Darren Harvey

General Manager

“I wholeheartedly believe that in order to do the best for our clients we must first be deliberate about doing the best for our staff.”

Darren is an accomplished leader with a focus on designing culture, strategic thinking, change management, operational design, HR and project leadership of large-scale businesses. Moreover, he is an experienced General Manager equipped with a full and comprehensive understanding and experience of the CEO remit.

 

Darren’s leadership and delivery of portfolios and projects has been based upon applying a strategic approach to align HR activities with the broader business needs and goals, implementing improvements to existing practices and operating costs, and appropriate intervention to facilitate acceptance of required changes.

His transformational leadership style embraces the diversity of followers. He believes in the potential for transformation and growth and looks to empower all team members to become emotional shareholders in the delivery of quality outcomes.

 

WHY AJ & CO?

When I first met with Andrew about joining the team, to my surprise our conversation did not center around law. Instead, we spoke of the importance of designing a team culture filled with likeminded legal professionals who truly understood that first and foremost the legal profession was a ‘relationships’ industry.

It became evident, when I met the team in person that I seamlessly aligned with their desire to genuinely connect with their clients, each other and the larger purpose of our industry.

 

EXPERTISE

Darren’s expertise includes:

  • business performance and cultural development;
  • financial, strategic and corporate priorities;
  • leadership and staff development;
  • human resources and workforce planning;
  • vision and strategy;
  • financial leadership and management;
  • governance, policy and protocols;
  • statutory regulations;
  • stakeholders engagement;
  • organisational effectiveness and business administration;
  • project leadership;
  • change management; and
  • customer centric solutions.

 

EXPERIENCE

Recent experience of note includes:

  • design, leadership and delivery of Business Strategic Intent for multiple large-scale businesses;
  • extensive multimillion-dollar capital works projects within the education sector including learning in New Queensland Building, Sheldon Entertainment Centre and Australian School of the Arts Precinct;
  • design and leadership of human resources and work force planning for over 300 staff;
  • design and daily management of budget provision in excess of $40 million within the independent education sector;
  • audit, review and design of statutory regulations and policies, personnel procedures regarding employment, general working conditions for employees across multiple large-scale businesses; and
  • Chair of the University of Queensland AFC Advisory Board.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Master of Leadership (Deakin University)

Bachelor of Education (Griffith University)