172 Brown Street, Armidale NSW 2350, Australia

The Team

Dr Rebecca Spence

Dr Rebecca Spence

Rebecca has over 20 years’ experience working with civil society and government leaders in a range of Asia Pacific countries.

Her professional experience includes: delivering leadership skills training in developing countries; delivering conflict and fragility advisory services; gender and social inclusion advisory services; specialised training design in leadership for peace, and women, peace and security; capacity building; dialogue design; monitoring and evaluation; partnership brokering; and facilitation of high-level meetings and dialogues.

Rebecca is currently team leader for the design and delivery of three ACIAR-funded leadership training programs which cater to agricultural researchers and scientists in 23 countries.

She is a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs Technical Advisory Panel for Design, Capacity Building and Monitoring and Evaluation; and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Conflict and Security Panel.

Rebecca has the following professional affiliations

  • Member of the Reflecting on Peace Practice working group.
  • Member of the Do No Harm working group.
  • Member of the Alliance for Peacebuilding
  • Member of Board of three international not for profits:
    • The Contact Project http://www.thecontactproject.com/ – a peacebuilding training organisation.
    • Diverse Voices for Equality and Action – Fiji – http://www.divafiji.com/ – a collective for lesbian, bisexual and transgender men in Fiji
    • Transcend Oceania: a Pacific regional peacebuilding organisation
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Dr Philip R Harrell

Dr Philip R Harrell

Phil Harrell (B.A., M.Litt., MBA., DBA., Cmgr IML) is a sought-after public speaker, educator and consultant. He has been presenting his unique and engaging style of leadership and management development training throughout Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and South East Asia for over twenty- five years. These have included the design and delivery of major organisational change initiatives, executive leadership development, strategic planning, organisational teambuilding and project management consulting and training.

Dr Harrell also has contractual obligations at the University of New England (UNE) through supporting UNE’s involvement with ACIAR funded projects. He has held a visiting Professorship at the University Tartu, Estonia Business School.

Dr Harrell is a qualified Master Coach in Leading, Managing and Coaching by Values through the International Coach Federation (ICF). Phil is also an accredited provider of multiple training tools including DiSC, HBDI and Five Behaviours. He is a registered Chartered Manager assessor with the Institute of Managers and Leaders (IML).

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Janna Hayes

Janna Hayes

Janna is a communications professional with skills in creative direction, audience engagement strategy, partnerships and brand development.

An adventurer at heart, Janna enjoys a career that spans sectors. She has worked with major Australian music festivals, events including TedxSydney, the University of New England and most recently Gender Equity in Agriculture Research and Development (GEAReD); a program that supports women in science across the Indo-Pacific to thrive.

Nurturing community is the central theme of her Janna’s work, which she approaches with enthusiasm, creativity and a commitment to high-standards.

Janna is passionate about the role arts has to play in civil society and is an active member of the New England Regional Art Museum board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts/Law from the University of New South Wales.

On the side, Janna runs a small but excellent organic chai company www.sun-chai.com

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Dr Peter McNamara

Dr Peter McNamara

Dr Peter McNamara (B.A., MEd., MBA., DBA., Cmgr IML) is an accomplished management professional adept at assessing clients’ needs and goals, and formulating recommendations in the fields of strategy, leadership, management, team effectiveness and change. He has recently completed a Doctorate on the time-management behaviours of small-business managers. Peter is an engaging speaker, trainer and presenter employing clarity, innovation and humour to deliver effective presentations to diverse audiences at all organisational levels.

His background is in wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, manufacturing, equipment hire, fast moving consumer goods, continuous improvement, technology and insurance. Peter has also worked closely with small businesses in improving their performance and productivity. He has had a long and successful partnership with Dr Phil Harrell in the delivery of tailored leadership and management programs.

Peter has been the Director of Qualitrain Pty Ltd since 1997. Qualitrain is a learning and development training organisation which has an established record in the delivery of highly professional leadership and management programs both in Australia and overseas. Peter also has a strong background in Continuous Improvement and Lean Production working as the principal facilitator and designer of the Leader Instructor’s workshop for the Australasian Centre for Total Productive Manufacturing.

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Colleen Cutts

Colleen Cutts

Colleen is a Human Resource Professional with 20+ years of progressive experience in human resource management and extensive administration and financial experience. She has notable experience in strategic human resource planning, performance management, staffing, federal and state employment law compliance, employment contract negotiation, employment relations, employee benefits, compensation, payroll and training and development.

Her background is in a wide variety of industries, including fitness, healthcare, mining, manufacturing and Local Government. Colleen, with her husband, has a local Personal Coaching business. Colleen is passionate about health and fitness as a personal trainer and coach. She is internationally certified to successfully coach and prepare participants in every aspect of bodybuilding and contest preparation and is deemed a specialist trainer and educator for the sport. Her mission is to cut through the noise in the health and fitness industry and to empower people, especially women to create sustainable solutions for lasting health, happiness, and confidence. Colleen holds two Australian Titles and NSW Titles in the Figure Category.

Colleen also works with the University of New England in an administrative support role for Dr Rebecca Spence for the delivery of three ACIAR-funded leadership training programs which cater to agricultural researchers and scientists in 23 countries.

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Dr Peter McClenaghan

Dr Peter McClenaghan

Peter (B.A (Hons), Ph.D) is an internationally certified Master Coach for Leading, Managing, and Coaching by Values; is an accredited trainer for Crucial Conversations and is a qualified DISC practitioner.

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