Neil has graduate and post graduate degrees in Business Administration, technical and engineering qualifications, as well as accreditations in Executive Coaching and Workplace Profiling.
He has had the privilege of leading and working with culturally diverse teams in national, regional (Australasia), and global organisations, as well as managing large infrastructure projects in remote areas of Australia.
Neil had overall responsibility for construction materials extraction and supply to the installation of major infrastructure at the Century Zinc mine in the Gulf of Carpentaria from 1997 to 1999. and was an Executive Manager of the “River First” consortium bidding the Traveston Dam project in 2008 – 09. He was also Vice President – Construction (Australasia) for the global mining industry supplier Metso Minerals from 2010 to 2014.
He is the inaugural Chairman of The Alliance for Leadership Learning.
Helen Ferguson PSM
Helen is an Independent Decision Maker with the National Redress Scheme. This role follows over 20 years of experience with the Queensland Public Service.
Helen has held senior executive positions for the Queensland Public Service in Disability Services, Housing, Child Safety and Community Services. She possesses expertise in social and public policy, legislative reform, intergovernmental relations, corporate governance, research and evaluation, and direct service delivery. Helen’s career, underpinned by qualifications in social work and nursing, has been grounded through roles at the local, regional, and state levels. In 2020, Helen was awarded a Public Service Medal for her contributions to social policy development and implementation in Queensland.
Ken’s 30-year management consulting, HR leadership and academic career has extended across Australia and internationally, consulting for organisations such as British Airways, TAFE Queensland, Optus, ANZ Bank, Dulux, Lend Lease, TAC Insurance, VicHealth and the Northern Territory Employment & Training Authority. He is a former Chief Human Resources Officer for two State Government Departments.
His academic career expands over 20 years with the Australian Graduate School of Management’s EMBA program teaching and course leading in the Graduate Diploma of Management and the Graduate Certificate in Change Management. He also taught executive programs for RMIT University.
Ken’s consulting expertise is in the area of organisational culture and change, leadership and management development, service management, strategic human resources and organisation design.
He was the founder and first National Vice-President of the Australian Customer Service Association.
Tony is committed to a viable and proactive health and community services sector that works alongside families and individuals to inspire self-confidence and hope.
Tony is the National CEO for the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia, a federation of 7 mental health organisations across Australia, committed to amplifying the voice of lived experience in national advocacy and policy influence. He is passionate about reforms that improve mental health and wellbeing in Australia. He has held CEO level positions with some of Australia’s most well-respected not-for-profit organisations as well as executive roles in the Commonwealth and Queensland governments.
Tony is currently a member of the Expert Reference Group for the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. He is also the Secretary of Psychosis Australia, tasked with prioritising Australia’s strategic directions for psychosis research.
Principal & Facilitator
Before leaving the public service, Jan Archer was the Deputy Commissioner for Fair Trading in Queensland.
She had previously completed significant reform agendas within the criminal justice system, most recently with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, but also with the Department of Corrective Services and the Queensland Police Service.
Jan’s experience includes other significant change management responsibilities including the amalgamation of two local government councils into one new entity; the establishment of new Divisions and transitioning of organizations as part of major government restructures; and the creation of new shared service models and integrated corporate service delivery for four government departments.
Much of Jan’s work in the university, public and community sectors has focused on innovation, reform and the ways in which leaders of public, private and community organizations can engage in adding value to their enterprises.