Port Macquarie, Australia

Dr André Taylor

Leadership Specialist


André’s personal mission is to help leaders to fulfill their potential and enable positive change through leadership development, team development and facilitation work.

He is a leadership development specialist, sustainability and water practitioner, educator, coach and facilitator. He has worked in the water and waterway sector for most of his 27 year career. Over this time, he has worked in consultancies, local government, state government and in academia.

Current roles include:

  • Leadership Specialist at the International WaterCentre: André leads the IWC’s leadership-related development programs, short courses, master classes and coaching initiatives.
  • Course Coordinator and Class Facilitator at the University of NSW Business School: André leads the development of the Leadership in a Complex Environment course in the MBAx program in 2012.
  • Class Facilitator, Leading Change for Sustainable Development at Monash University: In 2017 André lead the development of a new sustainability leadership unit within the Masters of Environment and Sustainability.
  • Director, André Taylor Consulting: André directs his own consulting business, which he established in 2006.

André’s research areas of interest include:

  • leadership in the water sector
  • sustainability leadership
  • leadership development
  • emergent leadership / champion-type leaders
  • urban water policy
  • governance
  • institutional capacity building

Leadership development

  • Keynote speaker on leadership, sustainability leadership and leadership development.
  • Lead author, Course Coordinator and Class Facilitator for the ‘Leadership in a Complex Environment’ course (MBAX and MBT Programs, UNSW Business School).
  • Course developer and Class Facilitator for the ‘Leading Change for Sustainable Development’ Masters course (Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University).
  • Lead course developer for the ‘Leaders in Global Development’ MOOC (University of Queensland Micro-Masters in Leadership in Global Development).
  • PhD: Studied emergent leaders (‘champions’) in the urban water industry.
  • US trained: The ASTD’s Creating Leadership Development Programs Certificate (2008).
  • Lecturer and co-facilitator: UNESCO-IHE Summer Course ‘Becoming a Water Leader’ (2014).
  • Designed and delivered a national series of workshops for the Australian Water Association on ‘change agent leadership’ (2009-11).

Group facilitation, teaching and training

  • Australian Business School (UNSW) facilitator award for teaching excellence (2014 & 2017).
  • Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). Former Club Mentor and Area Governor.

Urban water policy, governance and management

  • Former Chair, Research Advisory Subcommittee, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.
  • Former Chair, Integrated Urban Water Scientific Expert Panel, Healthy Waterways (Qld).
  • Co-author of the Australian Runoff Quality Guidelines.
  • Former expert panel member: ‘River Health Expert Input Panel’ (Melbourne Water).
  • PhD, Monash University
  • Master of Environmental Management, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons, 1st Class), University of Tasmania
  • Vanh Mixap’s thesis, Masters of Integrated Water Management degree in 2016
  • Taylor, A. (2010). Sustainable Urban Water Management: The Champion Phenomenon. PhD eThesis. National Urban Water Governance Program, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Taylor, A. (2017). Growing as a Water Leader: Beware of Six Traps. New Water Policy and Practice Journal, 4(1), 1–18.
  • Taylor, A., Lincklaen Arriëns, W., and Laing, M. (2015). Understanding Six Water Leadership Roles: A Framework to Help Build Leadership Capacity. Feature article. New Water Policy and Practice Journal, 1(2), 4–31
  • McIntosh, B., & Taylor, A. (2013). Developing T-shaped water professionals: Reflections on a framework for building capacity for innovation through collaboration, learning and leadership. Water Policy, 15, 42–60.
  • McIntosh, B., & Taylor, A. (2013). Developing T-shaped water professionals: Building capacity in collaboration, learning, and leadership to drive innovation. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education, 150, 6–17.
  • Taylor, A., Cocklin, C., & Brown, R. (2012). Fostering environmental champions: A process to build their capacity to drive change. Journal of Environmental Management, 98 (2012), 84-97.
  • Taylor, A., Cocklin, C., Brown, R., & Wilson-Evered, E. (2011). An investigation of champion-driven leadership processes. The Leadership Quarterly, 22(2011), 412–433.
  • Taylor, A. (2010). Building leadership capacity to drive sustainable water management: The evaluation of a customised program. Water Science & Technology, 61(11), 2797–2807.
  • Taylor, A. (2009). Sustainable urban water management: Understanding and fostering champions of change. Water Science & Technology, 59(5), 883-891.
  • Taylor, A., Curnow, R., Fletcher, T. and Lewis, J. (2007). Education Campaigns to Reduce Stormwater Pollution in Commercial Areas: Do they Work? Journal of Environmental Management, 84, 2007, 323–335.
  • Taylor, A. and Fletcher, T. (2007). Estimating Life Cycle Costs of Stormwater Treatment Measures. Australian Journal of Water Resources, 11(1), 79-92.

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