Driven by people and places that inspire - motivated to create impact and positive change
An adventurous spirit saw Maxine land in London in 2004 on a round world trip where she worked in the music industry until a friend in recruitment discovered her background in sales. She was offered an interview and subsequently, a job as an Architectural Recruitment Consultant at a small firm in Southwark.
This led to a larger international agency offering Maxine a position in their London office where she moved from an Architectural Consultant to setting up their International Construction portfolio. In 2009 Maxine returned to Melbourne where she began at Aspect Personnel as a Building Services Consultant and progressed to Principal Consultant in 2013.
In 2016 Maxine transitioned into Management Consulting and journeyed through the Future Makers Fellowship with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. This began a process of transition, clarity and discovery. The Fellowship solidified her values, renewed her sense of purpose and uncovered her strong sense of community. She reconnected with nature and moved to the beach, she found a role with purpose driven recruitment firm Talent Nation and started volunteering for community groups in the Surf Coast.
Moving to Torquay shifted Maxine’s perspective and soothed her soul. She used her commuting time to explore Theory-U, the Circular Economy, Urban Design, Placemaking and Human Centred Design and read books like Reinventing Organisations by Frederic Laloux. Through the CSL alumni, an opportunity emerged to work with Creative Suburbs and this catalysed a move away from traditional employment. With more freedom and flexibility Maxine opened the possibilities to more varied work.
In November 2017 Maxine completed a Certificate IV in Small Business Management and launched Teal Collaborative. To improve her approach to projects Maxine completed the Regenerative Practitioner Series culminating at a retreat in Waiheke Island in May 2018 . The series introduces the practice of regenerative development, which begins with the premise that all human activities have the potential to feed new life, health and wealth into the myriad of ecological and social systems that they touch.
Maxine began her most important role yet as a parent in January 2019 which has given her even more focus on driving towards a regenerative future. This initiated her tuning back into her arts background and creatively producing a public mural called 'A Living Entity' in Torquay with local indigenous artist Billy J O'Toole and socially engaged artist Clare Walton. Read more about how this project came about in my latest published story "Identity in Isolation"
2020 has seen Maxine collaborating with Sustainability clients on their people projects including recruitment, market mapping, pipeline strategy and an employee engagement survey. In August 2020, she was accepted into a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management at RMIT.