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James Mcilvena

Managing Director
Australia / New Zealand

James is a father to Zoe, a husband to Nicole and when he’s not spending time with the family he is an avid surfer and snowboarder who is also passionate about using his time to help build better careers, better leaders and better businesses. 

James has significant experience as a strategic leader of large teams primarily through a career in Talent Acquisition with experience of in-house recruitment and RPO models across a wide range of industries and ASX100 companies.  His specific strength is in developing solutions to complex problems and addressing these through mobilising and managing talented people.  His experience covers the delivery of solutions through innovative talent development, career transitions, coaching, sourcing, redeployment, recruitment project management, supplier management and graduate initiatives.

James is degree qualified in Psychology/Psychophysiology with Post Graduate qualifications in Human Resources and Industrial Relations.

Richard Branford

Richard Brandford

Executive General Manager SA
Richard is an Organizational Psychologist with more than 30 years consulting and coaching experience. He is Master Coach for LHH in Australia & NZ.

Richard has been a Director of a successful SME consulting business, and has worked with organisations spanning the public and private sectors, across all industries, in Australia and overseas. He is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, a past Chair of the College of Organisational Psychologists (SA) and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Psychology Dept of the University of Adelaide.

Richard works with CEOs, senior HR managers, Unions and other key stakeholders to plan, negotiate and implement large scale talent management projects, leadership development initiatives, restructures and change management projects. He is also a hands-on facilitator supporting and coaching senior level and C- Suite clients through career transition and effective career management.

He has worked with a large number of organisations, including Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd, Santos Ltd, Oz Minerals, Rio Tinto, University of Adelaide, General Dynamics Land Systems, Raytheon, Sony Australia, Alinta Energy, Australian Red Cross and Codan Ltd.
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Helen Burton

Executive Director QLD
Helen is the Executive Director of Lee Hecht Harrison Queensland with over 30 years business experience, the last 20 in leadership roles in the corporate sector, international management consulting and with Lee Hecht Harrison. She has led many large scale workforce transformations incorporating change management; leadership development; workforce planning; redeployment and career transition for blue chip companies and public sector organisations. A trusted advisor in these areas to senior executives, she is an accomplished facilitator and well respected coach. Her qualifications include an MBA majoring in organizational development, a Bachelor of Business and Chartered Accountant. She has authored a book and written several well respected articles on career management as well as presenting at international conferences and via a regular segment on ABC radio.
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Lyndsay Potts

General Manager WA

Lyndsay is an Organisational Psychologist who develops and coaches leaders to build a culture of engagement and commitment amongst their teams. He has coached hundreds of senior executives who have transitioned to greater effectiveness in their roles. He is culturally-sensitive coach for executives wanting to improve their strategic and global leadership, people skills and cultural understanding in a global multi-cultural environment.

His experience covers leadership effectiveness, team effectiveness, and organizational change.  His focus and expertise is on building mindset agility to ensure a foundation for an expanded range of effective behaviors and leadership competency mastery, this is based on his deep understanding of Neuroscience and Mind science.  He is an engaging and dynamic facilitator who believes executives learn most through guided on-job experiences supported with timely training interventions and transformational coaching.

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Fiona Meehan

Financial Controller

As Financial Controller for Lee Hecht Harrison Australia and New Zealand, Fiona is responsible for financial reporting, compliance and process improvement.

Fiona joined LHH in 2015, moving from her role in the Adecco Group as Accountant for Ajilon Consulting. Fiona is originally from Ireland, is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin.


Pauline Nolte

Sales & Marketing Director

Pauline has over 20 years experience in human resources designing and implementing solutions that span the entire employee lifecycle including selection, leadership development, workforce transformation and change, and succession management.


In her role as Sales and Marketing Director at Lee Hecht Harrison, Pauline leads a national team who are focused on understanding the needs of clients and advising them on career transition and talent development strategies that transform their workforces.


She builds credible relationships with senior HR and line managers by leveraging her vast experience, deep understanding of HR and change practices and her natural curiosity and customer-centricity. 

