Alex Gooding has extensive experience in policy research and development relating to local and regional governance, planning, transport and infrastructure. This included 12 years as the Executive Director of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd (WSROC), advocating for one of Australia’s fastest-growing regions.
In this role Alex also assisted in the planning and development and delivery of joint services involving member councils. His time at WSROC and his involvement in a number of non-profit boards and committees has also given him considerable experience in a number of other policy areas as well as in the hands-on management of small to medium-sized organisations.
In 2008 Alex joined his wife Fiona Davies in establishing Gooding Davies Consultancy, specialising in focussed research, particularly around governance and strategic planning issues. In 2010 he participated in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Independent Public Inquiry into a Long Term Public Transport Plan for Sydney.
In 2011 Alex became an Honorary Associate of the Centre for Local Government. He has worked on a number of research projects relating to regional governance and collaboration, the role of councils, local government reform and service delivery for both the centre and a range of other clients.
Since her graduation Fiona Davies has worked in quality control and product development within the carpet manufacturing sector as well as quality compliance and marketing in the fibre sector. She started a successful carpet consultancy in 1986 which became part of Gooding Davies Consultancy in 2008.
Fiona has provided effective and innovative advice and project management services to a wide range of clients specialising in the office and hospitality areas. Her list of new and replacement carpeting projects includes Grosvenor Place in Sydney, 101 Collins Street in Melbourne, Parliament House in Canberra and many clubs throughout NSW, including Cabravale Diggers, Bankstown Sports, Mudgee Soldiers and Mounties.
Fiona has provided documentation, specifications, installation project management and quality compliance programming. Other areas of service have included developing programs of refurbishment for the common areas of apartment buildings in Sydney and Brisbane. In her nearly twenty years running a carpet consultancy Fiona has also provided expert evidence either as a court-appointed expert or on behalf of a number of clients.