Leigh Bennett Director
In Profile - Leigh Bennett...
Our associate Leigh Bennett partners with The Change Forum on delivery of some of our learning programs and change assignments. Leigh is director and principal of Enterprise Innovations, a business development and change consultancy providing an extensive range of services including:
Leigh has been successfully building his niche consultancy business since January 2006 with an extensive client list, project achievements and profile. Enterprise Innovations aims to add innovative ideas, expertise and project solutions to business and government enterprises. Leigh specialises in bringing high quality teams of consultants together for a diversity of projects. He’s positioned across strategy, commercial business development and project implementation and has a reputation for ‘getting on and getting the job done’.
Leigh's background is varied incorporating experience in education (as a teacher and vice principal), human resource management (state government and CSIRO), HR consulting and executive roles in local government. He holds tertiary qualifications in Business, Arts & Education.
Before setting up his own consultancy, Leigh was CEO of Hervey Bay City Council (2002-2005) facilitating a major Council restructure and leadership development program, after previously holding positions in the same council as Director Economic Development & HR Manager. He also held positions as Director of the Hervey Bay Tourism Bureau and Director of the Fraser Coast South Burnett Regional Tourism Board during the creation of the current, very successful Fraser Coast Region branding.
Earlier, as Human Resource Manager for CSIRO, Leigh facilitated change management for Scientific Project Teams across 3 States, was an Organisational Development Consultant for State Government and a former senior teacher and education consultant in Tasmania.
Leigh also has international experience with extensive business development work in China where he supported the establishment of Hervey Bay’s Wide Bay Water Corporation office in Sichuan Province; scoped commercial projects and brokered governmental and business relationships with numerous cities and companies; received an Honorary Certificate from the Leshan Municipal Government, PRC for his achievements.
More recently, Leigh has delivered a major business coaching and leadership program for the APN News and Media group across Queensland for some 100 sales and marketing staff involving individual coaching and team development workshops (2007). He also designed and delivered the Breakfast at Peppers Leadership Series – a suite of networking and leadership workshops open to key business and government leaders on the Fraser Coast – and conducting Leading with Emotional Intelligence and other learning-centred leadership programs in regional Queensland on behalf of The Change Forum.
Leigh has presented at numerous major events including the national Australian Human Resource Institute Conference in 1997; national SEGRA Conference 2001; twice at the national Regional Economies Conference (2003 and 2005) and in 2002 at the World Heritage and Buddha Festival Conference in Leshan, Sichuan Province in China.
This diversity affords Leigh a perspective on leadership spanning executive & middle management level, as an educator, an HR professional and business owner. He is passionate about promoting greater insight into the challenges of leadership believing good leadership takes courage and increased self awareness.
Leigh has a relaxed and practical approach as a facilitator in change, leadership and coaching and works comfortably with people at all levels including senior executives, operational managers, staff, politicians and the community. His current client list includes major government agencies, universities, small and large businesses and not for profit organisations extending across Queensland, Victoria, NSW and New Zealand. Recent clients have included: Kingfisher Bay Resort; University of Southern Queensland; Golden Waters developers ($2B project); Wide Bay Water Corporation; Qld Department of State Development; Oakstand Property developers; Fraser Island Company; APN newspaper group; Hervey Bay Boat Club; Korrawinga Aboriginal Corporation; Peppers Resorts, Lifeline Qld and NZ Police.
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