Principal's Bio

 

 

 

Background 

Chris Walker established Free Flight Emu, to help for purpose organisations become more sustainable and effective, whilst holding onto their reason for being. In application, he aligns objective, choice, and purpose. Chris has dedicated his career to enhancing services which empower diverse communities, and has driven strategic change and growth within and across all levels of community and for-purpose organisations; he combines over a decade of experience across service delivery, senior management, and board executive roles, during which he has strengthened services-delivery through redesign, led strategic projects to improve cost structures and opportunity-access, and steered pivotal culture-change initiatives. 

He specialises in sustainable strategy, leadership, and harnessing purpose into competitive advantage, and sees both opportunity and beauty in constructive differences of perspective. He intermingles existing strengths, uncovers opportunities, and facilitates new competitive advantage.

He has a hungry curiosity, and enjoys a multi-disciplinary 'diet'. He reads history, politics, and speculative fiction, subscribes to Harvard Business Review and the New Philosopher and, despite its healthy resistance, persists in his attempts to learn the German language. He studied insights into governance from a German and European perspective during a summer exchange at EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht (the European Business School for Economics and Law), and concluded his postgraduate studies by researching sustainability of/within community-based initiatives in the face of sweeping sector reforms; studies which Chris presently continues, as a higher degree research candidate.

Publications

Harris, A. W., Kosic, T., Walker, C., Gye, W., & Redoblado-hodge, A. (2015). Internet based cognitive remediation can assist people with severe mental illness to gain and retain employment - the CogRem study. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 41(Suppl 1), 314.


Harris, A.W.F., Kosic, T., Xu, J., Walker, C., Gye, W., and Redoblado-Hodge, A. (2017). Web-based cognitive remediation improves supported employment outcomes in severe mental illnessJMIR Ment Health 2017;4(3):e30 doi:10.2196/mental.6982.

DOI: 10.2196/mental.6982

PMID: 28931500


Walker, C.N., Lee-Archer, A. (2013, February). Disability Employment Services explained. Presentation at the Schizophrenia Fellowship of New South Wales Annual Conference, Sydney Australia.

Qualifications

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Management
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Mental Health)
  • Diploma of Management
  • Diploma of Employment Services
  • Certificate IV in Small Business
  • Certificate IV in Mental-Health (Non-Clinical)


Currently studying a Master of Research with Macquarie University