David Pearson

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations, David manages the Operations and Engagement functions at Lee Hecht Harrison Australia. He has a proven track record in successfully developing and implementing strategic business plans, process improvement initiatives and driving optimal business performance across large scale business.

Before joining Lee Hecht Harrison, David worked for Insurance Australia Group (IAG) for 14 years where he held a number of senior leadership positions and was responsible for building a high-performance culture through driving customer-centric continuous improvement initiatives and workplace efficiencies.

David is a Graduate from Teesside University with an honours degree in Marketing and is also a qualified Freelance Journalist.


Paul Di Michiel

Executive Consultant
Paul has an honours degree in Psychology from the University of New South Wales plus significant years of Human Resources experience for organisations including Federal Express, Orange Business Services and George Weston Foods. Paul has also spent around half of his professional career living and working in executive-level HR roles in Singapore and London. Most importantly, he has also personally experienced job loss during his professional career and brings a good degree of empathy to his work. Paul has authored a book, 'Fired to Hired, The Guide to Effective Job Search for the Over 40s' in 2015 and regularly speaks to community groups while contributing articles to websites and news publications and has been interviewed on Sydney's major radio station 2GB on several occasions on the subject of job search. Paul has worked with a diverse array of clients up to C-level and regularly facilitates seminars and webinars on job search topics.
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Emma Evans

Human Resource and Organisational Transformation Manager

Emma is an experienced change leader, who has extensive experience in managing various business transformations and performance improvement projects, in both strategy and implementation. She works in close collaboration with organisations’ leadership teams in Australia and New Zealand, to design and develop capabilities and competencies of leaders, shift mindsets, and manage Organizational Transformation, to ensure a successful and sustainable change in culture and behaviors.

She has over ten years’ experience working with senior leaders in Asia Pacific where she developed and executed business strategies from Sales, Resourcing and Logistic and People Management.

Her experience in Organizational Transformation and Culture Change also extends to coaching and mentoring. 

Emma has worked within the manufacturing, resources, retail, higher education, government, and health sectors.

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Kharmayne Ghadiali

Managing Consultant - Victoria

Kharmayne is a commercially focused, people oriented accredited coach and senior HR professional with over 15 years experience and a proven track record of successfully supporting senior executives and managers through leadership development and performance management. Prior to joining Lee Hecht Harrison, Kharmayne was a global senior HR leader for an iconic multinational organisation where she developed innovative HR strategies and vision and successfully led, designed and implemented large global business initiatives and business transformations. She specialises in change management, workforce planning, performance management, talent management and succession planning programs, including executive coaching, leadership development and employee engagement.

Amanda Greedy

Amanda Greedy

Senior Consultant

A highly regarded career management coach with over 25 years experience in coaching, career change and transition, recruitment and consulting. Amanda works with people at all levels within organisations inspiring, motivating and supporting them to achieve their potential.

Amanda’s business experience was gained in the recruitment, professional services and hospitality industries in the UK, Australia and New Zealand in sales, customer service, marketing and management roles. As a consultant, she has developed and used customer focused quality management techniques to implement change and continuous improvement within organisations.

A skilled facilitator, experienced in running highly successful workshops, webinars and individual coaching sessions, Amanda uses a wide range of assessment tools appropriate to her clients’ needs.

Amanda’s areas of specialisation include: career transition, career development coaching, executive coaching, consulting and change management. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Manchester University, UK.

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Paul Harper

Executive Consultant

Paul has over 40 years experience in Human Resource Management and as a career coach. He is passionate about working with people affected by business changes and has successfully led many business integration and change management initiatives. A hallmark of Paul’s success is his ability to engage with employees and to consistently win the support of all stakeholders in times of change, through honesty, trust and persuasive communications.  Prior to joining Lee Hecht Harrison, Paul was a senior HR leader for the world’s largest food manufacturing company, where he held senior operational and business partner roles.  An engaging facilitator, Paul runs highly successful workshops, webinars and individual coaching sessions. Paul’s areas of specialisation include: career transition, transition to retirement, change management, coaching and mentoring, organisational restructure and project management. Paul holds Industrial Relations Management Degree from Mount Eliza Business School and a Certificate in HR Management. He also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

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