Conscious Governance is a global, independent advisory service for nonprofit Boards, CEOs and directors. We provides strategic planning, board governance, leadership and risk management consulting services.
We work with organizations across virtually all sectors and provide resources, guidance and online programs that help promote strong governance practices. In delivering our services, we inspire greater strategic awareness within an organization, opening up new ways to better serve the wider community.
What is conscious governance?
Today's nonprofit environment is different from ten years ago, where now the challenges and issues organizations face are changing at an incredibly rapid speed.
However, many governance practices that still prevail in most organizations today have their roots in the 19th century. Some people still see governing as “making policies” that the CEO and staff carry out. It has a tendency towards prescription and conformance with governance systems. This conventional governance was built to maximize efficiency by minimizing deviations from standard practices. Conscious Governance, in its widest sense, refers to running an organization with conscious awareness.
No amount of internal procedure, structure, policies, quality control or internal audits will compensate for Board members who do not consciously govern!
"You truly have a gift in turning governance; processes, obligations, responsibilities, planning, language and concepts, described by others in volumes; into easy to understand bite size chunks."
-Mark Brennan, Executive Officer, South West Primary Care Partnership
Why conscious governance matters
Choosing to govern consciously can create a strong future for an organization by steering it towards a well-defined vision and making sure that day-to-day management is always lined up with the organization's strategies. At its core, conscious governance is about conscious leadership.
Conscious Board leadership will improve the organization's results, both financial and social, and make sure the assets and funds are used appropriately.
Our core services
Strategic planning and strategic plan reviews which equip you for the challenges and opportunities of the future.
Board governance evaluations and workshops for society changing organizations.
Risk management strategies which negotiate risk and uncertainty from the perspective of opportunity.
Leadership development (including CEO mentoring) which drives the skills of your Board, senior executives & workforce
Meet The Team
Steven is a seasoned Board adviser, with a great depth of experience and skill facilitating Board reviews and strategic planning process. He has held numerous senior executive, CEO and Board positions with some of the USA and Australia’s most prestigious organizations, as well as authoring and co-authoring over 14 books on governance, strategy, risk and executive leadership.
Acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of strategic awareness, Steven has built a reputation around the world as an adviser who empowers his clients by offering multiple perspectives on any given challenge.
Pragmatic Futurist, author and speaker, Chutisa Bowman is best-known for her work in strategic awareness, prosperity consciousness and conscious leadership.
She draws on her background as a senior executive in listed companies, entrepreneur, executive adviser, media contributor, author and keynote speaker. Chutisa has devoted her career to inspiring people to challenge today’s certainties and consciously create a future of their choosing.
Robert is a designer and marketing coordinator, with applied skills across the modern spectrum of digital communications. Perhaps better described as an internet hunter-gatherer and digital media obsessive, Robert takes an analytical approach to identifying the ways messaging can reach a specific audience. He is inspired by the communicative power of digital media and the many new ways to share experiences and ideas.
For the past 15 years, Jodie has been facilitating Boards and CEOs of Not for Profit organizations to be strategic in their thinking and execution in order to act on their organizational vision, in a vastly changing world. Jodie is a seasoned strategic planning consultant, drawing from a background in executive management and leadership.
Pat brings a focus on the regional community perspective to our strategic conversations and facilitation of strategic planning. He has a background in Senior Management in the Northern Territory and Victorian governments and has held senior positions in a variety of community changing organizations.
Pat is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and maintains a strong focus on empowering and strengthening the capacity of all communities by fostering strategic awareness and successful strategic planning.
Chris is an inspirational, results-driven business development leader specializing in organizational alignment to strategic intent. He brings more than 22 years’ experience as a Chief Executive and company director in the health and corporate sectors. Chris has a proven track record in building award winning, high performing organizations and has been recognized at state, national and international level for these achievements. His governance leadership is highly sought after and he regularly speaks nationally assisting organizations with his extensive range of skills and experience in business improvement, executive team building, performance and leadership coaching. He is passionate about empowering organizations and individual leaders to achieve exceptional success.
Monica combines technical knowledge from her 10-year stint as an I.T. architect and systems integrator with governance, risk management and advisory services. Monica is currently running a Cyber Suite of courses for Directors and Officers as the Principal at Advisory Boards Group International. She is also the managing director at Espace Publishing, and a specialist advisor for Therapeutic Goods Authority (TGA)
Monica has decades of directorship experience, and is currently a director with: Australian Pharmacy Council (APC), Medical Software Industry Association (MSIA), Sydney City Institute (SCI), Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women (FAAW), Espace P/L and Advisory Boards Group International.
For more than three decades, Brendan has been a passionate and inspired contributor to nonprofits in Australia. His substantial experience includes roles as Senior Executive, CEO, Director and Board Chair of a number of highly successful and strategically focussed organizations. He has worked in community and social enterprises, as well State and Local Governments. He has also spent close to a decade in private sector consulting roles in nonprofit and healthcare strategy, and including ICT. Brendan has a passion for transforming organizations to better support the people and communities they serve. He also has interest and experience in helping organisations to identify and seize opportunities for alliances, partnerships and when appropriate, mergers. He has direct experience in mergers that led to creation of a national alliance of disability support providers. The alliance and members now deliver supports of close to $1b AUD, Australia wide.
"[The 2 hr strategic planning training session] was easily the most valuable two hours of training I have been to in a very long time. It was refreshing to move through content at a healthy pace, and to be singularly focused on what is practical and what works. Thank you."
-Damian Cooper, Manager, Mountains Youth Services Team Inc
Advisory Boards Group (ABG) is a global consulting group that offers Consulting, Education and Advisory Boards to a wide variety of clients and industries. ABG’s consultants have been Leading practitioners and specialists and in their respective industries for over 20 years each and bring to the table a wealth of knowledge and experience.
ABG utilizes the experience of its advisors, partners and consultants to provide world best practice and tailored advice in Cyber Security solution, Strategy innovation, Business growth and Change & Project management.
Cyber Security in the Boardroom:
• Cyber threats and defences Module - Tactical plans
• Directors and Officers Module - Strategy
• Risk Management Workshop for Cyber
• Cyber Crisis simulation
ABG can assemble Advisory Boards suited to the particular needs of an organisation. Advisors are changed depending on the specific changing needs of the client.