RoBBIE MACPHERSON

For over fifteen years Robbie has been designing and delivering innovative, transformational leadership and talent development programs for a diverse range of organisations, sectors and environments.  His passion is helping individuals and organisations develop the capacity to solve their own problems and overcome the complex challenges they face, using their ingenuity, skill and innovation. The key to this is the ability to learn and adapt in real time, which requires openness, curiosity, experimentation, and resilience. He believes directly experiencing challenging and uncertain environments fosters new thinking and engagement. 

After growing up and studying in Scotland, Robbie migrated to Australia in 1989, where he gained extensive experience in both the corporate world and the NGO sector, including managing the Big Sister/Big Brother youth mentoring program for 6 years. For over a decade Robbie worked for Australia’s oldest NGO, the Benevolent Society, where he was Director of Australia’s leading NGO social leadership consultancy, Social Leadership Australia.  In addition to his executive responsibilities, he was lead program designer and facilitator on a broad range of leadership development programs, including the award winning Sydney Leadership Program.

Robbie has worked with over a thousand senior leaders at the National Australia Bank for the past 8 years, including co-designing and delivering Accelerate, their senior leadership talent program. He works regularly with senior global counter-terrorist agents both in Australia and overseas on the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Program (LiNCT); delivered a two year program for emerging Indigenous leaders across the Australian continent; and works with numerous government departments in NSW, QLD, Victoria and NT.

Robbie teaches executive level Public Servants through both the Australian Public Sector Commission (APSC) and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), including their popular ‘Towards Strategic Leadership’ program; and is an experienced and effective executive coach. As well as Managing Director of Adaptable Leadership, Robbie is a Principal of Reos Partners, a global social consultancy driving thinking and practice in solving tough, systemic problems. With his Dutch colleague, Prof. Paul ‘tHart, Robbie works annually with senior Dutch public servants at the Netherlands School of Government (NSOB) in The Hague, Netherlands.  Robbie works with a number of Australia’s major corporations including NAB, Telstra, Australia Post, Medibank, and BHP-Billiton. He regularly works with the Australian Institute of Police Management and is lead facilitator of the national Police Leadership Strategy (PLS) working with AFP and state Police Commissioners from across the country. His work has taken him to South Africa, US, UK, and Netherlands, as well as all state and territories in Australia.

Robbie is a graduate of the Art of Practice of Leadership Development at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; an accredited facilitator of The Leadership Circle; Team Management Systems; and an accredited facilitator of the Deep Democracy process. Robbie brings passion, warmth, humour and creativity to his work. When he is not undertaking his work Robbie enjoys cycling and running around Sydney, listening to his eclectic music collection, watching series of outstanding HBO television, and most importantly spending time with his 3 daughters and wife, Jeannie. On a good day he is able to cover all of these pursuits, and rest well.