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Program Leaders

David Cornish

Program Director, Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program

David has over 30 years experience in Agriculture Finance including roles such as Agricultural Economist, Agribusiness Marketing Manager and senior banking roles in regional NSW and Victoria for the National Australia Bank. He was the initial CEO of Rabo Financial Advisors and spent five years as a Farm Consultant with Mike Stephens & Associates focusing on agricultural investment opportunities for wholesale investment funds.

David has worked at Landmark as the Regional Manager for Western Victoria and then as a strategy manager for the organisation. Since 2012 David has consulted to agricultural investment companies supporting their farm investment strategy in Australia. In his spare time, he is involved in a family farming operation based at Casterton in Western Victoria.  David is a full-time lecturer at Marcus Oldham, in Marketing and Business Communications.


 

Dr Heather Davis

Director Postgraduate Studies, Marcus Oldham College

Heather returned to the College in July 2018 and leads postgraduate studies. Heather has been involved in leadership development since 2008 scholar and has published widely about leadership in knowledge-intensive institutions (orcid.org/0000-0003-1475-4076). Heather completed a PhD in 2012, exploring leadership literacies for the knowledge era. She teaches units LDP905 Leadership and TLR905 Thought Leadership Project in the College’s Masters of Agribusiness program.

 


 

James Freemantle

Director People Measures

James is a facilitator and coach specialising in leadership and communications. In 2008 he founded REDgum Communications to ‘create positive presence’ in leadership, working with clients in Australia, Asia, the UK and the US. In 2018 REDgum merged with People Measures.

James combines experience in media, teaching and performing arts to facilitate insightful, innovative development programs. He’s a coach in media, public speaking and leadership presence for CEOs and executives, and is well known for his work in personal and leadership brand.

As an associate and since joining People Measures, James has been involved in designing and/or delivering leadership development programs, including for the Australian Tax Office, Australian Public Service Commission, Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria), Australian Super and Parkville college. He is an experienced and qualified coach with significant experience in talent management, leadership development and 360-degree assessment.

James has experience across government, private (technology, healthcare, aviation, media & advertising, professional services, sports and financial services) and not-for-profit sectors.
An English, History and Education graduate, potency in communication has been at the core of James’s career. He spent several years as a producer, director and presenter on Australian TV, and moved to Moscow as a newsreader for international News channel RT (Russia Today).

James has written and directed four films including Bush to Belly – 7 indigenous kids, an Italian coffee machine and 500 bike riders in the Kimberley – screened on ABC International in 2017.