Sheena Boughen



Sheena & Neilma
Mrs Neilma Gantner, founder of Four Winds Bermagui with Chair Sheena Boughen January 2015

Sheena Boughen believes that organisations that are most successful will be grounded in ambitious sustainable ecological, social and economic principles. Her contribution to this is to design processes and facilitate dialogues with companies to find new ways of building value.

The focus is on defining what success is for the future, and then working back from that to get a realistic sense of the strategy to achieve this. Sheena's experience ranges from large companies such as bhpbilliton and ANZ bank and Dupont, to Sydney Festival and the ithree Institute at UTS. She is confident with and enjoys working with different orientations including those of academics, scientists and arts leaders, and her work mentoring most recently at UTS and before that at the Sydney Opera House with emerging leaders is of great importance to her. She was the facilitator for the first deliberative democracy process in 1996, on the topic of GMO's and regulation.

Her enthusiastic and strategic approach encourages people to be open to innovative methods tackling tough problems, with a focus on action. Sheena specialises in multi stakeholder dialogue and forums where perceived conflict or tension is translated into value, always ensuring that challenges are surfaced.

Sheena uses an inquiry approach, and encourages the use of critical questioning and using imaginative and creative ways to get focused on strategic needs, developing resilient team processes within a collaborative culture.

She is currently engaged in a doctorate program at QUT in the Faculty of Creative Industries, and has recently presented her first research project to examiners with success. It tells the story of her movement as a facilitator to being a leader of an ambitious aspiration and organisational transformation. Her second and final project will further reveal the model of transformation, and present the exposition in a visual and strategic narrative.

The last ten years have consumed her focus as the Chair of the Board of Four Winds, a music based not for profit organisation in Bermagui NSW. Sheena was pro bono CEO until the end of 2015, and led the development of the organisation becoming an international cultural venue, and engaged architects Philip Cox and Clinton Murray to design the outdoor Sound Shell for 2000, and the indoor Windsong Pavilion for 200, featuring world-class acoustics. Four Winds has raised $3.5M cash and $1.5M pro bono to build this magnificent centre for the nation. Four Winds is open for year round music making activities and the key event is the iconic 5-day festival, the next being at Easter 2018.

Thanks to Bill Caldicott and Rob Tacheci for the photos