Ann Maree is a skilled business consultant, facilitator, mentor an and stakeholder engagement professional. She specialises in strategic planning and business development along with people development. With a focus on regional and remote Australia, she has worked with community, industry and the corporate sector centred on Indigenous business development; agri-business, SME’s and the corporate sector; conservation and natural resource management; community consultation; stakeholder engagement; governance; and strategy. Ann Maree is constantly at the interface of assisting people, communities, industry and businesses to prosper.
Ann Maree donates her free time to community and sporting groups and sits on the Board of Management for the Food, Fibre & Timber Industries Training Council (WA) Inc. She is an Associate at Here Financial and is an Adjunct at the University of WA School of Agriculture. Ann Maree is a Graduate member of Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Ag Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Management.
Ann Maree particularly relishes the chance to find strategic pathways and solutions, navigating through complexity and uncertainty. This “laser beam” approach and strong strategic ability combined with exceptional people skills, enables effective focus. Prior to establishing Value Creators, Ann Maree spent ten years in strategic planning and business development across a variety of industries, six years with the Indigenous Land Corporation and more than ten years with land management agencies in WA and NSW.
Ann Maree seeks to embrace change and transformation knowing that maintaining status quo is not always enough. She knows that for change and transformation to stick new ways of doing things are needed and this takes courage, teamwork and guided support. She loves taking on new challenges outside her comfort zone – and it’s here the thrill of success and the feeling of confidence kicks in, and real growth occurs. For Ann Maree this might be a marathon or even an ultra-marathon or simply doing something she has never done before.
Having taken these risks with a structured and focused approach, Ann Maree knows what it takes and applies this knowledge and insight to the benefit of others and their personal and business goals and aspirations. She has spent years at the forefront of breaking new ground, challenging herself and inspiring others to do the same. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious, and her laser beam approach has proven to deliver outstanding results.
Maree is an engaging and successful entrepreneur, mentor and long-time educator with more than three decades of experience spanning people development and business transformation coupled with working with and advising government agencies.
Maree is passionate about helping people be the best they can be. She has a knack for putting people at ease and finds ways to help you discover what you are good at, then hoist you up, so you can see the possibilities and a bigger picture and achieve the greatest goals.
Her strengths are in people development, business strategy, business transformation and financial management across multiple industries and government. Maree is an experienced facilitator and is passionate about working with business managers and organisations seeking transformational change for growth, future planning and implementing successful change management.
Maree sits on several boards in WA and nationally – in the areas of business, safety and telecommunications. Her key areas of expertise are governance, strategy and finance.
Maree gives much of her time generously for philanthropic pursuits, especially regional and rural initiatives and has over the years mentored many Master of Business Administration students through the UWA Career Link and Business School (six years).
Maree was a past Chair of the Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network (a vibrant network of more than 5,000 people across Western Australia) and led the organisation into a new era of growth. She has been involved in numerous successful mentoring programs including the Grow Zone Program (five years)
and more recently the Value Creators AgTech Business Growth and Mentoring Program.
Maree is privileged to be a judge for the Royal Agriculture Society, Rural Ambassador, the Lions Club Youth Development Programs and various Chamber of Commerce and Industry awards across Western Australia.