The Adaptive Practice is a small group of specialist consultants led by founder and director Liz Skelton.

Liz Skelton is renowned in Australia and the UK for her work and expertise as a leader, thought-leader, consultant, author and facilitator of leadership for social and adaptive system change. She is also a Director of Collaboration for Impact, a learning organisation building collaboration for system change.  Liz was Principal Consultant with Social Leadership Australia (SLA) in The Benevolent Society. In this role she worked with CEO's and change agents with some of Australia's largest corporate institutions, government departments and community organisations, helping them build the capacity to develop creative solutions to their most complex leadership challenges.

Large organisations too often find change complex and difficult to progress. Liz Skelton is a highly skilled and experienced practitioner who draws on adaptive leadership concepts to help leaders explore their role and power to drive change. Her gift in finding the patterns, diagnosing the system and drawing out interpretations opens up new thinking and possibility leading to change.
— Jo Metzke, Director, Talent & Organisational Development, University of Sydney.

In Scotland , Liz began her career working with communities and issues on the margins. She now has over 20 years' experience in leading social-purpose organisations in Australia and the UK, and has worked towards achieving systemic change across a range of complex issues including homelessness, Indigenous leadership and disadvantage, and business/community engagement. She is also a Fair Agenda ambassador and member of the Sydney Leadership council for The Funding Network. Liz has consulted, published and presented on the complexity of social change and the complex social issues experienced by marginalised groups in Australia and internationally. She has co-authored 2 books: The Australian Leadership Paradox: What it takes to lead in the Lucky Country published by Allen & Unwin and Lost Conversations: Finding new ways for black and white Australians to lead together.



Grant Paulson is a Birri-Gubba/ Bundjalung man also of Scottish and Ni-Vanuatu heritage. A husband and father to four, he holds the role of Faith and Development Advisor at World Vision Australia. Grant was previously Group Manager at Reconciliation Australia where he advised leading organisations on implementing effective Reconciliation Action Plans in the workplace. He was a participant in Social Leadership Australia’s Headland initiative and is one of the co-authors of The Lost Conversations, he is currently working on a thesis on spirituality and social change.  Grant has worked with The Adaptive Practice to facilitate the exploration of the leading across culture with organisations in the community, government and business sectors.

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