Education: Post-graduate Diploma, Computing Science | University of Glasgow | 1971-1972 B Sc, Computational Science and Statistics | University of Dundee | 1968-1971 Newport Free Grammar School | 1961-1968
Current: Family, Friends, Football (aka Soccer) coaching, Digital photography | Tutor at Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education past | Athletics coaching University Years: Entertainment convenor and breakfast 'radio' show DJ School Years: Narrow canal renovator (Stratford-upon-Avon Canal south from Lapworth south to Stratford-upon Avon ... bricklaying, dredging, vegetation clearing)
Current Company: Find A Consultant | JEGMC | University of Sydney | Small Business Mentoring Service
Current Position: Senior Partner | Principal | Tutor | Business Mentor
Experience Description: * Senior Partner - Find A Consultant (June 2014 - Present) * Principal - JEGMC (April 2005 - Present) * Tutor - Centre For Continuing Education (CCE) - University of Sydney (Aug 2006 - Present) * Business Mentor - Small Business Mentoring Service (Nov 2012 - Present) * Mentor | Reviewer | Judge | Presenter - NSW Enterprise Workshop (Aug 2007 – Feb 2017) * Expert Contributor - Kochies Business Builders (Jan 2013 – Mar 2013) * Business Operations Manager + Learning & Knowledge Customer Group Leader, Strategy and Change - IBM Business Consulting Services (Oct 2002 - Apr 2005) * Service Delivery Director, Strategy & Change, PwC Consulting - PricewaterhouseCoopers (AUS) (2001 – Sep 2002) * Principal Consultant, IT Strategy & Management - Price Waterhouse Urwick & PwC Consulting (AUS) (Aug 1990 – Feb 2001) * Executive Consultant - Grant Thornton Management Consultants (UK) (Nov 1985 – Jan 1989) * Group Internal IT Consultant - Silentnight Group (UK) (Mar 1984 – Oct 1985)
Meet in Person
Hello … I am John Groarke, and I have been formally mentoring since August 1990 when I worked for Price Waterhouse Urwick, the management consulting arm of Price Waterhouse. That continued through the 1997 merger with Coopers and Lybrand and the acquisition of PwC Consulting by IBM in 2002. When I finished at IBM Business Consulting Services in April 2005, I directly looked after the professional development of 120 consultants in Australia and New Zealand and 13 countries. And indirectly, another 680 consultants in 14 countries across Asia Pacific.
Throughout that 1990 to 2005 period I always had a full formal ‘dance card’ of mentees, about a dozen at a time. And then there were those informal mentoring conversations when I would be sought out by a fellow professional needing someone to talk to. My ‘door’ was always open to someone in need.
The key outcome of that 15 year period is a mentor-oriented action-focused approach to all of my work … probably my life too. Today I work with consultants, professional advisors and executives in services-centric enterprises utilising my approach day-in and day-out. In fact, I write this introduction about an hour after a mentoring session with Julie who has a product business and who now wishes to sell solutions using her product. I work with my mentees to confidently breakthrough with relevant, distinctive, focused, sustainable and profitable enterprises.
I see the transfer of my skills, knowledge and experience as being core to the mentoring relationship. And I play the role model throughout in an enthusiastic way, according to client Graeme. But be warned, I am the ‘glass half empty’ mentor who strives to turn negativity into positivity … and … we will be successful at that.
In conclusion, I would not be writing this today without the ‘benefits’ (I can think of no other word) of being mentored since I first entered the workforce in 1972 by Chris, Terry, Danny, Ron, Peter, Richard and Neil. They are the reason I ‘give back’ as a mentor today … I am indebted to them, and always will be.
My LinkedIn profile can be found here – https://www.linkedin.com/in/johngroarke/