Masters of Community Cultural Development Practice (VCA)
Graduate Diploma of Theology (Tabor College)
Graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program
Help for Businesses
Consulting Services for strategic engagement and planning
Clarify your focus. Connect better.
For organisations that want to engage better with your staff, customers or other stakeholders.
I'll help you clarify your focus and engage more effectively with stakeholders.
We'll build structures that strengthen and support you to be a dynamic, healthy organisation. This makes you more sustainable, allowing you to consistently excel in your industry without burning out your staff.
My advice includes:
- shaping vision
- clarifying target markets
- honing messaging
- planning for future expansion.
I've helped companies with:
- business plans
- funding applications
- branding and
And I've advised on:
- team culture
- venue and event design
- public engagement strategies and
- understanding and forecasting cultural trends.
Previous organisations I've supported include:
City of Moreland, City of Boroondara, Fair@Square Ethical Living Festival, The Justice Conference, TEAR Australia, CBM, TEDx Melbourne, PAUSEfest, Australian Institute of Magic, SparkLit Awards, LightFM, Ping Pong-A-Thon, Servants Community Housing and more.
Training & Facilitation
Empower your team. Shape your culture.
I am regularly called in to equip teams and key staff, either through training sessions or one on one support.
I also facilitate team building activities and planning sessions, so your team is inspired with a common vision and a clear understanding of how to get there... together.
I don't just teach you what to think; I teach you how to think.
Investing in your staff makes them happier, more confident and more collaborative. It also reduces staff turnover. All of these save you money and easily justify the investment.
I've delivered training for:
FREEZA, Autism Spectrum (ASPECT) Australia, The College of Event Management, Urban Shalom Society (Phillipines), New Hope Centre (eSwatini, Africa), Mueller College (Qld), Life* Expedition, Lion Heart Dance Company, Poatina Arts (Tas), Made To Create, Salvation Army, Tabor College, Young Carers Victoria
Personal equipping for leaders (established and emerging)
I equip people in, or seeking to be in, positions of influence.
You'll learn how to take a holistic view in your decision-making, so you can be effective and happy in both your work and your personal life.
I don't just teach you concepts, but rather impart wisdom. Every session you'll receive practical frameworks that you can apply in your specific circumstances... TODAY. And also well into the future - because I also teach you how to read the trends, so you can pre-empt future shifts, instead of just reacting to them.
I draw from 20 years' experience of mentoring and coaching individuals, as well as wide-ranging experience from the corporate, local government, arts, welfare and non-profit sectors. Check out my testimonials below.
Coaching can be done in a standard course, a mini-course, or in single sessions. A tailored executive course is also available to suitable clients upon application.
Upskilling on specific topics
I host regular practical workshops on specific topics including:
- Finding Your Purpose
- Differentiating Yourself from others
- Connecting Better with your audiences
- Increasing Your Impact through what you do.
These are stand-alone sessions, which are packed full of original material, backed up by a range of resources from around the world.
They usually include case studies based on real life situations, allowing you to learn not only how the concepts apply to you personally, but also how they can be applied in different scenarios.
These workshops are also often a good mini-taster of what a full coaching course includes. Existing coaching clients also get free access to some of these throughout the year.
Join the mailing list to be kept in the loop for free and cheap workshops throughout the year.
Organisations I've supported:
Over the past 15 years I've provided consulting advice, teaching, or community engagement support for a huge range of organisations.
All my work is ultimately about helping my clients connect better with themselves and with their clients.
