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I started my career as a change specialist in Sydney, leading large-scale business transformations for big corporate or government organisations. These projects were typically multi-year in duration, multi-million in value, and required me to oversee large teams and influence even larger audiences. They were also tiring and frustratingly bureaucratic.

After more than 10 years in that world, I got rid of my suits, moved to the UK and began leading both Talent and Ops functions within fast-growth businesses (where I’ve stayed for last 10 years).

I’ve worked with a range of companies here in the UK, in many different ways. I’ve advised Founders and executive teams from the sidelines, led reorgs/change/layoffs, gotten my hands dirty with a few “turnaround” gigs, hung about briefly as a consultant/advisor to tackle a few things, and hung around for a long time in VP or C-level roles to tackle lots of things.

I once used to think I had an identity crisis. I’ve worked with and led so many different types of companies and departments in so many different capacities…that it was hard to work out what “my thing” was. But that’s my thing. Knowing what each company needs at what stage and knowing how to get there.

But I *most* passionate about two things: 1) hiring exceptionally well, 2) giving people the tools to become better managers, and helping them use those tools.

My approach is no-nonsense, practical, tactical…with a sense of humour (because in the startup game if you don’t laugh you’ll cry). I’m a “doer” and I’m hands-on, and I’d like to think my energy and experience means I can both cut through the noise to get companies where they need to be, but also nurture and bring the best out of individuals.

When I’m not working, I’m cooking (or eating). In between gigs I completed a Cordon Bleu Cuisine Diploma and spent some time in London’s finest kitchens including Marcus Wareing’s Michelin-starred restaurant. I host my own private dining salon and put on various pop-up food events.

This might explain why many of my examples involve food…

(view LinkedIn profile here).