Melanie O’Connor

Melanie O'ConnorMelanie O’Connor is Managing Director of The Academy Network. She is highly regarded for her work in advising organisations in the development of organisational capability, culture and talent management strategies, and is considered by many to be one of the foremost advisers in this field in Australia.

Melanie is also a skilled facilitator who has worked successfully with a broad range of profit and not-for-profit boards and executive teams in the private and public sectors across the Asia Pacific. Melanie helps organisations to identify their strategic intent and then to build the organisational capability and culture needed to effectively execute their plans.

Prior to starting her own business 20 years ago Melanie held a number of corporate executive roles, including General Manager Human Resources for NRMA Ltd. She has been a member of a range of boards, including the TAFE Commission Board of NSW.


Melanie has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Macquarie University, for which she received the Allen Knott Scholar award as dux of the course. She also has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology major) and a Diploma of Education from Macquarie University. Melanie taught on the MBA programme for the Macquarie Graduate School of Management for 10 years, for which she received an award for sustained excellence in teaching.

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The Academy

Talent ManagementThe Academy Network’s “Academy” comprises a select group of senior executives from a wide range of industry and functional backgrounds. Members of the Academy have been hand-picked to include executives with experience as CEO’s, heads of functions and business units, public company directors, professional specialists and leading academics.


This model provides our clients with access to a range of practical and rich expertise not readily found in the market.


The Academy members are not employees, and therefore the group is under no obligation to use them on assignments. The sole basis of their involvement in any assignment is the suitability of their experience and expertise to our clients’ requirements, combined with their individual aptitude to add value to the advisory team.


Members of The Academy are characterised by:


  • Proven track record of achievement in senior roles
  • Recognised expertise and experience in a particular industry or functional field
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • A passion for sharing their expertise and developing others
  • Strong client orientation, integrity and reliability