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Douglas Bates


Douglas Bates

About Douglas Bates

Douglas is an experienced business professional who has worked in a number of strategic senior management roles throughout his career. With a background in both SME and large corporate business environments, Douglas’s unique ability to support people learn new skills and embrace meaningful change is a skill.  Drawing upon his understanding of human behaviour, his humble yet practical, systematic approach supporting people solve problems, to create real change is widely regarded.  He has a passion for helping his clients seriously accelerate their results and find balance in their lives.


His broad experience includes the establishment of eight start-up businesses of his own, as well as supporting other enterprises acting as a Non-Executive Director on various boards.  Douglas corporate and private industry experience includes; Domestic and commercial construction, banking and finance, supply chain Business to Business and Business to customer solutions, commercial photography, international strategic alliances with private and government bodies, white and blue collar recruitment, IT implementations across government health and coal seam gas exploration and production companies, Not-for-Profit sectors, with annual company turnovers ranging from $2 million to multi-billion dollar.

Throughout Douglas’s career he has held various General Management and CEO positions and been directly responsible for the profitability of these businesses. His broad generalist experience covers all functional areas of a business, including sales and marketing, finance, human resources, and operations.  He is a dynamic business strategist and visionary.

Douglas’s approach is honest and caring, pragmatic to call it as it is, with decisiveness.  He believes that people can and will make positive change when they are provided with an opportunity to learn and are willing to take personal ownership for change.  Creating a safe learning environment, he is not afraid to push the comfort zone and challenge conformity.  Douglas is committed to providing lasting and tangible value for his clients.

Douglas ongoing professional development includes numerous education credentials such as; Advanced Diploma Project Management, MBA University of Adelaide and Southern Cross University, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Graduate Diploma of Business (Marketing), Certified Sustainability Auditor, Qualified Counsellor, Qualified Builder, Certified Associate of the Institute of Independent Business, Sales Trainer with Validity Coaching International and Accredited Hogan’s Psychometric assessor.

Douglas is a dedicated family man, a capable photographer, accomplished cook and lover of red wine, home renovator and President of Rostrum Club 3.