Wednesday, 13 February 2013 19:12

Organisational Development

Relevant projects we have undertaken

  • Providing independent project leadership in the amalgamation of three statutory authorities for the Minister for Education and the Director-General.  This involved developing a model of the new authority, drafting and introducing a new Bill which amongst other things defined the composition of the authority's Board and steering the transition from the existing organisational arrangements to the new.   The work included definition of the functions of the new authority, rationalization of all services, creating a new structure, staffing it, establishing an initial budget and planning accommodation.  An important aspect of the work was to manage the concerns and expectations of powerful stakeholder groups.  Our consultant also provided advice to the Chair and assisted with the induction of the members of the new authority.

  • Reviewing the viability of integrating two branches of a Police Service (Counter-Terrorism Strategic Policy and Disaster and Major Event Planning) and the Security Planning Coordination unit (formerly of the Department of Premier and Cabinet).  Our consultants assessed the governance, management, organisational, structural and staffing arrangements needed to best support effective delivery of functions and services provided by the three units.

  • Developing comprehensive, short and long term strategies for a major industry skills body.  Our consultants developed the strategy paper and from it derived new core functions and roles aligned to the strategies.  In close consultation with the CEO, our consultants planned the best approach to gaining understanding and support from the Board.

  • Providing an interim transformational management role as CEO of a intelligent transport solutions company.  Our consultant, amongst other things is delivering a new strategic plan and implementing it, changing the company culture and re-aligning the Board and management team, aligning key stakeholders and asserting disciplines such as business development, portfolio management and international operations.

  • Reviewing the skills, structure and capacity of the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ) to ensure that it could meet the demands of its new strategic direction.  Our consultant helped clarify the new strategic direction, made practical recommendations on skills, structures and capacity and provided an implementation plan built on sound change management principles.



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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:42

Anne Kuhnemann


Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland

Diploma of Education, University of Queensland

Royal Society of Arts (London) Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in Further, Adult and Community Education

Certificate IV in Assessment and Training

Professional Memberships

Member, Institute of Public Administration, Australia

President,  Zonta Club of Brisbane River

Areas of Expertise

Anne's key areas of expertise are:

  • Policy development and review
  • Program and project management
  • Group facilitation and stakeholder and community consultations
  • English as a second language needs analysis, assessment and training


Anne's experience comes from:

  • Wide-ranging public sector experience in education and training in executive and management positions (5 years in the SES).




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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:36

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Thursday, 31 January 2013 05:53

Peter Ferreira


Graduate Diploma Human Resource Management

Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)

Certificate IV Workplace Training & Assessment (TAE40110)


DDI - Master Trainer & Targeted Selection Accredited Trainer

DiSC Behavioural Profiling – Accredited

Myers Briggs Type (MBTI) – Accredited

Personality Compass Type Indicator (PCTI) – Accredited

Certified Learning and Development Practitioner (CLDP) - ILP

Professional Memberships

Fellow, Institute for Learning Practitioners (ILP)

Member, Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)

Member, International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)

Volunteer Speaker: The Heart Foundation

Areas of Expertise

Peter's key areas of expertise are:

  • Leadership and Management: Program design, delivery and assessment
  • Supervisor and Frontline Manager Training: Skills and Certification based
  • Strategy Planning and Implementation
  • Team Development and Performance Strategies


Peter's experience comes from:

  • Over 20 years experience with a diverse range of clients and industries as a leadership consultant and facilitator focusing on leadership development, strategic planning and execution, and team performance

Key Clients

Peter has worked with clients in the following areas:

  • Public sector (state government, local government and GOCs)
  • Private sector including construction, transport and engineering sectors
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Thursday, 31 January 2013 05:52

Charles Commins


Bachelor of Science

Graduate Diploma of Education

Master of Business Administration

Professional Memberships

Member, Australian Institute of Management

Advisor, Octant Leadership Foundation

Areas of Expertise

Charlie's key areas of expertise are:

  • Strategic planning and execution
  • Business turnaround and business performance optimisation
  • Customer and community engagement
  • Corporate change and transformation projects


Charlie's experience comes from:

  • 10 years' experience at CEO/Senior Executive levels across engineering, technology, education and consultancy organisations, some of which have been Government owned
  • 15 years organisational consulting

Key Clients

Charlie has worked with clients in the following areas:

  • Public, private and not for profit organisations



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Thursday, 31 January 2013 05:51

Sabrina Walsh


Master of Public Administration (ANZSOG)

Master of Applied Psychology

Bachelor of Psychology

Grad Cert Health Economics


Accredited P3O Practitioner (Portfolio Management)

