I use my expertise in governance and experience in consulting to help people identify and implement the underlying systems, structures, and policies which underpin effective organisations.
Hello, I am an organizational governance expert based in Toronto, Canada. I spent the 2010s living in Australia where I received my PhD, completed a postdoctoral project on sport governance in India, worked as a Senior Consultant for Sport Australia, and sat on a few boards.
Having worked with a variety of organizations, I have seen how governance issues can affect the overall effectiveness of the organizations. These governance issues can be structural (e.g., unwiedly constitution), behaviorial (e.g., personal gripes between directors), educational (e.g., lack of understanding of contemporary governance practices) or many others. I have helped counsel organizations–through their executives and directors–to improve their governance.
I have also had sector-wide influence. Prominently, this is seen by authoring Australia’s 2020 Sport Governance Principles following an eight-month engagement and consultation process. Additionally, I was the primary project manager resulting in a historic agreement to for collaborative initiatives between nine national disability sport organisations.
My consulting and influence is evidence-based having spent ten years in academia researching organizational governance while also grounded in the realities of industry through my involvement with organizations as a board member.
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- address : Toronto, Canada
Years Experience in Governance
Countries Presented In
Sport Australia – Senior Consultant
Author of the 2020 Sport Governance Principles. Project Manager for building collaboration in the disability sport sector. Advisor to national sport organizations on governance matters.
Griffith University and Deakin University
Sessional lecturer/instructor in organizational theory, research methods, sport governance, sport development systems, and more.
Deakin University – Research Fellow
Researched sport governance in India. Received $53k grant from federal government. Authored policy brief and presented findings to key Indian officials.
Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand – Board Member
Participated in strategic planning and decision-making. Developed new policies. Organized and facilitated professional development workshops.
Squash and Racquetball Victoria – Director
Board member and chair of the governance committee. Led process to revise constitution. Reviewed and updated policies.
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 – Volunteer Operations Manager
Recruited, trained, and supervised over 3000 volunteers for international event.
Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates – Founding President
Founded organization. Inaugural Chair. Setup governance framework. Developed and managed $420,000 budget. Developed funding programs. Attained affiliation with the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations
Vitality Sport Management – Consultant
Advised and supported grassroots sporting organizations with event planning, marketing, administrative systems, and other services.
Griffith University – Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis adopted a behavioral approach to organizational governance. Received the New Researcher Award from the European Association of Sport Management for my work.
Deakin University – Masters of Commerce (by Research)
Thesis focused on strategic preparation for CEO succession. Received the Student Research Award from the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand.
Mount Royal University – Bachelor of Applied Business
Majored in Sport and Recreation Management.
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My Principles for Change
Collaborative Relationships for Lasting Change
People and organisations working together create shared buy-in that can lead to lasting change.
Business Led Change
Those affected by changes must be actively involved in developing solutions.
Culture of Accountability
To move forward, responsibilities for next steps must be defined, assigned, and clear to all.
Address the “Why Nots”
Why nots need to be explored in depth to address fears which undermine the project in later stages.