Kristen is one of the Co-Founders and Creatives behind PeerThinc.
Kristen is an executive coach, facilitator, global business mentor and is passionate about supporting leaders to develop engaged and inclusive teams. She is well known for her honest and authentic approach in delivering positive outcomes for her clients by providing a supportive, open & trusted environment to learn and grow.
She has over 25 years’ experience advising and operating at Executive levels in the financial services industry, ranging from Executive Management and Leadership to the National Lead for People Engagement & Culture.
She is also the Managing Director of High Heel Consulting, working with Individuals & Businesses to support their people and growth.
Her mission is all about inspiring and supporting people through the power of mentoring, self-development and connecting.
Kristen is a Resilience at Work (R@W) Accredited Coach and Global Learning and Development Lead for Working with Resilience.
Marwa is an enthusiastic explorer who strives to learn and grow.
She enjoys marketing and simplifying complex business processes.
Marwa is passionate about helping people and businesses to grow
Deborah has many years of experience in Retail, Pharmacy and Dental Management and Operations. Growing businesses through working closely with people are her passion. Deborah loves learning and is currently studying Management at UniSA. Deborah owns two e-commerce websites and thrives on giving amazing service.
Mentor, First Nations Consultant
Melissa Clarke is a proud Ngarrindjeri woman and mother to three beautiful children. She possesses a broad range of skills and experience including the capacity and ability to successfully engage internal and external stakeholders, in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and intergovernmental organisations, in relation to complex and potentially controversial matters. Melissa has demonstrated experience to undertake strategy and policy work with a high level of complexity and sensitivity and operate under broad direction with a high level of day to day autonomy. She has proven writing skills in preparing briefs through to correspondence at a senior level; and the ability to communicate with influence.
Melissa is dedicated and committed to supporting positive health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples working across a broad range of socio-economic areas, as well as working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, communities and governments on strategies for reform and best practice that lead to good outcomes and the positive lived experiences of Aboriginal children, families and communities. She is particularly focused on building organisational cultural intelligence and responsiveness to support meeting the needs of Aboriginal children, their families and communities.
Her experience and leadership have extended to the national level as the Coalition of Peaks South Australian representative on Joint Council for Closing the Gap, and the Family Matters Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Group. Achievements at a state level include establishing the South Australian Aboriginal
Community Controlled Network (SAACCON), the state peak body for Closing the Gap, and founding member and chairperson of the Aboriginal Community Leadership Group (ACLRG), the only independent Aboriginal voice for
Child protection reform in South Australia.
Manager, Partnerships & Professional Development
My key passion centres on building confidence in others, helping people shine, mentoring, coaching and building strong team cultures and team resilience.
For over 14 years I have worked with global clients, colleagues and organisations. My family started welcoming international exchange students into our home in my early teen years - growing up with my international brothers and sisters was an integral influence in my global perspective and cultural interests. I have travelled across 12 countries, and run international professional programs in careers readiness, employer engagement, internship placements, alumni reunions, gala dinners and presented at international conferences. Working extensively in the Adelaide higher education sector, my rapport building skills with international students, colleagues and alumni is extremely high.
I have been mentoring and coaching for over 30 years. 15 years of working with young people to discover their ideal study/career pathways, preparing university students to get employer ready, combined with 16 years of staff development via the WPDN (Womens' Professional Development Network) program in the University of Adelaide, means that personal and professional development is not just an area of expertise, but woven into my DNA.
Networking and strong relationships are core to my being. I have 25 years of building relationships with clients, influencers, employers, alumni, and industry colleagues. Connecting and building relationships, in person and digitally is a natural strength, along with workshop facilitation. Often described as enthusiastic and loud, but I prefer the word vibrant!
Angela is one of the Co-Founders and Creatives behind PeerThinc.
Angela possesses over 26 years of local and international experience where she has provided counselling, coaching & mentoring in a range of health care and organisational settings. She is genuine and passionate about empowering and assisting people to reach their full potential. Areas of expertise include leadership, team/group dynamics and performance, resilience, mental health in the workplace and worker well-being.
Angela teaches at the University of South Australia in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy and holds extensive professional qualifications.
Angela will assist you to identify and develop strategies that will help you to overcome challenges so you may thrive and achieve optimal well-being and performance in life and work.
Angela is a Resilience at Work (R@W) Accredited Coach and the Specialist Master Trainer: Trauma for Working with Resilience.
Principal First Nations Consultant
Catherine McLaren and her father’s family have DNA embedded in the mighty Coonbarabran ranges in NSW - a strong and proudly focused Kamilaroi (Gam-il-a-roy) woman, working on Kaurna land since 1991.
