Organisational Development, Leadership Development, Human Resources, Talent Management and Succession Planning, Leadership Program, Leadership Conferences, Change and transition, Return on leadership development, Thought leadership, Leadership assessment
Our team comprises pragmatic, commercially experienced consultants, facilitators and coaches. We have a large and talented team of consultants both within Australia and New Zealand and internationally to support and successfully execute any project. Each of our consultants has an average of more than 15 years of diverse, practical experience across a wide array of industries. They also possess theoretical expertise, as evidenced by advanced degrees that they hold in the academic disciplines that matter most in the fields of organisational and leadership development.
Dr Colin Pitt

Managing Director of Linkage Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Linkage global partner team.

Colin is an experienced strategist, facilitator and executive coach. His expertise is in leadership strategy and development, human resource practice, change and transition, process innovation and high performance team development.

Colin has consulted with multiple organisations to improve their business performance and results at the C- and senior management level and is known for his conceptual, strategic but pragmatic approach to leadership reinvention. In addition Colin has successfully led large-scale project implementation, organisational and leadership strategy, structural and cost reform agenda. He has held senior roles in the financial services, agribusiness, research, government and coal mining industries.

Colin is a qualified practitioner in a variety of psychometric instruments and diagnostic assessments. Colin's qualifications include an MBA, a Doctor of Business Leadership and tertiary qualification in chemistry.

Dr David Giber

David Giber is a Principal Consultant at Linkage with more than 20 years of experience in transforming companies into high-performing organisations by creating integrated human resource and leadership systems with measurable business impact. Internationally known as a leader in the field, David has consulted with leaders from a wide variety of international organisations on issues such as succession planning, management development, action learning, executive coaching, workforce assessment and developing performance and selection systems.

He is also the editor of several landmark books, including Best Practices in Leading the Global Workforce (Linkage Press, 2004), Best Practices in Organisational Development and Change (Jossey-Bass, 2001), and Linkage, Inc.'s Best Practices in Leadership Development Handbook (Jossey-Bass, 2000), as well as a contributing author for The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching (John Wiley & Sons, 2004).

Prior to joining Linkage in 1992, David was a human resources and leadership development executive at several high tech, financial services and travel companies. He is an industrial/organisational psychologist who received his BA degree from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Duke University.

Joshua Soo

Joshua Soo is a Consultant at Linkage Australia and New Zealand. He designs and develops customised leadership and organisational development solutions including leadership programs, facilitated workshops, strategic and conceptual design plans to build the organisation’s leadership pipeline and bench strength. Joshua also facilitates the development of the leadership development, change and transition, coaching and assessment practice area in the region.

Joshua tailors program content to the organisation’s business context so that leaders engage in meaningful and in-depth conversations pertaining to leadership in light of the organisation’s present and future. He dovetails leadership development with organisational strategy to facilitate and strategically align leadership, talent and culture within organisations. Joshua coordinates the deployment of Linkage’s assessment diagnostics, and integrates it within the design of leadership programs.

Prior to Linkage, Joshua worked briefly at KPMG in external audit, and at an advertising agency as a Copy Writer. By blending creativity with an enterprising outlook, Joshua adds a unique perspective and Design Thinking to leadership strategy, adult learning and development. Whilst at Linkage, Joshua has serviced a range of clients to design and develop leadership development interventions including the finance, mining, manufacturing and electronics industry.

Joshua has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Finance) and a Master of International Law from the University of Sydney.

Bernardus Holtrop

Bernardus Holtrop is Principal Consultant with Linkage. Before joining Linkage, Bernardus worked for over ten years as Strategy and Organisational Consultant and Learning Program Manager at McKinsey & Company. As a McKinsey Consultant he worked in the banking, insurance and energy sectors with a strong interest in organisational work. Prior to McKinsey, Bernardus was CLO of Mobius Executive Leadership, a US based consultancy that is a spin-off of the Harvard Negotiation Project.

Bernardus works with organisations to bring forward mission-critical initiatives in leadership, change, transition and innovation that involve senior executives, divisional leaders, human resource professionals, HR business partners and front-line organisational leaders. As both a group facilitator and an Executive Coach, he designs leadership development programs and personalised strategies that foster bottom line results, improve work relationships and equip leaders to guide organisational transition and change.

Bernardus has an MBA in General Management from the Rotterdam School of Management and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente. He is a certified transformational coach, helping individuals create breakthroughs in their professional and personal lives.

Slyvie Vanesse

Sylvie has 25 years experience in the HR field. She worked in various industries including engineering, IT, telecommunication, banking, airline, media and transportation.

