Consultant: Ron Passfield

Ron Passfield’s expertise in people management is multifaceted and multilayered.  He has lengthy experience as a people and systems manager including at SES level, a decade of experience as an academic at Griffith University researching and teaching in the area of Human Resource Management and most recently as an organisational consultant and freelance academic working specifically within organisations and directly with managers.  He has a deep commitment to fostering the use of management practices that value workers as the way of achieving optimally productive organisations.  His areas of academic research have included manager development and action-learning / action research.  He employs these action-based techniques, teaches others to use them and supports them in doing so. 


Doctor of Philosophy (Manager and Organisational Development), Griffith University

Master of Business Administration (Organisational Change and HRD),

University of Queensland
Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), QUT

Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training

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He commenced his managerial career as Manager of the Pay-As-You-Earn System in the ATO, Queensland, with 100 staff.  He has 15 years managerial experience in 5 different Commonwealth Departments.  Ron was Director, Corporate Services, Department of Social Security (Qld & NT), an SES position, prior to moving to a job as Lecturer in HRM at Griffith University.  His roles at Griffith University included Director of the Master of HRM Program.  Ron’s current work is as a freelance academic including a role as Professor of Management for the Gibaran Learning Group in Adelaide.  Ron has been an internal and external organisational consultant for more than 25 years and has worked in his own consulting business (Scope Consulting) since 2000. 

Ron’s specialised knowledge is in the use of action-learning for organisational change and development.  He has an international reputation in the area.   Ron has worked in an organisation consulting capacity with organisations such as the Lucent Technologies (Sydney), Conrad Jupiters (Gold Coast), the University of Queensland and the TAFE Sector (nationally).  In addition, he has extensive training and facilitation experience throughout Australia and overseas, developed and refined throughout his career.