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We believe that people learn best from people.

If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and model them.

We imagine a time when everyone is connected to the people, resources and insights they need in order to realise their full potential.

Everything we do is designed to connect individuals to the proven strategies and insights of those who have successfully navigated the path before them.

We deliver on this shared belief through our Mastermind Groups.

The Mastermind creates an environment of trust where challenges can be shared and solved in a peer group containing equivalent individuals operating at the highest levels within their own discipline. It is the ultimate peer group in Australia, leveraging the lived experience, wisdom and advice of individuals who have successfully navigated through these roles in a trusted and confidential support network.

Mastermind Mentors

Mike Smith
Former CEO, ANZ
Mike Smith
Former CEO, ANZ

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.


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Elizabeth Proust
Board Member, LendLease
Elizabeth Proust
Board Member, LendLease

Elizabeth Proust is Chairman of Cuscal Ltd, a non-executive director of Lendlease Ltd, and Chair of SuperFriend, a not for profit in the mental health space. Towards the end of 2020, she concluded 2 other key roles: Chairman of Nestle Australia, and Chairman of the Bank of Melbourne. 

In 2010 Elizabeth was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to public administration and to business, through leadership roles in government and private enterprise, as a mentor to women, and to the community through contributions to arts, charitable and educational bodies.

Previously Elizabeth worked in senior roles at the ANZ Banking Group, in local, State and Federal Government, and in BP Australia and BP International.   She has held senior positions in the Victorian Government, including as Secretary (CEO) of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department.  She was also CEO of the City Of Melbourne. Past directorships include Perpetual, Spotless, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She is the immediate past Chairman of the Australian Institute of Directors.

She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Law degree (University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from La Trobe University. She has received honorary doctorates from Monash, La Trobe and Wollongong Universities.

On a personal level, she has been married to Brian Lawrence for almost 50 years, has a daughter and 2 grandsons.  Her interests include classical music, theatre, reading and following the Collingwood Football Club.  She grew up in Balmain, country NSW and Wollongong, and lived in Melbourne for almost 40 years.  The pandemic has seen her move back to Sydney to be closer to family who live in Sydney.


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David Thodey
Chairperson, CSIRO, Xero
David Thodey
Chairperson, CSIRO, Xero

David Thodey is Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation (CSIRO) 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.


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Gail Kelly
Former CEO, Westpac
Gail Kelly
Former CEO, Westpac

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.


Mastermind Group Facilitators

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
Chairperson, Manufacturing Australia
James Fazzino
Chairperson, 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

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.


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