Associates

Susan Bates

Susan Bates

Susan is a Registered Organisational Psychologist with 20 years’ experience enhancing individual, team and organisational performance and effectiveness. She has worked internationally leading significant change and applying psychometric assessment in recruitment, retention and development strategies across multiple industries. Susan designs bespoke executive development programs for CEOs and their teams to maximum performance, inform development plans and contribute to succession planning. She brings a breadth of experience and is highly accredited in the application of contemporary leadership and cultural change models and tools.
Allison Dawe

Allison Dawe

Allison has significant experience in the implementation and data analysis of Board and CEO Performance evaluation surveys, minute taking, administration and board support. She has 7 years’ experience as Education Executive, Australian Institute of Company Directors SA/NT, responsible for the implementation of education programs including the Company Directors Course. Prior senior roles include Marketing Manager, EY South Australia and Membership Manager, Adelaide Convention Bureau. She has a Bachelor of Management (Marketing) and Advanced Diploma of Tourism.

Marlene Elliott

Marlene Elliott

GAICD

Marlene is a subject matter expert in client insights, conducting interviews, analysis and translation of client feedback to increase client retention, identify revenue opportunities, drive profitable growth and enable orgnisational change. She has 15 years’ experience in professional services, previously KPMG National Director, Client & Market Insights. Marlene is an experienced board member, currently Non-Executive Director of Commonwealth Games Australia and Netball Victoria, also Advisory Board Member of Dovetail Social Enterprise.

Jing Li

Jing Li

Jing has a Bachelor of Finance and Commerce (Honours) and in recent years has specialised in China/Asia related matters. Prior to that, he was a Senior Executive with the Government of South Australia for nearly 7 years in the Investment and Trade area. He also spent 6 years in the financial service sector specialising in capital raising, corporate advisory and wealth management. He brings a deep knowledge and expertise to VUCA clients on how to do business with Asia and Australian governments.

Jing’s board and committee experience includes Study Adelaide, SA Export Accelerator Program Grant Committee, Green Industry SA Market Development Grant Committee, Cleland Wildlife Park Structured Market Process Committee and Adelaide University Confucius Institute 10-year Review Committee. In 2018 Jing was acknowledged by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for receiving the Golden Wattle Award, as one of Australia’s top 10 Chinese Youth, celebrating outstanding achievements and contributions to the community.

Pat Williams

Pat Williams

Pat is a highly accomplished HR professional with 30 years’ experience in all facets of human resource management, including specialised recruitment expertise, performance management intervention, formulation of policies and procedures, conducting remuneration reviews and implementing change management initiatives.
Adrian Skull

Adrian Skull

FAICD

Adrian is an experienced Chief Executive with a diverse career in defence, hospitality, consulting and government both here and overseas – all of which give him a unique perspective.

He served as a Captain in the Australian Army before moving to Switzerland where he was the Academic Dean of a Hotel Management College in Lucerne. On returning to Adelaide, Adrian ran his own HR consultancy before joining BAE Systems as the Leader of their national change program. Adrian then worked in organisational development roles in two Adelaide councils including the Adelaide City Council before moving back to his own company providing change and leadership advice to a wide variety of businesses aimed at keeping them risk free.

In 2009 Adrian took on a role as Director with the City of Marion and in 2012 was appointed the Chief Executive of the District Council of Yankalilla. In 2015 he moved to be Chief Executive of Marion Council until in early 2021 Adrian moved back to consulting, assisting organisations with their strategic planning, and delivering sustainable leadership and culture change interventions as well as conducting Board and CEO Performance Evaluation and Reviews.

Peter Ali

Peter Ali

MAICD

Born and educated in Adelaide, Peter is a highly successful executive with wide experience, gained at the highest levels of administration and facility management throughout Australia in areas of change management, people development and strong fiscal responsibility.

Peter has led organisations such as the National Basketball League (NBL), South Australian Netball Association (SANA), Greyhound Racing SA (GRSA), McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association and Legacy SA & Broken Hill.

Peter demonstrates strong analytical skills, encompassing business strategy, relationship building and financial aptitude, applied within these environments.  Amongst his successes, are his acknowledged ability to coach, mentor, empower and motivate teams or individuals to achieve personal goals.  He has excellent interpersonal and communication skills with 40+ years management experience gained working at all organisational levels.

Peter competed at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, and he credits this experience with making him the professional that he is today.