Emerging Leader Mastermind

This Mastermind is designed to give members the answers to create the biggest impact for themselves, and their organisation, during their time and progression throughout their career.

This Emerging Leader Master Mind creates an environment of trust where challenges can be shared and solved in the ultimate Emerging Leader peer group, leveraging the lived experience, wisdom and advice of individuals who are and have successfully navigated through Leadership and CEO roles.


Current Emerging Leader members

Invitation and application limited to Current Emerging Leaders working within public listed companies, major private companies, government and education.

What is the Emerging Leader Mastermind about?

The Emerging Leader Master Mind is about addressing key concerns for today’s Leader in a facilitated environment. The chair of each group will be a Leader of international standing and reputation, someone that has successfully navigated the Leadership path. Coupled with the chairman, each meeting will be complimented with Guest speakers who will share their lived experiences on the topic for discussion.

These professionally facilitated Mastermind groups will ensure that business leaders can count on each other to provide fresh insights and perspectives enabling accelerated leadership growth and greater business success.  When placing a small group of high performing executives and business owners in a room the possibilities are endless.

From a member’s perspective: "The Melbourne Emerging Leader Master Mind group members are the only people who I can talk to, who I trust, vent to and ask for solutions to problems without a vested interest and truly understand the pressures and challenges involved in the role offering relatability and best practices from lived experiences"

CEO Mastermind Speakers

Mike Smith

Mike Smith - Chairman


Michael Smith was the CEO of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ) from 2007 to 2015 and following his retirement he remained an Adviser to the Board until July 2017.

Prior to this Michael held several other high-ranking business positions. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Chairman of Hang Seng Bank Limited, Global Head of Commercial Banking for the HSBC Group, and Chairman of HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad.

David Thodey

Chairman CSIRO, Company Director & Former CEO of Telstra & IBM ANZ

David Thodey is Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation and a Director of Ramsay Health Care, Tyro Payments, Vodafone Group UK and XERO.

Previously David was CEO and Executive Director of Telstra, appointed in May 2009. He formally retired from the CEO position on 30 April 2015. Telstra is Australia’s leading Telco with an international presence spanning Asia, Europe and North America. Before joining Telstra, David was CEO, Australia and New Zealand at IBM. During his 22 years at IBM, David held several senior executive positions across Asia Pacific.

Paula Dwyer

Paula Dwyer

Chairman Tabcorp, Director ANZ Bank, Lion & Alliance

Paula Dwyer is the Chairman and Non Executive Director of Tabcorp since June 2011. Paula is also Director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Lion Pty Ltd and Allianz Australia Limited. As well as a Member of the Kirin Holdings International Advisory Board and a Member of the Takeovers Panel.

Ms Dwyer was the former Chairman of Healthscope Limited and a Director of Leighton Holdings Limited, Suncorp Group Limited and Foster’s Group Limited. She is a former member of the ASIC External Advisory Panel and the Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority and of the Victorian Gaming Commission.

Malcolm Jackman

Malcolm Jackman

Chairman Force Fire, EX CEO SA Fire & Emergency, Defence SA, Elders, Coates Hire, Manpower

Malcolm Jackman joined publicly listed Coates Hire in 2003 as CEO. In September 2008 he was appointed as the CEO of Futuris Corporation which changed its name to Elders Limited in April 2009.

In late August 2014 Malcolm returned to Adelaide to become Chief Executive of Defence SA. Defence SA is South Australia’s lead government agency for all defence matters and the nation’s only stand-alone state defence organisation. In July 2015 he moved within the SA Government to become CE of SAFECOM.

Gail Kelly

Gail Kelly

EX CEO Westpac Bank and St George Bank

Gail’s banking career spans 35 years, split equally between South Africa and Australia. While in South Africa, Gail held a number of senior executive positions in the Nedbank Group.

Gail served as the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of two banks in Australia – St.George Bank from 2002 to 2007 and Westpac from 2008 to 2015. In 2008, these two banks came together under Gail’s leadership in what was the largest in-market merger in Australian financial services. At the time of her retirement in February 2015, The Westpac Group was the country’s 2nd largest bank and the 12th largest bank in the world, in terms of market capitalisation.

Richard Goyder

Chairman QANTAS Airways, AFL & Woodside Petroleum

Richard Goyder AO is the chairman of Woodside Petroleum Ltd, Qantas Airways Ltd, and the AFL Commission. He also chairs JDRF Australia, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and the Channel 7 Telethon Trust. Formerly he was Chairman of the Australian B20 (the key business advisory body to the international economic forum which includes business leaders from all G20 economies).

Richard was the Managing Director and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited from July 2005 to November 2017.

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In 2007, Richard transformed Wesfarmers with the successful acquisition of the Coles Group of companies. At more than $19 billion, this purchase was, and remains, the biggest transaction in Australian corporate history. Wesfarmers became a top 10 Australian company, with more than 500,000 shareholders and with a workforce of more than 220,000 people, it became the country’s largest private sector employer.

He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2013 for distinguished service to business through executive roles and through the promotion of corporate sponsorship of the arts and Indigenous programs, and to the community.

Emerging CEO Leader Mastermind Membership

David Lewis

Group Facilitator

David is an experienced business owner, operator and consultant helping business and individuals improve their business and individual performance through growth, strategy, execution, technology and transformation.

David has an MBA from Melbourne Business school, is a certified CPA and a Bachelor of business from Swinburne Melbourne. With a constant pursuit for personal development and growth David founded The Mentor List in 2016 to connect individuals to the proven strategies and insights of those who have successfully navigated the path before them.

Structured membership

  • Annual Membership
  • Expert Facilitator
  • Guest Speakers
  • Exclusive Peer Group
  • 12 events per year (online)
  • 2 Social events (Melbourne & Sydney)

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