The Principals

Our Principals are internationally experienced CEOs, from a diverse range of industries and service organisations.  We understand the issues and problems faced by leaders.  Each of us has experienced many of these – first-hand.  But CEO experience is not enough.  We select team members with proven capability - people who can build a strong relationship with their client, challenge assumptions, understand strategic thinking and guide the client in their search for a more impactful way to lead their organisation.

Rosemary Warnock B.A.(Dist) MAICD

Rosemary Warnock


An internationally experienced senior executive and CEO, Rosemary has nine years’ experience as a professional mentor/coach, working primarily with clients in national and global roles, in leading Australian and New Zealand ASX and NZX companies - across the resources, financial services, and FMCG sectors, as well as academia, and professional sport.

Rosemary has an engaging personality and is quick to understand individual and cultural differences and values, helping others towards self-understanding.  She is adept at encouraging people to work well together, while assisting them to tease out the bigger picture, see gaps in accountabilities, and encouraging the pursuit of optimum solutions.

Business experience

Rosemary enjoyed a 23-year career with the BP Group, including a global leadership role based in London. Her last role with the group was as Chief Executive of Castrol Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.  Rosemary commenced her career in the corporate centre of BP Australia, followed by a secondment into government, before developing into sales, marketing and supply-chain leadership roles, first in Australia, then regionally and globally. 

Returning to Australia, she was appointed interim CEO of the Clean Energy Council, in 2008, reshaping, repopulating and reinvigorating the organisation.  Upon completing that assignment the Federal Environment Minister appointed her to the independent panel tasked with the review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. 

Rosemary has significant experience as a Non-Executive Director in Australia and New Zealand.  She has also Chaired the Board of an international private company. 

Coaching experience

  • Extensive in-business and intra-industry coaching experience through her career as a senior executive.
  • Nine year’s experience as a professional mentor, including six years as a partner in The Adelante Group, where she has helped to build a successful senior executive mentoring business with four other partners.

Recent client engagements

  • ASX Top 20 organisation.  Worked with a General Manager who has now developed into one of the high-performing GMs in the organisation.
  • ASX Top 20 multi-national organisation.  Worked with high potential executive through various roles, including promotion to Group Executive.  Focused on development of leadership style and guided expansion of capabilities.
  • CEO of a Top 100 ASX services company.  Appointed by the Board to work with the CEO, new in the role, following a period of significant change and disruption.  CEO has now turned the business performance around and established a solid position in the eyes of the Board.

Greg Larsen BCA FCPA

Greg Larsen


Greg has eleven years experience as a professional mentor/coach.  He has successfully worked with CEOs and senior executives in government, finance, media, mining, industrial, accounting, family owned companies and retail industries. He offers a pragmatic and “battle tested” approach to his client interactions and provides insightful challenge to, and support for, the client’s issues. Greg’s career has allowed him to benefit from business relationships and cultural diversity within most of the significant world economies. His career reflects deep experience in accounting, IT, organisation design, strategic and business planning, and, people development functions. 

Business experience

Greg spent the majority of his career with BP, where he held a number of senior international roles, culminating in the role of Chairman and Managing Director of BP in New Zealand. Greg then reverted to his original professional qualifications and held the post of Chief Executive of CPA Australia from 2001 - 2005. Following this, he worked with the Board and Executive of WorkSafe Victoria, where he supported the organisation during major legislative and cultural change. He is also a non-executive director with National Tiles Ltd and on the Audit Committee of VicRoads.

Coaching experience

  • Extensive in-business coaching experience through his business career as a senior executive.
  • Eleven years experience as a professional mentor, including six years as a partner in The Adelante Group, where he has helped build a successful senior executive mentoring business with four other partners.

Recent client engagements

  • One of Australia’s leading retail logistics businesses in ASX Top 50. Greg was appointed to assist the CFO to expand his contribution to the business and to help further development of his leadership capability.
  • The marketing  director of one of Australia’s largest and most successful FMCG companies.
  • Worked with local CEO of a top-tier professional services firm through his appointment to regional CEO.
  • A large player in the health sector.  His work with the CEO has focused on alignment with the strategy and team, together with stakeholder management.
  • Several senior appointees in the finance industry.

