy advice to the Minister, the Premier, his Ministerial colleagues and staff
  • Liaise, negotiate and influence stakeholders including Ministers, Departments and wider public

Key achievements:

  • Successfully managed the political components of two State Budget processes for agencies and departments
  • Oversaw the creation of Australia’s first Mental Health Commission with an annual budget of $500m
  • Instrumental in the reform of the Government-wide approvals process
  • Represented all Ministerial offices in Department of Premier and Cabinet review committees
  • Personally repaired significantly degraded relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Arrested and improved declining staff morale and stabilized staff
Jan 2008Feb 2010

National Manager-Media & Government Relations

Association of Mining and Exploration Companies AMEC

With more than 250 members, AMEC is Australia’s largest national industry body representing the emerging mining and mineral exploration sector to Government and other stakeholders of all levels.

Key duties included:

  • Develop and execute Government Relations strategies for all levels of Australian Government
  • Implement national media strategy and draft speeches, press releases and other media instruments
  • Lead and manage numerous internal and external committees and reference groups

Key achievements:

  • Developed and implemented a pre-election advocacy strategy that saw commitments to fund the $25m exploration incentive scheme, allow uranium mining and overhaul of Western Australia’s approvals process
  • Significantly increased AMEC’s local and national media presence
  • Represented the mining and exploration sector on the Queensland Government’s Land Access Working Group
  • Represented the junior mining sector on the Federal Government’s Uranium Industry Council
  • Successfully represented the junior mining and exploration sector on various issues to the Western Australian, Northern Territory and Queensland State Governments
  • Chaired the Uranium, Aboriginal Affairs and Mining Regulation sub-committees of AMEC membership
20052007

Deputy Chief of Staff

The Office of the Leader of the Opposition

The Office of the Leader of the Opposition in the WA Parliament led the Liberal Party to eventual victory in the December 2008 State election.

Key duties included:

  • Manage all human resource needs of the Office
  • Provide advice to the Parliamentary team (all Ministers in the current Government) and other MP’s

Key achievements:

  • Developed policies adopted by the Opposition (now Government) in portfolio areas such as resources, liquor licensing and road safety
  • Contributed to the successful management of numerous critical issues
  • Successfully negotiated many bipartisan policy outcomes
20012005

Company Secretary

Bendigo Bank Franchise

This publicly owned franchise of the Bendigo Bank is currently flourishing and achieved a “book” of more than $40 million well ahead of target.

Key duties included:

  • Manage ASIC documentation for the registration and operation of public company
  • Participate as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Management Team
  • Perform all duties of a Company Secretary as required by ASIC for a public company limited by shares

Key achievements:

  • Elected first Company Secretary and an inaugural Company Director
  • Managed and implement Corporate Governance for Board

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