Co-Creating Organisational Transformation



Sarah Cornally Partners & Associates - Acumen Global Partners

Sarah Cornally has over 28 years consulting experience, working at executive and board levels in the areas of leadership strategy and development; organizational change and issue resolution; effective system and group dynamics; and executive coaching and mentoring.


Graduating from the University of Sydney’s Cumberland College of Health Sciences as an Occupational Therapist, Sarah developed a refined expertise in treating severely injured workers and returning them to gainful employment. She honed her strategic leadership and influence skills through the employment relations associated with this work. She worked extensively with people from different cultures and countries, bridging various cross-cultural issues.

Sarah was sought out by C-suite executives to provide consulting services in leadership and issue resolution because of her reputation in resolving complex and challenging issues.

Since then she has advised leaders in many of the top 100 Australian companies and many Australian federal & state organizations, including AMP, APRA, the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet, Coca Cola Amatil, KPMG, the NSW Department of Human Services, Microsoft, PWC, QBE, Schering-Plough, Suncorp and Woolworths.

Her personal leadership experience has included the position of the National President of the National Speakers Association of Australia (which has over 700 members) & positions on various not-for-profit boards including the Chairman of depressioNet.

Sarah’s work focuses on enabling leaders to collectively create successful businesses and organizations, in which people thrive whilst achieving the organization’s purpose. She has a special interest in developing a greater capacity in leaders to respond insightfully and effectively to uncertainty and complexity by identifying elegant solutions.

Sarah leads certifications in the Asia Pacific region for the transformational leadership technology, the Leadership Circle Profile™. She is a member of the AICD faculty for the Board Ready program and the advanced diploma, ‘Mastering the Boardroom’. She has trained internationally in organizational systems dynamics.


Sarah’s academic qualifications include studies in behavioural, biological and engineering sciences as well as in organisational behaviour and industrial relations. She earned a Masters degree in Safety Science from the University of New South Wales. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.