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I am an experienced multi-industry professional with strong corporate and not-for-profit strategic, operational, governance, leadership, and human rights expertise. 

I have spent over 30 years in highly complex, dynamic and information rich environments where an ability to analyse data, develop business improvement strategies, and develop productive relationships based on knowledge, trust and respect has been crucial. 

Work experience

Jul 2019Present

Principal Consultant

Mandala Advisory

Mandala Advisory was established to assist individuals who, and organisations which are driven by a social or environmental purpose to develop effective strategy and operational capability to fulfil their missions. 

Mandala Advisory assists clients in;

  • Strategy and operational planning;
  • Government, corporate, and philanthropic reporting and compliance;
  • Connecting mission to Human Rights legislation, conventions and treaties including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), and the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 through the UN SDG's;
  • Identifying business improvement opportunities.
Jan 2017Jun 2019

Director, Corporate Partnerships

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

National Congress is the peak elected representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.Congress advocates self-determination for Australia's First Peoples, and believes that families, communities and organisations must be at the forefront of policy decisions made by federal, state and territory governments.

As Director, Corporate Partnerships I had primary responsibility for the development and implementation of the external engagement strategy to a broad range of government, corporate and philanthropic stakeholders, federal government and external funder reporting, and involvement in the development of policy and drafting policy responses. I was also involved in the development of ministerial and other stakeholder briefing materials.

I was a member of the Executive Committee which was charged with design, direction and implementation of all operational matters including but not limited to; advocacy with federal and state parliaments, media, project development and implementation, and community engagement.

In 2018, as part of the Australian delegation to New York, I participated in the UN Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues (UNPFII-17).

Aug 2013June 2017

Executive Director

Pearce Fischbeck Capital Partners

Pearce Fischbeck Capital Partners provided domestic and global fund managers a highly principled and professional conduit to access Australian institutional investors and asset consultants. PFCP offered  extensive experience in developing asset class appropriate value added client engagement strategies, sales and distribution to the Australian institutional investment market for fund managers.

I am responsible for;

  • Conducting operational due-diligence on fund managers and recommending capability improvements.
  • Developing an appropriate strategy and narrative which identifies and delivers meaningful dialogue with increasingly 'time-poor' asset consultants and institutional investment professionals.

In my capacity with PFCP I developed successful positioning, engagement, communications, and sales strategies for domestic and international multi asset managers.

Jul 2008Jul 2013

Director, Institutional Distribution

nabInvest Capital Partners

nabInvest was established by National Australia Bank in 2007 to identify and develop high quality investment management businesses through direct ownership or partnering with new and established businesses. nabInvest (now nab Asset Management) partners with select boutique investment management firms to enhance their capabilities by providing access to distribution channels, client services and other operational support.

I held primary responsibility for representing variously the investment capabilities of a portfolio of fund managers including; Fairview Equity Partners, AREA Property Partners, Northward Capital, and Presima Inc.

I was responsible for;

  • Developing institutional and consultant client engagement strategies focused on the award of investment mandates,
  • Developing an effective and continuous investor relations programme, 
  • Successfully negotiating terms for individual institutional investment mandates of greater that A$100m each,
  • Ensuring various critical internal and external business teams worked collaboratively to meet contract milestones.
Feb 2004Jun 2008

Senior Investment Adviser

Macquarie Group

Macquarie Group is a leading provider of financial, advisory, investment and funds management services. Macquarie’s global operations include offices in the world’s major financial centers.

As a Senior Investment Adviser I provided advice to semi-institutional and private clients on equity market and derivative strategies and then actively managed those strategies to achieve agreed risk weighted outcomes.

Jan 2003Feb 2004

Divisional Manager

Maxam Australia

Maxam Australia is part of the global Maxam Explosives Group based in Spain. Maxam Australia specializes in the manufacture and supply of explosives and associated services to the mining, quarrying and civil construction industries.

I was responsible for divisional operations including staff, commercial operations, marketing and contract negotiations  in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. I had 4 direct reports and responsibility for a staff of 23 people.

Additionally as a member of the Executive Committee I was involved in media relations, corporate communication, strategy and financial oversight. I was tasked with responsibility for successfully negotiating contracts with clients such as Boral, Penrice, Consolidated Minerals and Pioneer amongst others. I also successfully lead contract negotiations in China for the manufacture and delivery of explosives and explosive precursors.

Jan 1991Mar 2002

Branch Manager and Senior Investment Adviser

JBWere

JBWere is the leading private wealth management business in Australia and New Zealand. Founded in 1840 the business currently employs more than 500 staff across its nine offices in Australia and New Zealand. JBWere provides premium wealth strategies, advice and investments to Australia and New Zealand's most successful people, families and organisations.

As a Senior Investment Adviser I provided advice to semi-institutional and private clients on equity market and derivative strategies and then actively managed those strategies to achieve agreed risk weighted outcomes.

