Dr Miriam Verbeek

Director/partner, The Profit Foundation Pty Limited, providing research, policy, writing and editorial advice to public and private sector organisations. Consultancies include:
  • Restructuring in the insurance and legal industries
  • Administrative support for technology organisations
  • Advise on integration of company acquisitions
  • Marketing in the horticultural industry
  • Establishment of community-based sustainability programs
  • Feasibility study on the implementation of a Life Cycle Analysis Institute in Australia (funded by DITAC)
  • Case Study on water management in isolated communities (funded by Landcare)
  • Feasibility study for BHP’s imaging spectomatry project: research for the development of the federal government’s Housing Energy Rating Scheme (NATHERS)
  • Research on costs and benefits of invasive species labelling
  • Research programs on the establishment of ecological sustainability
  • Research and report production of incentive bases for sustainable waste management
  • Research, writing and production of report on aquatic weeds management
  • Writing and editorial support on blackberry manual
  • Writing support on serrated tussock manual
  • Review of initiatives implemented by the Weeds Management Unit, I & I NSW
  • Adjunct appointment, University of New England, AgLaw Centre, providing a range of research, course development and editorial support

Qualifications:
2008-2009: Postgraduate Certificate in editing
1998: PhD, Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW (topic: The Effects of Power on its Users)
1983: MBA, Australian Gradual School of Management, UNSW
1978: BA, Canberra College of Advanced Education


Positions held
1998-2004: Advisor then Chair (2003 and 4) of the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre. Major tasks were liaison with the community regarding various challenges to development proposals in the Southern Sydney Area (including to the Land and Environment Court in partnership with the Environmental Defender's Office), input and responses to Local, State and Federal Government submissions, including those on:
  • Expansion of Sydney Airport
  • Various Sydney Water EIS' for upgrading and expansion of its sewerage system
  • RTA's EIS for expansion of its freeway System through southern Sydney suburbs
  • Environment Reporting for Sutherland Council
  • Budget reviews for Sutherland Council
  • BHP's plans for expansion of underground coal mining in the Georges River catchment
  • Inquiry into Australia's Greenhouse Future
  • Also managed the process to examine the feasibility of establishing a trail system (Kia Mia Way) along the Georges River (Sydney), raising the funds, recruiting the personnel, setting up the consultation process (more than 10 local councils and 5 state and federal government agencies involved), directing the research and compilation of data leading to a major report funded by and delivered to the State Government

1997-2004:
Visiting lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of New South Wales: Postgraduate subject taught: Ethics in Organisations

1993-1995: Visiting lecturer, Management Department, University of Technology, Sydney: MBA Subjects taught: Organisational Behaviour and Corporate Strategy

1987-1989: Consultant, CORDS Consulting Group, providing strategy advice to government authorities and private sector organisations. Major group assignments included:
  • Restructuring the AMP
  • Consolidation of Metal Manufacturer's acquisitions
  • Personnel and strategy advice to AUSSAT

1983-1986: Assistant to the Director, Australian Graduate School of Management, University of NSW responsible for the restructuring of support staff, and delivery modes for MBA subjects, as well as initiating a program for marketing graduating MBA students.

1985-1986: Coordinator Institute of Chartered Secretaries Association training program - delivering a diploma level training program in all Australian capital cities except Darwin. Responsible for liaising with the client (ICSA), and for the recruitment, training and management of lecturers, organisation of venues, coordination of exams and marking, and running residential courses. Also responsible for setting up the procedures manuals for handover of the program to ICSA.

1980-1982: Researcher for the Australian Consumers Association - providing background research on various consumer-related subjects with major contributions to policy positions on:
  • cruelty to animals in pharmaceutical testing
  • container deposit legislation
  • gene patenting

1977-1979
: Secretary to the Board, and manager of secretarial support staff for the Australian Consumers Association.

1976: Administrator, “Walk for the Child”, coordinating activities for raising awareness about children in underdeveloped countries.

Other attainments (include):
2008: Certificate II in Agriculture – National Code RTE20103 (Tocal College)
2005: Certificate III in Agriculture (AQF3 – SMARTtrain Chemical Accreditation Program (TAFE))
2005: Statement of Attainment in Skills and Practice – Fine Arts (Drawing – TAFE)
2004: Certificate in Editing (Centre for Continuing Education, The University of Sydney)
1995: Certificate: Volunteer Management Practice (Volunteer Centre of NSW)
Past Ministerial appointments
Member of the Biodiversity Advisory Committee
Member of the Southern Sydney Catchment Management Board
Member (Chair for two years) of the Sydney South Regional Advisory Committee (NPWS)
Part of the assessment team for the Federal Government Department of Environment and Heritage for National Heritage Trust Grants
Member of the Queensland Food and Fibre Advisory Council

Community Activities
Include:
Secretary, Port Hacking Protection Society (editor/producer of the Port Hacking Protectorate)
Secretary, Bundeena Progress Association
Representative on Development Plan for Bundeena
Coordinator,
Bundeena/Maianbar Heritage Walk
  • In 2000, was a NGO representative at the UN sponsored Millennium Forum in New York on Sustainability and Civil Society