Dr Peter Abelson is a Director of Applied Economics P/L and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney. He is a principal economic advisor to NSW Treasury. In recent years he has run several workshops on cost-benefit analysis for the Victorian Department of Infrastructure as well as for the Economic Society of Australia (NSW branch). His consulting work in areas such as transport, urban and environmental issues, health, and education economics includes many cost-benefit studies. Peter re-drafted The Handbook of Cost-Benefit Analysis for the Department of Finance which was republished in January 2006. He is the author of Public Economics: Principles and Practice (2012), which is the leading text in this field in Australia.
Sarah Barlow has a background in facilitation, communication, business development and account management. She works with organisations to enhance performance providing knowledge, skills and practices that add value. Sarah initially qualified as a trainer with Dale Carnegie Training®, one of the largest global training organisations. Working across different levels, she has completed assignments in Australia, the UK and Europe for organisations of all sizes including leading global brands and public sector services. Sarah uses a pragmatic approach connecting proven solutions with real challenges and unlocking potential on an individual and organisational level. Sarah has won a UK award for coaching and has been invited as a guest speaker at various conferences and events.
Dr Roy Barton’s work includes Value Management, Risk Management and co-operative contracting on major projects, as well as working with groups of people across all levels of organisations on problem-solving, strategic planning and change. He has been involved with Gateway in NSW since its inception and was part of the team that put together the initial Gateway documentation. Roy has since worked closely with the Gateway Team in Treasury, providing advice on education and training as well as delivering short courses in Gateway and coaching Gateway reviewers through simulation workshops.
Martin Bass has 17 years experience in stakeholder engagement in his capacities as local government manager and independent consultant. Martin has developed broad skills, knowledge and experience in planning and managing innovative and effective stakeholder engagement programs and has sound understanding of the theoretical and practical elements of stakeholder engagement. In his consulting role Martin works principally with local and State government agencies, designing and implementing stakeholder engagement and strategic planning activities and building staff and agency capacities to manage these processes in-house.
Harrold has had over 20 years’ corporate training and facilitating experience. He has designed and developed management programs at diploma, degree and graduate levels. He has international work and project management experience in a range of industries including financial services, telecommunications, construction and government. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing strategic solutions, processes and systems to develop people, improve customer satisfaction, reduce staff turnover and overall improve financial performance. Harrold’s academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (UTS), Master of Commerce (UNSW), Graduate Diploma of Education (UOW), Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (AIM), Certificate in Coaching (USYD) and Professional Studies (AGSM).
Isabel Deeble, BA, Dip Ed, ATCL (Speech), ALCM (Speech), DISC accreditation, NLP and Cert. IV in Workplace Assessment and Training, is a communication specialist who conducts dynamic and engaging group facilitation and one-on-one coaching in presentation skills, interpersonal communication, leadership, negotiation and personal presentation. She underpins her workshop content and processes with principles of influence critical to enhancing personal impact and professional presence. An accomplished presenter and industry speaker, Isabel is currently President of the NSW chapter of the National Speakers’ Association of Australia.
Deb Elliott is a Director of a training and consulting company, a licensed Springboard facilitator. Deb holds her qualification in Certificate 4 Training and Assessment and has trained in NLP. Deb has gained considerable experience in training and developing people for over 9 years in the Finance and Insurance field, in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Deb now operates a professional training and development practice in Sydney. She is passionate about developing people to bring out the best in them.
Bernadette Harris, MBA, Grad. Cert. Training (Action Learning), Cert IV Training & Assessment, has over 25 years management experience. Bernadette offers creative approaches and entrepreneurial thinking. All of her work is focused on improving performance – individual and organisational. She is best known for her practical solutions and for creating an engaging learning environment. Her contributions to improved business performance range from the facilitation of seminars to the design of work based and e-learning strategies. Areas of speciality include: using technology to improve team performance, strategic thinking, leadership from within, decision making, e-learning, and facilitating change. Bernadette is author of 12 management books, including two on frontline management.
Dennise Harris as a senior administrator has extensive writing experience in many contexts in the public sector. She worked as a speech writer in a public sector organisation for several years. Dennise has been an Inspector of Schools and has lectured in English at Macquarie University. She has also held teaching and management positions. Dennise delivers IPAA NSW writing courses and has trained many hundreds of NSW public sector employees in how to write letters, briefing notes, reports and a wide range of other documents that public sector employees have to write.
