Training Facilitators

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.

Heather 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.

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.

Sarah Butler

Dr. Sarah Butler has over four years experience in the field of evaluation and a Post Graduate Certificate in Evaluation from the University of Melbourne. She brings a wealth of research and analytical experience from the NRM, Ecology and Sustainability sectors with a PhD from La Trobe University. Sarah is a senior consultant at Clear Horizon and has worked across Australia leading a broad range of evaluation projects from climate change and sustainability to natural resource management, primary industries and community development. Sarah has facilitated many large workshops as part of participatory evaluation projects. She has a passion for helping program teams understand how their program is going, what is working and why, and using evaluation to drive change that will improve our environment, people’s lives and the way organisations work.

Carina Calzoni

Carina is enthusiastic and passionate about program design, monitoring and evaluation with over 15 years professional experience in evaluation working for State Government and as a consultant. She has facilitated over 50 program logic workshops and prepared over 30 design and evaluation frameworks and has led evaluations across a range of sectors including environment, agriculture, community development, mental health and local government. She understands the policy and program cycle and appreciates the role evaluation plays in this context. Carina is the current Managing Director of Clear Horizon WA and the AES representative for WA.

Kylie Coulson

Dr Kylie Coulson has more than 15 years' experience in the public sector. Her work experience is mainly in public financial management and policy in Australian state and federal government, parliament, and bilateral and multilateral international development organisations including AusAID and the World Bank. She also conducts research in public financial management, public sector governance and accountability, and effective policy and decision making in government.

Rick Cummings

Prior to joining Murdoch University, Rick Cummings held a number of senior policy and research positions in the WA government. He has more than 20 years experience in planning and conducting evaluation studies in Australia and overseas, and has lectured in post-graduate courses on evaluation, as well as conducting workshops on designing evaluation. Rick is currently President of the Australasian Evaluation Society.

Alan Hancock

Dr Alan Hancock is an author and scriptwriter; his work is published internationally, and produced by the ABC and BBC. He has worked in business language training, and has a wide experience of training and mentoring writers and presenters. He works as a lecturer at ECU and Curtin University. Dr Hancock is a skilled and experienced presenter, who brings his understanding of, and skills in, stage work and storytelling to his presentations.

Phil Hancock

Phil Hancock is Associate Dean in the Business School at the University of Western Australia. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He was a member of the former Urgent issues Group which was responsible for the interpretation of Australian Accounting Standards. He has over 30 years experience in teaching and has won various teaching awards including a National Carrick Institute award. He is active in training programs and has presented many seminars in the public sector including a two day program on Strategic Financial Management.

John Harman

John Harman has written for a living all his working life. An ex-Fleet Street journalist he is also a scriptwriter, having written scripts for many popular UK television series. He is now a novelist, with a number of international crime thrillers published by Headline, as well as more than twenty non-fiction books. John has lectured extensively: at the University of Cambridge UK, at UCLA Davis in the United States and at UWA. He is an adjunct senior lecturer at the school of Communications and Contemporary Arts at ECU. He specialises in conducting workshops for companies and for State and Local Government on: simple and effective writing skills; presentation skills; the use of creativity and visioneering in leadership.

Bernard Hill

Bernard comes from a career with the RAAF which included an appointment as Squadron Leader and Director of Legal Training for the Defence Force. He has been a manager of an IT start-up company, was the Town Manager of New Norcia, appointed the Director of Professional Standards for the Anglican Church in WA and subsequently joined Curtin University as the Director of the Professional Standards and Conduct Unit. He now divides his time between part time Legal Counsel and consultancy services in leadership, management, complaints resolution and good decision making.

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.

Joel Levin

Joel Levin provides organisational development and facilitation services across the Australia working with all tiers of government, business and Not-For-Profit organisations. He was recently invited to work with the united Nations looking at how they improve their engagement practise across the Asia Pacific region and has delivered projects across most sectors (health, indigenous, infrastructure, community, education, arts, environment). Joel was the founding Chair for the International Association of public participation in Western Australia and has a background in the community sector and public sector management. He has a Certificate of Public Participation, Diploma of Training and Assessment and qualification in coaching, counselling and applied sciences.

Dorothy Lucks

Dr. Dorothy Lucks has led evaluation teams up mountains, to remote islands and into refugee camps in her work for the United Nations, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank amongst others both internationally and in Australia. She has conducted evaluations related to private and public sector investments, crime and safety, disability, youth, participatory community development, microfinance, irrigation, employment development, self-determination with indigenous people, food security, amongst a host of other topics. A more diverse evaluation experience would be hard to find.

Gloria McQuillan

Gloria has extensive writing experience and a passion for outstanding writing that is designed and written to leave readers in no doubt about what the author is telling them, recommending to them, or requiring of them. Gloria is also passionate about developing writing expertise in others. Her experience includes: five years as Senior Adviser to the Western Australian Deputy Premier, eleven years experience at Edith Cowan University, publication of Building Partnerships between Consumers and General Practice: a Consumer Action Plan for Divisions of General Practice, the Northern Territory Government policy for the provision of infrastructure in homeland centres (Aboriginal outstations), policy and options papers for the Northern Territory Cabinet, a three year Community Housing Plan approved by Territory and Commonwealth Ministers and numerous other papers.

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.

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.

Jim Rhoads

Dr Jim Rhoads has extensive experience in public sector policy development and review, strategic planning and program management, often in specialist areas. He served as a senior / executive manager during 11 of his more than 20 years working in the Commonwealth, as well as Victorian and WA state governments. Jim was an IPAA WA Councillor from 2003 until 2011. During this time he was held various positions including Council Secretary and Chair Promotion and Membership Services Committee. Jim’s involvement in the WS Lonnie awards goes back to 2004. Prior to taking up his public service career, Jim was an academic archaeologist studying Papua New Guinea and Australian Aboriginal cultures. He is again pursuing a career in Aboriginal archaeology as Director Rhoads Bird & Associates, a cultural heritage and native title consultancy firm.

Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson is a full-time academic within the School of Business at Curtin University and a Fellow of CPA Australia. Peter has over 30 years’ experience in teaching and is highly regarded by both undergraduate and post-graduate students. He is active in professional development programs within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Jan Rodgers

Jan has over 30 years experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Her career has included teaching, policy development, strategic planning and management. She has both served on and supported a number of Boards in Western Australia. Board membership experience includes the Library Board of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University. She has wide experience writing in the public sector ranging from routine correspondence and reports to strategic documents and a series of educational monographs.

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.

Kim Schofield

Kim possesses extensive experience in human resource management and capability development gained through his accumulated 25 years of service in the UK Health Service, UK Local Government, UK Private Sector and the last 14 years in the WA State Government. His last position was as Deputy Commissioner with the WA Public Sector Commission where he had responsibility for leading the Capability Development Division. Kim played a key role in setting the strategic direction for development of the WA Public Sector and was a member of the Corporate Executive of this independent statutory office reporting to Parliament. Kim also has a passion for the development of capability within organisations and within individuals. He has been instrumental in the development of a number of capability frameworks and programs for key occupational groups such as human resource practitioners and policy practitioners.

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.

Maxinne Sclanders

Maxinnes (BEd, MEd) specialties include policy research, analysis and review, planning and evaluation. Her experience includes the development of legislation, the application of regulatory requirements in the gambling industry, health promotion, education and ethics. She has demonstrated her ability to communicate successfully with people from a wide range of backgrounds. Her professional networks extend across Australia.

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.