Meet your facilitators
Associate Professor Ashish Malik, Head of the Management Discipline, teaches in Human Resources Management and Employment Relations at Newcastle Business School. Ashish’s research has an international focus in knowledge-intensive service contexts. He specialises in people management practices for creating a social context that supports innovation and positive business and employee outcomes. Ashish has published several books, and his work appears in the Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Human Resource Management (US), among others. Ashish facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “What it means to be a leader and global citizen in today’s world?”
Ms Hellen Cohen, M. AppSci (Psych. Coaching) is an Organisational Development Specialist in the Human Resources unit at the University of Newcastle. Hellen has a successful track record in upskilling and improving individual’s employability across many sectors. Hellen holds a Master of Applied Science in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney. Coaching psychology is a unique field of applied psychology that specialises in enhancing human performance for the goals of boosting productivity and nurturing the quality of life of individuals, organisations, and the broader community. She is also is a qualified trainer and assessor and is passionate about empowering future generations to be global leaders in an increasingly digital world. Central to Hellen’s coaching and mentoring philosophy is using a strengths-based approach as a foundation and leveraging diverse thinking and perspectives to generate competitive and innovative solutions. Hellen facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “How to create meaningful leadership goals that really matter”.
Dr Heather Douglas, PhD, B Psych (Hons) is an interdisciplinary applied psychologist with expertise in individual differences assessment and measurement. Heather has applied this expertise to organisational psychology, the impact of the diversification of higher education populations on academic outcomes, multi-tasking in healthcare professionals, and using technology to hack the learning process. More recently, she has examined the boundary conditions of imposter phenomenon, including the activities that elicit imposter feelings and the situations under which imposter feelings are more likely to emerge. Heather completed her PhD in 2014, after which she worked at the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research (CHSSR) at Macquarie University, and for Murdoch Singapore as a Psychology Lecturer in Personality, Performance, and Organisational Behaviour. Heather joined the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle as Lecturer in Personality and Psychological Measurement in February of 2019. Heather facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “Interaction between Personality, Culture and Leadership”.
Dr Gary Ellem
Dr Gary Ellem is Head of Business Development at iSee VC Pty Ltd and a conjoint academic at the University of Newcastle. He is a Sustainability Futurist and Entrepreneur with a PhD in Biophysics and IP in fields as wide as digital wireless communications, biofuels and microalgal production systems. Gary facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “How to leverage your message through digital platforms?”
User experience designer Matt heads up Actified, a web design and solutions company.
He has 10 years of experience working with a range of SMEs and large corporates, culminating in the founding and exit of a Fintech start up. Based out of UON’s I2N Hub Hunter Street, he’s translating his vast learnings into practice and building product from a brand-new city. Matthew facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “How to leverage your message through digital platforms?”
Siobhan Curran is Senior Manager, I2N and Innovation and in this role, she is responsible for the smooth day-to-day running of I2N Hub Network and works with the Research & Innovation Division to shape new approaches to engaging UON staff, students, and the wider business community with the entrepreneurial and innovative direction of the University of Newcastle. Siobhan facilitates iLEAD Plus training on “Discover the entrepreneurial mindset within you”.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.