Leadership and Governance

Spencer Briggs

Former Director, ICT, SA Department of Treasury & Finance

Areas of specialisation:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Team building
  • Business Process Improvement
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Project Management

Spencer’s most recent role was as Director, ICT for the South Australian Government's Department of Treasury and Finance responsible for supplying a broad range of IT and business services to some 3,000 clients.

Spencer has extensive senior executive management experience in both the private and public sector agencies including the Attorney General’s, Premier and Cabinet and Education departments. As a result, he has an excellent understanding of how to achieve successful outcomes in complex organisations.  Key areas of specialisation include; IT strategy, governance, team building, applications management, infrastructure development and rationalisation, project management, contract and account management, and service delivery management.

Spencer's core competency is the establishment of high performance teams developed during his 35+ years’ experience managing large scale IT organisations.

Company Director and Legal Consultant: Paprusy Australia Ltd

Areas of Specialisation:

  • SME owner/developer
  • Company director and consultant
  • Legal and business advisor
  • Advisory role in private and public bodies

Ted is a Company Director and Legal Consultant with an extensive background as a legal and business advisor.

He was a Partner of Norman Waterhouse Lawyers in Adelaide from 1973 until 2007 where he provided strategic commercial advice to industry, commerce and government enterprises. As a Partner, Ted led a dynamic team engaged in local, national and international business. Organisational development, corporate governance and succession planning were the focus of his attention in those years.

In his professional career Ted has advised many companies undertaking business in Australia and overseas markets, as well as foreign companies operating in Australia. Ted has considerable experience advising private and public entities in their dealings with state and local governments. He has a thorough understanding of the legal, commercial and political requirements of doing business with government at all levels.

Over the past decade Ted has been appointed to a number of private and public corporation boards to which he brings general commercial legal skills and a diversity of experience from my legal and business background.

Jeff Clayton

Corporate Advisor: Aptech/IBM

Areas of Specialisation:

  • Management and training
  • Strategy and corporate governance
  • Technology commercialisation
  • Advisory role in health, education and business

Jeff is a very experienced corporate, strategic advisor to organisations, in both public sector and private sector organisations. He typically provides assistance in large-scale strategic organisation change and corporate governance. He provides executive coaching and mentoring. He has considerable experience in technology commercialisation. He has worked extensively within Defence and overseas aid agencies.

He has over 30 years experience as a professional management consultant, having worked in senior and executive management positions in a wide range of large and small consultancies. The experience has been both in Australia and overseas.

Jeff commenced his professional management consulting career with WS Atkins & Partners (UK) and then WD Scott Australia. In 1983 he was co-founder and Executive Chairman of management consultancy Aptech Australia. In 1996 Aptech was acquired by IBM and Jeff became the Executive responsible for Public Sector, Healthcare and Education consulting throughout Asia Pacific. He left IBM in 2001 and has acted as non-executive director and board chairman for a range of companies in retail, finance, ITC and professional services.

His qualifications are in engineering and management. He has completed postgraduate studies in organisation change, consulting, mentoring and strategic planning.

As a result of his substantial breadth and depth of consulting experience in different consultancies, Jeff is very effective in addressing complex organisational issues where traditional solutions may not have been successful. This can be very important when dealing with board, executive and senior management level issues. He is very experienced and effective working on politically sensitive issues. 

Mal Hyde

Former Commissioner of SA Police

Areas of specialisation:

  • Organisational performance
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • Leadership and governance
  • Optimising individual and team performance
  • Cultivating individual's personal and professional development
  • Ethics

Mal is a former Commissioner of police in South Australia, having been appointed in 1997 and retired from the position in 2012.  Prior to this he was a member of Victoria Police for 30 years and held a position as Deputy Commissioner prior to his appointment in South Australia.

Since 2012 Mal has been and is, a member of a number of boards and not-for-profit organisations, such as Chair of the ANZAC Day Commemoration Council and Chair of St John Ambulance SA.  Currently he is a member of boards for the Bedford Group, Leaders Institute SA and the UniSA Business School.

Mal has also been active in conducting reviews into various aspects of organisational performance for Governments within Australia, including child abuse in the churches (Victoria), bushfires (Tasmania), safety on public transport (Victoria) and employment processes in child residential care (South Australia).

Mal is particularly interested in designing organisations to optimise performance, leadership, decision making and individual personal development.  Other personal interests include family, travel and keeping fit.

Mal has a Law Degree and Masters in Business Administration, both from the University of Melbourne.  He is also a FAICD and FIPAA. 

