Training Facilitators

Loraine Abernethie

For over 10 years Loraine worked as Principal Research Officer for the Legislative Assembly Committee Office of the Parliament of Western Australia. Prior to that Loraine was a senior lecturer and programme coordinator in Murdoch University’s School of Social Sciences and the Murdoch Business School. Loraine has an extensive knowledge and understanding of parliamentary practice, the machinery of government and the interaction between parliament and government. Loraine has a PhD in sociology and is currently Principal of an advisory business.

Lynn Allen

Dr Lynn Allen is committed to assisting organisations imagine alternate futures as well as tackling today’s and tomorrow’s wicked problems. She specialises in facilitating both individual and group learning to develop options using systems thinking, creativity, futures methods and narrative development. Lynn has developed a creative systems thinking methodology called ariadne. She has used this in strategic management, coaching and consulting with a range of organisations, including universities, local and state government, the community sector and business. Her approach to consulting is to share ariadne in an action learning environment then, if clients require it, assist in designing projects that apply their learning. Lynn has extensive experience in senior management roles as well as participation in whole of government policy development. This includes 12 years as a WA State Government CEO and 9 years as a member of Curtin University Council.

Susan Barrera

Susan Barrera worked for over 30 years in a number of senior management and policy positions in the Western Australian public sector. Her last position was Director General, Department for Communities. Prior to that she was Executive Director, Labour Relations. She also held senior policy and management positions in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Corrective Services. She currently works as a consultant specialising in training, human resource, organisational development and evaluation. She also lectures part time at Murdoch University and the University of WA in industrial relations and management.

David Bartlett

The Hon. David Bartlett is the former Premier of Tasmania. Before entering politics, David had a successful career in the information technology, telecommunications and innovation sectors. During his time as Tasmania’s 43rd Premier, David championed his home state for its natural strengths in water, renewable energy, high value food and primary industries, tourism and high-speed telecommunications.

Greg Bayne

Greg has a passion for leadership and maximising the potential of both individuals and groups. He has worked in the corporate arena as a psychologist, a management consultant and a coach. He holds a Masters in Counselling Psychology (Cum Laude), in addition to an undergraduate degree in education and an honours degree in Psychology and has been assisting people to achieve their personal capability for over 13 years. Greg has combined his training in psychology with his unique experience as an elite athlete and coach, to achieve incredible results with individuals and groups from the corporate sector.

Alistair Box

Alistair is a registered psychologist, experienced facilitator and coach. Commencing his career within the public sector as a rehabilitation consultant for WorkCover WA, Alistair has also worked as an employee assistance counsellor with PrimePsych where he has over 11 years’ experience including 5 years as Operations Manager and General Manager. Alistair is an engaging facilitator who draws on his past experiences and formal education in leadership and management to provide both colour and theoretical relevance in his workshops.

Rick Cummings

Rick Cummings is an Emeritus Professor in the Sir Walter Murdoch Graduate School of Public Policy and International Affairs at Murdoch University. Rick has over 30 years experience leading program and policy evaluations, conducting workshops in evaluation theory and practice, and currently teaches public policy research and evaluation at the Sir Walter Murdoch Graduate School. Rick is a past President of the Australian Evaluation Society and was made a Fellow of the Society in 2013.

Rhys Edwards

Rhys was the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Tasmania for six years (2008-2014) and has held numerous senior public sector positions as well as roles as a Ministerial adviser. Rhys is an experienced organisational leader and has worked at the highest levels of the public service for over 16 years. Rhys is passionate about great leadership in organisations and has driven reform agendas across many areas of government. He has a strong background in governance, central agency leadership, energy policy, industry development and major project facilitation.

David Gilchrist

David Gilchrist is a chartered accountant and an economic historian. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Notre Dame Australia and is currently professor of accounting at the University of Western Australia. Over a career spanning 25 years, David has held a number of senior roles in the Not-for-profit, commercial and public sectors. Most recently, he held the role of Assistant Auditor General for Western Australia and, prior to that, he taught accounting and finance at the London School of Economics and Portsmouth University in the UK as well as at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University in Australia. In his work, David has advised a number of Australian governments and authorities relating to human services governance, sustainability, accountability and strategy.

