Christine Matheson-Green provides stress management in a first for the industry

Dip.T., B.A., Chef de Cuisine
Founder, Off The Hotplate

Need some stress management? Running a restaurant is truly a business of battle. It is always a 'theatre' and the most successful chefs are there because they understand that. And it's 'war' because the poor restaurateur, or chef, or staff are always at war with something or someone.

Christine coaches business owners and managers, and has published her memoirs, Theatre of War: The Art of Running a Restaurant, where she dishes the craziness of 25 years and ten restaurants in Queensland's era of crime and the Fitzgerald Inquiry. She began Off the Hotplate to help and support the industry she loves, and to cater to an ever-growing audience of foodies spanning the globe. 

Having been written up in the USA as well as Australia, Christine knows the pressures the industry faces. Off the Hotplate is a wonderful opportunity for her to give back to the industry, and if it makes just one chef's life better, then she'll feel it succeeded. See Christine on Linked In.

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Graham Gourlay

MPA (Mgmt), MBus (Org Change & Consulting) Grad Cert (Research)

Graham has been a researcher and policy advisor in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (DPM&C), and managed the Prime Ministers’, other Parliamentary Leaders’ and Ministers’ Offices as well as executive decision-making (Cabinet) and coordination processes across whole-of-government.

He worked as an investigator into the conduct of government agencies for a Royal Commission and the Commonwealth Ombudsman and went on to initiate and manage organisational rejuvenation, improvement and culture change programs in a range of agencies. Stress management? He's done it all. 

Graham also worked in the private sector (in organisation development & employee motivation for BHP-Billiton; in business development for an international software company; in commercial management for Telstra), in local government (organisation development) and in not-for-profits. He has been an internal organisational and culture change consultant, executive and workplace coach at the ATO and as a behavioural and performance coach for executives, staff and teams at DPM&C, the ATO and the Parliamentary Departments.   Graham now runs his own organisational consultancy practice (‘Run to Work Pty Ltd’).

Graham’s consulting practice and research interests are grounded in the fields of positive psychology, organisational behaviour, dialogue, EI and social-analysis (humans in relationship). 

His lifelong passion is for helping workgroups make their members’ lives in organisations more collaborative, engaging and satisfying, for all (both clients and staff) – and their workplaces more high performing overall.

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Gil Sawford


Gil Sawford specialises in the strategic match and alignment between an organisation’s business direction and its people.  He is an expert in the fields of organisational development and change management.  He advises private, community and public sector organisations on human resources management and organisational development challenges and opportunities, working extensively with communities, organisations and individuals undergoing change.

Gil translates academic theory into practical business applications that achieve concrete, measurable business outcomes – for example:

  • Change Management Processes leading to organisational restructuring
  • Leadership and Management programs that drive cultural change
  • Personal Change programs that lead to the right people in the right jobs
  • Future Directions workshops that result in organisational change
  • Team Development that builds organisational cohesion
  • Building Personal Success processes that increase productivity and motivation

He is also the Human Resources advisor for WLF Accounting & Advisory, the largest Tasmanian owned professional services firm.  

This wealth of experience helps Gil understand and connect with the needs and challenges of his corporate and individual clients.

Gil is at the leading edge of his field.  His work on the integration of the individual’s personal plan with that of the organisation is becoming recognised as a vital missing link in contemporary management understanding and practice.  

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For more on Gil on Linked In click here.

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