Phillip Hart helps people achieve practical, robust outcomes with difficult issues, especially when there is uncertainty, dissent, and even hostility. He is an independent facilitator, negotiator and nationally accredited mediator. He has extensive experience over many years, in a wide range of contexts in the government, private, and not-for-profit sectors. He helps individuals and teams clarify the issues which are confronting them, identify and explore a range of options to address these issues, craft appropriate and realistic solutions and develop implementation strategies, and prepare for difficult conversations and negotiations. He is a Nationally Accredited Mediator on the LEADR Panel of Mediators and a Conflict Coach. He is a frequent presenter and participant in professional Alternative Dispute Resolution conferences, seminars and workshops.
Caroline Hawkless BEc ACA MBA, has been consulting to Government and Public Authorities for over 20 years. Her areas of expertise include Total Asset Management Planning, Value Management Workshop facilitation, Economic and Financial Appraisal (of capital projects, National Standards and Regulations)and Business Case preparation. She has prepared Business Cases in compliance with NSW Treasury Guidelines for Business Cases examining a range of investment proposals including infrastructure, Information and Communications Technology and Goods and Services and has taken on the role of Team Leader for a number of Business Case Gateway Reviews.
Patricia Healy Dip Gov (Proj Man), Dip Proj Man, BSc (Hon), MSc, MComm has an impressive career history encompassing engineering, management and human resources consulting. She has over 18 years experience in assisting organisations improve performance through developing and implementing effective human resource solutions and building project managment expertise. Patricia is an experienced project manager and has managed significant projects in the public and private sectors in engineering, construction, reform and change management and human resources in Europe, the Middle East and Australia.
Fiona has over 20 years’ experience as a mediator, facilitator and workplace educator, with previous managerial experience in public relations, community organisation, and client advocacy. Fiona has expertise in teaching and practising conflict resolution, negotiation, grievance management, leadership, customer service, effective communications and team participation for a broad variety of organisations. She is co-author of the Conflict Resolution Network Trainers' Manual. Fiona facilitates teams, work based learning groups, community organisations and community consultation meetings. She uses her interpersonal competencies and conflict resolution skills to negotiate agreements between different stakeholder and factional groups, to develop policy and represent client groups. As a Nationally Accredited Mediator, she mediates a broad range of matters, including workplace, governance and team functioning.
David Hurrell, MAcc, Grad Mgt Qual, Grad Cert (Proc), is a highly regarded and respected adviser in procurement, contracting, governance and accountability. David is a highly qualified and experienced procurement practitioner who has been providing results oriented business services to Australian and South East Asian businesses and governments for over 18 years primarily in the fields of procurement, strategy, negotiation, business acumen, finance and contracting. David’s training, mentoring and consulting is characterised by his engaging manner, his clear focus and his understanding of the varying needs of organisations and the people working within them. Clients regularly comment on David’s ability to build workable practical solutions that genuinely contribute to organisational performance.
An experienced executive educator, management consultant and facilitator at Queensland University of Technology. Kate develops leaders and leadership groups for the challenges of the 21st century. Kate has held senior leadership development positions in the university and government sectors for more than two decades. Kate completed her PhD in Business Strategy in 2011, and is the winner of several academic awards for her work in leading partnerships and joint ventures. Kate has particular expertise and academic interest in leading change in complex organisations, as well as smart collaboration between government, business and the non-profit sector. She holds a degree in music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and an MBA and Phd from QUT. She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) and the US Academy of Management.
Michael Kelly is a communications expert, a senior executive communication coach and media commentator. Michael has a long track record in helping his clients get an edge, in winning sales and business pitches - and in helping executives inspire their direct reports and other stakeholders to take quick, compelling action. In addition, Michael is an expert in body language and in the science of speech, holding a Master of Science degree in speech pathology. He writes a weekly blog post on all aspects of memorable listening, speaking and presenting. Michael’s clients include Commonwealth Bank, The University of Sydney and NSW Trade & Investment.
