Now more than ever, good leaders matter.

Effective leaders apply their influence for impact and know that by mastering the art of positive politics, they can get good stuff done. Ruth McGowan


A commitment to absolute professionalism guides my support to clients; especially when working in high-stress environments or with ‘unique’ personalities. With three decades of experience managing diverse teams and public projects, I’m known as a ‘safe pair of hands’ who gets the job done as promised. Professional – every, single, time.


Aristotle wisely noted that ‘Man is by nature a political animal’. I get a kick out of helping men and women to boost their political intelligence, to tap into their ‘political animal’ and master politics. As a former Mayor, campaign coordinator, and author of Get Elected, I understand the power of positive politics.


The leaders I admire, seek to change the world for the better. Yet, if you wish to do good things, you need power. This is where my insights into politics help. I bring respect, straight-talk and a WARM* style to supporting leaders to power-up. (*World According to Ruth McGowan)

Project Focus Areas 2020

Ruth’s focus is on supporting local government leaders to respond to the challenges of COVID19 and prepare for post-pandemic recovery. 

  • Independent facilitation of council meetings (virtual host or in-house), and coaching support for online meetings
  • Training in how to deliver Awesome Leadership in Turbulent times  
  • Confidential councillor coach for competent leaders who seek to be exceptional
  • Master the Politics training for new and aspiring leaders working in local government who need to be politically savvy 
  • Engage On-line is essential training for councillors and senior managers who need to plan and deliver effective and meaningful community engagement through virtual platforms 
  • Supporting active citizenship through virtual Get Elected training on how to campaign for public office

Politics, big personalities, and genuine engagement with people is what fascinates me about local government.

When these come together in the right combination, it is a powerful force for good, especially when a community is emerging from a major disaster.  

I work with councillors and senior managers to develop better teams, inclusive services and engaged communities. 

Councils are currently dealing with the challenges of virtual service delivery and engagement. As Mayor, I led my community though the response to and recovery from the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire disaster. I can provide expertise as someone who understands the pain, the problems – and the possibilities. 

Ruth wears many hats.

Consultant. Speaker. Trainer. Coach.

Ruth has worked as a consultant and adviser to councils, peak bodies in local government and community leaders since 2012.


Growing up on the family farm in northeast Victoria, I was fascinated by the natural world and science. I studied agriculture at uni and spent the first twenty years of my career managing research and communication projects for the Victorian government while bringing up three wonderful children.  

In the last decade, I changed my career direction to local government; first as a councillor and mayor with Baw Baw Shire Council, and now I manage my own consultancy business. 

Community service is important to me and I have volunteered for organisations involved in education and disability support, advancing gender equality and with my local Country Fire Authority brigade. 

My service has been acknowledged with a Medal of the Order (OAM) and a National Emergency Medal. I now advocate for gender equality in the Australian Honours through Honour a Woman

Always a country girl at heart and soul, I live on a small property in West Gippsland with my husband, a couple of horses, chooks and a beloved rescue border collie, Cosmo. 

Making a Difference

Awards & Recognitions