One team, a multitude of talents

Our directors and team members bring a unique combination of skills and experience to the table covering every stage of the business lifecycle. We have walked in the shoes of business owners, CEOs, investors and board members – allowing us to provide deep insights to companies looking to transform, grow and improve.

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SAM WILLIS
CEO & Director

SAM WILLIS
CEO & Director

Sam has a strong finance background having worked in investment banking and wealth management prior to spending 10 years in the corporate advisory space. He worked with a number of emerging listed companies prior to founding, developing and running (as Managing Director) a listed resources company that completed a major farm-in agreement with Conoco Phillips. He is an experienced executive and non-executive director, with skills running across strategy, corporate finance and governance.

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CHRIS BATES
Founder & Director

CHRIS BATES
Founder & Director

Chris Bates founded Checkside in 2004. He has a background in financial services, succession planning and sports coaching, and has been advising businesses owners for over 20 years, building an extensive network across Australia and beyond. Able to process numbers and complexity at rapid speed, Chris is gifted at designing and explaining solutions that are clear and practical for clients to implement He is also an advisory board member to several private companies and leads executive search projects for our clients.

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SCOTT O’HEHIR
Director

SCOTT O’HEHIR
Director

Scott holds tertiary qualifications across Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management and Management, post-graduate qualifications in Finance and has been advising businesses for over 15 years. Scott is a talented problem solver who is expert at helping clients formulate and implement strategies, structures and systems (including technology) required to successfully scale-up. Scott has also been recognised for his success in business turnaround projects and is a former committee member of the Turnaround Management Association.

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JOHN BEECH
Client Director

JOHN BEECH
Client Director

John has held various senior executive positions across the mining, energy and technology industries. He was a senior executive and director of NYSE and ASX listed Orbital Corporation from 1987 until late 2002. He was also an award-winning Chair for the international CEO leadership group, The Executive Connection (TEC) for 15 years. Since 2003, John has provided consulting and advisory services to assist companies to commercialise their technologies into global markets.

John has been a director of publicly listed companies and is currently on the advisory board of several private companies. He continues to provide leadership development, coaching and mentoring services within companies and to a select number of senior and developing executives.

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GORDON EDWARDS
Client Director

GORDON EDWARDS
Client Director

Based in Adelaide, Gordon Edwards is an experienced consultant and leadership coach. Following his leadership career in the Royal Australian Navy (including deployment to the Gulf during the Iraq War of 1991), Gordon has continued to drive an approach with emerging companies that focuses on high performance and encourages leadership at all levels.  Notably, Gordon developed and, for the last 10 years, has delivered the South Australian Defence Industry Leadership Program (SADILP) sponsored by the SA State Government.

Gordon is also a Chair for The Executive Connection (TEC), dedicated to improving the businesses and enhancing the lives of business owners, CEOs and key executives.

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KATIE COOK
Client Director

KATIE COOK
Client Director

Based in Adelaide, Katie Cook (B.Com, BSc) has worked extensively in various senior roles focused on developing/training people and driving performance in organisations, supported by her strong commercial and financial acumen gathered through her University of Melbourne degrees in Commerce and Science (Mathematics and Psychology).

Katie’s experience has been gathered through consulting roles with Deloitte as well as senior internal management roles at one of South Australia’s leading private family businesses – Stratco.

Katie furthered her career with Deloitte (UK) as a manager in the Learning and Development team for Deloitte Consulting UK, focusing on development and implementation of a broad range of leadership and core consulting skill programs.

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Brooke Gilmour
Executive Assistant

Brooke Gilmour
Executive Assistant

Brooke commenced with Checkside in July 2020 and is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Curtin University pursuing a double major in Business Law and Marketing.

Following a rural upbringing in Katanning, Brooke attended St Mary’s Anglican Girls School graduating in 2017.  Brooke is a keen netballer (and coach) and a confident young leader who enjoys a challenge.

Our Values

The ‘Checkside Way’ has been built around our three core values:

One Team
One Team
Making an Impact
Make an Impact
Down to Earth
Down to Earth

These values are underpinned by defined standards and habits that drive our behaviour, focus and decision making, both internally and externally. We invite you to ask our team members how we use and ‘live’ our values.

The smartest High Performance IP in the market…

Bringing a unique combination of skills and experience to the table, covering every stage of the business lifecycle.

Clients choose us as their people and performance partners because:

We’ve been building our team and services since 2004…

Starting out in 2004, Chris Bates founded Checkside with a focus on succession planning for emerging and mid-sized private companies. He quickly found clients wanted more help with their people challenges, but could not find ‘HR’ firms who really understood business strategy and numbers in any depth. Six months later Scott O’Hehir joined to help fill that gap in the market and build the complementary services we deliver today.

We have grown steadily over the last 15+ years and helped a wide variety of companies across all sectors and stages of business. From start-up, to turnaround, to fast growth, to exit, we have built IP and tool-kits to handle a range of scenarios. We have also added great technology and people to our team, including appointing co-director Sam Willis in 2016.

We maintain an absolute passion for helping clients reach their full potential and take our responsibility as advisers seriously – it’s one thing that will never change.

High performance is more than a mindset. It’s a habit...

Our IP and advice bring you everything you need to drive performance through your people.
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