RUTH’S BROAD EXPERIENCE
Ruth has a proven track record in the local government, agriculture and community sectors. Her passion is to apply her practical skills to assist organisations and individuals take stock, reflect and then refocus on designing future strategies for positive change.
“I am passionate and determined, with a focus on embracing an evidence-based approach to problem solving. My well founded reputation, is a result of my track-record for delivering client outcomes based on a professional research and development approach”.
Insight. Wisdom. Advice.
Ruth’s previous experience as a Mayor and Board member, means she knows what it takes to thrive as a local leader and get stuff done to leave a legacy. She has been elected to executive roles on several not-for-profit Boards, in the local government and community sector that has lead to extensive governance experience and knowledge about managing challenges and grabbing opportunities at a Board level.
Bringing a unique thinking approach to problem solving is a passion of Ruth’s, which comes from her commitment to an evidence-based approach and insight from years of experience. This derives from her background as successful scientist in the Victorian Government and many years as an adviser and trainer working with farmers in the rural sector.
Evaluation and measurement of outcomes is an integral component of any project and Ruth’s commitment to adoption of best practice and bench marking principles have resulted in improved performance and outcomes for her clients.
Ruth’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor Degree and Masters in Agricultural Science and qualifications in Lateral Thinking Skills, Governance and Coaching. In addition she has worked as a Jillaroo in Queensland, horse-breaker and rouse-about on the large family property she grew up, in North East Victoria.
As an active volunteer for three decades, Ruth is something of a community activist. She has coordinated four successful political campaigns (twice for her own election to local council and also on the campaign for her sister Cathy McGowan, Federal Member for Indi, 2013, 2016). All of this was great experience for building insight into how to deliver effective communication and community engagement, especially in rural communities.
Ruth is a mother of three adult children and lives with her husband Paul on a small property in West Gippsland where she likes to relax by horse-riding, gardening and painting abstract watercolours.