United Synergies prides itself on having a model of governance that provides strategic leadership within a solid and accountable set of governance policies and procedures.
The combined experience, expertise and commitment of the Directors has resulted in a Board that understands and practices strategic ways of governing.
Ian Montague is the Principal of Montague Consulting, a Sunshine Coast-based consultancy specialising in enterprise training advisory services. With 15 years’ experience in ceramic manufacturing and 10 years of business development in tertiary education institutions in Victoria and Queensland, Ian brings a broad range of management experience to the United Synergies board.
Ian has a Masters of Business Administration (Marketing), a Graduate Diploma of Management, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.
Kathleen Colclough has extensive finance, academic, small business and Not-For-Profit sector experience. Currently, Kathleen operates her own business – writing and presenting training courses in Finance and Customer Service for the Not-For-Profit sector. Prior she held senior positions with the ANZ Bank and Suncorp Bank and lectured in Financial Risk Management at Monash University.
Kathleen has expertise in strategic and business planning, process mapping, operational efficiencies, change management, customer relationship management and training. As well as applying her considerable skills to the business world, Kathleen has also undertaken strategic planning for sporting clubs and respite centres.
Kathleen holds an undergraduate Arts degree (Chinese language & politics), post-graduate qualifications in Banking and Finance and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Greg Livingstone has experience in general management, strategy, finance and HR in a large Australian agribusiness and consumer products company.
Since leaving his corporate role, Greg has been engaged in areas of particular interest including sustainability in its broadest sense and has worked with the Noosa Biosphere, University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Sustainability Advisory Committee and has chaired the Sunshine Coast Economic Development Advisory Board.
Greg has a Master of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales.
Anthony Ferro is the Director of ‘Present Professionally’ which delivers business training, employment writing services, as well as contract writing for small business. Prior, Anthony was the principal and director of a major financial services business.
Anthony served on the board of the Toowoomba Youth Service prior to amalgamation with United Synergies, and also has experience as a director on two other boards in the not for profit sector.
With a strong social conscience and desire to help vulnerable people and youth in particular, Anthony is passionate about contributing to the strategic direction of the organisation for the benefit of our communities.
Anthony holds tertiary qualifications in business, financial services, training, public safety and justice.
Paula is currently employed in the community health sector as a People, Learning and Culture executive, and has acquired over 15 years’ experience as a professional Human Resource generalist.
With a strong people and change background across sectors including mining, not for profit, commercial consulting and government, Paula embraces strategies which enable a whole of business approach. Her expertise is in developing and implementing business strategy, risk and workplace health and safety, and human resource strategies, ultimately aligning business and human capability.
Paula holds a Bachelor of Management, Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and is currently completing a Masters in Business Administration.
Geoff has a broad range of experience in the private, public and community sectors where he has held senior clinical and management roles in mental health and social services. With a background in psychology, he has successfully led organisations through change-management processes with a strong focus on clinical governance and positive client outcomes. Geoff is an adjunct lecturer with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and is the Chair of the Industry Advisory Group for the USQ School of Psychology, Counselling and Community.
Geoff holds a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours and Masters of Clinical Psychology. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.