Madge McGuire

Former Chief Executive: Victim Support Services, SA

Areas of specialisation:

  • Strategic planning
  • Soft skills

Madge has strong executive management experience in three quite different and very complex not- for-profit organisations. She is well-versed in seeing the big picture and in generating innovative ideas and solutions to help deal with particularly intricate and seemingly intractable problems. Her varied career has included: managing major strategic reform processes; working with corporate systems to identify and resolve difficult structural and people management issues; actively building sustainable relationships and partnerships with government leaders and their departments, the corporate sector, small business, higher education providers and multiple community groups.

From 2001-2015, Madge was the CEO of Catherine House Inc. in Adelaide. During her tenure the organisation received various awards and accolades for its successful range of innovative program and services. The organisation was also recognised for its use of business frameworks, disciplines and accountabilities to help drive its success.

Madge is worked in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with a major NGO assisting the leadership team to develop, and conduct, a culturally appropriate strategic planning process. She is also an experienced personal and workplace counsellor and executive coach, and brings a positive approach to helping people find personal enjoyment and fulfilment at work and in life.

In 2013, she was named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in SA (one of 9 women); in 2014 she was the EY Central Region Entrepreneur of the Year, she also received the David Clarke Scholarship for ‘Outstanding Leadership in Social Change’ to attend the Harvard University Business School Executive Education Program that year too.

Trudy Minett

Trudy Minett
Chief Executive Partner, Motor Accident Commission

Areas of specialisation:

  • Governance
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Work Injury Insurance

Trudy Minett worked in commercial construction until 1988 where she undertook industrial market research to broaden market penetration across Australia. Trudy then travelled to the United Kingdom to undertake a Master of Business Administration in London. Whilst in the UK, Trudy worked with a number of organisations in industrial market research, analytics and corporate planning.

Trudy returned to Adelaide and worked in work injury insurance across a variety of functions including governance, risk management, scheme compliance, strategic and business planning, performance reporting, communications, stakeholder engagement, claims management and provider management.

Trudy also has considerable expertise in leading corporate wide transformational projects and initiatives, engaging stakeholders and staff in change programs as well as communicating at Board and stakeholder levels.

Trudy currently is the Chief Executive Officer at the Motor Accident Commission, focused on influencing road safety behaviour to save lives and reduce road trauma.
Trudy has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), a Graduate Diploma in Systems Analysis, an Australian Institute of Company Director’s Diploma and a Master of Business Administration.

Lange Powell

Executive Board Member: Various Community Services groups

Areas of specialisation:

  • Public policy and government
  • Governance
  • Career planning
  • Work life issues

Lange worked at a senior level in a plethora of South Australian State government departments, including Correctional Services, Aboriginal Affairs, Public Employment, Human Services, Housing Trust, Community Welfare, and he also served as SA Commissioner for the Ageing. These positions were invariably at a senior Director level, presiding over strategic policy and management.

Lange also has various board memberships, including SACOSS, and past vice chairman of the Australian Press Council. Lange's broad life experiences stem in part from the fact that his work and study took him to such diverse places as Ceduna and Milingimbi ( in the N.T.) to Oxford, England where he completed Honours in French and Russian.

Lange's mentees will enjoy learning from his breadth of experience, and particular insight into the public sector.

Private Consultant: Council of Town of Walkerville

Areas of specialisation:

  • Public policy and government
  • Human resource management
  • Regional economic development
  • Advisory boards
  • Local government

David has over 40 years of senior management and professional consulting experience. He has been both a State Manager or CEO of organisations covering high level management consulting, regional economic development and industry policy. David's early days with BP and Western Mining Corporation led to a decade of senior consultancy roles, then a decade as the Executive Director of the high profile Retail Traders' Association of South Australia. This latter position entailed extensive media, public and governmental liaison.

David subsequently became the Executive Director of Committee for Economic Development of Australia (SA Chapter), which again has a very conspicuous multi-faceted and non-partisan role in promoting economic development through a combination of public and private forums, research and publications.

David also serves in various community roles including as Chairman of Orana, a major disability services provider, and Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He also serves as an Equal Opportunity Tribunal Panel Member hearing orders and making orders in relation to the Equal Opportunity Act.

Anne is currently the Principal of Anne Skipper and Associates, an organisation consulting in corporate governance, strategic planning and group dynamics for boards and advisory committees. She has more than 25 years experience as a board director and chair of government, not for profit and private sector boards in the areas of health, planning and development, tourism, education, disability and social services, and financial services.

Anne's achievements in assisting needy communities was spawn by the values learnt in her rural upbringing. Her more recent benevolent activities have focussed on underprivileged communities at home and abroad, and with a particular focus on the development of women and girls.

Anne's diverse business and community contacts and interest in the development of the individual, will be of great benefit to our Executive Partners Program.