Stephen, a Partner at Kinnford Consulting since June 2015, enters this new role after 20 years in his successful business, QQSR. He brings over 40 years’ experience as an educator, researcher, facilitator and change management consultant to a variety of clients in government, the military, the private sector and non-government organisations both in Australia and overseas.
Stephen originally specialised in sociology and social psychology. Trained in the UK, he held academic posts in Wellington, NZ, Berkeley, California (Visiting Prof in Public Health) and in Canberra, where he taught at ANU from 1974-1996. In this role, Stephen earned a major reputation as a scholarly researcher and policy developer in criminology and drug policy. His published work included papers on restorative justice and illegal drug use that have become citation classics. Stephen is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM).
Stephen’s unique blend of academic training, practical experience and a lively interest in innovation creates a unique and exciting approach to underpin his work. His approach blends contemporary psychology with sociological work in organisational/cultural change. He also draws on techniques such as appreciative inquiry advanced knowledge management perspectives, open space facilitation techniques and an understanding of complexity and chaos theories to:
- ensure best practice in leadership and strategy
- develop listening, assertion and conflict resolution skills in work contexts and manage under-performance
- understand and lead / influence change
- provide executive coaching.