About Mike Speter

Philosophy

My driving motivation and focus is helping organisations and their people remain engaged and productive in a rapidly changing world.

How I make a difference

  • Consistently communicate complex concepts in simple terms to assist clients to identify and solve root cause problems

  • My services are applicable to any organisation, and I support clients in any or all 'life cycle' stages of their initiatives

  • Having experience in all three levels of government in Australia means that I work effectively with government clients, and also help clients from other sectors productively engage with government agencies, particularly in managing the tension between compliance and performance requirements

Capability Summary

  • After working as a science-degree qualified psychologist for several years, my deep interest in organisational dynamics led me to undertake a range of specialist, major project/program management, and various business leadership roles, including a number at General Manager level

  • Specialist skills include data analytics, policy formulation and implementation, and continuous improvement strategy and facilitation

  • Concurrently, for years in each case, I worked in a range of complementary roles. These included MBA lecturer in Conflict Management for Queensland’s Griffith University, and Director on the Australasian Railway Association’s (ARA’s) Rail Skills and Career Council

  • As a consultant, I now provide a range of Services drawing on my diverse experience

Sample Achievements

  • As a Program Governance Advisor for Queensland Health, I successfully provided advisory services to senior program and project boards with combined membership including six CEOs, and I led a multidisciplinary Program Management Office. The high-profile program delivered on time, within budget, with no negative industrial relations or media impacts.

  • I managed recruitment of two full senior executive teams for one of the largest demergers in Australian corporate history culminating in the modified Government Owned Corporation Queensland Rail as a vertically integrated passenger rail operator, and the private sector rail freight operator subsequently rebranded as Aurizon.

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