Your expert facilitators Dr Shari Read & Professor Malcolm Thatcher
Dr Shari Read is an award-winning educator in the QUT Graduate School of Business and leads the QUTeX Activate: Transformation eXcelerator as well as a series of transformation short courses. Shari has a strong background in psychology and management and has experience in both the public and private-sectors as well as over 10 years running her own nation-wide business. Shari’s career has taken her on a journey of personal transformation, from yoga teaching in New York, to researching the nuances of leadership mindset and effective organisational transformation. Shari has over 25 years’ experience as an educator with a strong focus on facilitating personal, team and organisational transformation.
Shari was the Program Director for Australia’s first university-based program on leading organisational transformation. After bringing the program to QUT in 2019 Shari continues to work with the Australian Transformation and Turnaround Association to offer the only course in the Asia-Pacific region to professionalise the practice of organisational transformation.
As an educator, Shari emphasises human-centred approaches to leadership, management and new ways of working and in 2018 her excellence in teaching was recognised with the ANU Vice Chancellor’s inaugural award for Excellence in Education.
Professor Malcolm Thatcher is a Professor of Digital Practice in the QUT Graduate School of Business and leads the QUTeX Digital Capability Practice. Mal is a career technologist and has held senior executive leadership positions in both the public-sector and the private-sector. Mal’s experience includes establishing start-up technology companies both here in Australia and in the USA. Mal has over 35 years’ experience in leading and delivering business value through technology-led innovation and transformation.
Mal is regarded as an expert in Digital Risk and Governance, which was the focus of his PhD and subsequent book titled The Digital Governance Handbook for CEOs and Governing Boards – a book that has featured in Amazon’s best seller list under Corporate Governance.
Mal has served on a number of Boards and Committees, including QUT Council where he also acted in the role of Chancellor of the University. Mal was the inaugural recipient of QUT’s Outstanding Alumni Award for the then Faculty of Information Technology and in 2016, Mal was named as one of Australia’s Top 50 CIOs by CIO Magazine.