About Us

Bringing a combined 65 years of experience to The Westminster Initiative, Simone & Brendan work together, & individually, to provide our clients with what they need.

Simone Finch

As a Strategist, Simone works with companies, government organisations, universities and not-for-profits to increase their engagement and sustainability through good governance, strategies that work, and operational plans that make sense.  

Bringing 30+ years’ experience, working across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, Simone has led multiple turnarounds and strategic redevelopments, from small businesses ($35m pa) to large government departments ($4.2bn pa). 

As a visual facilitator and illustrator, Simone uses a graphic method to draw out innovative responses to seemingly intractable problems allows her to work with clients to ensure long-lasting sustainable change through active, genuine engagement.

With multiple academic and professional qualifications, Simone is a sought-after speaker, facilitator and strategist.  She has an Executive Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts, is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Simone is also a qualified mediator, providing financial & commercial mediation services within Australia. Her practice, Finch Mediation, focusses on equitable outcomes that provide a way forward for all parties.

On a personal note, Simone is a ‘curator of vintage’, with a focus on ethical and sustainable fashion, a passion for 1940s fashion and slow clothing, and an active involvement in affecting real change in the issue of modern slavery, consumption and waste.

For further information on Simone, please see LinkedIn.

Brendan Stewart

Brendan is an experienced results-driven Business Leader with comprehensive experience at Executive and Board level. He combines a unique blend of visionary leadership and executive business expertise to spearhead strategic planning and execution initiatives to drive overall organisational and bottom line financial performance. Brendan aggressively identifies opportunities, develops focus and provides strategic and tactical business solutions. He has broad experience in international agribusiness, finance , commodity trading, international trade and diplomacy. Appointments include : Chief Executive Officer, Executive Directorships, Non-Executive Directorships and Business Consulting.

With extensive business experience throughout USA, Canada, Japan, China, UK, European Union, Middle East & New Zealand, Brendan’s professional strengths include:

  • Performance and Productivity Improvements
  • Strategic and Tactical Planning
  • Merger/Aquisition Integration
  • Organisational Design/Restructure
  • Relationship building and management
  • Team Performance Optimisation
  • Organisational Change
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Corporate Governance
  • Crisis and Risk Management
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Financial Management

For further information on Brendan, please see LinkedIn.