John Harman

John Harman has written for living all his working life. An ex-Fleet Street journalist, John is also a script writer, having written scripts for many popular UK television series. He is also a novelist, with a series of crime thrillers to his name, and is the author of more than 30 non-fiction books. John has lectured extensively at UWA, at The University of Cambridge UK, at UCLA Davis in the United States, and as an adjunct senior lecturer in the School of Communications and Contemporary Arts at ECU. John specialises is conducting workshops for companies and for Federal, State and Local Government on: simple and effective writing skills; presenting skills, basic grammar and punctuation; speed reading, and effective workplace communications.

Susan Kurtjak

Susan has over 30 years’ experience in Commonwealth Government. Before starting her own consultancy in 2012, Susan held the senior position of Regional Director of the Australian Public Service Commission in WA/SA/NT. She brings a good balance of ‘operational and ‘senior management’ experience to her workshops and has managed large scale change management projects and handled downsizing, skill retention projects and positive transition exercises. Susan is a skilled HR strategist, trainer and course designer and has expertise in turning theory into practical solutions in the workplace. She has a Executive Masters in Public Administration and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Amberley Laverick

Amberley has 10 years experience teaching literacy in the UK, Kenya and Australia to young adults and professionals. She has also worked in the mental health sector, coordinating and delivering prevention programs throughout Australia. Through this work Amberley recognises the barriers people may face developing their writing skills and this combination of teaching and industry experience gives Amberley the insight and ability to engage with professionals from a range of backgrounds, with her facilitation style focused on group learning and interaction.

Heather McGregor-Bayne

Heather has become highly skilled at integrating sound principles of program development while supporting and managing staff. She has written and delivered content for a support program which is currently delivered nationally for Tennis Australia. It covers content around developing independence, resilience, emotional control and self-regulation, building relationships and effective use of networks. Feedback from participants involved in the program has been extremely positive indicting they ‘have learnt so much, thankyou’ and ‘have begun to consider how they interact on a daily basis'. Heather has facilitated a series of interactive workshops around culture change for TennisWest with a view to improving the day to day work ethic, encouraging accountability for performances and improving results. All involved have commented on the improved culture which is now being evidenced in improved rankings.

Theo Nabben

Theo Nabben is a Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation specialist. He has taught and used the MSC technique in Australia and internationally for small organisations, multi-lateral organisations and high level government programs. Theo has extensive experience in MSC, having used it over 20 assignments and is one of the most experienced Western Australians in the use of the MSC technique. He has recently returned from an international assignment having taught MSC in the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands. Theo is a member of an International Resource Panel supporting US Aid Programmes through complex monitoring and evaluation using the MSC methodology.

Paul O’Connor

Paul spent six years in private practice as a lawyer before joining a Commonwealth agency to provide advice on administrative law matters. He has over 20 years’ experience as an SES officer in Commonwealth and State agencies and his roles have involved the management of workplace investigations. Paul has held senior positions within the WA Department of Education, the Corruption and Crime Commission, WA (Director of Legal Services) and the Office of the Public Sector Commissioner, WA (Head of Legal Services working directly to current and past Public sector Commissioners).

Kath Polglase

Kath Polglase is an executive coach and consulting psychologist. Kath’s focus is on maximising performance and enhancing the well-being of individuals and teams. With a master’s degree in counselling psychology, post graduate qualifications in education and strong managerial experience, Kath offers a professional and positive outlook to motivating staff, developing leaders and inspiring untapped potential in individuals and groups. Kath is an experienced and skilled trainer and facilitator who believes learning should be interactive and fun.

