Jane McKellar has enjoyed a multidisciplinary career in music, higher education teaching, scholarship and research, and public service and policy. She has been an independent consultant specialising in leadership, culture transformation, executive coaching, strategy, and project management for over twenty years.
Jane’s achievements are in diverse fields, including music, leadership development, organisational change, intellectual property, scholarly research, education, arts and cultural development, indigenous policy implementation, social justice, and the environment.
A piano scholarship enabled Jane to complete her undergraduate degree in both music and education in the USA. She completed the first PhD in Australia on Percy Grainger and his music; it remains the benchmark international reference on the subject. During this period, Jane performed locally as a solo, duo and chamber music pianist, and was active as an experimental music composer. She expanded her Australian Music expertise across genres, composition, performance and dissemination, in senior roles during the National Film & Sound Archive’s early years.
Jane held senior academic positions at the Tasmanian Conservatorium and Melbourne University’s Faculty of Music, and a lectureship at the NSW Conservatorium. Later, she co-developed the innovative quantum theory Emergent Leadership model, teaching it in RMIT University’s MBA for several years. Jane also held senior and executive public sector roles. At Arts Queensland, she wrote the Cultural Ministers’ Council’s Moral Rights paper, which led directly to the Copyright Amendment (Moral Rights) Act 2000, providing protection to creators of original works. More recently, she led the major project establishing the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation as an independent statutory authority.
As a leadership, strategy and culture consultant, Jane has worked with clients throughout Australia helping them transform into sustainable and high performing organisations. Her public, higher education and not-for-profit clients include public sector management agencies, transport, justice, law, environment, universities, medical research, major arts organisations and sport.
Her coaching clients have included CEOs, Board members, executives, Ministerial Chiefs-of-Staff, senior academics, managers, technical experts, middle managers and emerging leaders, medical researchers, lawyers, professional musicians, doctors, and scientists. She presents her empowering two-day workshop: “It’s OK to Be Different: Your Natural Writing Voice!” as a public program.
Jane’s colleagues and clients value her creativity and ability to look for new and unique solutions. Key to her work is her deep concern for and commitment to others, and her ability to inspire and motivate people to empower them selves and realise their potential.
Now a resident of Kangaroo Valley, Jane curates the Serenata Series of international concerts with Professor Robert Constable.