Wesley Payne McClendon, Board Mentor, Criticaleye

Wesley Payne McClendon

Board Mentor


Wesley is Chair of the Board at The GROW Project Foundation and Non-Executive Director at Vortex Innovations. He is also an Independent NED & Chair, People & Culture Committee, at the Australian Institute of Architects

During his executive career he was Executive General Manager, Head of People & Capability, GROCON in Australia; Group Director, People & Culture, Dar Al Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; and General Manager, Talent and OD, Fonterra in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to these roles, his time in professional services included roles as Managing Director, Edinburgh Institute in Hong Kong and UK; Principle and Melbourne Practice Leader, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young; and Partner and UK Practice Leader, Human Capital Services, Mercer HR Consulting in London.

Following 10 years at Melbourne Business School, Wesley maintains academic roles at Macquarie Graduate School of Management and Victoria University Graduate School of Business as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow and leads a research group, MRG, Inc. He has published over 30 articles including "The Fast-Brain Leader" and "Seven Habits of Leaders in Crisis" in Human Resources Director (HRD), “Measuring ROI” in AITD Magazine, “Constructing the Strategic HR Value Chain” in HRD Magazine, and “The Curious Case of Leading Remotely" in the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA). 

Wesley holds a PhD and MSc in Human Resource Management and Industrial Labour Relations from Penn State University and an undergraduate degree in Music Composition and Orchestration from Columbia. He served in President Bill Clinton’s Working Group to pass transformative legislation, was appointed US Delegate to the United Nations in Germany to engage a world view on partnerships, was appointed Fellow, US Embassy in London and advised the Blair Administration’s Cabinet member Tessa Jowell on the viability of education and training programmes.

Wesley has authored two books, most recently “Strategy, People and Performance.” A third book, “Leadership, People and Culture Due Diligence: A Strategic Guide for Mergers, Acquisitions, Integration and Restructure,” will be published shortly.

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