Our Training Team

Our Training Team

 

All iHR Australia’s on-site and public training programs incorporate our unique training methodology, ‘Workplace Reality Theatre’. Professional actors re-enact real-life workplace situations that participants then practice with our actors and analyse in discussions led by our experienced facilitators. Our re-enactments can be tailored to suit your work environment, culture and specific issues ensuring relevance to the target audience. These simulated scenarios help participants to actively identify and discuss the implications of workplace behaviour and management style, building the confidence and competence of participants long after leaving the training room.

 

Facilitator Profiles


Stephen Bell – Founder/Managing Director

Stephen Bell is the Founder/Managing Director of iHR Australia and is a leading expert in human resource capability modelling and an accomplished facilitator and coach in leadership, organisational development and business planning. Stephen is an accredited trainer who delivers his programs with passion and enthusiasm beyond the limits of theory. Stephen receives consistent feedback that his programs are inspirational and an effective learning experience.

Stephen has worked with both government and private enterprise and brings with him a wealth of practical knowledge on both the design and implementation of organisational development interventions. Stephen understands that corporate and Small Medium Enterprise management requires constant development to respond to changing work patterns in society.


John Boardman – Director Workplace Relations / Subject Matter Expert

John Boardman is iHR Australia’s Director of Workplace Relations and has an extensive background in human resource management and industrial relations. He possesses high order analytical understanding, the proven ability to assess strategic options, and strong negotiating, advocacy and presentation skills. John has over 30 years’ experience in human resource management, many of which have been at senior executive level.

John is a competent ‘hands-on’ technician and has researched, prepared and conducted complex cases before both State and Federal tribunals. John has also provided advice to employers throughout major industrial relations disputes.

John has extensive experience in conducting independent workplace investigations into allegations of bullying and harassment, and has conducted major investigations across a broad range of industries. John also possesses significant experience in mediation and dispute resolution and has worked with a variety of organisations and workers at varying levels to assist in restoring appropriate working relationships.

John co-facilitates iHR Australia’s Workplace Investigation Officer Training around Australia.

As the head of iHR Australia’s investigations team, John reviews all reports and oversees all investigations to ensure a highly conscientious and consistent approach is applied.


Dr Verena Marshall, PhD – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser / Facilitator

Verena Marshall specialises in workplace investigations, mediations, and training. Verena brings to these areas over 30 years’ experience as an HR manager and organisational development consultant in private and public sector organisations. Examples of industries for which Verena has provided investigation, mediation and training services include resources (mining, oil and gas), transport, retail, government (federal, state and local), and not-for-profit businesses.

As an academic with Curtin Graduate School of Business for 18 years, Verena taught in the Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Leadership programs. In this role she focussed on researching and facilitating units in Organisational Behaviour, Strategic HR, Employee Relations, Employment Law, and Occupational Health and Safety Law.

In addition to her PhD in Performance Management and Master of Business degree, Verena is legally qualified, holding a Juris Doctor of Law and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, as well as a Graduate Certificate of Migration Law. Verena is admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of NSW, licensed as an Investigator (pursuant to the Security & Related Activities Control Act (WA)), and a Nationally Accredited Mediator.


Jo Murphy – Senior HR Consultant / Facilitator

Jo Murphy has over 20 years of diverse management experience in a range of roles incorporating Human Resources, Training and Development, Change management and Marketing in large multi-national organisation environments and SME’s.

With a consistent track record for interactive and highly engaging facilitation, Jo has conducted hundreds of training sessions using varied approaches to accommodate diverse cultures, functions, levels and abilities.

Jo is a trained Investigator and Contact Officer for EEO and Anti-Bullying issues, and has practical experience handling complaints and establishing prevention and issues handling frameworks.

Jo holds a Master of Business qualification from the Australian Graduate School of Management, and has broad experience partnering with senior leadership teams and frontline managers in managing employee performance to facilitate achievement of business objectives, whilst maintaining respect for the individual and legal considerations.


Lisa Guenther – Senior HR Consultant / Facilitator

Lisa is a seasoned HR professional with over 20 years’ experience across the full human resources function with expertise in performance management, leadership development, talent management/succession planning, change management and workplace culture. She has a particular interest in designing, developing and facilitating workshops that enhance workplace culture and leadership capability, including train-the-trainer programs.

Lisa has collaborated with employees from diverse backgrounds, functions and organisational levels, from large global matrix organisations to SME environments across a range of sectors including manufacturing, healthcare equipment, pharmaceutical, technology and media.

With significant experience in recruitment, performance management, handling EEO/bullying matters and investigating complaints, Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge, creativity and a practical approach to the programs she designs and facilitates.

Lisa holds a Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Management) and has considerable experience partnering senior leadership teams and front line managers in both professional and worker environments. Her focus is to achieve business outcomes by providing practical solutions supported by sound people management practice.


Sebastian Harvey – Coach / Facilitator

Sebastian Harvey is a leading facilitator and coach in all areas of people management. Sebastian has 14 years’ experience as an independent consultant working across a range of sectors including health, local and state government, manufacturing, banking and utilities. This is backed up by 18 years’ experience as an internal consultant and manager the public and education sectors in recruitment and human resource development functions.  Sebastian is committed to helping individuals, teams and organisations to be more successful through sound people management practices.

Sebastian’s consulting experience includes extensive facilitation of both corporate and accredited (VET) programs supported by outstanding experiential training, action-based education and team learning. He has worked as a coach in the context of behavioural management, career development and outplacement. Sebastian is also an experienced interviewer, mediator and has assisted organisations with change projects.

