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Maura Boland 

BA Science – Genetics (Hons, first class), Dip and MA Applied Science (Communication Management),
Grad Cert Management (AGSM), ANZOG Executive Fellow, GAICD, Certified Coach (IECL level 2)

Maura joined Synergy Global in 2016 and brings over 30 years’ experience in strategy, policy, reform and helping people grow into leaders. She offers insightful approaches to complex problems and partner with clients to improve their effectiveness. She has deep experience at Board/Exec levels and corporate governance including Strategic Planning, Policy Development, Social/Capital program design and administration, Regulation, Risk/Audit, and governance of Strategic finances, high level projects and contracts.

Maura has managed $150M+ budgets, negotiated and oversighted $1B+ budgets and delivered high profile projects in challenging areas, most recently as Deputy Director-General, Strategy and Policy in NSW Family and Community Services. Since leaving the Public sector, she has been working as a consultant with Private, Public and NfP organisations to formulate strategy, strengthen governance and work in collaborative ways.

Maura has successfully led teams in managing reform, change and innovation across a broad range of government portfolios including social and affordable housing, homelessness, disability, child protection, population group policies, whole of government service delivery and environmental and natural resources management. Her work in these fields has been recognised through a plethora of NSW Premier’s Awards including the highly sought-after gold award for her work on the Housing and Support Initiative, a joint project between Housing NSW and NSW Health.

 Her expertise and key interests focus around these 5 themes:
black Strategy in Complexity — think differently, identify actions for change; work collaboratively and respond to opportunities
black Collaboration—build trust/accountability as a means of breaking though difficult problems and results
black Leadership for Impact — align values/vision with actions to get powerful results and positive difference
black Evidence and Experience — get complete perspectives on social issues
black Wellbeing — as an underpinning to performance: individually; organisationally; as a society

A creative and visionary leader/adviser, who also works from a sound evidence base, Maura has influenced and formed trusting relationships with a wide range of stakeholders to make change happen. She started at the University of Sydney as an associate lecturer in Genetics, but quickly moved into Communication, Policy and Strategy in Public Sectors, initially in natural resources management and environment, through government service delivery to a wide range of human services. Her goal is to assist clients to lead change successfully by having clear end goals, forming trusting relationships, and being flexible and responsive to opportunities as they emerge. She works with leadership teams and boards as well as individuals. She is passionate about leading transformational change to improve systems and services to leave a positive impact on peoples’ lives, the environment and economic sustainability.

Maura is living in Sydney. She loves to travel and read widely, practice Pilates and wellbeing – she will never stop challenging herself to keep learning. She is a non-Executive Director on the House With No Steps Board.

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