BSc Psych (Hons); MPsych (Couns)
Maria is a People and Culture professional with over 25 years experience working alongside organisations bringing about behaviour and cultural change that translates into performance outcomes. She is passionate about people and performance and specialises in leadership development, executive team alignment, high performance teams, planning, coaching and engagement.
She has worked as a manager, executive team member and consultant across various industries including Health, Finance, Transport, Travel, Sport, Media and Community. Maria has had the privilege of working for organisations including: Westpac Group, Qantas Group, IAG, Allianz, NSW Police, Australian Rugby Union, Supercars, Fairfax media, Girl Guides Australia, PCYC.
Maria has lead a number of cultural change initiatives, including rollout of success culture frameworks (strategic planning, redefining purpose, values and behaviours executive team alignment and coaching) across a number of organisations. She has lead network wide behavioural change and capability uplift programs within the insurance industry. She has also successfully rolled out talent development programs and has positively impacted engagement in the organisations she has partnered with. In recent years, Maria was the Lead Program facilitator, partnering with Qantas Group on its AHRI award winning Senior Leader Development Program.
Maria is a registered Psychologist and brings her knowledge of people and behaviour, coupled with her business acumen, and extensive organisational development experience to her relationships with clients. This translates into gaining a deep and fast understanding of needs and developing insight-driven solutions that make a difference. Maria is an expert coach and facilitator.
CULTURE, LEADERSHIP & PEOPLE
Maria believes that an organisation’s success rests on a culture that creates an environment where people feel they belong and are set up to fulfil their potential to deliver performance outcomes, creating great customer experiences that ultimately bring value to the organisation. She is passionate about the positive influence that leaders have in creating this environment and is driven to see people thrive in their roles and transition through change with resilience.
RIGHT PERSON, RIGHT SEAT
Maria is driven to help organisations achieve the “right person in the right seat.” This means having clarity on purpose, values and behaviours so that you can attract and keep aligned people (the right person) and follow this by ensuring operational structure, roles, and people development are effective, lifting people to deliver on their responsibilities (right seat).
BEING ONE OF THE TEAM
Maria prides herself on strategic partnership, supporting her organisations by gaining a deep understanding of client needs and becoming part of the team. She truly sees herself as part of the organisation’s success.