Governance Intelligence® Audits

Governance Intelligence®  has an extensive range of clients across many industry and community type sectors.

At Governance Intelligence® we are committed to providing high quality and professional products and services; and ensuring their availability to our partners and clients to deliver timely and practical solutions meeting genuine business needs.

Our clients range from organisations employing a few to many 1,000s of employees across a broad range of industry segments that are located across Australasia.


William Barry O’Gorman

“The MEGT Board is committed to ongoing improvement in Governance. The key is utilising a facilitator with a wealth of knowledge and practical expertise. As directors, we fully understand that done well, an external review can be both challenging and reassuring. It can provide impartial and independent advice, objectivity, real life examples, focus and discipline, that ensures a successful outcome. Our board understands that governance learning needs feedback. Better still is when it is in the hands of a competent professional.

Governance Intelligence® met all our needs by creatively engaging Board members in a Governance Intelligence® Audit; delivering an insightful Report; and Damien Smith, engaging all directors in a robust and constructive session. We found Damien has an obvious deep knowledge of governance thinking as well as a highly-attuned understanding of Board practices. One of Damien’s key strengths is that he really listens to the client.

This experience enabled the board to highlight areas for performance improvements, across board and individual director levels and therefore, organisationally. Our board understand that even the one per cent improvements, can make a significant difference. The outcome renewed our focus and generated sharper insights in critical areas.

While many offer governance consulting services, Governance Intelligence® can provide the combination of insight, communication, connectivity, engagement, and an executable plan; variables that work powerfully together to deliver governance feedback that is valued and valuable. Our experience recalibrated the board’s thinking involving what we had become and what we could become.”


MEGT Australia

Mark Minarelli

Dear Damien
I refer to our recent discussions concerning Governance Intelligence® and the various Audits. In particular I confirm our trial of the Culture Audit.

In large legal firms it is quite often difficult to identify what constitutes the culture of any particular firm.

Quite often culture emanates from the personality and attitudes of some of the controlling partners or an extended period of legal practice which imbues the firm with various characteristics.

In my experience it is not often that the culture is analysed in any depth; and even less often, is any attempt made to modify or change the culture.

It is assumed that culture is organic and grows with time.

The strength of the Governance Intelligence® Culture Audit I think, is that it enables a significant number of respondents to provide relevant information anonymously.

The Audit has been carefully structured and has the ability to develop a meaningful report; which provides the basis for analysis and more importantly an excellent snapshot of the key cultural aspects of a firm.

I therefore congratulate you on developing the Governance Intelligence® concept and the various Audits including the Culture Audit.

I am sure that this will prove of great benefit to any firm willing to undertake the various processes that you have so carefully outlined.

Thank you for your assistance to date and I look forward to future contact.


John Lawrenson

“The use of the Governance Intelligence® Audits was a breakthrough for our board in identifying what and how to elevate our skills, levels of understanding and actioning good governance. I have a very high regard for Damien Smith and the use of this professional tool. I am delighted to recommend Damien to others for evaluation and generating insightful actions to positively impact their own governance performance. Having been involved in board reviews in other organisations I found Damien’s insightful work exceeded my expectations.”

David Turen

“We had a very good experience with the Governance Intelligence® Employee Engagement Audit. Participants found the interface very easy to use and particularly appreciated how they could rate their responses.

I believe that this ease of use had a significant impact on our very strong participation rate (up to 75% of our workforce) which we were of course, very pleased with.

The support provided was great and in the event that there were any questions from participants, these were promptly addressed.The Governance Intelligence® domains are very relevant and the feedback across each of them has provided us with a great deal of information that will certainly assist the leadership team with strategic planning.

This is particularly true from an employee engagement and culture perspective.

So, overall a very good experience for us with a great interface that has enabled us to identify useful information.”

Executive Manager Human Resources

Better Place Australia

Bryan de Caires

The Governance Intelligence® Board Impact Audit provided an innovative way for key stakeholders in our organisation to review, assess and discuss current governance and reporting practices. As a result we have been able to identify opportunities where we can further improve governance practices within our organisation.”