Donny Walford

Program Director, All Adelaide Executive Groups

The founder of DW Bottom Line Pty Ltd (Bottomline) Transition Strategists™ and DW Behind Closed Doors Pty Ltd, Donny Walford has an enviable record of success working with boards, executive, senior management and business owners across industry, government and the not-for-profit sector.

Through her businesses Bottom Line and Behind Closed Doors, Donny assists organisations and individuals maximise their performance by six significant program offerings:

  • Behind Closed Doors (Businesswomen’s membership)
  • Executive Coaching and Mentoring
  • Directors Network (Board Directors program for men and women)
  • BoardDirect (Board placement program)
  • Business BootCamp (Organisational Restructures/Process and Business Improvement/Strategic and Business Planning/Facilitation)
  • Interim Management (CEO and Executive Interim Placements)

Donny’s background is at the Executive and senior management level of banking, finance, human resources and government over a period of 35 years. She led the sales, marketing and banking division of Australia’s leading Executive Recruitment Company, Morgan & Banks, (now Hudson Ltd) before being appointed as General Manager, Marketing and Business Development, with the SA Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry, trading as Business SA.

She joined the South Australian Government as Executive Director of Invest South Australia, responsible for foreign direct investment from interstate and overseas. She was also the inaugural Chief Executive, Defence SA, a division of the Department of Trade and Economic Development. Donny was then appointed Chief Executive Officer, vivasa Inc. formerly known as Business Vision 2010. The organisation worked collaboratively with government, industry and community to drive economic, social and environmental development in South Australia.

Current Board Directorships include:

2005 – current             Director, KeyInvest Ltd

2005 – current             Chairman, Finance and Investment committee, KeyInvest Ltd

2012 – current             Member, Remuneration and Nomination committee, KeyInvest Ltd

2015 – current             Advisory Board Member, NDA Law

2015 – current             Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

2015 – current             Member, Audit and Risk and Member, People and Remuneration    committees, ABC

2017 – current             Director, SA Venture Capital Fund

2018 – current             Member, Community, Government, Inclusion committee, Adelaide Football Club

Donny was Chairman of the Australian Dance Theatre, and former Director on the following Boards: Social Inclusion Board, Zero Waste Management Board, Australian Associated Advisors, Repat Foundation, Heart Foundation SA, SA Great, SYC HYPA Board, Advisory Board Director for Salvos SA and a Founding Member of International Women’s Forum Membership committee. Other affiliations and memberships include Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and Adelaide Football Club. She is a graduate and Asia Pac scholarship winner of the Macquarie University Executive Management Program, is a Fellow and holds a Graduate Diploma from the AICD, selected to the AICD Chairman’s’ Mentoring Program, and selected for the AICD Mastering the Boardroom Program, and holds an Associate Diploma in Accounting. Donny was appointed Chair of TEC 56 (The Executive Connection).

Donny won the Asia Pacific Business Council for Women “Woman of Distinction Award” – Economic Development & Investment category. She was also a National judge for the Telstra Business Women of the Year Awards and National judge for the Business Awards.

Donny has an accredited Leadership Circle Profile TM (LCP) Certification


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