Des BLAKE

General Manager

Des has an extensive corporate background having worked and consulted in the fields of marketing, international oil trading, supply and distribution, project management, manufacturing, marketing, and the not-for-profit sector for over 30 years. Des also has extensive Senior Management and Director experience. He has held Director (Deloitte), Group General Manager (DataNets) and Senior (AusAID) Adviser roles in PNG and Chief Executive Officer roles in Australia, as well as visiting lectureships, for over fifteen years, at Victoria University in post-graduate management and organisational studies.

Des specializes in Strategic Planning and Total Quality Management and has deep industry experience in diagnosing the critical factors which impact an enterprise's efficiencies and effectiveness, and guiding those organisations through business process improvement programs. Within Papua New Guinea, Des has provided consulting advice for major public and private sector enterprises in strategic planning, total quality management, change management, operational improvement, procurement policies and processes, salary benchmarking, corporate governance, risk management, and board and director responsibilities and governance. Des recently wrote, on behalf of Kumul Holdings (formerly IPBC), the Code of Governance and Charter of Good Governance for PNG's State-Owned Enterprises, and developed and conducted two-day Director's Leadership Workshops for the Board Members and Senior management of each of the SOEs.

In addition to Civil Engineering and post-graduate Management qualifications, Des is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has also participated in specialised training in public sector management conducted by the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Des has been on various Boards here and in Australia. In PNG, he was Deputy Governor of Port Moresby International School, President of Boroko Amateur Swimming Club, and a Member of the board of Transparency International and International Education Agency.

Des's client list in PNG includes, among others, Telikom, PNG Ports, Air Niugini, PNG Power, IRC (Tax Review Committee), Kumul Holdings, Brian Bell, OTDF, Ok Tedi Landowners Royalty Investment Trust, MRA, RPYC, Puma Oil, Agmark, Cocoa Board, Electoral Commission, BAT, G4S, and MRDC.