Sebastian has qualifications in Training, Business, Psychology and Literature and is a Certified Professional in HR (CAHRI). He has also held leadership roles in community and professional organisations.


Dr Kathryn Gilson – Clinical Psychologist / Facilitator

Dr Kathryn Gilson is a clinical psychologist with a Doctorate of Psychology and over 10 years’ experience working in private practice assessing, diagnosing, treating and managing adults with mental health issues.  She has experience working with clients who experience depression and anxiety (including generalised anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, phobia, and post-traumatic stress disorder) and many other psychological problems.

Kathryn holds additional qualifications and expertise in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), delivering CBT interventions to clients as a gold-standard form of therapeutic intervention.    She lectures and facilitates training in CBT.  She has also worked with organisations to deliver CBT interventions and well-being seminars to professionals and employees and has delivered CBT interventions at the Executive level.

In her career as a psychologist, Kathryn has worked extensively within the higher education industry as an adjunct lecturer, contributed to clinical trials by developing innovative treatment manuals for mental health problems, published in peers reviewed journals, presented at national and international conferences, provided expert opinion for magazine articles, and developed evaluation studies of private practice effectiveness using CBT.


Alan Colvin – Senior HR Consultant / Facilitator

With over 26 years experience in roles across Finance and Administration and HR, Alan has amassed extensive experience in managing people and teams in large multi-national organisation environments.

Alan is a practical and common sense HR Executive with a passion for the power that proper People Management and Leadership can deliver to an organisation. He has a particular interest in developing and facilitating workshops on leadership, soft skills and HR topics that enhance workplace culture and capability.

As an accomplished HR professional, Alan has expertise across the full human resources function including designing and embedding major workplace cultural change, performance management, change management, talent acquisition and retention, succession planning and employee engagement programs.

Alan holds a Bachelor of Economics, Business/Managerial Economics and Certificate IV in Workforce Training and Assessment and has held senior leadership roles for over 13 years.


Dr. Leigh Hodder, PhD MAPS – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser / Consulting Psychologist / Facilitator

Dr. Leigh Hodder is an experienced consultant, workplace mediator and investigator who has also trained internal investigators at various organisations. Alongside her skills in coaching, mediation and training, Leigh is a consulting psychologist with over 20 years’ experience.

She has provided investigation and consulting services to organisations of various sizes and has worked in a wide range of industries including the government, not for profit and private sectors. In providing services to organisations, Leigh has gained valuable skills in negotiating with unions and has the insight and analytical ability to conduct in-depth investigations while following the principles of procedural fairness.

Leigh has conducted over 800 workplace mediations across a variety of industries since commencing mediation practice in 1996. She is a preferred workplace intervention supplier to Queensland Government departments and conducted her Honours Thesis on the mediation process with the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (QLD).

Her current activities include conducting independent workplace and safety incident investigations, organisational culture development partnering, team dynamics diagnostics, team and individual coaching, learning and development and mediation for various clients.

Leigh is a qualified and experienced Mediator, Victim/Offender Community Conference Convenor and Trainer/Assessor.  She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society, a registered Medicare Provider and Work Cover (Queensland) Provider.


David Fuller – Senior Facilitator

David Fuller has over 20 years of extensive experience in the Human Resources field, and has worked in a variety of senior management and business partner roles across a diverse portfolio of industries including Retail, Media, Manufacturing and Services.

He has a wide range of HR value adding skills, with particular areas of expertise including industrial relations, change management, organisational development, equal opportunity and workplace discrimination, learning and development, leadership capability, OH&S and recruitment.

He has been involved in and led many significant and successful business initiatives and developed and implemented many change management and business improvement projects across the full range of HR issues. This is typically delivered with a pragmatic and collaborative style that is focused on practical business improvement solutions.

David holds a degree in Economics and Postgraduate qualifications in Employee Relations Management.


Mark Brady – Senior Facilitator

Mark Brady has over 20 years’ experience in the HR field with an emphasis on Learning and Development. He has worked throughout Australia and Asia in both the private and public sectors.

As a skilled facilitator, Mark has designed and conducted programs covering such topics as Leadership Development, EEO, Performance Management, Change Management, Reward and Recognition and 360 Degree Feedback.  Mark has worked for a wide variety of organisations including Coles Myer, BOC Gases, American Express, Sydney Water and Honeywell.

Mark has a Degree in Human Resource Development and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education. He also holds accreditations in Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Situational Leadership, Quality Management and NLP.


Leonie Kerley – Senior HR Consultant / Facilitator

Leonie Kerley is an experienced HR practitioner and facilitator with over 20 years’ experience working in the world of best practice strategic Human Resources and People Development, covering all facets of leadership development, capability building, change management, performance management and EEO legislation. During this time Leonie has designed, developed and facilitated numerous learning programs ranging from senior leadership and team development programs to ‘on the floor’ programs for shop floor employees; for various industries including manufacturing, media/communications and state government.

Leonie’s extensive experience has harnessed her unique ability to engage with all levels of an organisation, from senior leaders at the executive level to front line employees on the factory floor, whilst delivering interactive and engaging learning programs that truly make a difference. Leonie’s passion is creating engaging workplace cultures that activate an employee’s full potential to deliver the overall business strategy.

Leonie holds a Bachelor of Business with the University of Technology, Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Education with Macquarie University.


 
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