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Katharine McLennan has over 30 years of experience leading in the corporate world both within organisations as
an executive focusing on talent management or outside consulting in strategy, implementation, team effectiveness,
leadership development and CEO succession assessment.  Through her three decades, she has worked for and consulted over 50 corporate, government, university, and not-for-private clients throughout Australia

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Katharine spent four years as Head of Operational Planning for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Many stories to tell here. Please ask.   

Corporate and Board positions she has held over the last 32 years

Booz, Allen & Hamilton:
(was one of the 4 top global consulting companies with McKinsey, Bain and BCG until bought by PwC in 2014):

Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games: 
Head of Operational Planning

Director of Leadership Development


Heidrick & Struggles:
Principal for CEO Succession Assessment


Commonwealth Bank of Australia:
Executive General Manager, Human Resources & Talent


QBE Insurance (Global):
Creator and Director of the Global QBE Leadership Academy


Cochlear (Global):

Global Senior Vice President of People and Culture

Export Finance Corporation of Australia:
Head of Strategy and HR


University of Technology Sydney: 
Business School Advisory Board


Quest for Life (Petrea King):
Board Director


Deputy Chairman

Positions Held

Examples of her clients over the last 30 years (at the C-suite level, including many at the CEO level)



Ergon Energy


Sydney University

Centrelink/Department of Health Services



Macquarie Bank







City of Sydney


Loan Market

Leighton Holdings inc. (now Cimic), including Leighton Contractors, Leighton Asia, and John Holland

Gilbert & Tobin

Minter Ellison


Bank of Queensland

Scottish Pacific

illion (former Dun & Bradstreet)

AMP Financial Planning


Ernst & Young

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Katharine lived in West Berlin during her teenage years.  This was the Cold War when West Berlin had a wall around it.   

9 November 1989 remains the most profound day in her experience of modern history.  So much so, she is now working on her second draft of a novel that centres around this time in Berlin. 

Clients Advised
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Katharine's main office is in 
Little Bay, NSW Australia, 
20 minutes from Sydney CBD

She has a secondary office in Raleigh, North Carolina in the United States

She works in person across Australia and the United States with trips to all other geographies as required.  

She is also available on video

Over these three decades,
her roles have included: 

  • An executive coach who has assessed and developed hundreds of executives in their response to changes in their strategy, implementation programmes, the leadership of teams and their inner psychology for these 20 years, including CEO succession projects for CBA, CSR, Gilbert & Tobin

  • The creator and facilitator for the two-year project of building the QBE Global Leadership Academy throughout the 5 regions of the globe

  • The most senior People & Culture (HR) Director for CBA and Cochlear

  • A strategist who started her career at Booz Allen Hamilton and graduated from the Stanford MBA programme with honours in 1995, timing graduation at the onset of the world’s Information Age, witnessing in Silicon Valley the arrival of the organisation-wide email and the World Wide Web, marked by Netscape going public in 1995. 

  • An accredited psychotherapist (PACFA) who understands profoundly the nature of the human mind and body in response to stress, depression, anxiety and addiction through my own experience as well as my training in this field as a result

  • One of the top 5 facilitators and planners over four years (1996-2000) for one of the most complex and global projects: the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2000, driving the growth and operational planning of a project that would be staffed with 3000 employees, 60,000 volunteers and 70,000 contractors

Services Offered
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