Areas of Expertise

Sabrina's key areas of expertise are:

  • Project Portfolio Management (design and implementation)
  • Program Management (design and implementation)
  • Program and Portfolio performance and governance
  • Change Management


Sabrina's experience comes from:

  • Over 20 years experience in public sector consulting and senior executive roles assisting organisations to improve the governance and management of change initiatives and to build portfolio and program management capability
  • Senior executive roles including Chief Information Officer for Queensland Health and as CEO for several area health services that covered 2 hospitals and multiple community sites leading reforms of both clinical and support services
  • Leadership roles in mental health, aged and disability services including as Northern Territory Director for Mental Health, territory-wide policy development, planning, resource allocation and evaluation of mental health services and the successful implementation of a new operating model that aligned with national funding and policy requirements

Key Clients

Sabrina has worked with clients in the following areas:

  • Public Sector and the Health Sector





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Thursday, 31 January 2013 05:51

Helen Lee Baker


Masters in Business (Accountancy)

Bachelor of Business Accountancy


Leadership and Negotiation course (Harvard)

Certified Practitioner in Prince2 and Managing Successful Projects (MSP)

Reg PM (Australian Institute of Project Managers)

Professional Memberships

Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia

Member of Australian Society of CPA's

Member of the Australian Institute of Project Managers

Areas of Expertise

Helen's key areas of expertise are:

  • Business performance measurement and review
  • Operational improvement
  • Program, project and initiative implementation and mentoring thereon
  • Organisational structure and diagnosis, role design and re-organisation incorporating accountability and responsibility mapping


Helen's experience comes from:

  • 10 years experience in running a small boutique consulting business
  • Over 10 years experience in leadership positions in the public and private sectors

Key Clients

Helen has worked with clients in the following areas:

  • Public, private and not for profit sectors




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Thursday, 31 January 2013 05:50

Keith Smailes


Bachelor of Business

Diploma Production Engineering

Cert IV Training – Qualified workplace trainer


Group facilitation and negotiation skills

Discipline and Professional Conduct Investigations Training

Areas of Expertise

Keith's key areas of expertise are:

  • Reviewing, investigating, reporting on human resource functions & issues
  • Organisational structures, diagnosis, role design and re-organisation
  • Performance management, systems and investigations
  • HRM strategic and operational planning and HR services


Keith's experience comes from:

  • 12 years as Director and owner of a successful consulting firm serving the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and Australian overseas aid programs
  • 20 years in senior management roles in the public sector

Key Clients

Keith has worked with clients in the following areas:

  • Public sector and foreign aid programs
  • Not for profits, housing, rehabilitation and women's health sectors
  • Private sector industry, mining, technology and commerce



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Thursday, 31 January 2013 05:50

Carol Markie-Dadds


Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Master of Clinical Psychology


Accredited Triple P(Positive Parenting Program) Trainer licensed by The University of Queensland

Areas of Expertise

Carol's key areas of expertise are:

  • Policy development and coordination
  • Research, evaluation and statistical analysis
  • Implementation of strategic reform initiatives
  • Strategic planning at both organisational and program level


Carol's experience comes from:

  • 11 years in senior officer and executive roles in the public sector (5 years SES)
  • 10 years in senior research and training roles at a Qld University
  • 5 years operating a successful private practice

Key Clients

Carol has worked with clients in the following areas:

  • Public sector – all tiers of government, primarily in the area of early education.
  • Private and not-for-profits particularly in early education, schooling and community services.







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Thursday, 31 January 2013 05:49

Catherine Collier


Master of Business Administration

Graduate Diploma of Business Administration

Graduate Certificate in Management

Company Directors Diploma

Justice of the Peace (Qualified)

Professional Memberships

Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Member, Queensland Justices Association

Areas of Expertise

Catherine's key areas of expertise are:

  • Strategic planning and alignment
  • Communications and stakeholder engagement
  • Organisational efficiency and performance
  • Policy development and analysis


Catherine's experience comes from:

  • 15 years with the Queensland public service including senior executive roles within health, education, training and the arts and Premier and Cabinet
  • Senior roles within the Commonwealth Government for 10 years in portfolios covering resources, energy, tourism, defence, telecommunications, aviation, administrative services and local government
  • Eight years as a newspaper journalist
  • Directorships of not-for-profit and commercial entities

Key Clients

Catherine has worked with clients in the following areas:

  • Public sector (Queensland and Commonwealth) including education and human services
  • Private sector – international education and training
  • Not-for-profit organisations – sporting and member services





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