Master The Politics

I help people understand positive politics so they can excel, without selling out.

Expert local government coach and candidate trainer


Ruths supports new and emerging leaders in the Local Goverment sector to manage the pressures and master the politics of exceptional leadership.


Looking for an inspiring speaker who keeps it real and your audience engaged? As an experienced professional, authentic story-teller and meticulous researcher, Ruth connects as a memorable presenter on stage or online.


Take your training to another level. Transform your virtual meetings, deliver a winning campaign, and build the skills for Political Intelligence. Ruth’s training will give you the performance edge.


Ruth supports council leaders to be influential and bring their A-game to the chamber. For when you need to trust someone wise, who understands and has got your back.

Ruth McGowan

Consultant. Speaker. Trainer. Coach.

Ruth McGowan OAM provides expert consulting advice on leadership, gender equality, political intelligence, and political campaigning. She is a sought-after Councillor-coach and Mayoral-mentor. Ruth’s 30+ years of leadership and volunteering has been recognised with a National Emergency Medal and an Order of Australia Medal.

Ruth McGowan

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Get Elected

Tired of waiting for politicians to act? Become one!

Inspired by the call to activists everywhere, to Don’t Get Mad – Get Elected, Ruth wrote Australia’s first national campaign guide in 2019. With over 3000 copies sold, Get Elected is a step-by-step campaign guide to winning public office that encourages women and diverse candidates to stand for politics at a local, state, and federal level. Aimed at independent candidates but useful for anyone keen on politics, Get Elected equips aspiring candidates, and their supporters, to plan a successful political campaign. 

This practical guide draws on the successful ‘Independent for Indi’ campaigns that Ruth helped coordinate, that saw her sister Cathy McGowan elected to the Australian House of Representatives Federal Parliament in 2013 and again in 2016.

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