Galen Townson

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Strategy Oversight Committee Chair


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Galen Townson is a compassionate systems leader with 30 years in strategy execution and change programs to AU$500M, for education, energy, finance government, and for-purpose sectors, including for the United Nations and sustainable development. He now leads project, change, and business planning for the Department of Communities, supporting wellbeing and social impact for children, women, families, and communities across Western Australia.

Joining PMI in 2000, Galen volunteered in chapter roles from 2009; as a chapter president 2012-14; region mentor for Australia and New Zealand 2014-18; and from 2019 on the PMI Board of Directors, chairing Audit Committee 2020-21.

Serving on boards and committees from 1999, with ongoing director professional development as an Australian Institute of Company Directors member from 2009, Galen is a Chartered Director (CDir) and Fellow of the Institute of Directors UK.

Following his Executive MBA and Graduate Certificate in Social Impact, Galen studied graduate sustainability, advanced project management and energy innovation certificates, and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP).

His project management professional learning has earned certifications in disciplined and scaled agile, project, program, portfolio, value stream, benefits, and risk management, transformation, and PMO. Galen has taught MBA project management and strategy execution, and he speaks regularly at conferences.

With his wife Natalya and two daughters, he is grateful to be living and learning in Perth Australia on Whadjuk boodjar, lands of Noongar First Peoples. Galen enjoys travelling, arts, diving, and sailing, develops interests in sustainability, systems and design thinking, and coaches for purpose, impact, and wellbeing.