Our team consists of experienced business owners, CEOs, investors and board members
We know from first-hand experience the joys and pains of navigating growth and transformational change
Established in 2004, we have partnered with over 700 businesses during our 18 year journey to tackle challenges, solve problems and deliver results for businesses and business owners.
We’ve worked with everything from well-funded start-ups to established operations with thousands of employees – across almost every industry.
So no matter what your scaling or transformational challenge is, you’re in safe hands.
To help businesses to reach their full potential
Our Values guide the decisions we make and the actions we take every day.
Make an Impact
Client centric. Always seek to add value. Care about quality outcomes. Know when to go the extra mile.
Down To Earth
Be approachable. Keep it simple. Tell it like it is. Be humble. Admit and learn from mistakes.
The whole is always greater than the sum of the parts. Embrace the team rhythm. Have each other’s backs and step up when needed. No heroes, no passengers.
Our Point of Difference
Emerging and mid-market specialists.
Senior expertise gained from lived experience.
Fit for purpose IP.
Sam 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 leading a listed resources company that completed a major farm-in agreement with Conoco Phillips.
Sam is an experienced executive and non-executive director, with skills running across strategy, corporate finance and governance. Sam is a trusted mentor and coach to a select number of senior and developing executives.
Scott has been advising businesses for over 15 years and is an expert at helping clients formulate and implement strategies, structures and management systems required to successfully grow.
Scott developed the Checkside High Performance Operating System and Leadership Turbocharge course to meet the needs of emerging and mid-market businesses. Scott has been recognised for his success in business turnaround projects and is a former committee member of the Turnaround Management Association. Scott is a trusted mentor and coach to a select number of senior and developing executives. Scott holds tertiary qualifications across Management, Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, as well as post-graduate qualifications in Applied Finance.
Mike has 25 years of leadership and management experience across both large listed corporates and mid-market companies, providing deep expertise around financial services and wealth management.
With a specialist background in relationship sales, product positioning and business models, Mike has a well-developed understanding of the intricacies of building and managing high performing teams. Mike’s work with mid-market and family owned businesses has also provided a solid understanding of succession planning needs for clients.
As a long term member of The Executive Connection (the world’s oldest peer coaching and mentoring organisation), Mike has developed unique people skills and excelled as an innovative and creative problem solver for companies large and small.
Mark is an internationally experienced CEO and entrepreneur of public and privately owned businesses, in a range of industries and markets in Australia, Asia and Europe. Mark has a demonstrated expertise in strategy development and building profitable and sustainable business with high performing teams. Mark strongly guided by his values, purpose and is a passionate community leader and builder with experience across several important organisations.
Mark is a member of The Executive Connection (TEC45) and has an MBA from Stockholm University Business School. He is a lifelong learner and appreciates that the best way to learn is to teach and share knowledge and experiences with others.
Client Director - Adelaide
Matt established his own strategy consulting business in 2019 and works closely with business owners and leaders to lift their focus to a bigger picture by providing direction and support in the areas of strategic planning, customer connection, strategic execution and leadership coaching. Based in Adelaide, Matt’s primary focus has been on assisting mid-market businesses and business owners to help deliver better outcomes for all stakeholders.
Prior to this, Matt worked for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for 23 years in a range of roles across home loan sales, contact centre, high network deposits, leadership, digital and business banking strategy.
Chris was founder of Checkside in 2004 and has transitioned to CEO of fast-growing, family-owned agribusiness group Waringa.
He has a background in financial services and succession planning and has been advising businesses for over 20 years. Chris holds Bachelor of Business from Curtin University, is a graduate of the AICD company directors course (GAICD) and has completed various finance qualifications from the Securities Institute of Australia (SIA) and the ASX.
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 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.