Daniel Gauchat Dr.(hc) B.Com (Merit) MBA INSEAD AICD Diploma (Merit)

Daniel Gauchat


Over the recent past, Daniel has mentored several dozen CEOs in a variety of industries, including consumer goods, materials, education, retail, transport, telecommunications, professional services and energy. Daniel held a number of senior management and CEO roles in Switzerland, Spain, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia, with two large US and European multinationals – Grace Industrial Chemicals and the SGS group - where he was a senior vice president. Following his return to Australia, Daniel spent 18 highly successful years in the professional services sector in Sydney, including two years as Global Chairman of one of the leading international Executive Search firms. Earlier in his career, he worked in Australia for a diversified investment and trading organisation, followed by four years with The Coca-Cola Company.

Business experience

Throughout his career, Daniel’s focus has been on strategic issues, people leadership development, building strong client relationships, as well as on marketing and operational matters. He has continued this ‘people focus’, by mentoring clients at CEO and senior executive levels. He is one of the five founding partners at The Adelante Group. Daniel brings an understanding of a wide range of industries and CEO experience in a variety of culturally and commercially distinct countries.  He is multi-lingual.

Coaching experience

  • A combination of experience as an accomplished international CEO and Chairman, combined with significant business-based coaching experience.
  • Eight years experience as a CEO mentor/coach/advisor, including six years as a Partner in The Adelante Group, helping to build a successful senior executive mentoring business with four other Partners.

Recent client engagements

  • ASX Top 50 international transportation company Group Executive/CEO, with a challenge on delivering an Asian strategy, focused on clarifying priorities for the CEO, and the leadership team composition and alignment.
  • Dean of one of the largest faculties in tertiary education in Australia – focusing on prioritisation, stakeholder management and senior leadership team effectiveness.
  • ASX Top 20 financial services CEO/ Group Executive, defining a new strategy, implementing operational excellence initiatives, and people development.
  • CEO of the largest food business in Australia, working from the CEO’s appointment in the role on strategic, operational and people issues. Also addressed board relationships and stakeholder management.
  • ASX Top 50 international FMCG company, newly appointed country CEO, working on the development of a strategic operating plan and leadership style.
  • In all cases, the executive’s performance was enhanced significantly and has resulted in individuals being considered for broader responsibilities.

Geoff Campbell BE (Hons1) MSc (Coaching Psychology) MIEAUST FAICD

Geoff Campbell


Geoff has been supporting C-Suite executives for 12 years, assisting senior executives to achieve their business and professional development goals. This has included working intimately on many successful CEO transitions.

His client sector experience includes financial services, IT, government, communications and industrial organisations; in ASX, NYSE, FTSE and private companies; and includes CEOs holding responsibility across Australia and Asia.

Prior to his advisory career, Geoff's skills and passion for developing leaders was a key element to his achievements growing a large global business. 

Business experience

After gaining first class Honours in Engineering, Geoff joined the off-shore oil and gas business of Exxon.  This developed a successful track record in various roles, including as a CEO in Australia and internationally. He led the international business for JLG, a NYSE listed global equipment company, recognised by Forbes as one of America’s best big companies. With end-to-end responsibility for 23 operations globally, serving customers in 50 countries, Geoff led a major change program in JLG that delivered significant growth and received acclaim from stakeholders.

With 8 years reporting to the global Chairman, Geoff gained experience in service delivery in a range of complex environments, in large-scale operations, stakeholder management, strategy, innovation, change implementation, OH&S, and all support functions for a complex business.

On his return to Australia, Geoff focused on senior executive mentoring, to pursue his passion of supporting and developing leaders, whilst he also developed successful innovations in both products and services.

He has completed a Masters of Science
 in Coaching Psychology. Geoff is 
a Fellow of AICD, with extensive experience as a Director and Chairman of both commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

Coaching experience

  • Twelve years’ experience as a CEO mentor/coach/advisor, including six years as a Partner in The Adelante Group, where he has helped to build a successful senior executive mentoring business.
  • Geoff brings a combination of experience as an accomplished CEO and non-executive Director, together with a Masters of Science in Coaching.
  • Coaching was also a critical element of Geoff's CEO career, supporting and developing highly autonomous leaders, running operations around the world.

