The Leadership WA Story

We are champions for leadership.

Since 2004, Leadership WA has taken more than 1,000 emerging and established leaders from all sectors through challenging and inspiring world-class development programs. We are an independent, apolitical not-for-profit organisation, and we believe in the power of stronger communities through development of leadership capacities and collaborative social impact initiatives.

We are champions for leadership. We champion those who make a difference, who go on to impact the world from the invaluable experiences and the journey on which we take them.

Through our immersive programs, we instil the courage, skills and tenacity in our leaders to make an impact and create stronger communities in Western Australia and beyond.

We are committed to empowering a diverse range of Western Australia’s leaders, because leadership comes in many forms. Creating stronger communities requires great leaders, and we are the catalyst.

We recognise that leaders have the potential to make a real difference and our Alumni and participants set the standard. In 2020 alone, Leadership WA Alumni and participants committed to more than 900 hours of their time and expertise to community-based not-for-profits through our Skillsbank initiative.

To learn more about the achievements of Leadership WA and our Alumni in 2022, click here.

Our Vision

Courageous leadership shaping a better WA.

Our Mission

Developing and enabling inclusive and courageous leaders for the benefit of themselves, their organisations and the WA community.

Our Values

We connect

We bring diverse individuals together in experience and thought, nurturing strong bonds for collaboration to shape a better WA.

We empower

We are committed to instilling leaders with the courage, confidence, and the lifelong connections required to shape meaningful community change.

We are adaptable

We inspire adaptability in WA’s change-makers. We proactively seek new approaches, resources and experiences to align with the ever-evolving requirements of today’s leaders.

We are exceptional

We strive to exceed the highest standards in everything we do, delivering exceptional experiences for our stakeholders.

Our approach to Leadership Development

Our Leadership Programs embrace the use of reflective learning. This approach to learning encourages participants to examine their personal experiences, the experiences of their cohort and the experiences of the many highly influential external speakers who contribute throughout the Program. This approach ensures relevance, boosts self-confidence, and increases personal growth whilst challenging participants to question and critically assess their deeply-held assumptions and how they relate to the wider world.

In 2015 Murdoch University conducted a study with Leadership WA to assess the effectiveness of this approach. The study found that the Signature Leadership Program acts as both a compass, navigating participants into new self-discoveries; and a beacon which participants can use to negotiate their inner discoveries. Through this reflective approach to learning, Leadership WA Programs increase leadership wisdom, and graduates become better leaders in their organisations and the community, contributing their skills to building the capacity of others.

Leadership WA Awards

Established in 2013, the Leadership WA Distinguished Fellow and Honorary Fellow Awards recognise exceptional leadership, community contribution and/or support for the work and values of Leadership WA.

Distinguished Fellows are Alumni of Leadership WA’s Signature or Rising Leadership Program who

  • Graduated 4 or more years ago and are actively engaged with Leadership WA
  • Have made an outstanding and enduring contribution to the Western Australian community
  • Embody the core values of Leadership WA and support our vision and mission

Honorary Fellows are Western Australian leaders who

  • Have made a significant and enduring contribution to Leadership WA
  • Made a positive impact on the work and/or governance of Leadership WA over five years or more
  • Embody the core values of Leadership WA and support

Developing and enabling inclusive and courageous leaders for the benefit of themselves, their organisations and the WA community

Leadership WA's MISSION

Leadership WA Awards Recipients

Distinguished Fellow
Honorary Fellow
Anjie Brook, Executive Manager, YMCA WA
Prof Lyn Beazley AO
Dr Nicky Howe, CEO, Southcare
Dr Richard Walley OAM
Rebecca Tomkinson, CEO, Royal Flying Doctor Service WA
Sharyn O'Neill, Public Sector Commissioner
Ashley Reid, CEO, Cancer Council WA
Ian Carter AM, founding Leadership WA Board Member
Joel Levin, Aha! Consulting
The Hon Kerry Sanderson AC, former Governor of Western Australia
Craig Spencer, Regional Manager, St John WA
Richard Goyder AO, Chairman of Woodside
Dominique Mecoy, CEO, Leadership WA
Reece Waldock, former Director-General, Department of Transport WA
Prof. Frank Daly, CEO, Northern Territory Department of Health
Prof. Colleen Hayward AM, former Pro-Vice-Chancellor Edith Cowan University
David Thomas, CEO, R2R Services
David Rose, Director Advisory Services KPMG
Justine Colyer, CEO, Rise Network
Dr Walter Cox PSM, Former Chair Leadership WA