The knowledge, skills base and expertise of our consultants are significant, with achievements across a range of sensitive and complex consultancies in the public sector. All of our consultants have worked at senior executive and executive levels in the public sector. Our facilitators are energetic, innovative and highly regarded by our clients. They inject their public sector experience into their programs and work to make a difference to participants every time. When undertaking consultancies they draw on their experience to provide you with practical solutions.

Lesley Richards : Managing Director

Lesley Richards

Managing Director

Lesley is an inspiring leader who has worked in and with government for 36 years. She has significant expertise as a consultant, coach and mentor. Lesley leads the Interaction team.

Full resume available here.

Sean Wood : Chief Operating Officer

Sean Wood

Chief Operating Officer

Sean is a highly experienced corporate and shared services professional. He has worked in private sector enabling services functions in small and medium entities, as well as leading the Asia-Pacific and Middle East operations of a multi-national corporation.

Full resume available here.

Brigid Hardy : Director of Consulting

Brigid Hardy

Director of Consulting

Brigid leads the consulting team. She has been consulting to the public, private and non-profit sectors for over 10 years. She facilitates the development of innovative, bespoke solutions to business challenges, helping organisations and individuals to continuously improve and introduce positive and successful change.

Full resume available here.

Leanne Elliott : Principal Consultant

Leanne Elliott

Principal Consultant

Leanne has worked at senior levels in the both public and private sectors for over 30-years specialising in large, complex and intangible projects. She brings deep expertise in change management, capability development, communications and regulatory development. She is also a highly experienced project manager, coach and negotiator.

Full resume available here.

Shane Redfern : Principal Consultant

Shane Redfern

Principal Consultant

Shane had a successful career in the Australian Public Service spanning 33 years including at the executive level. He has management experience across a range of disciplines including learning and development.

Full resume available here.

Michelle Henderson : Senior Consultant

Michelle Henderson

Senior Consultant

Michelle's public service career spans 23-years with Federal and Queensland state governments. She has broad experience across policy and program initiatives focussed on economic growth. Michelle has worked in Australia and overseas at executive and SES Band 1 levels.

Full resume available here.

Karen van Geelen : Principal Consultant

Karen van Geelen

Principal Consultant

Karen’s public sector career spans more than 25 years. She is a strategic HR and learning and development specialist with considerable experience in people and leadership development. She is an accredited coach and a knowledgeable and personable facilitator. Karen applies her strategic and analytical thinking skills to undertake complex consultancy projects to facilitate growth and change within organisations.

Full resume available here.

Kate Erickson : Senior Consultant

Kate Erickson

Senior Consultant

Kate recently joined Interaction after 13-years in the public service in a range of management, training, change and policy roles. She has worked on many complex national projects and created dynamic training packages to meet the needs of large organisations.

Full resume available here.

Janie Lawson : Senior Consultant

Janie Lawson

Senior Consultant

Janie recently joined Interaction after a 23-year career in the public sector (both Commonwealth and ACT), in a range of policy and program areas. She has gained a deep understanding of government and delivered quality outcomes in social policy development, program administration, stakeholder engagement and evaluation.

Full resume available here

Christine Ellis : Associate Consultant

Christine Ellis

Associate Consultant

Christine has 30-years working in, and for, the Australian and ACT Governments on a range of complex issues. She has also held senior roles in the not-for-profit sector focused on strategic direction setting, issues management, and marketing and communications.

Full resume available here.

Tanya Dannock : Senior Consultant

Tanya Dannock

Senior Consultant

Tanya joined Interaction following a successful and diverse career in the APS, including five years at the Director level. Her APS experience spans 25 years, interspersed with roles across Canberra’s community and business sectors.

Full resume available here.

Steve Cork : Associate Consultant

Steve Cork

Associate Consultant

Steve spent 25-years as a practicing CSIRO scientist, leader of research teams and advisor on strategic issues for national organisations and the United Nations. Since 2006 he has worked as a consultant assisting both public and private sector clients to conduct strategic analyses and scenario planning for possible futures.

Full resume available here.

Julie Nagle : Associate Consultant

Julie Nagle

Associate Consultant

Julie is a highly experienced coach, mentor, trainer and facilitator with considerable experience in the government and community sectors. Her experience has a strong focus on building the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Full resume available here.

Jenny Price : Business Development Manager

Jenny Price

Business Development Manager

Jenny worked in the public sector for over 21-years, in both the Commonwealth and ACT Public Service. She has an extensive background in human resource management, policy and program development and delivery, legal practice management, business development, marketing and industrial relations. She has worked in many public sector agencies at executive level.

Jill Kneebone : Client Administration Supervisor

Jill Kneebone

Client Administration Supervisor

Jill joined Interaction in December 2016 after completing her Certificate IV in Project Management Practice . Jill assists our consultants by providing guidance and support to our Client Administration Officers and project managing the administration of each piece of work.

Tash Page-Murray : Client Administration Officer

Tash Page-Murray

Client Administration Officer

Tash joined Interaction in February 2017 on a traineeship program after completing Year 12 in 2016. Tash is a member of our Enabling Services Team assisting our consultants by managing the administration of each workshop and supporting the business operations functions of Interaction.

Katie DeLeeuwen : Client Administration Officer

Katie DeLeeuwen

Client Administration Officer

Katie joined Interaction in April 2017 and completed a traineeship in 2018. Katie continues to study while working full-time. Katie is a member of our Enabling Services Team which supports our consultants delivering services to our clients as well as business operations.