Recent client engagements

  • ASX Top 20 services business Group Executive.  The client significantly lifted his team’s engagement level, delivered world-leading return on capital, and improved his executive style, work life balance and health significantly.
  • Fortune Top 50 Technology company.  The client was initially appointed as CEO of the problematic ANZ operation. The engagement focused on the development of a CEO style and cadence of operation, managing a large integration, whilst protecting personal time for a young family. The business became one of the best performing globally. The client was promoted to run all of the Asia-Pacific operations.
  • CEO of a national services organisation.  Broad support for a new CEO as she transitioned into the organisation and the CEO role. Focus on executive team development, communications, setting expectations with the Board and team, and work life balance. The business was transformed, team engagement has increased from low 50s to 70s, the finances strengthened, with strong business growth & service delivery improvement. 

Peter Boyden B.Sc FAICD

Peter Boyden


Peter has 12 years’ experience as a professional mentor/coach, working with a broad range of CEOs and senior executives in public and private organisations. His focus has been on helping successful executives to further develop their leadership capabilities, based on his understanding of the challenges facing his clients and built up from his prior roles as CEO and general manager operating in five different countries.

He has first-hand experience in CEO transitions, strategic planning, marketing and communications and has worked with functional directors and CEOs across an extensive range of organisational types including financial services, FMCG and communications in both public and private organisations.

Business experience

Prior to his mentoring role, Peter has worked in marketing and general management roles in FMCG businesses in the Unilever Group in the UK, Canada, Holland, Greece and Australia. His roles across marketing, sales, strategy development and general management led to his appointment as Managing Director of the Unilever food business in Australia. He has been involved in significant business restructuring, managing diverse units, and returning under-performing businesses to profitability through brand and product development.

In recent years, whilst mentoring, he has held non-executive director and Chairman roles in government, industry and private organisations, where he has applied good governance and a strategic input to Board decisions.

He has a deep understanding of the challenges facing leaders and their relationships with Boards, as well as sound business exposure to governance, strategy development and team development.

Coaching experience

  • Extensive in-business coaching experience through business career as a senior executive.
  • Twelve years experience as a professional mentor, including six years as a Partner in The Adelante Group, where he has helped build a successful senior executive mentoring business.

Recent client engagements

  • Head of Talent for a major international business. Worked on developing leadership style & management of a significantly expanded team. Strong improvement in feedback scores.
  • CEO of a primary industry organisation. Focused on building capability in managing stakeholder relationships, resulting in significant improvements in Board and team relationships.
  • CFO of a major financial services company. Helped in the development of leadership capability and key stakeholder management. Board and CEO reported a significant positive change in relationships.
  • Group CEO of Top 20 financial services company. Helped in his development from Divisional CEO to Group CEO, building leadership capabilities and providing steady sounding board on business issues, with an engagement spanning 8 years.
  • Divisional Managing Director of FMCG business. Helped with the management of key stakeholders and improvements in style. 

Peter Young, AM B.Sc. MBA

Peter Young


Over a number of decades Peter has held senior executive roles in a number of countries, initially as a petroleum geologist and subsequently as an executive in a number of corporates involved in the global financial markets. In recent years he has served as a Non-Executive Director of a number of corporates, government entities and cultural organisations. In these various roles, he has mentored a broad range of executives at the CEO and senior management levels.

Business experience

After graduating as a geologist from the University of Queensland, Peter worked in the oil industry in a number of countries over the subsequent 5 years. He returned to Australia to complete an MBA with the Australian Graduate Management School at University of NSW and subsequently joined the finance industry. In the Australian capital markets he created three investment and trading operations, and then joined a global investment banking operation. In addition, he joined either as Chair or Director a number of Federal Government and State Government boards, was the Chairman or Director of several cultural institutions, including the Federal Government Australian Business Arts Foundation, Art Gallery of NSW, and Queensland Art Gallery. Given his broad experience as an executive and a Non-Executive Director, Peter offers a broad depth of understanding of the skills required by a successful executive.

Coaching experience

  • A combination of experience as an accomplished CEO and Chairman, combined with significant business-based coaching experience.
  • His broad experience in business, government and the arts has enabled him to offer coaching and advice with an in-depth understanding of the perspective of Chairman and Non-Executive Directors.

