Michael James



Michael is a specialist in cultivating strategy and culture, and corporatising small to medium sized businesses. He is a qualified executive coach, experienced non-executive board director, advisor and business coach to boards and senior executives in private and public organisations, SME and large organisations.

Michael is an experienced CEO in medium sized organisations. He has a track record of profitable growth and organisational change across various industries including Professional Services, Engineering, Property, Transport, Manufacturing, and Mining. He has had broad international experience in managing businesses in USA, Canada, UK, and Australia.


Michael’s 20-year corporate career included roles as Group GM Cardno, CEO of Napier & Blakeley (property consulting firm), CEO of iQR (engineering consulting business), Chief Strategy Officer for QR (Qld Rail), GM e-logistics BHP Transport, EGM Packaged Products, Orica Americas, and Group Manager Marketing and HR, Orica UK, and Canada.

In his executive coaching and advisory practice, Michael has developed and enhanced the leadership and business acumen of senior executives and business owners across various sectors including Health, Mining, Transport, IT, Property, Sport, Professional Services, Engineering and Government.


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • Bachelor Engineering (B Min. Eng.)
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)

  • Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute (FAMI)

  • Accredited practitioner with Hogan, Leadership Circle, Human Synergistics


  • Executive coaching and mentoring

  • Facilitation

  • Superior team performance

  • Coaching leaders to coach

  • Leadership and culture assessment and development

  • Organisational change

  • Business strategy and growth

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