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Mentor List leads Australia’s leading CEO Mastermind groups, designed to give members the answers to create the biggest impact for themselves, and their organisation, during their time as CEO. This unique position provides insight into the life of a CEO.

We know like you, that a CEO job is a challenge and requires discernment to choose the right advisors. Our team is experienced in running organisations and has access to deep lived experience in choosing the future of organisations. In addition to the core team’s contribution, we can and will draw on our broad and qualified panel to bring to bear on your business challenges.


Our CEO Strategic Advisory works with you to redefine what’s possible and give shape to the future.

We lead a problem solving methodology in partnership with you that is based on a project management process with clear delivered artefacts at each stage gate and decision points on moving to the next:


What is the core issue that is holding execution back? What is the core market problem that an organisation needs to solve? What shifts have happened in the customers mind that have changed the context for the organisation? Is it the right time for this change, is the culture and environment receptive? Are we the natural leaders of this opportunity?


What is the appropriate response to the core issue? Is it initiating, a strategic partnership or letting it pass? How might we align the organisation around responding to the diagnosis and moving to action? What are the fastest ways to achieve scale? What needs to be true for execution to be successful? Leveraging our CEO Advisory panel (see below) to guide a response supported by proven experience.


What actions will deliver the preferred response? What are the ‘big rock’ priorities to address the diagnosis? What can we let go of or cease that is not solving the diagnosis? What sequence should we execute in? What culture markers should we pursue? Who are the early adopters of the change?


Claire Rogers
Former CEO, World Vision
Claire Rogers
Former CEO, World Vision

Claire Rogers was chief executive of World Vision Australia, the country’s largest not-for-profit organisation, working in partnership across 90 countries to provide short and long term assistance to 100 million people.

Claire, a social innovator, has a proven track record of strategising and delivering major change initiatives, helping organisations adapt to the tech-disrupted economy, aligning physical and digital execution to maximise opportunities.

Claire was recently head of digital channels at ANZ Bank, spearheading its digital transformation, leading mobile and internet banking and digital security.

A highly networked influencer, Claire brings to different environments finely-honed communication and negotiation skills, strength and compassion that creates strong community buy-in and support.

Claire has an MBA from Melbourne Business school, formerly chair of Ridley College Melbourne and is a director on the board of ACFID, the Australian international charities industry peak body.

Claire is married with two children, and lives in Melbourne. Her family have been World Vision child sponsors since 2006. In November 2016, Claire was able to visit her sponsored child in Myanmar.

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James Fazzino
Chair, Manufacturing Australia
James Fazzino
Chair, Manufacturing Australia

James Fazzino is a strategic leader with an impressive track record taking local Australian business through significant growth & expansion into international markets. During his tenure as the Managing Director and CEO of Incitec Pivot (IPL), James led the largest Australian corporate growth story on record. Over his 14 year tenure, first as CFO and then as CEO, the company increased in size 6-fold to an enterprise value of $8bn.

James is currently the Chairman of Manufacturing Australia, Chairman of Osteon Medical, a leading digital health business, Non-Executive Director of Australian Pipeline Limited, Non-Executive Director of Rabobank Australia Limited & Non-Executive Director of Tassal Group Limited, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow & Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University. James passionately believes in diversity and is a member of the Melbourne Male Champions of Change group.

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Mike Foster
Former CEO, Fujitsu Australia
Mike Foster
Former CEO, Fujitsu Australia

Mike Foster was previously the CEO and Executive Director of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand (FANZ). In line with restructuring of Fujitsu’s global organization he was appointed as Head of the Oceania Region in April 2014 reporting directly to the Global President. He had been instrumental in driving the company’s business strategy at the enterprise level and to develop Fujitsu’s presence as a Tier 1 Technology Services Integrator with over 5,000 people in Australia and New Zealand.

Mike’s career to date spans over 25 years in the ICT industry in Australia and North America. Prior to Fujitsu, he spent nine years in senior executive positions at Telstra, including Managing Director, Business Sales, and more recently as the Chief Executive Officer, KAZ Group. Before joining Telstra, he was Managing Director, EMC, Australia/New Zealand and Managing Director, NCR Australia. 

