Bruce McCowan

Partner Performance, deliberatepractice

Bruce has extensive experience in consulting and human resources, having held senior executive roles with deliberate practice, Activ Foundation, Western Power, Harrier Human Capital, Gerard Daniels, HBOS Australia and Bankwest. He has obtained extensive Board experience in the not for profit sector with Child Australia and Rocky Bay and he has recently joined the Board of Able Australia.

His passion lies in increasing the performance of organisations through its people. He has extensive expertise in organisational transformation through alignment of business and HR strategy, with a particular emphasis on culture change and leadership capability.

As a Partner at deliberatepractice, Bruce leads the Performance Practice where he consults to a number of medium to large sized organisation on board effectiveness reviews, governance of culture, organisational reviews, leadership development, restructures and general HR consuting. Bruce’s senior executive career has been across diverse industries including disability, utilities, professional and financial services. At Activ Foundation, WA’s largest Disability Services Organisation, he was the Executive Manager People & Quality and was responsible for Human Resources, Capability, Health & Safety, Customer Liaison, Clinical Governance, Positive Behaviour Support and Quality.

As the Head of Human Resources at Western Power, Bruce oversaw the implementation of a new operating model and organisational restructure and developed the Culture & Leadership Capability Strategic Theme which was a key strategy to transform the
organisation’s performance and culture.

His commercial experience includes founding Harrier Human Capital through a management buy out then selling his shareholding to private equity. Bruce oversaw the rapid growth of the business over 6 years establishing Harrier as a leading brand in Recruitment Process Outsourcing, HR Consulting and HR Recruitment. Significant managed services contracts were won with multinational oil & gas and resources clients undertaking major capital projects or expansion.

  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
  • Company Director’s Course Diploma, AICD
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Distinction), Curtin University
  • Bachelor of Education, Edith Cowan University