Dr Richard Barber


  • Executive leadership
  • Governance
  • Organisational design
  • Organisational change
  • Capability development
  • Diagnosis of complex organisational problems
  • Risk systems & strategic risk management
  • Complex programme and project management
  • I believe in building a sustainable world that is good to live in.
  • I choose to do this using systems thinking as a way of getting to the heart of complex problems and issues, to enable sustainable, value adding responses..  Through Manex Pty Ltd, I provide consulting services to leaders with a focus on enhancing capability.
  • I am a leadership and management innovator, especially in the design of practical systems thinking tools and methods that leaders can use in real situations on a daily basis.  I constantly challenge the status quo in order to find better ways of working that are both conceptually sound and value adding in practice.
  • I have a diverse background in engineering, project management, risk management and leadership. I am an experienced executive leader of large organisations and of programs of major projects. I am also an experienced “systems thinking” practitioner, applying robust, first principles thinking to complex, difficult issues across all aspects of organisation.
  • My strengths lie in working with executive leaders and Boards to design and implement practical, sustainable interventions across whole organisations and systems. In all my work, a major focus is on building the capability of leaders.
  • Building upon my PhD research into complex project risks, I am the architect of a unique systems thinking approach to risk management. “Organisational Risk Leadership” shows leaders how to build the capability to take advantage of uncertainty – whether this appears to cause risk or to create opportunities.  This approach provides new thinking, new tools and new methods that make risk management more powerful and that embed risk work within business decision making.
  • I am a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and work with Boards and other governing bodies on performance management and strategic risk management. I am also an accredited Myers-Briggs (MBTI) facilitator and Belbin Team Roles facilitator. I am a graduate of the Royal Military College of Science (UK).
  • I am the Managing Director of Manex Pty Ltd and I live in Brisbane.