Rod McGeoch AO

Outstanding business, law and sports administration

Rod McGeoch may have risen to prominence as the leader of Sydney's successful Olympics 2000 bid, but he has long had a remarkable career at the forefront of business, sports administration and the legal profession. In fact, he has been described as one of Australasia's most influential directors.

His appointments include chairman of Vantage Private Equity Growth Limited, Mediaworks and BGP Holdings Plc and director of Ramsay Health Care Limited, General de Sante Limited (France) and Group Board of Corporation America. He is a member of the Board of Destination NSW and is a past chairman of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, one of Australia's largest law firms.

The combination of Rod McGeoch's legal career with that of his varied consulting and business interests have given him a unique opportunity to be involved in a range of sectors, more often than not at an international level.

Rod is an in-demand speaker at public meetings, conferences and symposiums on topics including business development, marketing, corporate strategies, leadership and team motivation, the law and the Olympic Games.

More about Rod McGeoch:

He is Co-Chairman of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum, a past President of the Law Society of NSW and a Member of the Order of Australia, awarded in recognition of his invaluable services to the legal profession.

In 1990 Rod McGeoch became a Member of the Order of Australia and on 26 January 2013 he became an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of his "distinguished service to the community through contributions to a range of organisations, and to sport, particularly through leadership in securing the Sydney Olympic Games". In 2014, he was appointed Honorary Consul of Luxembourg in Australia. He is also the recipient of several tourism and sports administration awards including an Order of Merit from the International Olympic Committee.

For five years, Rod appeared on a weekly legal program on the Australian Broadcasting Commission radio network. Together with his presenter, Margaret Throsby, he won the Golden Gavel Award for excellence in legal reporting. He was also one of the official media spokesmen for the Law Society of New South Wales and comments frequently on television, radio and in the newspaper on all aspects of the law, the legal profession, the Olympic Games, transport issues and issues to do with the development or otherwise of Sydney.

Rod McGeoch is not only an outstanding leader, but also an outstanding and inspiring speaker.

Rod McGeoch talks about:

  • Alternative Thinking
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Leadership and Risk Aversion: A Paradox
  • Myths and Truisms of Winning
  • The Secrets of Success
  • Thriving in a Competitive Environment

Client testimonials

An outstanding speaker, Rod captivated the room with his presence (he's a tall man) and he wove his experiences ... be it the Olympics, businesses or personal, into the theme of the conference. He is worth every cent.

Ci Events

Rod was simply excellent. We had a cross section of middle to senior managers in the audience and his ability to unite the group with an amazing array of anecdotes, stories, facts and motivation was wonderful. Rod gave an insight into public companies, private companies, bureaucracies and high achievers and translated this so the audience could get the many messages he was conveying. Our staff came away commenting how relevant to our industry and needs that Rod was and the fact he came to the office beforehand to prepare left people very impressed. He listened to my needs prior and delivered in spades. Fantastic, thanks.

International SOS

Rod is always the most professional of speakers to deal with. He also tailors his speeches to the audience and never fails to impress. He is certainly one of Australia's heroes.

Facet Management Pty Ltd

Rod McGeoch delivered a very powerful message that addresses the fundamentals of what we as individuals are about in business and how to succeed. To be able to capture that 'spirit' in people and channel it towards a common goal in the work place was done with genuine passion and a true belief that all things are possible.

Nokia Telecommunications

A truly inspirational presentation, the best we have ever seen at any convention!

Schwarzkopf Australia

Once again, Rod proved himself as an excellent motivational speaker who can inspire virtually any crowd. Many of our senior executives loved his clever and honest approach.

American Express International Inc.

The accolades we received regarding your talk have been overwhelming. You are a Gold champion! Thank you for doing us all proud.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, NSW

Outstanding. Everyone thought he was an amazing man, a presenter with a fantastic message to relay to the audience. It was at at the beginning of our conference... set the scene - raised the bar and got them all motivated and inspired... he was the best speaker most had ever heard.

Bayleys Real Estate

Great content. Great presentation skills. Held the audience all the way through the presentation. Most importantly Rod spent the time to discuss the topic/angle with me prior to the brochure being prepared. This ensured that the brochure outline would provide an accurate representation of what would be presented and importantly indicated that the speaker was clearly thinking about the specific theme of the day and how it could be approached in a fresh/innovative way.

CPA Australia

Rod McGeoch was simply a sensational business keynote speaker at our Conference. He delivered a high energy, though provoking presentation that provided plenty of take-away business ideas to immediately implement into any company to drive productivity and profit. Majority of the feedback forms collated include quotes of 'best speaker ever' with requests to bring him back as a hands-on, practical workshop facilitator to further learn from his experiences and vast knowledge of business activities. He scored an average of 4.5/5 from over 500 delegates! That surely speaks for itself. The money spent was extremely worthwhile.

Genesys Wealth