Here's a selection of them:
Industry professionals training on Sustainable Creative Practice
Crash course on event planning and management for students
Tailored training for community leaders
Tailored extended training program for emerging leaders
Tailored rollout plan for programs worldwide
Strategic advice on audience engagement
Community engagement advice and design and delivery of interactive spaces for festival
Professional development training on community development models
Speaking and panel discussion on non-standard career choices
Consulting and teaching leaders on target market and messaging
Strategic governance and engagement advice
Design and construction of interactive installation for festival
Design and delivery of tailored drama program for underprivileged young people
Tailored training program on leadership, impact and sustainability
Design and construction of interactive installation for venue foyer
Tailored drama program for people with autism
Tailored training on event management for leadership team
Teaching and strategic planning advice and cultural engagement
Event design and delivery for greater audience engagement
Space design and creation for audience engagement
Masterclass teaching for young professionals
Consulting on event design for greater engagement
Shaping their story for increased impact
Survey of funding opportunities for growth and sustainability
There are few people out there that I would readily describe as "visionary", but Eugene is one of them. He takes the time to listen to the stories of others, sees a need in the community and provides thoughtful and creative responses. The work he and his team... have done - particularly for the people of Melbourne - is nothing short of inspiring. I commend him to you wholeheartedly.
Director, Centre for Building Better Community
Miles ahead of others operating in this space, in the careful and thoughtful delivery of all services, and incredible insights that are cultivated within such a short amount of time. You won't regret attending and participating.
Community Engagement Leader, One Community
Eugene speaks the language of strategic identity and values with a rare clarity. This has served me both in my own professional development as well as in the organisations, teams and projects I have been involved in. I cannot recommend him highly enough...
His involvement brought both a sense of calm and a sense of agency into what was a very stressful, complex, messy role and team. I was provoked to think higher and wider than I had been. I was challenged to engage in inventive solutions which began to unlock departmental entrepreneurialism both personally and for our team.
He was able to equip me with tools to journey back towards the clarity of what was at my - and by extension - 'our' organisational core story and business. And he does this with good humour, intelligence, patience and tactical creativity.
He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has a diverse collection of teachings, strategies, vocabulary and moments of calculated silence following hard questions.
I wholeheartedly recommend him to any individual or organisation which needs to unlock the kind of clarity that moves one forward from a place of feeling stuck or overwhelmed.
Call him. Book him. Invite him into your story and expect to be asked the calm, considered, provoking questions which you need to hear. Expect gentle clarity and tactical creativity. Expect to get to the 'aha!' point - but maybe not by the path you imagined you'd take.
Director, Made To Create
Eugene is a culture shaper and strategic world changer. He does it through developing community and building relationships. Whether it is in the corporate workplace or the arts, his passion is to see people thrive in themselves and in their environment. It is such a privilege to be working with Eugene in various collaborations and would recommend his expertise as a strategist for any business, organisation or community
Creative Director, St Matt's Prahran
Eugene is an expert in cultural diagnosis.
Many organisations face internal and environmental challenges which they try to resolve by improving common aspects eg. ROI, talent pool, marketing, internal comms. Eugene trains the people who work with him to see the cultural foundations of such challenges and how they flow into the organisational structure. His skill is empowering and energising others to do the work that is beyond your reach...
Eugene can help you discover a more generous and fruitful workplace culture.
Community Leader, L'arche Melbourne
Eugene is an energetic and creative man who is also incredibly well-organised. He also has access to some very skilled people who complement his own skills. He has assisted me with anumber of events at two different organisations and I hope to have his assistance again soon. I would highly recommend him.
Director, Integrity Arts Australia
Eugene is the kind of strategist who remembers those on the ground.
Uniquely blending experiences in law, community consultation and development, arts and theatre, cultural analysis, and not-for-profit management, Eugene will work with your company or organisation to achieve a sensible, manageable and actionable strategic plan. In particular, Eugene has an eye for talent, and I can credit much of my personal and professional growth to his oversight, planning, training and - ultimately - trust. Passionate about developing well-rounded leaders, I highly recommend Eugene as a personal coach, organisational strategist, community development consultant, or arts management consultant.
Director, Live at the Saddle
Eugene understands the incredible value of community. More importantly, what Eugene offers is his deep experience, intuition and vision in facilitating spaces of imagination, creativity, sensitivity and wonder to shift communities and shape cultures.
Eugene and A Stronger Narrative have contributed to many Live in the Saddle events, transforming each one from a gig in a room into a fivefold sensory world of transcending joy and hope.
A Stronger Narrative offers thoughtful, professional, engaging and deeply beautiful spaces to help lift up and build positive, life-giving communities that our world so desperately needs.