WHO WE ARE

Our Story

PeopleTalking has evolved over the last decade and has been leading the way in systemic and dialogic coaching. We continue to innovate to best meet changing needs of organisations team’s skills and experiences facilitate proven PeopleTalking programmes and tailored interventions to meet every client’s specific needs based on two unique approaches, Psychological Safety and Structural Dynamics.
We work with diverse Australian and international companies, large and small, at every stage of their evolution. Diversity is a key theme running through our work at PeopleTalking and we see it as a strength within our own organisation. Meet the PeopleTalking team here, which comprises people from a range of different backgrounds and industries, all of whom have experience of leading change themselves.

Our people

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Kieran White

CEO

Kieran’s primary interest lies in how organisations can unlock the untapped resources within individuals, teams and groups, enabling organisational systems to change more purposefully over time. Kieran draws on 20 years’ experience in team and group dynamics, prior to which he held senior leadership roles in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

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David Metherell

DIRECTOR

David works collaboratively with individuals, teams and organisations to build capability and support purposeful change, and to improve business momentum through closer strategic and cultural alignment. He draws on more than 20 years’ experience as a senior corporate leader, and as a coach and consultant since 2004.

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Edna McKelvey

ADVISOR

Edna is an executive coach, accredited supervisor of other coaches, groups and clinicians, and a team/group facilitator. She brings to her work more than 30 years’ international corporate experience in management, sales, marketing and consulting, working for multinationals in Australia, UK and North America.

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Dr David Kantor

ELDER/TRUSTED ADVISOR

This world renowned systems psychologist is the creator of Structural Dynamics, which is the foundation of our programmes at PeopleTalking. David has taught and trained at numerous institutions, including Harvard University and Harvard Medical School, and is the founder and thought leader of The Kantor Institute.

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Carmen Attard

FINANCE MANAGER

Throughout her 20-year career in accounting and finance, Carmen has focused on providing high service, professionalism and integrity in every facet of her work. She is a supportive leader and focuses on providing key financial information for decision support to senior executives.

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Amanda Rogers

OFFICE MANAGER

Amanda’s role at PeopleTalking is often behind the scenes in the engine room which keeps the business running. Her varied and valued role includes the efficient maintaining of project plans and schedules, monitoring work flow and budgets for the team, as well as supporting clients around the world in setting up multi-person programmes.

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Matt Caulfield

CREATIVE CONSULTANT

Matt’s work as a designer and creative director spans 20 years and two countries, Australia and the UK. He brings to People Talking a wealth of experience working in content and advertising industries and multi-media creative direction across print, video and digital platforms.

Our delivery team

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Marisa Dantanarayana

Marisa has been an executive coach and facilitator since 2002, has coached hundreds of Executives and has international business and not-for-profit board experience. She is one of only 24 coaches Australia wide to hold the ICF’s MCC credential, the highest international coach qualification. Prior to Executive Coaching, Marisa had a highly successful track record as an executive in the corporate world.

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Bronwen Downie

Bronwen is a leadership coach whose formative experience in team dynamics was gained in the elite sporting environment, where team cohesion is an essential ingredient for high performance and winning defines success. Bronwen brings a unique perspective on finding balance between individual autonomy, team leadership.

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Jo Fisher

Jo works with individuals and organizations in building systemic people solutions. Jo has interests in diversity, leadership development and cross cultural coaching. Jo loves working across organisations to influence change across the system. Jo is an experienced coach and coaching supervisor and works across all levels of employees, executives and groups.

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David Metherell

David works collaboratively with individuals, teams and organisations to build capability and support purposeful change, and to improve business momentum through closer strategic and cultural alignment. He draws on more than 20 years’ experience as a senior corporate leader, and as a coach and consultant since 2004.

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Chantäl Patruno

Chantäl is a leading executive coach and mentor, consultant, facilitator and educator in change and leadership. She brings 20+ years’ experience in complex transformation programs across sectors and industries. Chantäl is passionate about leadership and human behaviour and obsessed with understanding what makes change happen.

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Alex Smith

Alex is a highly experienced executive educator, coach and facilitator with over 24 years’ experience working in people and organisational development. He focuses on the balance and connections between an individual’s development, their team and the organisational context. Alex has a particular interest in raising awareness of how unseen systemic forces in organisational life can get in the way of effective leadership.

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Dr. Kathryn Stanley (USA)

Kathryn is an Organisational Development Psychologist with 20 years’ experience facilitating change international firms, non-profits, and NGOs. Her work includes leadership development and assessment, large scale culture change, action research, executive retreat design and facilitation, team effectiveness and group dynamics interventions.

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Gillian Turner

Gillian is an experienced executive coach and mentor, group facilitator and consultant for senior leaders and their teams. Her work with clients draws on her own 25+ years global leadership experience – as CEO and Board director – combined with extensive training and experience in coaching, counselling and team dynamics.

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Jerry Hogeveen (Canada)

Jerry’s career spans over 25 years designing, developing and delivering learning programs that enhance executive and leader effectiveness to move up the leadership pipeline, build a performance culture, increase levels of employee engagement, lead culture change, develop high performing teams and drive collaboration.

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Andrea van der Merwe

Andrea has more than 20 years’ experience working in corporate and consulting roles across three continents. She has been coaching leaders and teams for 10 years, with experience in private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Andrea’s areas of specialisation are change leadership, working with high-performance teams and enabling collaborative cultures.

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Andrea Ibbott

Andrea is a professional organisational coach and consultant who brings deep insight to the relationships between employees, managers and organisational strategies with over 25 years’ international corporate experience. She has held senior HR roles at General Electric, responsible for large client groups in finance, energy and manufacturing divisions across Asia-Pacific.

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Danelle Jones

A trusted catalyst for change, Danelle is valued for building strong networks and teams predicated on openness and transparency in complex stakeholder and technology landscapes. Little known facts about Danelle: She holds a degree in architecture, is a volunteer rural firefighter, and does all her own work on her ‘83 V8 Ford Bronco.

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Edna McKelvey

Edna is an executive coach, accredited supervisor of other coaches, groups and clinicians, and a team/group facilitator. She brings to her work more than 30 years’ international corporate experience in management, sales, marketing and consulting, working for multinationals in Australia, UK and North America.

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Kieran White

Kieran’s primary interest lies in how organisations can unlock the untapped resources within individuals, teams and groups, enabling organisational systems to change more purposefully over time. Kieran draws on 20 years’ experience in team and group dynamics, prior to which he held senior leadership roles in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

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Helen Williams

Helen combines her diverse and practical first-hand business experience with 15+ years as an executive leadership coach and team/group facilitator, working closely with organisations to develop high-performing leaders. Working collaboratively with the client, Helen takes a whole-of-business tailored approach to co-create a programme of work.

Our partners

Kantor Inst.

The Kantor theory of Structural Dynamics improves face-to-face communications – helping turn interpersonal differences into dynamic discourse.

Fearless Org. Scan

Based on over 30-years of research, Professor Edmondson has developed a simple 7-question survey that accurately measures levels of psychological safety. This survey has been extensively tested and bench-marked and translated into many languages.