Adrian Pyle, Chairman of Board, Connections.
I have known Stephen Hanman since late 2008 and my time as board chairperson of Connections UnitingCare, a major community service agency, overlapped with his time as a board director for the following two years.

During that time - and since - I have found Stephen to be a deeply authentic person, highly aware of his own capacities and limitations, inquisitive as to how the gifts of another might be brought to the fore and with a strong sense of integrity.

Stephen is not a person who allows the status quo to persist for the sake of it. He is motivated by the quest for higher quality human relationships in all of his endeavours. He gently questions long held assumptions to see if they can be sustained in contemporary contexts. He also gets actively involved to identify a new set of more appropriate assumptions where necessary. He has a deeply creative way of looking at things, and helps ensure that new assumptions don’t just follow old patterns “because there is no other way.”

Coupled with these critical capacities, Stephen performs his roles in a highly personable manner. I am happy to recommend Stephen for board director positions as an authentic, competent and highly relational candidate.

Matthew Rocke, CEO of Rocke Brothers Transport – Successful Business Growth, Restructure and Healthy Relationships. 
Since establishing our business in 2003 we have grown steadily under the helm of the three Rocke Brothers. We managed our growth successfully over this time, but recently it became apparent that that the company had reached a stage where a complete revision of our structure was necessary and that an outsider would provide us with a fresh perspective.  Accordingly, we employed Stephen Hanman of MIRA Companions who provided a range of services.

First, he reviewed the company's structure and the roles of key staff. This culminated in him designing a new structure that not only addressed our current problems, but also provided a succession plan.

Second, he observed the relationships within our company and provided advice and assistance in achieving a movement from strained relationships to a healthier environment. In a family company this is a particularly difficult process, and Stephen should be particularly commended for the way he handled this

Third, he was a sounding board for ideas, both on an individual basis and during group workshops which he organised. Fourth, in order to clarify the strategic aims of our company and to re-place staff within the new structure in a way that afforded all parties maximum dignity and respect for their individual skill-sets, Stephen Hanman facilitated discussion amongst various groups that enabled all parties to put issues on the table in a healthy and respectful way and to take ownership of decisions that were eventually made.

Steve's assistance at this important time in our company's history ensured that we moved to the next phase of our development smoothly and with the minimum of upheaval.  We recommend him highly. 

Lance Deacon – Joint Managing Director, Dyson Group of Companies
"I have worked with Stephen over the past 4 years in the pursuit of good to great. The focus has been creating a values based organisation that thrives on involving our people. The health of internal relationships has been reviewed and interface conversations implemented to ensure relationships are healthy and always developing across the business.  MIRA handed over these interface conversations to Dyson's and they are now part of our annual review, feedback and improvement processes.   We have a strong sense of being a unified team focused on being a leader in our field. Healthy relationships and strong feedback systems have enabled a more efficient and effective outcome; silo thinking has been transformed into whole of business thinking."  Stephen also chairs our board meetings, facilitates strategic planning, provides executive coaching and has worked with us in resolving difficult people issues via a conflict resolution process. He has also assisted in our Family Office with a updated Strategic Plan that included all the stakeholders in its creation.

Neale Rodgerson – National Logistics and Supply Chain Manager, Dulux Group
"The services MIRA offers have enabled us to stay at the top of our game for an extended period; including numerous industry awards. MIRA has provided a range of services including; executive coaching for our high potential employees, supply chain development assistance including collaboration with a third party provider, team building, collective intelligence strategic planning process, benchmarking, and development and facilitation of an operational excellence peer group."

Chris Malin – CEO Link Recruitment
"MIRA assisted us to resolve an interface issue between Corporate Services and Operations. This involved building consciousness around this interface to ensure healthy relationships were developed and maintained. MIRA’s work included a strategic relationship audit, executive coaching and values setting. The services MIRA offered enabled us to maintain healthy relationships and continue our successful values based organisational growth."
Brendan Bourke - CEO Penrite Oils
"Stephen worked with Penrite, a family business, for an 18 month period. His engagement began with a supply chain benchmarking project. Following that he provided ongoing executive coaching to deliver improved customer and supply chain service while reducing the cost base. The coaching included development of strategic and one page plans and the establishment of a KPI performance system.

He also conducted change management activities with the senior management team for the implementation of a Sales and Operations Planning process.
Stephen also facilitated a strategic planning process that bought the board and management together to set the future direction. He was able to deliver on his objectives as he is competent in working in challenging situations, staying focused and naming issues as required.