St Lukes Anglican Church
Russell Deal from Innovative Resources, the Bendigo based publishing arm of St Luke’s Anglicare, reflects on the organisation’s 14-year relationship with Williamson graduate, Nigel McGuckian (WCLP’95).
St Luke’s stumbled into publishing in 1995. We didn’t know anything about that world but were producing materials for our family workers at St Luke’s Anglicare. These were incredibly humble origins. The question at the time was “is this a diversion for our agency or is this something we could actually build?” If we were to do it we needed to be a bit more hard-nosed, more strategic and actually have a business plan. That was when we approached SkillsBank and set up the meeting with Nigel.
There was an immediate click, a meeting of values, he was interested, fascinated, confused about this mad little business. Nigel’s a very compassionate guy with a great value base, he’s a real community developer, and he’s a creative, smart cookie as well. I think one of the things that Nigel exemplifies is there are a whole range of leadership skills and styles. Leadership doesn’t have to be all about middle-aged white men in suits leading corporates. The way Nigel has connected with a whole lot of things in life aside from his business, which is very successful in its own right, is a really nice example that leadership can be found in unexpected places.
Leadership Victoria helped us crack the myth of leadership and we really benefited from having somebody who knew how to survive in a commercial world, we learnt a lot from that. In many ways Nigel epitomises what Leadership Victoria does. In terms of exercising leadership in participative, cooperative ways, he’s just delightful.