Jamie Robertson

Jamie is a business systems transformation facilitator with 20 years’ experience leading strategy and engagement design across government, industry and community sectors. This is supplemented by senior executive experience and global influence as Australasia’s representative on the Global Standards Advisory Council for B Corporations. He has successfully managed three innovative start-ups to deliver technology solutions in regional Western Australia, capacity building in remote Aboriginal Communities and transformation through engagement. Since 2006, he has been the Principal Consultant at 361 Degrees Strategic Engagement Services. He has nationally recognised training credentials and extensive experience designing and delivering training in tertiary and professional development environments.

Jan Saggers

While in government, Jan worked for seven agencies in research and policy roles and spent one year as Executive Officer to the Ministerial Taskforce on the Condition and Status of Teaching. Since leaving government in 1995, Jan has consulted back to government on a variety of projects involving strategic people management, policy development, organisational design, systems review and executive selection and remuneration.

Catherine Sambell

Catherine is an experienced educator and trainer. She commenced her career in the Department of Education as a Curriculum/Program Consultant, then worked for five other government agencies in roles such as Manager Executive Development at the Public Sector Commission and Assistant Director Corruption Prevention at the Corruption and Crime Commission. Since joining Nexus in 2016, Catherine has worked with a wide variety of public sector agencies in various capacities, including as a presenter of leadership training. Catherine also has experience of working remotely, having worked from a home office for the past four years.

Karen Schwenke

Karen has over twenty years experience in public and private sector companies, providing services in project support, organisational and managerial development, quality and risk management, training and human resources. She has worked with Team Leaders and Middle Managers in designing and implementing change programs in many industries.

Lesley Smith

Lesley has enjoyed a successful career as a business strategist, manager and professional writer in the State public sector in Victoria and Western Australia. She has extensive experience in the development and review of a range of public sector business communication documents. She has prepared cabinet papers, budget submissions, and ministerial briefings and correspondence. She has also prepared material for and led the development of annual reporting activities for government departments, statutory authorities and universities. She has completed research and investigations, developed policies and programs, and prepared associated documentation. Lesley has over thirty years’ executive and senior management experience. She is also a qualified and experienced workplace facilitator and assessor who believes that lifelong learning is important to people realising their potential and enjoying a satisfying career in turbulent times.

Hannah van Didden

Hannah has over 18 years experience in business, communications, planning and program/project management in government and private consultancy, with formal qualifications in business (BCom, MBus) and project management (PRINCE2 Practitioner). Known for her personable approach, energy, and ability to get results, she has realised high value projects as a Project Manager, Program Manager and PMO Manager across diverse areas including: ICT development and reform, procurement, construction, policy and legislation, human resources, ethics, community engagement, and business strategy. Hannah’s engaging style and varied expertise make for a memorable and highly applicable learning experience.

Doug Watson

Doug has specialised in developing and delivering contract management training for the last 10 years. He has worked extensively at both a state and local government level with contracts covering goods, service, works and ICT. With over 25 years of vocational experience in finance, insurance, recruitment and hospitality, Doug can draw on a wide range of practical experiences in contract management to make concepts relevant for participants.

George Wilkinson

George is a management consultant and project manager with over fifteen years' experience working in strategy execution, change management, facilitation and business analysis. He is passionate about partnering with clients to implement their strategy and vision. George’s career spans a variety of international settings and industries including healthcare, the public sector, agriculture, higher education and finance. As relates to this course, George has particular experience working within, as well as implementing, organisational cultures that enable the productivity of remote teams (aka: virtual productivity).

Barb Wood

Barb Wood has over 20 years in the various leadership and consulting roles. She brings not only facilitation experience to the table, but also her extensive knowledge and experience around organisation effectiveness and strategic planning. Barb is passionate about inclusive leadership, unconscious bias, leading and facilitating teams, building constructive cultures and coaching. Using a collaborative and responsive style, Barb co-creates development programs that enable clients to achieve strategic objectives. Drawing upon her experience as a consultant and academic, she strives to maximise participant engagement by embedding interactive activities, “real-plays” and diagnostics into client solutions that are uniquely customised. She has designed, developed and delivered multi-level complex leadership programs for wide ranging organisations in Australia.