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In our practice we lead strategic conversations in organisations to develop a pathway for transforming their culture and help them develop new practices or "habits" that will make them more effective.
Our work is grounded in a shared passion for helping leaders to cultivate organisational cultures that develop their people, in a deliberate way every day, so that everyone is actively engaged and contributing towards the mission and purpose.
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Technology is a team sport. Organisations that can set and execute a clear strategy though fostering and sustaining high performing teams will be best equipped to respond to the complex and disruptive forces that are driving global change.
Our mission is help technology leaders build strategic, diverse and inclusive organisational cultures where everyone is developed and engaged everyday so that they can deliver their best work.
Alaine founded her own company in 2017 to advance her passion for helping technology organisations and people grow to their full potential.
Alaine offers extensive experience in senior executive leadership and well-developed facilitation skills for executive teams, combined with qualifications in coaching and a natural, intuitive and personable approach to working with people.
Alaine believes that the organisations are most successful when their people work in multidisciplinary teams that have embraced "habits" that develop the team and everyone in it everyday. Habits that allow teams to cultivate safe and inclusive team cultures, where people are respected for their strengths and supported to develop, where people are stretched to learn, and where people can give and receive feedback.
As accomplished executives with CIO-level success, Alaine and Cheryl are now offering their deep experience and insights of leadership and leading teams to technology organisations and professionals, to help them successfully navigate through complexity of modern digital organisations.
After 15 years of varying ICT experience across several APS agencies, Alaine was promoted to the Australian Public Service Senior Executive Service in 2006 in the Department of Immigration. She was appointed first CIO of the Treasury in 2007, and then promoted to the Department of Human Services in 2011 to lead various ICT Divisions within the portfolio. Alaine's ICT professional resume can be found here.
Alaine attributes much of her success at the CIO level to her focus on developing adaptive multi-disciplinary team cultures promoting inclusion, championing shared success and leading ICT Teams to continuously develop and improve their technical and behavioural practices. As a recognised change leader with a tolerance for ambiguity and complexity, Alaine acts through cooperation and collaboration to deliver sustainable change. She is a resilient leader with demonstrated capacity to excel under pressure.
Alaine is passionate about helping women success in ICT roles at all levels, and has been a mentor to both women and graduates for many years across both public and private sectors. She has recently completed coaching qualifications to strengthen her mentoring practice.
Alaine holds an ANZSOG Executive Masters in Public Administration (ANU) and a Master of Science (USYD), as well as a Graduate Diploma in ICT (UC) and a Bachelor of Science (UC). Alaine is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers & Leaders, and a member of the Australian Computing Society.
Alaine lives in Canberra with her partner, two sons, two cats and the occasional backyard chook.
Cheryl has three decades of experience in academic and public sector executive management. She has experience in policy development, operational and service delivery roles and managed regional offices in Australia for the Department of Immigration as well as serving as Australia's Counsellor Migration in the Philippines in the mid-1990s.
Promoted to the Australian Public Service Senior Executive Service in 1999, Cheryl later assumed the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) and First Assistant Secretary for Information Technology (IT) Services where she was responsible annually for $100m+ IT budgets and staffing complements of over 1,000 employees and contractors. She managed the first and two successive Commonwealth Government IT outsourcing contracts for Immigration/Cluster 3 with global IT companies CSC, IBM and Unisys. Cheryl's ICT professional resume can be found here.
As a consultant, Cheryl specialises in strategic management advice, managing IT third party provider relationships, IT staff development and mentoring for aspirants to the Senior Executive Service.
Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the ANU. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Computing Society.
Cheryl is the owner and Director of FYREGALLERY (www.fyregallery.com.au) where she has run a successful small business for over 12 years.