Bruce McKay


  • Board/management relationships and governance
  • Organisational change
  • Technology strategy
  • Energy/Resources sector


Bruce McKay had a successful corporate career spanning several industries over a 30 year period. At the culmination of his international career with Exxon, he held the position of General Manager, Production for Esso Australia, responsible for the largest petroleum production operations in the country. Subsequently, Bruce became Director of Personnel at Telstra, and CEO and Head of School of the Australian Graduate School of Engineering Innovation in 1994.

Since 1997, Bruce has pursued a portfolio of interests including consulting, company directorships and executive coaching/mentoring. He has undertaken a range of professional and management programs throughout his career and has been an Adjunct Lecturer in Technology Strategy at Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

As an Executive Coach with Stephenson Mansell since 2000, Bruce has worked extensively with participants in financial services, technology, construction, infrastructure, legal and government sectors. He has a passion for seeing individuals achieve their potential and has been effective in developing the careers of younger high potential managers, as well as mentoring CEO’s in ASX100 companies, Australian subsidiaries of international corporations and owner/executives of private companies. He has also facilitated leadership programs with executive teams in public companies and government departments.

Bruce has developed a suite of relevant coaching skills enhanced by his own corporate experience, and a sound understanding of the business and behavioural challenges faced by individuals and organisations. He is experienced in a range of leadership models and survey instruments, including accreditation in applying LEA and TLC


  • B.Sc Honours in Geology, Sydney University
  • Accredited in TLC, LEA and Personal Direction.


  • Chair of ANU Enterprise and IPB Petroleum
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow of The Institute of Engineers Australia
  • Board Member, St Philip’s College, Alice Springs


Golf, walking, family.


“I had a rewarding engagement with Bruce McKay over three years. He challenged me to objectively appraise where I was heading from both a professional and personal perspective and prompted me to consider alternative approaches to achieve the goals I set myself. Having worked in a range of senior positions, Bruce was able to offer practical insights and clearly explain how they could be applied. Having access to such an external mentor provided a great developmental dimension, while the flexibility to customise the program allowed me to integrate it with internal company activities and training. I would not hesitate to recommend SMG Executive Coaching / Mentoring for any senior executive.”

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