Marion Macleod Director Fenwick Software

I am delighted to announce that Marion Macleod has joined the Board of Fenwick Software as a non-executive director.

Having a Board is a recent experience for us and we are still learning what it is all about. For the first thirty-three years of our existence the roles of directing and managing the business were combined. It was only when we established an employee shareholder scheme that we recognised the need to separate these functions.

As Marion explains: “Managing through change is the job of the executive team, but it is the role of the board to set strategic direction—based on continual review and renewal of new information. This requires boards to anticipate future changes and understand the risks and opportunities they present to the organisation. The board must constantly ask itself questions about the company’s business needs, where is it heading, and how it will get there. Engaging with management, rather than simply reviewing its performance in implementing strategy, is an important undertaking of any board.”

Managing through change is the job of the executive team, but it is the role of the board to set strategic direction.

Marion is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has an MBA from Melbourne University. She has over 30 years’ experience as a senior executive including a marketing role at Telstra in the early days of mobile phones.

Presently, Marion is an accredited facilitator for the Institute of Company Directors; a director of the Victorian Farmers Federation; Managing Director of Core Management Solutions—a consultancy providing executive development training and strategic advice; and is the CEO of MyMenti whose online mentoring tool aims to “bring the brightest minds together to achieve incredible things.” Marion has been a VP, Director and Board Member of Melbourne Rotary and is the recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship.

I first met Marion when she facilitated a workshop at Rotary for our Welfare of the Young committee. Subsequently she facilitated a strategic planning project for Fenwick Software involving all staff, seeking to identify opportunities and set the future directions of the firm.

Marion cautions that “the biggest impediment to future success is past success.”  In September last year, we celebrated our 40th birthday. With her help, we aim to make the next decade even more successful than the first four.

More about Marion Macleod

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Written By Peter Fenwick

Peter was born in Geelong and educated at Geelong College. He studied Civil Engineering at the Gordon Institute of Technology and Melbourne University, graduating in 1966. In 1972 he completed an MBA with distinction at Melbourne University. He studied philosophy under Fr. Eric Darcy and is an alumni of the Cranlana Colloquium and a member of the Mises Institute. For thirty-five years, Peter managed Fenwick Software which he founded in 1976. In 2011, he established an employee shareholder scheme and five of his long-term staff now own seventy–five percent of the company; one of them, Greg Galloway, manages the business. Peter remains involved part-time as chairman. He has been married to Jill, a school teacher and author, since 1966. They have three sons and three grandchildren. He enjoys jazz, film and theatre, and plays tennis, royal tennis and chess. He has written two books: The Fragility of Freedom: Why Subsidiarity Matters and Liberty at Risk: Tackling Today’s Political Problems. Both are published by Connor Court. His blogs appear on his website

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