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Malcolm Jackman
Former CEO, Elders & Coates
Malcolm Jackman
Former CEO, Elders & Coates

After distinguished working career , with the last half in CEO roles, Malcolm now concentrates his endeavours on non-executive roles as Chairman, Director and Mentor. With the diversity and depth of his experience he brings a unique set of skills whether that be private sector vs government, listed vs multi-national, Australian vs international or high growth vs rescue mission.

 His executive roles include CEO of Elders, Coates Hire, Manpower Services, Defence SA  and the SA Fire & Emergency Services Commission. He spent the first 15 years of his working life at sea as an officer in the New Zealand Navy. He has degrees in Pure Mathematics and Accounting, is a Fellow of the AICD and is a recipient of the Centenary of Federation Medal.

 Whilst the role of any non-executive has a bias towards strategy, financial performance and governance it is working with the CEO and the Executive team on creating a culture of "accountability and expectation" to drive overall performance that provides Malcolm with the greatest level of satisfaction.

 Without the constraints of an executive role Malcolm now enjoys spending more time with Kristen and their ever-increasing family as well as travelling together, playing very average golf and enjoying good wine. He remains a die-hard All Black supporter and a Hawthorn tragic.

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As the COVID impacted economy opens, conditions will continue to rapidly change and evolve,  and your organisation’s strategy must be agile, actionable and focussed on shorter time horizons.

Mentor List Strategic Action service offering supports the assessment of your organisation’s current business initiatives, strategic programs & projects and potential new initiatives, in the context of the current economic uncertainty, in order to continue to generate sustainable value.

Mentor List uses a Strategic Decision-Making framework to review your current business initiatives, strategic programs & projects and potential new initiatives. This approach allows you to map your organisational priorities and course of action.

The four categories are defined as: Pursue Aggressively, Scale Down, Pursue Cautiously, and Terminate Immediately. We work with you to complete a prioritisation process to provide direction in the context of the COVID uncertainty.

We work with you to execute and deliver strategy

Bringing strategy to life, leveraging our partnership panel and proven capability in delivering change and transformation. Business moves fast, and we specialise in working through change with you. We deliver with you, be it New Technologies or Industry Disruption from the perspective of lived experience.

We know what it takes to get change to deliver - we know the roadblocks, the cultural inhibitors and the execution traps that get in the way from our collective experience of delivery.  You can call on us to assist with areas such as:

Business Operating Model Changes

We use a structured approach to transform the very essence of your organisation. We work across your organisation to both integrate and transform enterprises, business units and operating models.

Systems Change Delivery

We will partner with you to help your organisation realise enhanced technology asset ROI through a mix of delivery speed, flexibility and productivity.

Finance Transformation

In today’s highly complex global business environment, companies are constantly expected to do more with less, to run leaner while becoming more effective than ever. This is especially true for Accounting and Finance. They are now required to not only deliver periodic financial data and reports, but also real-time analysis and intelligence. Mentor List have partnered with Blackline to provide a solution which empowers accounting and finance leaders to gain full control over the financial close process by automating accounting workflows, providing a secure workspace to complete period-end accounting activities, and streamlining financial reporting.

Cost Optimisation & Transparency

Companies today are under constant pressure to improve profitability and eliminate cost out of their business.This has prompted them to seek greater transparency into their financial performance and discover actionable insights that can enhance their decision making and create value.The key to unlocking value is cost and profitability transparency that helps finance professionals analyze profitability along such dimensions as product, service, and customer.

Expenditure Reduction

Mentor List has proudly partnered with Expense Reduction Analysts, a leading network of cost reduction consultants, offering strategic advice and practical methods which optimise costs, improve supplier relationships and deliver Value Through Insight to your organisation.By partnering, we bring to you the leading specialists for cost management, offering to optimise your supply chain and processes, finding innovative suppliers and providers to meet your organisation’s needs best.

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