Our people

Entrepreneurial spirit, conviction and ingenuity

Our team is drawn from different backgrounds. Some, commercial industry leaders themselves, they understand the complexity and what makes corporations tick. Others, performance and psychology experts, they understand what makes people tick. Some are fluent in digital, some in business transformation. Others know how to break down and rebuild complex organisations.

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Vanessa Gavan

Founder & Joint Managing Director

A visionary founder shaping and challenging market-making agendas, Vanessa founded Maximus over two decades ago building an extraordinary reputation with Australia’s most ambitious boards and executives. Bringing a relentless obsession with purpose-driven impact, Vanessa ignites potential at scale, delivering disproportionate growth for leaders and organisations.

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Brent Duffy

Joint Managing Director

A talent-multiplier driving uncompromising outcomes, Brent has been the go-to trusted advisor for some of Australia’s most impactful leaders for the past two decades. With an uncompromising focus on quality, progress and accountability, Brent has a reputation for delivering outcomes and identifying where true opportunity lies.

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James Keeler

Director

An enterprise-shaper focused on the smallest of details, James holds relationships with some of our largest, longest standing and most purposeful clients. Known for delivering organisation-wide outcomes, James enables the leaders within to build insight and execute strategically, responding to global disruption and opportunities.

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Katherine Boiciuc

Director

An enterprise-leader pushing boundaries and building the future across industries, Katherine (KB), has over 20 years’ experience as an executive transforming large enterprises from the inside. With a unique lens on what it takes to drive change at scale, KB starts with the future and works backwards pushing leaders to achieve beyond what they think is possible.

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Simon Burton

Director

A global executive driven by endless curiosity and a passion for reinvention, Simon brings over 20 years’ experience in leading global corporate and advisory firms across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America including Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Bupa and McKinsey & Co.

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Tracey Sandeman

Director, Strategy & Advisory

A strategist who thrives in the uncomfortable, Tracey delivers impact through transformation that is both methodical and human-centred. With over two decades of experience solving complex problems that stall organisational progress, Tracey is respected for her ability to get to the heart of matters, instil ownership and deliver practical, actionable solutions.

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Jamie Christopherson

Director

Experienced executive and advisor with over two decades of consulting experience to global executives, Jamie helps leaders, teams and organisations take courageous steps towards realising potential.

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Vanessa Powell

Associate Director

A psychologist and leadership expert, Vanessa has a reputation for delivering breakthroughs. With over two decades of experience transforming people and organisations, Vanessa has a rare combination of deep understanding of human behaviour and commercial acumen, positioning her to drive outcomes across enterprises.

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Danielle Moore

Associate Director

An organisational psychologist and designer, Danielle delivers experiences that ignite imagination, capture attention, manage energy and deliver outcomes at scale. Danielle is recognised by colleagues and clients for her relentless pursuit of better outcomes through creative and exceptional experiences.

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Raj Gopiraj

Associate Director

A strategist, advisor and coach, Raj has been solving complex challenges globally for over 15 years. With a depth of expertise enabling him to speak the languages of finance, marketing, law, science, engineering and human behaviour, Raj is able to synthesise and simplify the job to be done delivering enterprise value and outcomes.

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James Chapman

Associate Director

A human-performance specialist James has dedicated a lifetime to unearthing performance across enterprise organisations. An Olympic medalist specialising in the psychology of peak performance, James creates the conditions to unlock potential and deliver results.

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Jaque Qian

Associate Director

A transformation advisor humanising problems to get breakthrough results, Jaque is a sought-after transformation strategist and coach who blends corporate strategy and governance, psychology and technology to help leaders crystallise their vision and realise ambitious pathways.

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Max Dodds

Associate Director

A leadership specialist with a relentless work ethic, boundless energy and pursuit of outcomes and impact, Max delivers for his clients. Having built a reputation as the consultant that can deliver breakthroughs, Max coaches and facilitates with a focus on high-impact communication, personal presence and sales capability.

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Alon Cassuto

Head of Insight Commercialisation

A born storyteller and expert facilitator inspiring curiosity, innovation, and transformation, Alon possesses the skill of translating vision and concepts into deeply human blueprints and the ability to cut-through the status quo to unearth new opportunities and human potential.

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Lani Swanton

Director of Operations & Business Partner to Vanessa Gavan

The driving force behind Maximus’ operations, Lani is trusted by all to deliver the exceptional consistently. Working alongside our executives, Lani delivers outcomes by proactively taking the business where it needs to be.

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