Recent roles

  • Currently:
    • Director of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority – a NSW Government responsibility.
    • Director of the Garvan Medical Research Foundation Ltd.
  • Recent:
    • Chairman of Standard Life Investments Australia, and subsequently Aberdeen Standard Investments in Australia and New Zealand - advisory role
    • Chairman of Barclays Australia and New Zealand
    • Chairman of Investment Banking ABN AMRO Australia and New Zealand
    • Chairman of NSW Cultural Management
    • Director of Fairfax Media
    • Chairman of Queensland Investment Corporation
    • Chairman of Transfield Services Infrastructure Ltd

Dr. Lisa O'Brien    MBBS(Hons), MBA, MHRM&C, FRACMA, GAICD



Lisa is a medical practitioner and former CEO with more than 30 years’ experience across the healthcare and public health, technology, community, and biotechnology sectors. Her experience encompasses senior roles in government, as well as new ventures and complex, national NFP businesses. Lisa has extensive experience leading organisational transformation and coaching senior leaders. In recent years she has also served as a Non-Executive Director and Chair for corporate and government organisations as well as a tertiary institution

Business experience

After graduating as a Medical Practitioner, Lisa worked as a medical officer before specialising in Medical Administration and undertaking an MBA. She has experience in public health, health policy and planning, and clinical services leadership. Mid-career she worked in operational roles in technology and biomedical start-ups gaining experience in private equity funding, shareholder relations and corporate governance.

For the last 15 years Lisa has been in CEO roles including 10 years at The Smith Family where she led transformation of this iconic community sector organisation delivering cultural change, above market income growth, significant program growth and increased effectiveness in service delivery. She has experience in strategic planning, marketing and brand management, digital transformation, extensive government relations and advisory board experience, plus strong commercial and analytical skills

Lisa has been on the board of Bupa ANZ since 2014 and chairs the Clinical Governance Committee. She is a Council member for the University of Technology Sydney and recently commenced as independent Chair of the Australian Research Education Organisation (a joint Commonwealth/State government appointment).

Coaching experience

  • Lisa completed a Masters in Human Resource Management and Coaching in 2005. Over the last 15 years she and has combined this with her medical training to work with senior executives to improve performance and engagement.

  • Extensive experience leading cultural change and promoting values-based behaviour to enhance organisational performance and deliver strategic goals.

Andrew Day  BEng (Hons 1) BSc (Hons 1) MEngSc


Andrew has extensive CEO and Non-Executive experience in the Telecommunications, Online and Financial sectors and has worked across numerous overseas geographies, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand and US.

Andrew has also worked in a wide variety of company ownership structures and has had detailed engagement with Asian businesses particularly in China, Japan, Korea and India on capital raising, M&A and investment management. Andrew has lead companies through transformational change, refocusing businesses around new business models and growth opportunities.

Business Experience

After graduating with Engineering and Science degrees from Adelaide University, Andrew commenced his career as a Network Engineer with Telstra, initially in Adelaide, followed by work experience in England and then finally in Melbourne. After 15 years in Engineering strategy, planning and technology General Manager roles, Andrew took Managing Director commercial roles before becoming CEO of Sensis, a $12bn fully owned subsidiary of Telstra.

In 2005 Andrew was headhunted by Private Equity to run a pan European Directories business in Europe, with operations in The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Ireland and Romania. In 2009, Andrew became CEO of Eircom Holdings, a publicly listed Australian Investment company with majority ownership of the Irish Telco Eircom and the Israeli Yellow Pages. Andrew served as a Non-executive Director on the Eircom Operating company Board.

Andrew returned to Australia in 2011 to run Hastings Funds Management, an Infrastructure investment and asset management business, majority owned by Westpac. Over a 6-year period Andrew led a team that transformed Hastings, initially simplifying its operating model, then substantially growing the funds under management and international presence with operations in London, New York, Singapore and Australia.

During Andrew’s Executive career, he has held various Executive and Non-Executive Director and Chairman roles, and on completing his executive career, Andrew has served on several Australian Boards. He is currently a Director of the AFL Club Port Adelaide where he assists the club with their China Strategy.

Coaching Experience

Andrew has built his career by transforming companies through cultural change, establishing high performing leadership teams and creating an environment which values inclusion, mutual respect and high individual self-awareness. His focus on strategic direction setting, clarity of plan execution and individual performance objectives has been key to achieving commercial success. A crucial part of this success has been Andrew’s business-based coaching and mentoring of key executives both inside the company and with other business colleagues.

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