Brian Midgley is an electrical engineer who started work as a technical trainee with the Central Electricity Generating Board of the U.K.

He worked for a number of years on the construction, operation and maintenance of coal fired and nuclear power stations in the U.K. before emigrating to Australia.

In Australia he worked for the aluminium industry and held various engineering, supervisory and management roles with Comalco Smelting culminating in becoming General Manager of Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter in New Zealand.

He led Organisational Development studies at the Martin Marietta aluminium rolling mill and recycling facility in Kentucky, U.S.A. and at Argyle Diamonds, Western Australia.

As Chief Project Engineer for Comalco Smelting he carried out a number of pre-feasibility studies into the potential expansions and/or upgrades of their Australasian aluminium smelters. 

In Chile, South America, commissioned by a consortium of international companies, he headed up a series of studies into harnessing the potential water resources of southern Chile through the development and construction of combined hydro-electric power stations and aluminium smelters.

As Managing Director of Anglesey Aluminium, Rio Tinto’s aluminium smelter in North Wales, he restructured the operation making significant gains in industrial relations through structure and system changes and the introduction of Systems Leadership management and leadership training.

Major project work undertaken was for a potential aluminium smelter in the UAE and a power option study investigating coal, lignite oil/gas and wind energy sources to provide electricity to the NZAS Tiwai Point aluminium smelter.

Since 1995 he has worked as a consultant, based in Invercargill, New Zealand. He has regularly provided leadership/team member training and has carried out Organisational Development studies and systems design, review and audit for the aluminium and coal industries.


  • Macdonald Associates Consultancy
  • M.I.E.T. – Member Institution of Engineers & Technologists
  • SLDA – Systems Leadership & Development Association

Area of Expertise:

  • Power Station Design, Construction and Operation
  • Aluminium Smelter Design, Construction and Operation
  • Project Feasibility Studies and Proposals
  • Organisational Development
  • Management, Leadership, Teamwork Training and Development
  • System Design, Review and Audit

Steve Cox

Steve has worked across an unusually wide range of disciplines within education having been a youth worker, teacher, trainer and strategic manager leading on governance and management support across 307 schools.

After 25 years in education Steve moved to head up Community Services as a Strategic Leader within Gloucestershire County Council. The role encompassed Libraries, Archives, Youth Justice, Trading Standards, Coroners, Registration and Equalities,

In 2008 he became an associate of Macdonald Associate Consultancy. He has worked with mining and pharmaceutical companies, has facilitated Head Teacher’s conferences and worked with voluntary organisations.

In 2012 Steve was appointed Principal at a three phase school and has more recently been working as a change management consultant within education settings.

Aread of Expertise

  • Application of Systems Leadership principles and practices in organisations
  • Leadership development and coaching
  • Cultural review and transformation
  • Teamwork training
  • Workshop design and facilitation


  • M.A. Youth and Community Work – Brunel University
  • PGCE – Brunel University


  • Macdonald Associates Consultancy
  • Systems Leadership Development Association


Tony Tiplady

Tony has 14 years of experience as an Organisational Effectiveness & Development coach/consultant/advisor, after experience in education, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and training and in mining HSEC and operational management roles. During that time, he has worked in many schools in some Queensland regions, consulting, coaching, advising and training regional leaders, principals and their staff and has been in the application of the Systems Leadership modelling since 1988.

He is the co-author of Improving Schools Using Systems Leadership; Turning Intention into Reality, which describes the successful application of the material in Far North Queensland Region.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organisational Design and Effectiveness
  • Leadership and Team Development
  • Organisational Health Analysis and Review
  • System Design and Implementation
  • Training in all of the above
  • Working in different cultural contexts


  • Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal Education


  • Systems Leadership Development Association
  • Systems Leadership Association (Education)

Joe Grimmond

Joe Grimmond has over 30 years experience working in a range of HR roles both as a Consultant and Senior Executive. He has held General Manager roles within CRA (now Riotinto) and with Kaiser Aluminum in the USA. He has consulted widely within Australia, North and South America and in Asia. His industry expertise covers Construction, Mining and Smelting, Finance, Transportation (including Aviation) and Manufacturing. He resides in Brisbane, Australia.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Strategy (People and Culture focus)
  • Organisation Structure Reviews utilizing external consultants or trained internal teams.
  • Workplace Reviews and Audits
  • Organisation System Design
  • People aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Business Improvement Projects (People and Culture focus)


  • Queensland University of Technology- GDIR
  • Queensland University- BA Anthropology (current field of study)


  • Australian Human Resources Institute- Chartered Member

Clive Dixon

Clive has extensive experience in school education as a teacher, principal, principal supervisor and regional director. He works with schools and other organisations, delivering training and coaching school leaders and executives to improve their capability to create positive, productive cultures.

His special interests include organisational change, leadership development, pedagogy and the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
He is based in Cairns in far north Queensland, Australia.

Areas of Expertise

  • Using Systems Leadership in organisations
  • Leadership and team development
  • Facilitating training and workshops
  • Organisational change


Clive studied at the North Brisbane College of Advanced Education and the University of Queensland. He holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Educational Studies and Master of Educational Studies.