Our people

Co-founders Hannah Piterman, Karen Morley and Nicholas Barnett, are passionate about unlocking the potential of women at work.

Dr Hannah Piterman, PhD; M.Ec; B.Ec (Hons) GAICD

Dr Hannah Piterman is an adviser and coach to senior management and boards. She draws on over twenty years of extensive experience in board evaluation and review, executive development and gender diversity to an eclectic client base that includes private and public companies.

Dr Piterman’s clients have included AHRI, AMP, ASG, Coles Group, CBA, CEDA, CPA Australia, DEEWR, Department of Human Services (VIC), Department of Health and Ageing, Ernst & Young; Fairfax, Freehills, IOR Group Limited, Insurance Australia Group, Leighton’s, Monash University, Macquarie Bank, Minerals Council of Australia, NAB, Office for Women (Commonwealth), pitt&sherry, Queensland Health, RACV, The Law Institute of Victoria, The University of Melbourne, SA Government, RMIT and Westpac.

Dr Piterman is the author of numerous articles and reports and is a regular contributor to public debate in academic journals, the print media and as a presenter at business forums in Australia and internationally. Dr Piterman’s commitment to gender diversity led her to publish “Unlocking Gender Potential: a leader’s handbook” in 2010 following her acclaimed two-year research sponsored by major business, government and academic organisations. She maintains academic links through her appointment as an adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University, Melbourne.

Prior to becoming a consultant Dr Piterman held senior corporate roles in people and culture, and headed a research and consultancy centre at Monash University. Earlier in her career she worked for government and employer organisations.

Dr Karen Morley, MPsych, MBA, PhD, MAPS, GAICD

Karen Morley brings an impressive track record of 20 years experience to leadership consulting, and along with her extensive senior leadership experience, has made significant contributions to Australian leadership research, and designed and delivered transformational organisational leadership projects.

Karen has provided consulting, leadership development and coaching services to organisations including Aconex, Alfred Health, ANZSOG, Aviva, BHP Billiton, BT Finance, CSL, Dept of Education & Training, Dept of Justice, GM Holden, Hanover Welfare Services, KPMG & TAC.

As Executive Director at Melbourne Business School, Karen established the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership for Social Impact and prior to that, held various leadership roles. She produced the Leadership Index annually for five years which examined the challenges faced by leaders and identified the differences in women’s and men’s experience of leadership. She was a member of the BOSS True Leaders’ panel. She has led projects focused specifically on women’s development, including a three year scholarship program and a consultancy identifying the barriers that women face to advancement.

Karen is a registered Psychologist. In 2008 she participated in the Harvard Art and Practice of Leadership masterclass. Karen’s PhD identified qualities for senior leadership success.

Nicholas Barnett, BEc, ACA, MAICD

Nicholas Barnett has over 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant and Business Consultant, including 11 years at KPMG with the last 2 years as a Partner of that firm. He has also been the Chief Executive Officer of Ambit Group (IT Recruitment Specialists).

Nicholas has been Chief Executive Officer of Insync Surveys and is now its Chairman. Insync Surveys is a 2009 BRW Fast 100 Company. It has provided survey and consulting services to some of the largest organisations in the Asia Pacific, including: Cathay Pacific, Foster’s, Toll, , Medibank Private, WorleyParsons, Repco, iiNet, Fairfax Digital, Glaxo Smith Kline, Chevron, the New South Wales Department of Community Services, the Victorian Department of Primary Industries, Tourism Western Australia, QLD Department of Emergency Services, TT-Line (Spirit of Tasmania), Melbourne Cricket Club, many local councils, most university libraries, Mission Australia and World Vision.

Nicholas assists boards, board committees, senior executives and their organisations to measure and improve their effectiveness. He regularly contributes research and articles to the print media in relation to board and director effectiveness and risk culture, and has featured as an expert commentator on radio and television.

Nicholas is a Co-founder of Board Benchmarking Australia. He sits on the boards of First Samuel Limited, which he chairs, Ansvar Insurance and Mission Australia.

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