Col Duthie

Executive Chair
Donkey Wheel Foundation

Col works behind the scenes to support social change leaders. He is a convenor and facilitator, paying attention to patterns and making connections.

The roles from within which he does this are:

  • As host and facilitator of the Make it Better community, a donkey wheel Foundation initiative.
  • As a coach and mentor to business and civil society leaders.
  • As a board member of social purpose organisations.
  • Previously, as principal of Vocate, he designed and facilitated programs to create strategic clarity, develop leadership cohesion and cultivate stakeholder buy-in.

Col has worked with senior leaders within the Victorian Legal Services Board and Commission, VicWater, World Vision Australia, Victoria Legal Aid, Salvos Stores, The Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission, Baptcare, Social Ventures Australia, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Justice Connect, Ethinvest and dozens of other for-purpose organisations. He is currently Executive Chair of donkey wheel Ltd and Chair of Give Where You Live Foundation (Geelong).

He has various professional accreditations, is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is proudly a Good Design Australia Ambassador.

Col hopes for a future with less fragmentation and disconnection. He works to bring people, their ideas, their hearts and their initiatives together, not only to facilitate community and collaboration, but towards radical wholeness.

Over the last 15 years, Col and his partner Maria have lived and worked in Port Moresby, on the Sunshine Coast, in Melbourne and Launceston and in a caravan along the northern NSW coast. They are now based on Wadawurrung country in Barwon Heads, Victoria where he swims in the ocean most mornings, whatever the conditions.

He has websites and blogs at (professional), at (personal), an emerging thought experiment at and a cooking/food journal at