Until recently, Sylvie was the Director of People for Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), a professional consulting firm employing 2,400 employees in ANZ and more than 12,000 world-wide. After joining PB in 2005, in alignment with the PB growth strategy and in partnership with the senior leadership team, Sylvie's team recruited over 2,000 employees, doubling employee referrals and tripling the size of the organisation. Employee turnover also reduced by half and was below industry average. Sylvie led the implementation of an organisational culture enhancement program, introduced flexible working options, established a women's network and put in place talent management programs covering graduate development, coaching and leadership development.

Sylvie was AHRI's (Australian Human Resources Institute) 2009 HR Leader of the Year runner up. She is now the Director of Parlure Consulting (an alliance partner of Linkage), a company that specialises in helping organisations achieve unprecedented levels of workplace performance.

Sylvie was AHRI's (Australian Sylvie's qualifications include a Doctorate and Masters Degree in Educational Technology and tertiary qualifications in arts (social sciences).

Dr Peter Long

Peter has been a career consultant since 1988. Prior to that, he held a number of senior positions in the public sector including responsibilities for developing public policy, marketing and staff development.

In the private sector he has undertaken significant projects with household names in the food, metal, manufacturing and financial industries. His is a foundation presenter on leadership in the graduate level, PSM Program and has completed major assignments with State, Commonwealth and Local Government bodies. In 2000 he was a visiting lecturer in the International MBA, Waikato University lecturing on change management. In 2004 was awarded Bronze in the NSW Premier's Public Sector Awards in the Business, Management and Financial Performance category.

He holds qualifications in agriculture, arts and with a doctorate in education. He is a Rotary Graduate Fellow - a competitive award enabling three years of graduate studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants Australia and AITD. Accreditations include Belbin Team Role, Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument, DISC, Apollo, Full-circle Feedback, Conflict Dynamics Profile and BarOn EQi.

Madelyn Yucht

Madelyn is principal consultant at Linkage with over 20 years of experience working with organisations, teams and individuals to create high performance workforces and implement major change initiatives. Identifying collaboration as a pivotal factor in performance, she cultivated a distinct expertise in the "Art and Science of Collaboration".

Bringing cutting-edge thought leadership and hands-on practical experience to her consulting, Madelyn developed The Synergistic Collaboration Model, a comprehensive implementation methodology. The model provides a strong conceptual framework and practical tools to sustain high performance collaborations. She provides strategic consulting, executive coaching and leadership training to clients for a broad range of collaborative engagement, including strategic alliances and joint ventures; organisational restructuring;; cultural transformations; multi-stakeholder /multi-team initiatives; cross-divisional initiatives; customer/supplier relationships; and critical work teams.

Madelyn brings unrivalled experience and perspective to her consulting having gained an in-depth understanding of the strategic imperative of collaboration, when she managed a Harvard Business School research project for Rosabeth Moss Kanter, investigating what positioned countries, cities and companies to be world class in the 21st century global economy, resulting in the book, "World Class". In addition she had the opportunity to study with thought leaders such as Chris Argyris, Jim Sebenius, Richard Hackman and Peter Senge.

Madelyn holds a Masters degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government with joint studies at the Harvard Business School. She studied International Relations at Coventry University in England and holds a B. A. from The College of New Jersey.

Richard Carter

Richard is a highly skilled facilitator and research consultant. Richard has extensive consulting expertise in leadership and management development, team building and organisational change. He has worked as a consultant for a range of organisations in Australia, North America and Singapore.

Richard’s consulting and facilitation work is centred on applying social cognitive theory to organisations with a focus on enhancing ‘self-efficacy’ – one’s confidence in their competence and agency to perform challenging tasks successfully.

Richard holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School and a PhD in Management from Macquarie University.

Bob Spence

Bob is a Senior Consultant and an internationally known expert in the development of e-learning and workforce strategies, the management of e-learning development teams, processes to enhance quality of e-learning content and the use of technology to enhance human performance. Bob has been recognised through numerous awards, recorded interviews and journal articles.

After pioneering the use of Computer-Based Training at the Commonwealth Bank his experience was enriched as a consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as Director, e-Learning. In 2002 he led St George Bank's successful and internationally awarded implementation of e-learning.

He has presented at more than 60 conferences in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, UK and USA and was named Learning Leader 2009 at the Learnex 2009 Conference. Bob advocates strongly for the development of people capability to enable the achievement of performance potential. As such, he passionately supports the training and development and the HR function as a legitimate business partners. Bob is a Past President of the International Society for Performance Improvement (Sydney Chapter) and a member of the Committee of Management and a Member of the Council at the St George Sutherland Community College.

His qualifications include an MBA with a major in Human Resources from the University of New England.



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