Training Facilitators

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.

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.

Kylie Burton

Kylie is an experienced consultant and facilitator who has worked extensively across public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She is highly regarded for her work on strategy and planning and is a respected organisational development consultant. Kylie was a Director at Deloitte and has held management positions in the public sector in the area of strategy and performance. With a focus on strategic thinking and growth planning, Kylie is passionate about coaching people to achieve organisational success. With a collaborative and engaging approach, Kylie delivers learning outcomes and tools that can be immediately applied to improve workplace performance.

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.

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.

Robert Doyle

Robert is currently serving as the Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne. Robert was a Member of Parliament in Victoria for 14 years before joining The Nous Group. He was Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Liberal Party for four years, Shadow Minister for Health for three years and in government, Parliamentary Secretary for Health for three years. Robert has extensive experience in regulatory, legislative, legal and public policy. He is a divergent thinker who grasps problems and solutions quickly and can work through practical solutions. At Nous, Robert is a part of the Strategy and Public Policy Practice Group and is the Sector Leader for Security and Intelligence. Robert has directed projects for large Federal Departments, including working extensively with the Department of Defence; major State Government Departments; statutory authorities and major tertiary institutions.

Vivian Garde

Vivian has over 14 years experience working with and within organisations to engage stakeholders and the community in decision making processes and in making this a way of doing business. Vivian created and implemented the Community Engagement Framework for South East Water which was awarded the Core Values award for Best Public Participation Framework by the International Association for Public Participation in 2010.

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.

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.

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.

Becky Hirst

Becky started her career in what she often refers to as the ‘early Blair years’ in the UK. ‘Social exclusion’ was the buzz phrase of the time and Becky has great memories of delivering grass-roots community involvement initiatives during the 1990’s. Over 12 years later, Becky has used these foundations to build a successful career in community work and facilitation, gaining vast experience in working with local & state Government and non-Government organisations in both Australia and the UK. Much of Becky’s work has specialized in working with typically ‘hard to reach’ groups. Becky is known for her inspiring approach to genuinely connecting with communities.

Andrew Huffer

Andrew Huffer, of Andrew Huffer & Associates Pty Ltd, is a qualified facilitator and trainer with sixteen years experience in working with managers, communities and businesses across Australia’s and overseas. Andrew's workshops use a participatory approach to ensure all people are involved in actively contributing to the workshop outcomes.

Mark Kelly

Mark is a former serving officer with the West Australian Police Service. During his 20 years of service, he worked as a Detective and also as a Senior Trainer in the Leadership and Management faculty. Mark is a respected facilitator who has worked with all levels of management, both within Australia and internationally. He is also a former WA Regional Manager for Loss Prevention for a national retailer. He teaches with a passion, his classes are laced with humour and personal examples and he believes in the maintenance of high standards and is meticulous in his preparation.

Geraldine Kennett

Geraldine Kennett specialises in organisational learning strategies and professional development for association members. She is the Institute for Public Administration Australia’s (IPAA Victoria) Executive Director and is on the Board of Multicultural Arts Victoria. In the past Geraldine worked as a senior manager for Australian Industry Group, Australian Human Resources Institute, Central Metropolitan College of TAFE (WA) and Myer Stores Ltd. She was also a council member for the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) from 2005-2007, and a board member of Charles Sturt University from 2006-2008.

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 state predominately working with Federal, State and Local government agencies and Not-For-Profit organisations. Delivering across most sectors (health, indigenous, infrastructure, community, education, arts, environment) his work includes: design and facilitation of community or stakeholder engagement Joel has an educational background including Community Engagement (Certificate Public Participation), Neuro Linguistic Programming (Master Practitioner), Training and Assessment (Dip Training and Assessment) and is a full member Psychotherapists and Counsellors Association of WA.

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.

Tony Malkovic

Tony is a freelance journalist and facilitator/MC with considerable public sector experience who conducts several writing and communications workshops for the Institute. In 2013, Tony was awarded one of the State’s major journalism prizes, the Clarion Award for the most outstanding contribution to journalism in WA. He has managed the communications units of several agencies and can show you how to write more clearly and concisely, as well as help you improve your speaking and presentation skills. People who attend his workshops say they appreciate his informal, light-hearted presenting style and practical workplace tips.

Wayne Mitchell

Wayne has extensive HR and operational experience from his 32-year career with Australian Customs and Border Protection. He is acknowledged for his ability to lead and motivate teams, to look at business practices and develop innovative ways to achieve valued business outcomes. Wayne has considerable experience in HR policy input & implementation and in the delivery of technical training and professional development. He has also trained in Micronesia, PNG, Fiji and Laos. Wayne is a skilled and motivated trainer with the ability to transform teams and individuals to achieve their full potential. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (University of WA), Graduate Certificate in Social Science (Edith Cowan University), and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Theo Nabben

Theo Nabben is a Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation specialist and 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 13 times and is one of the most experienced Western Australians in the use of the MSC technique.

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.

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 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.

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.

Helen Simons

Helen Simons is Professor of Evaluation and Education at the University of Southampton and an independent evaluation consultant. Helen’s research in the field of evaluation over thirty years has focused on democratic processes, ethics, case study methodology, program, policy & institutional self-evaluation, and, more recently, evaluation and the arts. She has written widely on the theory and practice of evaluation, case study methodology, evidence-based practice and the ethics of evaluation. Her most recent book Case Study Research in Practice was published in 2009 by Sage.

Jan Stuart

Jan has a career spanning over twenty years in senior policy and management roles in the State public and higher education sectors, most recently at the University of Western Australia. She has worked in a number of functional settings – public sector management, human resource management and education – and has experience in policy development, strategic planning and review, and organisational development.

Hannah van Didden

Hannah has more than 15 years of experience in business, communications, planning and program/project management in Government and private consultancy, with formal qualifications to match. Known for her personable approach, energy and ability to get fast action and 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.