Manager, Wellington NZ. I was promoted and transferred to NZ to restructure and return to profitability the NZ business which had languished over a protracted period. I had responsibility for increasing visibility, efficiency and profitability of the business. In addition to engaging with key stakeholders, both internal and external in order to redefine the operation I was responsible for media relations including print and television campaigns, interviews and appearances.

19891991

Corporate Relations Officer

Australian Securities Exchange Ltd.

ASX is one of the world’s leading financial market exchanges, offering a full suite of services including listings, trading, clearing and settlement, across a comprehensive range of asset classes.

As the Corporate Relations Officer for ASX I was deeply involved in the development and execution of a multi-layered corporate communications and investor relations strategy targeting listed companies, member organizations, other regulatory bodies, federal and state governments, institutional investors and print and electronic media.

Directorships and other Involvement.

Deputy Chair, Volunteering Australia (November 2018 - Present).

Volunteering Australia is the national peak body for volunteering, working to strengthen the Australian volunteering sector which comprises over 5.8 million Australians and accounts for an estimated annual economic and social contribution of A$290 billion.

As an elected Independent Director I have joint responsibility for development and oversight of corporate strategy, business continuity, reporting protocols, risk frameworks, the implementation of effective advocacy strategies which ensure greater understanding of and support for the volunteering sector. Additionally, I collaborate in developing implementable growth strategies which seek to build revenue, participation and expand the reach and influence of the organisation.

I serve on the Compliance and Finance Committee, Governance and Risk committee, and assist the CEO with government engagement and corporate advocacy.

(https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org)

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Director and Company Secretary, Dalai Lama in Australia Ltd. (2016 - 2019).

Dalai Lama in Australia Ltd. (DLIA) is a Not-for-Profit organisation which is responsible for organising His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visits to Australia.

As a non-executive director of the board I had joint responsibility for planning and fund raising, and implementing His Holiness's Australian visits. Additional and ongoing responsibilities included; developing and nurturing government, corporate and community relationships and support.

(https://www.dalailamainaustralia.org)

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Chairman,  ASD Learning Ltd. (March 2015 - June 2017).

ASD Learning is a not-for-profit company establishing dedicated schools in Queensland operating under the name The Sycamore School for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

As Chairman and foundation non-executive-director I together with my fellow board members was responsible for developing strategic direction. Additionally I headed the Governance and Compliance committee tasked with ensuring the company and its employees meet the high standards enshrined in legislation and also in the mission statement of the organisation.

(http://thesycamoreschool.qld.edu.au/)

 

Skills

Governance and Compliance

As a director and Chair of a number of organisations I have significant expertise in corporate, and not-for-profit governance, risk management, and legislative compliance.

Relationship Development

Public, private or civil society organisations are most effective when they develop and maintain strong and mutually supportive relationships.

Leadership

I am a believer in leading teams and organisations through developing and nurturing a strong sense of organisational commitment and responsibility, and focussing on delivering excellent stakeholder outcomes.

Communication

Meaningful and effective stakeholder communication is the hallmark of organisations engaged in transformative social purpose ventures and service delivery.

People Management

Over the course of my career I have successfully managed staff in a variety of industries and at various levels in order to achieve organisational goals.

Capital (fund) raising

Capital is fundamental to organisational success and only through expertly planned and executed capital raising programmes can organisations deliver the services they offer. 

Reporting

As a senior executive and company director I have been responsible for developing and implementing compliant government and corporate reporting protocols and systems.

Strategy

In my various senior management and governance roles I have direct involvement in the development of  effective strategic and operational planning.

Education

20132019

BSc. Politics and International Relations (Hons.)

University of London (Academic direction from the London School of Economics and Political Science)

The BSc. Politics and International Relations was developed by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to provide graduates with world leading skills to enable them to make meaningful contributions in policy and program design and implementation.

20192021

MA Human Rights

School of Advanced Study

The MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights is the longest-running interdisciplinary, practice-orientated human rights master's degree programme in the UK. It was established in collaboration with Amnesty International to provide scholarly and practical training for future human rights defenders.

Memberships and refereees

Memberships

Amnesty International (https://www.amnesty.org.au)

United Nations Association of Australia (https://www.unaa.org.au/)

Australian Institute of International Affairs (http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/qld/)

Richmond Football Club (http://www.richmondfc.com.au/)

Professional Referees

Mr. Gary Oliver, (Chief Executive Officer) Pickwick Group Pty. Ltd.
[email protected]
+61 438 544 137

Dr. Michael Drew, (Director) Drew Walk & Co
[email protected]
+61 431 075 505

Personal Referees


Associate Professor Alex Bruce
. LLB (QUT); LLM (Syd); MA (Theology) (ACU);
PhD (ANU), SFHEA.
Australian National University College of Law
[email protected]
+61 2 6125 4662

SQDLDR Michael Duyvene De Wit (OAM)
453 Squadron, RAAF Williamtown
[email protected]
+61 411 736 935