My journey has seen me work in many roles – CEO, Senior Executive, Board Member and Founder – across Australia, the Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. It has been a privilege to lead organisations and people’s movements and it is still exhilarating to work with wise and talented people across the globe.

My postgraduate studies in sustainability; alternative dispute resolution and systems thinking have enriched my life beyond measure. A big shout out to Schumacher College and Stanford University! I have a BA DipEd, a Masters in Social Change and Sustainability and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Macquarie University in social policy, innovation and leadership. I am an accredited facilitator of Team Management Systems (TMS), trained Mediator and a Conflict Resolution Skills educator. The 1989 Conflict Resolution Network course I attended in Sydney was facilitated by Stella and Helena Cornelius and it has been the inspiration for all that has followed. My LinkedIn profile can tell you more about what has transpired.

I will always be deeply immersed in community and organisational life. Helping people know and play to their strengths is what I love. Assisting organisations achieve their strategic outcomes is my strength.

Which gates are opening now? Which ones have you opened and which ones have you closed?

We all need someone to walk alongside us, to listen as we reflect on the choices we have made and the ones we are looking to make going forward.

Understanding and playing to our strengths is a powerful and winning strategy. One that is essential for leaders at every level of organisational and community life.

There is always light to guide our path, whether it appears as a flickering candle, the high moon or blazing sunlight.

If all seems dark, we must stay focused, rest then continue one step at a time and keep watch for the coming dawn.

We are not alone on this journey. Many of us have chosen to be the change we want to see in the world and staying focused is one of our key strengths going forward.

Staying connected and seeking collaborators is another.