Entrepreneur. Advisor. Thought Leader. Speaker.

Vanessa Gavan is an entrepreneur who has spent the past twenty years transforming a range of leading international organisations and the leaders within them.

In 2001, she founded Maximus to bring a stronger leadership offering to the market. Today, Maximus is recognised as one of Australia’s most progressive leadership firms, working extensively with an impressive portfolio of leading international organisations to create relevant, astute, insightful and authentic leaders.

Inside Maximus, Vanessa co-creates with the leadership team to architect the firms’ direction, offerings and impact. She works with top leaders to develop their business strategies, improve executive leadership capability, redesign organisation structures and deliver business-wide performance solutions.

Vanessa is passionate about the impact great leadership can have on an organisation, its people and the community more broadly. She integrates work and her role as a loving wife and mother to two spectacular children. She lives life through the lens of creating a series of amazing experiences that impact people for the better. She travels widely. Learns and reads avidly. And loves to connect.

“I’m an advocate for creating workplaces where people can be their best. I believe in life long curiosity, challenging people to play a bigger game and being true to who you are. The entrepreneur in me loves getting my head around market opportunities and transforming organisations from the inside out.”

recent work


Vanessa has spent the past three years helping Telstra improve its bench strength by preparing high-potential talent to step up.

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