René Kling has extensive experience within the procurement and supply chain fields, having worked for organisations in positions including Purchasing Manager, Supply Manager, National Logistics Manager and Senior Management Consultant. René is the immediate past Queensland Chair for the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australia (MCIPS qualification), and holds memberships in a number of other organisations, including the Australian Institute of Management, the Logistics Association of Australia and the Australian Institute of Training and Development. His qualifications include a Master of Business in Logistics Management, an MBA and a Master of E-Commerce, and he is currently completing a Doctor of Education. René also lectures in Strategic Management, Logistics Management, Quality Management and Purchasing and Materials Management for Central Queensland University on a sessional basis.
Anthea Lowe has extensive experience in bullying and harassment prevention and people management. She managed the Education Services Branch at the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW for 11 years, has been running her own workplace for the last thirteen years, and is a General Member of the Administrative & Equal Opportunity Division of NCAT, which means she hears and decides cases of discrimination and harassment that have not been able to be settled by the Anti-Discrimination Board. She has written bullying and harassment prevention policies and grievance management training programs, investigated bullying and harassment grievances and written expert witness opinions for lawyers claiming negligence on behalf of clients. She has been the author of the bullying chapter in all ten editions of CCH's Australian Master Human Resources Guide.
Greg Masters is the director of Nexus Management Consulting which specialises in helping organisations in the public and non-government sectors change for the better. Prior to establishing Nexus in 1996, Greg had extensive experience in management and executive roles in the NSW public sector. Greg specialises in strategic planning, program evaluation, management review and change management and he has a sound understanding of how government works. Greg is an engaging facilitator who brings a practical, hands-on approach to his workshops. In his training, Greg draws on his extensive experience in consulting to government agencies and grounds the material in participants' own work contexts.
Andrew has facilitated over 500 leadership, communication and business skills development programs to businesses and individuals across all industries, from front line staff to senior leaders. His approach focuses on collaborative coaching to improve and develop specific behaviours which achieve valuable business and professional outcomes including developing customer relationships, managing and developing staff and improving business communication. Andrew is passionate about helping people to grow and learn how to use strengths to achieve better relationships and results within business while encouraging leadership in their broader involvement in society.
Barbara McKellar BA, Dip of Personnel Management, is an experienced facilitator specialising in leadership, people and performance management and business communication skills. Barbara has had extensive experience in the research, design and delivery of learning and development programs for a range of public and private sector clients in the areas of presentation skills, conflict management, assertive communication, performance feedback, coaching and counselling.
Robyn Mercer BA MBA, Director of Robyn Mercer Human Resources Consulting, she specialises in performance improvement and performance management process, individual and team coaching, organisational development and strategy implementation, strategic human resources planning including workforce planning and leadership and management development. Robyn has conducted a range of human resources consulting initiatives and learning and development activities for a variety of public and private sector clients including: providing managers and staff with skills and confidence in performance management and performance improvement processes; comprehensive manager and leadership development programs; team development and facilitation of team planning; support for organisational change including restructuring, workforce planning and change leadership.
Scott Monson brings over 20 years of public sector experience to the Bayley team, and offers significant experience in managing complex procurement projects within the Department of Defence. Scott’s has worked in worked in a variety or procurement positions, from APS 6 Contracts Officer to Executive Level 2 Procurement Director. He had a key role in developing an innovative procurement framework for a multi-billion dollar shipbuilding project, and has managed over 200 less complex procurements per annum. Scott holds a Certificate IV in Government (Procurement and Contracting), as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Scott is also a qualified organisational coach, and is committed to advancing the professional development of those within the public and private sectors.
Stuart is an executive trainer, executive coach, university business school lecturer who specialises in the areas of financial management, project management and risk management. His customised training services and executive coaching are all enriched by an extensive career working across the world as Finance Director for global listed companies operating in the power generation, construction, resources and transportation sectors. Stuart has designed and facilitated training as well as coached and mentored senior management within commercial firms, government and the not for profit sector. Stuart is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, holds a Diploma in Project Management and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Kevin Riley is an accountant who has found a way of not sounding like one - and being able to make finance fun! In addition to being a Fellow with both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia, Kevin has a Bachelor of Economics and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and is a member of the International Coach Federation. Kevin's training courses provide practical insights into the use of financial information in public sector decision-making, based on over 20 years experience in public sector financial management and working with State and Commonwealth government agencies and departments, including Treasury and Finance departments in most jurisdictions. Kevin's work experience includes accounting, budgeting, performance analysis, process improvement and developing public sector KPIs. More recently Kevin has worked in developing and evaluation frameworks integrating financial and non-financial performance within the public and community sectors.
