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Bernadette Spinks


Bernadette is a specialist management consultant who has assisted private and public organisations in various capacities for over 15 years. Projects have included State and Federal grant applications, organisational reviews, implementation and change management, and business plans.

In the last five years, Bernadette has had major roles in securing $230 million in federal government grants, including five successful Co-operative Research Centres.

Her grant experience has included hospital infrastructure, health & biotechnology, and research and higher education. Bernadette’s responsibility in grants has included developing participant contributions, budgets, education and training programs and economic impacts.

Bernadette has also led seven organisational reviews, working predominantly in the university sector. In all cases, at least 95% of recommendations have been adopted with most reviews including an implementation and change management role. Reviews have included benchmarking with leading organisations in the industry sector, resulting in increased organisational efficiencies and effectiveness.

Bernadette has delivered projects in a range of industry sectors including higher education, research institutes, health, not for profit, telecommunications, biotechnology, heritage, hospitality, and sport.

Prior to working at CIS, Bernadette worked as a secondary teacher and department head, and manager of a Los Angeles-based sport and recreation centre.

Bernadette has a Bachelor of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.