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Helen Lawson-Williams

Helen Lawson-Williams


Australia and New Zealand


Summary Bio

Helen has a strong background in organisational effectiveness across a wide range of sectors. She has over 15 years of experience in strategy, operational improvement, commercial due diligence and line management. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in Organisational Psychology.

She moved into her role as a Partner at Partners in Performance in 2020, where she helps clients with organisation and operating model design, capability building and continuous improvement.

Helen is known for working collaboratively with leadership teams to design and bring to life the organisation they need to execute their strategy. An example from her recent work involved partnering with an ambitious retail and services organisation. Together they defined the operating model required to grow a complex, combined business through the challenges of a global pandemic. The solution helped the leadership team keep their support costs flat while building key strategic capabilities. This enabled double‑digit growth across the operating units.

Helen believes organisational effectiveness is an ongoing process that requires constant review of operating, organisational and performance models, along with the ability to make rapid adjustments to reprioritise resources and build new capabilities.


  • Organisational Design
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Capability Building

Core Sectors

  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Telecommunications


  • PhD in Organisational Psychology, Macquarie University
  • BA, honours 1 in Psychology, University of Queensland