For 25+ years, Catherine has sought to embed cultural intelligence within various agencies within an Aboriginal context. Catherine has lived and worked on Kaurna land in South Australia and acknowledges her status as a visitor to these lands. To restore cultural authority where it belongs, Catherine has sought to consult with, be guided by, engage in humble active listening and practice with voices of Elders, emerging leaders and youth.
Catherine has worked full time across both non-government and SA Govt agencies spending 10 years in SA Health and achieved undergraduate and masters level education to support an Aboriginal voice in practice, at leadership tables, in policy creation and program delivery.
Catherine continues to provide lectures on the clinical and cultural intersectionality to emerging psychiatrists for 3+ years, undergraduate university students as a tutor or guest speaker on Working with Aboriginal Families and most recently, been approached to be an expert judge on the Channel 7 (Aboriginal) Young Achiever Awards.
EAP Aboriginal Counselling Services
Lisa Coulthard is a kind and strong Adnyamathanha/ Kuyani woman originating from the Northern Flinders Ranges SA who has been professionally employed in Australia, Cuba and the U.S.A. in the public government and private sectors. Lisa has achieved or exceeded performance expectations in roles where functional responsibility has included human resource management, family violence, sexual assault & crisis support and intervention, case management, cultural consultations, teaching and service provider roles.
Lisa has worked full time across both non-government and SA Govt agencies spending over 15 years in SA Health and the Department of Child Protection providing counselling support to Aboriginal clients and giving an Aboriginal voice in practice at several organisational levels.
Culturally specific services offered by Lisa are as follows:
EAP Counselling for Aboriginal people
Support for Aboriginal people who might be struggling with identity for various personal reasons – includes help to connect to culture and self-determination.
Support for Aboriginal people wishing to build resilience and protection against racism in the workplace and/or community.
For agencies to learn how to nurture Aboriginal workforce to learn how to be an ‘Employer of Choice’ for Aboriginal people Lisa works in partnership with the PeerThinc team to provide culturally specific workshop services on request.
Quantitative Analyst / Data Scientist
Grant possesses over 26 years specialising working with digital data in various fields including geophysics, seismology and finance and investments. He has a strong interest and ambition in big data and AI applied to all data types.
He has an MBA (UofAdel), Graduate Diploma Finance and Investment (Securities Institute), Honours Degree in Geophysics and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics. He has studies in a Masters Degree in Data Science (in progress).
He has Fellow membership status’s of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and the IPA and FFA(accounting) .
He also has active memberships of the Institute of Company Directors and of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
Grant is passionate about data science and offers a unique suite of services (including data analysis for projects), many of which are undertaken through the PeerThinc Resilience at Work (R@W) programs and training initiatives upon request.
Resilient People, Leaders, Teams and Business
PeerThinc understands that cultural expertise will always belong with First Nations people.
Working with Businesses
We support businesses to develop their people, engage through change and build day to day resilience to thrive in any environment.
Our services and value offering
Our EAP service includes Culturally diverse organisational wellbeing assessments to measure the key areas known to be instrumental in delivering an increase in health and well-being, productivity and reducing absence.
Resilience and Wellbeing
Resilience enables you to stay productive in your workplace or situations that are increasingly turbulent, complex and pressured.
Delivering Engagement policies and protocols respecting the role of different Aboriginal community groups, and assisting with outlining the basis of this relationship. Outlining consultative processes, or establishing mechanisms for engagement across the community.
Mentoring and Personal Growth
Our tailored mentoring and coaching focuses on developing greater awareness of self, personal presence and the ability to effectively influence across complex environments.
Defining the kind of leader you want to become, we use everything from our coaching consultations and one to one work to craft a robust plan to help you achieve your executive goals.
By developing leaders with an inclusive and agile mindset who appreciate individual difference; are agile in their management style; focus on outcomes, and foster a sense of belonging.
Defining respectful behaviours, learning about emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
Establishing your Personal and Professional brand, knowing how to use your strengths and talent to your best advantage.
Inclusion & Diversity
Engaging with business and individuals to encourage open conversations around the real meaning of diversity and inclusion and the importance of getting this right.
Our Workshops and Cultural Awareness Programs
Building Individual Resilience
Building your Individual Resilience:
Self paced online learning
Resilience at Work for Teams
Designed specifically for teams looking for adaptability through change and uncertain times.
30-minute meeting to discuss your needs -
online or phone call
1 hour face to face individual mentoring session
Hear from our clients
"I just had to tell you that the seminar this morning was the best one I’ve been a part of all year (and I’ve tried to consume everything I can on resilience etc to help me adjust to all the changes that have been happening).
The feeling of the presenters was so genuine, and I found it so cathartic and supportive to just be part of a group of people sharing their struggles and the ways that they have found to help overcome them.
I also learned some really interesting new things, and am looking forward to flipping through the slides or re-watching the recording to check them out in some more detail."
The University of Adelaide