About Us

We have a grand purpose which is to make the world a better place.   We achieve this by building the health of individuals, teams, organisations, and the broader community.
Our Values

Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 2003, Apricot Consulting is a global consulting firm focusing on the human side of business.

 

Our services include leadership development, executive coaching, culture change, change management, corporate social impact, and digital HR.  

Apricot’s approach is to co-create solutions with the partners we work with.  We are not an ‘external expert’ who simply offers generic advice and recommendations without support. Nor do we offer only our own or select IP.  We work alongside leaders, utilising the best tools for the task, to unlock the power leaders possess to change their own organisation.

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The Board

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DEREK LINSELL

MA, BTh, BEc

Founder and Chairman

Derek founded Apricot Consulting in 2003 following a distinguished career in the not-for-profit and business consultancy sectors. During this time he was part of the executive team of Medibank Private (Australia’s largest Health Insurer) as well as conducting consulting work for other major Australian corporations in construction, higher education, utilities, energy, healthcare and not-for-profit. 

 

Derek influences organisations by leading programs and ideas that bring openness and transformation. 

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MARK ELLIOTT

GAICD BE(Civil)

Advisory Board Member

Mark is a Non Executive Director of Bankstown and Camden Airports, and environmental consultant EMM Consulting. Prior to this he held CEO roles for 17 years in the infrastructure, engineering, construction and mining sectors.

 

Mark is passionate about developing businesses and the people who lead them. He has lived and worked across Australia including regional and remote locations.

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MIKE CALFORD

PhD

Advisory Board Member

Over the last 16 years, Mike has held a number of esteemed roles in Australian universities, including Provost at the ANU, Provost at the University of Tasmania, DVC R at Newcastle and PVC (Health & Medical Research) at Wollongong. In addition to his distinguished university leadership career, Mike has been an eminent researcher in the field of neuroscience. He also worked overseas at the University of Oxford, the University of California Irvine and City University of New York. Mike is presently engaged as Institute Director at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Chair of the Board of INTERSECT, senior advisor to the Australian Education Management Group, and undertakes higher education sector consulting through Wells Advisory.

The Team

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DEREK LINSELL

MA, BTh, BEc

Founder and Chairman

Derek founded Apricot Consulting in 2003 following a distinguished career in the not-for-profit and business consultancy sectors. During this time he was part of the executive team of Medibank Private (Australia’s largest Health Insurer) as well as conducting consulting work for other major Australian corporations in construction, higher education, utilities, energy, healthcare and not-for-profit. 

 

Derek influences organisations by leading programs and ideas that bring openness and transformation. 

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LANA JOHNSON

MBA, AdvCertHumResOps, BAppSc

Head of Organisational Health & Leadership Development

An accomplished and visionary executive leader, with a successful track record in designing and delivering strategy, change, culture and leadership development programs to support organisations’ strategic goals.  
 
Lana’s industry experience includes higher education sector, engineering, manufacturing, agriculture, and defence. Lana has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion). 

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ANNIE LEONG

MBIT, GDipBusSys, BEc

Head of Digital & Operations

Annie brings a wealth of multidisciplinary expertise in operations, financial management, human resources, systems management and quality management.

 

She has extensive experience working in various technology consulting, education and not-for-profit organisations. Annie has a Masters of Business in Information Technology, Graduate Diploma in Business Systems and a Bachelor of Economics.

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BEN HELLSTROM

BMedScs

Head of Business Development

Ben holds an extensive background in executive leadership development and human resources, having led operations for major divisions for a number of leading providers within executive search, primarily within the healthcare and academia industry.

 

Ben’s experience centres on the development and identification of executive talent, and in management and advisory of corporate HR strategy. He is passionate about the development of sustainable, holistically positive culture.

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LEANNE SANDERS

GCertPubSecMgt

Executive Coach

Leanne has over 30 years of working with public, private and not-for-profit organisations – gaining cross sector understanding and broad experience.


Working with people across multiple sectors, Leanne is experienced in delivering workforce
development solutions that equip people for success and strengthen teams and outcomes.
She is interested in the whole person, and in looking at the ways aligning personal and organisational values build into both individual’s lives and the organisation.

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JAMES NATSIS

EMBA, MA, BAppSc, BEng

Chief Executive Officer

James brings expertise in business strategy, innovation, team and leadership development, culture change & change management, and digital transformation. 

 

James’ background has included senior roles in corporate and not for profit settings. He also has experience working across all industries, and working with large global clients. James has an Executive MBA (Distinction).

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JAMES MCHUGH

GCertDiv, BSocWk

Head of Corporate Social Impact

James brings expertise in leadership and team development, he has experience managing teams and coaching leaders across various industries. 

James McHugh is a qualified social worker and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration (Social Impact) at Swinburne University. James helps organisations with their corporate social impact strategies, social procurement and not for profit and social enterprise engagement and relationship management.

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FIONA LEWIS

MBA, PGDipBusMgt, BSc

Head of Strategic Corporate Sustainability

A skilled public sector professional with expertise in operations, policy and planning, monitoring and evaluation. Fiona has worked for over 25 years in programs committed to social change and social impact, predominantly in the education sector. She brings with her experience in working with and across different levels of stakeholders, that come with different perspectives and objectives, to achieve as close to win-win solutions as are possible. Fiona holds an MBA in Strategic Management, a PG Diploma in Business Management, and a Health Science under-graduate degree.

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AVRIL GAUGHAN

MScHumResMgt, BCom

Head of Change & Consumer Behaviour

Prior to working at Apricot Consulting, Avril was the Change Lead at Chemist Warehouse working on digital, process and cultural change initiatives.

 

Avril brings behaviour change, digital transformation and human resource management expertise. Avril has 10 years experience in professional services, utilities, education and retail. She spent 7 years of her career working with PwC in their human resources and change consultancy supporting clients to solve business problems

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ANNA MACLEAN

EMBA, AdvDipBus

Senior Change Manager

A skilled business leader with expertise in organisational change management, transformation projects and Human Resources. Anna loves engagements where she is able to utilise her outstanding interpersonal skills to leverage strong outcomes that deliver business benefits. Anna has a natural ability to ‘connect the dots’ and engage with senior stakeholders, whist planning a thorough and creative Organisational Change program. She is a natural leader with exceptional organisation skills and a proven ability to create a team that thrives and delivers successful outcomes. Anna holds an Executive MBA and Advanced Diploma in Business (Human Resources).