Meet The Team

Our team is certified in several highly validated tools which include:
MBTI step 1 & 2, Clarity 4D, LSI, OCI, GSI, Leadership Impact, Hogan, Leadership Circle and HBDI.
They are also certified coaching practitioners and qualified to facilitate the Enneagram.
Our committed team of facilitators, associates and support personnel provides services throughout Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and South-East Asia.
Michelle Terkelsen

Michelle Terkelsen 
MBTI Specialist and Master Facilitator



‘Bringing out the best’ in individuals and teams for over 20 years has been eye opening. Working with amazing people at all levels within an organisation my specialties include: Facilitation, Creation of Impactful Leadership programs, working to create High performing teams, and strategic change management. I have an MBA in Organisational Development and B.Ed.(Secondary). I am also lecturing at Deakin University in the business school. Spending time in the learning environments with mostly Millennials has given me a fresh insight into how they think and what they want in their work life.
When I’m coaching teams or leaders I tend to follow a strategic approach that allows my clients to experience more confidence to lead from within, be more adept at coaching others and significantly improve their performance.


I am an accredited and experienced practitioner in a number of well-established and highly validated inventories such as the Myers Briggs Step 1 & 2, Leadership Impact, TK conflict styles and LSI (powerful feedback mechanisms for growth and development).


I have been an entrepreneur, consultant and coach since 1997, after a successful career in Lend Lease I established a consulting practice in the UK where I spent several years developing and delivering programs in areas of Leadership, Business Planning Facilitation for teams, Executive and Team Coaching and train the trainer facilitation.
I have worked with companies such as National Australia Bank, Macquarie Bank, Origin Energy, Bovis Lend Lease Europe, LUCRF, Westpac, Challenger, Jetstar, Broadspectrum, Public Transport Victoria and CPC to name a few. My interest in self-development and performance systems has led me to my current role as the Director of People Leaders Pty Ltd. Creating cutting edge programs and watching managers blossom into authentic people leaders has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my professional career. 

Jan Terkelsen

Jan Terkelsen 
Leadership Coach and High Performing Team facilitator

I support people to create high performing habits. I have been an executive coach, consultant and facilitator in corporate Australia for more than 18 years and I understand what it takes to create sustainable change in one’s life. It takes three things, understanding one’s beliefs, managing emotions and taking focused action in the direction you have decided you want to go.


I am an experienced personality profiler and behavioural change specialist, and I have a deep interest and track record in assisting people with a preference for introversion. I work with clients to leverage this thinking style to create opportunities and openings in their life. Personality impacts decisions, communication and relationships, and I work with my clients, so they can discover how they can use their thinking preferences to support career aspirations, influence others and have a meaningful work life.


Combining my knowledge of personality and physical wellbeing through my experience as a fitness professional, I understand the link between physical, mental and emotional energies. Once you understand your main drivers and limiting beliefs you can create constructive behaviours that “stick”.


Leaders today are dealing with, a rate of change that is only going get faster as well as a diverse and dispersed work force. Having a robust and effective decision-making process is key to moving forward effectively. I work with clients to craft and implement a distinct process that is usable and effective, even drilling down to the number of options each individual needs to generate, and key questions to ask to unlock the best options. I also have an MBA in Human Resources and numerous accreditations including: MBTI, OCI, LSI, GSI, NLP and coaching.


Virginia Tompson
Change specialist and Master Facilitator

I approach every client with energy, creativity and a genuine desire to affect change. Over the past 20 years I have lead and provided executive coaching and consulting for numerous Culture, Leadership and Change programs.

I spent 15 years within MLC/NAB in strategic HR and business transformation prior to cofounding my first consultancy, Human Priority in 2006. This experience makes my approach pragmatic and results orientated. Clients include Westpac, Challenger, ASIC, Broadspectrum, NAB, Transport NSW, the Gidget Foundation and Lend Lease.

I describe myself as having a disarming and effective way of creating trust within teams, bringing the best of the current neuroscience research to my leadership coaching and development. I have a compassionate yet demanding approach and get great joy from assisting my clients succeed. I am also the author of ‘Emotional Contracts’ which explores the unwritten, often unspoken sense of agreement what underpins team performance.

My deep understanding and experience in group dynamics ensure shared ownership is at the core of my approach and I consider myself to be a master facilitator as a result.

I use proven strategic planning and behavioural approaches to assist design and facilitate tailored strategy and business planning events and interventions. I am a masterful Emcee and key note speaker who provides clients with compelling insights and infectious energy.

I am an experienced and accredited Practitioner in numerous diagnostics and inventories including NLP, LSI/LI, Hogan, Leadership Circle and HBDI. I have a Bachelor of Education and post Graduate qualifications in Business Management and Change Management though AGSM.

Richard Nedov
Leadership Mentoring and Operational Efficiency Specialist

I have deep experience across infrastructure, power, renewables, water, roads, public transport, logistics and multidisciplinary contracting industries. In addition to my P&L and line leadership roles, I have effectively led Human Resources, Procurement and Supply Chain functions at Executive General Manager level. I have a proven track record in business turnaround roles, business improvement and driving operational and cultural change and demonstrated ability in dealing with government and private sector organisations with multiple complex stakeholders as partners and clients. I am committed to build and support motivated, engaged and high-performance teams.

Working across diverse industries and government, I now lead a management consulting practice which provides specialist advisory support and interim executive roles. I am also excited to partner with People Leaders on projects that need my specialty skill. Working with People Leaders over the years has proven to be a great opportunity to build capability in the businesses we work with. It also proves that we have the consulting expertise to provide a business turn around this includes operational efficiency; project, joint venture and alliance governance; procurement and commercial management; leadership, mentoring, diversity and inclusion.


I have also worked with the Indigenous Land Corporation, Voyages Indigenous Tourism, the National Disability Insurance Agency, Broad-spectrum and Worley Parsons on a wide range of programs and filled an interim Chief Executive Officer role. I have a Bachelor of Engineering from Sydney University and successfully completed Australian Institute of Company Directors course.





Karen Korff
Performance Management



I am a certified coach with 30 years’ experience in HR and change management. My experience ranges across national retail companies, the big four Australian banks as well as insurance, manufacturing, logistics, the water industry and not for profit organisations. I have worked as an employee in organisations in Australia and New Zealand and successfully contracted and consulted in my own business.


I have worked on business transformation programs focussed on identifying opportunities to improve efficiency and reduce costs in alignment with business strategy through outsourcing, offshoring, process reengineering and restructuring. I have supported operating model and organisation design and developed organisational change plans defining key messaging, change approach and principles and change maps highlighting key strategic changes and associated impacts across organisations. I am experienced in recognising and understanding resistance to change and supporting people leaders to overcome their own concerns whilst effectively supporting their teams through major change programs.


I have guided and advised front line managers through to senior executives in all areas of people management and leadership. I have developed competency frameworks for entry level positions through to senior roles and supported businesses in understanding how to align their development programs and performance management and reward systems with new competency frameworks. I have designed and implemented organisational programs for non-monetary recognition and reward and induction and exit programs.

My strength is in building relationships across all levels of an organisation. My approach is to facilitate a calm and rational approach in times of uncertainty and support people to focus on the action required to achieve a great result for the business. 

People Leaders’ Support Team

Brett Jarman
Operations Manager

Cherrie Salinas
Design Lead

Madison Terkelsen
Project Co-ordinator

Cessielou Dosdos
Research and Admin Assistant