About Checkside

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 20 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.

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Our purpose

To help businesses to reach their full potential

Our Values

Our Values guide the decisions we make and the actions we take every day.

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Make an Impact

Client centric. Always seek to add value. Care about quality outcomes. Know when to go the extra mile.

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Down To Earth

Be approachable. Keep it simple. Tell it like it is. Be humble. Admit and learn from mistakes.

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One Team

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.

Our Team

Sam Willis

Managing Director

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 O’Hehir


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.

Mark Majzner

Client Director

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.

Tony Femia

Client Director

With over 20 years of senior leadership experience, Tony has a proven track record of building high performing teams, leading strategic change and delivering consistent business growth with larger multinational corporates and mid-tier financial services companies across Australia.

As a trusted coach and mentor to many business owners, leaders and sales professionals, Tony’s experience has proved an invaluable sounding board and helped them to unlock their untapped potential and boost the growth of their target markets and business.

Tony is an enthusiastic, energetic presenter and thrives on the opportunity to facilitate tailored training and coaching frameworks for leadership and team development programs to help grow skills, confidence and high-quality delivery with impact.

Damian Hicks

Client Director

With an impressive track record as an ASX company director and a wealth of experience in strategic, corporate, financial, and governance roles across Australia and northern Europe, Damian is poised to make a significant impact in his client director role.

Damian’s ongoing role as Chair of Corporate Board Services (known as experts in outsourced financial management, compliance and governance for ASX-listed, unlisted public and private companies) has honed his skills in leading teams to success. This, alongside his experience as an entrepreneurial founder and deal maker, will be invaluable in guiding Checkside clients as they navigate growth and transformational change.

Damian is admitted as a legal practitioner in Western Australia, has a degree in accounting & finance, holds diplomas in finance & investment and applied corporate governance, and is completing a geology degree.

Matt Davey

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 Bates

Advisory Board

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 Beech

Advisory Board

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.