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Our Team

The LeadersHP team consists of the core group of passionate professionals described below along with a number of exceptional Associates from a range of industries including the public sector, health, law, politics, media, research and psychology. 

What makes the LeadersHP team and Associates different is that we...
  • Ooze authenticity and passion,
  • Deliver exceptional quality workshops, and facilitation, exemplary coaching and mentoring,
  • Have had lived-experiences in leadership in addition to being well researched with relevant accreditation,
  • Offer insights from diverse contexts such as the board room, political and professional sporting arenas,
  • Bring private sector nous into public contexts and vice versa,
  • Combine cutting-edge research with refined intuition.
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Mia Handshin
Director/Facilitator

Mia is passionate about inspiring and developing those who want to lead with greater authenticity, resilience and courage. She is an engaging facilitator, insightful coach or mentor, an experienced and compelling speaker and an aspiring author. 

A lawyer by training, Mia spent the first decade of her career writing a weekly column and blog for ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper in SA. She worked in the law in Australia and spent time at the International Crisis Group (ICG) in Brussels. In 2007 she was a candidate for Federal Parliament, went on to work as a policy adviser to a Federal Minister for Sport and then as an Associate Director at a national Government Relations and Strategic Advisory firm. Between 2012 and 2016 Mia chaired the Board of the Environment Protection Authority in addition to working for The Leaders Institute for SA.

 

Mia has experience as a Trainer in Wellbeing and Resilience at the SA Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and is an accredited practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). She is also a single mother to three children, a meditator, avid bush walker and loves to sweat-it-out doing hot yoga. 

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matt cesaro
Director/Facilitator

Matt is passionate about working with individuals, groups and organisations to increase awareness, impact and performance through people development, change leadership and strategic facilitation.  He loves to work with other people who are passionate about what they do, to support them to make the shifts they need to have the impact they want.   

 

His operational and leadership experience developed over 20 years in SA Health and Country Health SA.  Working both centrally and in regional teams, he successful led many change and reform programs in Organisational Development, Health Service Operations, Finance, Information Technology, Business Systems and Project Management.  

 

Matt has a range of qualifications and certifications to support this lived experience, including Management, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Embodied Practitioner (Integral Theory), The Leadership Circle (TLC), Advanced (Gestalt) Facilitation, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and as a Resilience Skills master trainer. Matt is a busy cricket coach, an uber-driver/Dad, and a gifted teller of Dad jokes, according to him. 

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susannah dodd 
Facilitator

Susannah is passionate about encouraging leaders to dial up empathy, bring more heart and compassion to develop cultures and teams that are high in trust and performance. She loves supporting others to live and lead with authenticity.

 

Susannah’s operational and leadership experience developed over 25 years working within SA Health. Working centrally and in several Local Health Networks, Susannah has shaped reform within large complex systems and led numerous teams through change. With a background in training, client engagement, information technology and management, she pays close attention to the needs of stakeholders using her keen ability to listen deeply and draw out multiple perspectives. She is highly skilled at bringing simplicity to complexity and communicating with others in a meaningful way.

 

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology, a Graduate Diploma in Information Studies with further studies in Foundations in Transformational Leadership and is a Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA).

 

Along with her husband, Brenton, and Harvey, their Border Collie, Susannah can often be found cheering for her two teenage sons at sporting events or perfecting the art of throwing a rope out the back of a ski boat.

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mily nielsen 
Office Manager/Administrator

Being the 'right hand' to top tier directors and executives across a wide range of industries, Mily has a stellar reputation for problem-solving. By blending a bit of intuition, a bit of logic and a bit of creativity, Mily is always passionate about finding innovative, durable solutions.

With over fifteen years' experience as an administration professional, it was Mily's broad experience base that truly honed her radar for what makes a good leader great and unlocked in her a passion to change the world - one leader at a time.

Somewhat a Jack-of-all-Trades, Mily loves learning anything new and puzzling out how to best implement it to improve processes and people.

Mily has been fortunate to work with some truly inspirational leaders in the past, be it direct report, dotted line or general association, and can often be found quoting the words of a former boss or mentor. This makes her the perfect fit for LeadersHP. Not least because she loves a good quote. She truly understands the work we do with leaders and why it makes such a difference.

Outside of the office, Mily is mama to a super sparkly six-year-old, occasionally paints or writes poetry and has a not-so-secret obsession with video games. 

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Rebecca weatherill
Associate

Rebecca is passionate about working with organisations to optimise staff performance and wellbeing in even the most challenging of situations; using practical, science-based solutions tailored to the needs, culture and personalities of each team. 

 

Her experience spans multiple sectors including over 20 years in the Australian wine industry, and supporting Boards and Executive management in agriculture, manufacturing, and not for profit. Optimising her #1 strength of Connection, she instinctively makes links between people by thinking of ways to bring them together for their mutual benefit.

 

Rebecca is an accredited mental health first aider, a certified coach and is completing a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. She practices what she preaches with regular strengths training, yoga, meditation and gratitude practices as well as daily nature walks with Gus the wonder dog.

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TANYA LEHMANN
Associate

Once described as having enough energy to power a small town, Tanya has over 20 years’ experience in leading large-scale organisation and systems change within the rural health sector in South Australia and nationally.  A clinician by background, experienced project manager, executive director, board chair, coach, mentor, trainer and leadership program facilitator, Tanya draws on a wealth of experience in navigating complex systems, figuring out how to lead consciously, nurture leaders and build workplace cultures that will sustain positive change.

Tanya is also an experienced Board Director and AICD graduate, having served for over 10 years on national not-for-profit Boards, including as Chair of the National Rural Health Alliance for 6 years.

Tanya is passionate about whole-hearted leadership and discovering ways to leverage strengths and harness the potential in individuals, teams and systems to thrive.  She gets really excited about co-adventuring with leaders, dancing on the edge of what is known, provoking fresh thinking and new perspectives, and designing practical experiments to test limiting assumptions and deliver break-through performance results.

Tanya draws on a deep and diverse toolkit, including qualifications in science (Dietetics), clinical education, communication, and positive psychology; credentials in coaching, gestalt facilitation, embodied practice (Integral Theory); and certifications in The Leadership Circle (TLC), Human Synergistics Lifestyles Inventory (LSI), Barrett Cultural Transformation Tools (CTT), Saville Wave, and Resilience at Work (R@W).

When it is time to recharge,  Tanya can be found outdoors enjoying the beautiful Murray River with her husband, two teenagers, energetic kelpie Nahla and good friends, or curled up with a good book in their rammed earth home.