Thomas Schymitzek BMaths, DipEd, has been involved in education for 27 years as a teacher, lecturer, and facilitator. He has spent the last 13 years leading and developing programs for Commonwealth and NSW Government agencies, focusing on delivering programs on information processing, both in hard copy and in the digital environment. He is a national speaker for several peak industry bodies, including the ICAA and the CPA.
Merryl Semple has over 15 years experience in the field of leadership development in the NSW public sector and her consulting, training and coaching services add value to leadership, performance and change initiatives. Her management experience saw her responsible for large scale management and leadership development strategy. Merryl is passionate about enabling leaders to be composed under pressure and her work delivers measureable improvements in personal and organisational performance, health and well-being. Merryl’s programs focus on building resilience and positive leadership impact. Outcomes support improved decision-making under pressure and enhanced workplace relationships. Merryl holds post-graduate qualifications in the Neuroscience of Leadership, Human Resources Management and a Masters in Education. She has Executive Coaching accreditations from the Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership and is Licensed HeartMath® Provider.
Simon Smith is a highly experienced expert in this field, & has won multiple professional awards. Simon’s deep experience includes convening & being an independent on numerous Public Sector panels across the board from senior executive to front line staff, as well as in-depth Private Sector experience across recruitment, Outplacement, Career Coaching & Career Development. Passionate about making a positive difference in people’s lives, Simon has a down to earth, humorous, positive and energetic training style. This course has been successfully presented to over 4000 participants across State, Federal & Local Government. The program has been consistently rated by participants at, on average, over 90/100. It can be customised across the vast majority of recruitment systems & Capability Frameworks.
Kestrel has worked in the project management field since 2004, delivering consulting and professional development services to individuals and organisations. Combining an undergraduate degree in psychology and history with a Masters in Project Management, Kestrel brings a balanced perspective to project management that recognises the importance of ‘soft’ interpersonal skills as well as ‘hard’ technical project management skills. She also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessments. Kestrel has had the opportunity to work with project management practitioners and organisations across industry: from construction, transport and Defence; to banks, community service, environment and health. In 2012, Kestrel became a NSW Chapter Councillor with the Australian Institute of Project Management and currently chairs the NSW Women in Project Management Special Interest Group.
Paul Vorbach (MCom, MBA, SF Fin, FAICD, FAITD) is a company director and Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. As an experienced corporate trainer and previous academic at the UTS Business School, he has over twenty-five years experience including executive roles at Deloitte and Citigroup. Paul has developed and taught executive management programs for Diploma, Advanced Diploma and postgraduate tertiary level lecturing at a number of Australian and international universities. He is a Senior Fellow, FinSIA; Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow, Australian Institute of Training and Development.
Janelle Wallace, MIB, consults to private and public organisations on a range of business disciplines, including business planning and engagement for sustainability, project management, operational effectiveness, and service. Projects include developing best practice service delivery systems, developing procurement and logistics services, establishing entities in Asian markets and assisting facilitating the development of strategic plans for sustainability and engaging staff and stakeholders in achieving sustainability outcomes.
Chris Westacott holds an MBA, Degree qualifications in Human Resources and Marketing, Diploma of Directorship and the following professional credentials: FAICD, FAHRI, AFAIM, AFACHSE. Chris has over 30 years experience in human resources and line management roles with both a local and international focus plus 8 years experience as a consultant. His specific areas of expertise include strategic planning, governance, strategic human resource management, organisation analysis and design, strategic workplace reform, change management, senior executive and board coaching, strategic remuneration management, reward and recognition systems.
Sandra Wood has extensive human resources and organisational development experience in both the private and public sectors. Her combination of management and people skills is backed by her degree qualifications in Adult Education, Human Resource Development and Management, and numerous other accreditations such as 360 degree feedback, coaching and emotional intelligence. Sandra has worked as a leadership consultant, coach, trainer and facilitator with a wide range of clients from state and local government, professional services, financial services, IT, telecommunications, NGOs and construction and property development since 2001. Sandra is passionate about helping organisations and people achieve their potential. She has a real talent for identifying behavioural patterns and using a strengths-based approach to generate solutions, strategies and new approaches. Her areas of expertise are leadership and management development, team building, productive conversations and coaching.