I am available for a range of appointments that complement my current portfolio of work.

I work with a range of freelance consultants and specialists to provide services, expertise, advice and guidance in governance, leadership, interim executive roles, restructuring, facilitation, consulting, coaching, mentoring, research, evaluation, writing and/or speaking  to educational and other institutions, companies and organisations.

You can review my experience and qualifications on the ‘About’ tab above.

I would be very pleased to hear from you – please use the ‘Contact’ tab above.

Director/Board Member

An experienced and qualified Non-Executive Director in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and currently serving on a number of boards, I am available for board appointments.

Interim Executive

An experienced University senior executive, I am available for interim, short-term appointments as a senior executive and senior leader. I am highly experienced in strategic and operational leadership and in the management and mitigation of risk, people management, change management and regulatory compliance.

Expert Facilitation

I am a highly experienced expert facilitator of board, executive and area strategic planning events and retreats as well as of workshops, staff development exercises and team building initiatives. I enable governance, executive and other teams to define their collective purpose and to work well together toward agreed outcomes. A registered psychologist, I use research and evidence-based approaches to creating spaces and opportunities for individuals, groups and teams to determine and accomplish their goals in a safe, supportive, intellectually challenging environment.

Executive leadership consulting and coaching

An award-winning leader and having worked at senior executive level for eight years, and in leadership for over 20 years, I advise across a range of leadership levels and contexts. I provide a range of consulting and advising services to Universities, TAFEs and other education providers,  as well as to professional and member associations and corporate clients. My leadership services, consulting and coaching  relate to:

  • Executive leadership
  • Strategy development and implementation
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Change management
  • Online education
  • University learning and teaching enhancement
  • Women in leadership
  • University student administration
  • Student retention and success, among other areas.

Coaching and Mentoring

A qualified psychologist and highly skilled and experienced coach and mentor, I can provide non-clinical individual and team coaching and mentoring in:

  • Dealing with common management challenges
  • Leadership development
  • Relationship management
  • Emotional regulation
  • Applying for awards
  • Public speaking
  • Resilience
  • Mindfulness, wellbeing and work-life balance, among other areas.


I am a sought-after and highly entertaining speaker. I have given over 220 public addresses, including around 100 headline speeches in ten countries. I specialise in preparing and delivering addresses that are relevant to, inspiring and entertaining for a wide range of audiences. Popular topics include a range of aspects of university and tertiary education, leadership and women in leadership/business. I am available for keynote and other invited addresses, speaking panel membership,  after dinner speeches, graduation addresses and a range of corporate events.


I lead, participate in and coach and support others in their research endeavours. I have won over $6 AUD million in commissioned and competitive grants, consultancy and other funds including from the Australian Research Council, the Office for Learning and Teaching and the National Priorities Pool, and other large project funds from state and federal governments. I specialise in research related advisory including:

  • research strategy development
  • successful grant writing
  • sound project design
  • project management
  • risk management and mitigation
  • high quality report writing and
  • mentoring and coaching ECRs and MCRs.

With earned research-based Masters and a PhD qualifications and significant experience supervising and examining  Higher Degree by Research students, I am available to supervise across most areas of education and some areas of business and psychology and to examine Honours, Masters, Doctoral and PhD theses in these areas.


I am highly experienced in a range of evaluation projects and approaches. I can assist with:

  • evaluation design and implementation
  • program, course and subject/unit review
  • pre- and post-measures of success of educational and other interventions
  • quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods approaches
  • data analysis and
  • reporting.

For academic clients, I specialise in assisting colleagues with:

  • Research grant writing
  • Writing academic papers
  • Conference presentations and
  • Building a research record.

Writing and editing

An award-winning writer, with over 320 publications including refereed academic outputs, commissioned reports and newspaper articles, and with significant editing experience, I can provide expert advice on producing high quality digital and paper-based writing. I have board-level experience in the development and oversight of strategic communications.  I have written for publications including the following:

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Please feel free to contact me

I am happy to discuss your needs and budget and provide an obligation-free quotation. Please contact me via the ‘Contact’ tab above.

I promise I am really nice 🙂

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