Dr Helen Grzyb

Ph.D, M. Comm.(HRD), Grad. Dip (HRD), FAHRI, FAIM, FAICD, MIPAA, MILP

Winner of the Australian Institute of Management (WA) award for best master’s student, an Australian Post Graduate Award, and the Bankwest/AICD Community Leaders scholarship for Advanced not for profit governance, Dr Grzyb is an accomplished researcher and strategist with a track record nationally of over 30 years in government and not-profit sectors.

An accredited policy and research advisor and engagement expert for government agencies in Western Australia, she is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (and a graduate of the Company Director course), of the Australian Institute of Management, and of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

As the founding director of Helen Grzyb and Associates, Helen has assisted local and national organisations in devising answers to complex policy and governance questions in their pursuit of improving outcomes.

She trains and advises executives across private and public sectors on stakeholder engagement, governance and executive coaching. The biggest impact of her work has been successfully achieving stakeholder buy-in in significant projects.

Prior to leading her independent consultancy business, Dr Grzyb was a senior government officer at the centre of the Western Australian government, advising on environmental, aboriginal affairs, disability services together with treasury and public sector management areas.

Helen has lectured extensively at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive courses in Australia, and her expertise has been recognised with invitations to present to senior staff in South East Asia, at national conferences and to national and Western Australian organisations.

A trained facilitator, Helen is recognised for her ability to fully engage with participants in a creative learning environment.

As chief investigator of government-funded research projects, Dr Grzyb has led multidisciplinary teams in program evaluations, legislative review, policy and purchasing frameworks, strategic and business planning. These projects include the areas of tourism, economic and social impacts, timber plantations, Chamber of Commerce/local economic development, catchment management and conservation, Main Roads and infrastructure, residential aged care services, and services for communities including for children, people with a disability, and seniors.

Dr Grzyb has also contributed to multidisciplinary projects in the areas of heritage master planning, infrastructure planning, indigenous employment and health, secondary education institutions, and local government planning.

As a result of her decades of expertise and practice Helen is seen as an expert in economic and social studies, in community based organisations and their activities, in stakeholder engagement and governance processes and practice.

A strong advocate for education and economic empowerment, Dr Grzyb dedicates her time and expertise to the cause by mentoring new professionals.  She has spoken to graduates about business set up, entrepreneurship, and consultancy practice and is currently serving as a mentor for the Australian Human Resources Institute and Curtin’s NEXT STEP mentoring program. An accomplished executive coach,  Helen works with her clients to achieve their professional goals.

Her passion in connecting businesses with philanthropic activities has seen her serving on the non-profit boards of incorporated organisations: Rosewood Care Group, The Aged Persons Support Service, Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts, Australia (WA), Rocky Bay, Eastern Regional Business Enterprise and Arts Centre, Quadriplegic Centre, and Presbyterian Ladies’ College.

She is currently a non-executive director of non-profits Meerilinga Incorporated and Advocare Incorporated.  Her substantial expertise in not for profit organisations saw her appointment to the Western Australian Charitable Institutions Advisory Committee, a role she has held for three years.

Helen’s fundamental belief in blending economic and community responses has seen her work pro-bono with professional and business organisations including the City of Subiaco Economic and Sustainable Business committee, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA’s Small and Medium Enterprise Council, and the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (WA).

Dr Grzyb is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society, the Institute of Public Administration Australia, the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia and the Institute of Professional Facilitators.

Her published work includes research papers and reports on evaluation models, stakeholder engagement, small business (rural and metropolitan), community organisations, timber plantation industry and SME corporate responsibility.