The Team

Phil Harrell BA., M.Litt., MBA., Dip of Maritime Studies, Dip of Training & Assessment Systems.

Phil HarrellPhil Harrell as Executive Director of Leadership Alliance heads up a team of high performance consultants, all focused on helping you achieve excellence.

Phil is a highly sought after public speaker, trainer and consultant. He has presented his dynamic and entertaining style of training in both the public and private sectors in Australia, the South Pacific, South East Asia and the United Kingdom.

A former Naval Officer, Phil’s extensive management consulting career has encompassed the development and project management of major organisational change, executive leadership development, strategic planning, developing personal peak performance programs, action learning programs and executive coaching and support.

Peter McNamara BA, Dip Ed., M.Ed., MBA., Dip of Training & Assessment Systems

Peter McNamaraPeter McNamara, Director of Learning and Development Programs, has been part of Leadership Alliance since its inception in 1990. Over the past fifteen years, he has designed and delivered HR training programs that specifically target the needs of domestic and international public and private sector clients. Peter engages his audiences with his extensive experience, enthusiastic style and sense of humor.

Peter is one of the principal program designers and facilitators of a range of Management and Leadership Development Programs for the private and public sectors. These programs include: Cert IV in Business, Diploma of Business and the Advanced Diploma of Business Management which are all offered by Leadership Alliance.

His on going work with Phil Harrell for the Government of Samoa has been ground breaking and has led to real improvements in public service delivery and health sector reform. Peter has also worked for the governments of India and Thailand in the delivery of human resource management development programs.

Peter McClenaghan BA (Hons)., PhD

Peter McClenaghanPeter divides his time between his lecturing responsibilities in the School of Business, Economics and Public Policy at the University of New England and, training and consulting with Leadership Alliance.

Peter has extensive experience as a HR practitioner, academic researcher and consultant. His main areas of expertise are: Strategic Leadership, Leadership Development, Organisational behaviour, Human Resources and Leadership and Management in Higher Education.

An inspiring speaker and coach, Peter has twice won the Woolworths QANTAS Leadership Award as Australian Academic Mentor of the Year.

Roberta Thompson

Roberta ThompsonIs the manager of training at Leadership Alliance. In addition to her management and compliance responsibilities she is also an international athlete and an accomplished sportswoman.

Sam Sharp B.Sc, M.Sc., PhD

Sam SharpDr Sam Sharp is a leading authority on project management having been a practitioner, consultant and workshop leader for over twenty years. He has established an outstanding reputation for his interactive hands-on workshops. His special ability to impart his knowledge clearly and effectively has won him wide acclaim and his courses are always enthusiastically received. Sam’s relaxed style and expert knowledge together with his commitment to providing an active and engaging learning environment has made him one of Australia’s premier course leaders

Sam is a specialist in project scheduling and control techniques, decision analysis, financial modelling and the use of corresponding software tools. His project management experience has covered applications development, research and systems, having been a project leader responsible for a variety of applications in engineering and allied areas. He has also worked intensively with mining organizations such as Argyle Diamond Mines, Alcan Gove, Newcrest and others and has provided consulting services in the areas of planning, control and resource optimization. While in the United States, he worked extensively on geotechnical applications relating to the underground disposal and storage of nuclear waste materials.

He has written several technical articles for prestigious international journals in the area of heat flow and rock mechanics, has contributed invited chapters to numerous publications and delivered papers at conferences around the world. He has authored and co-authored three management oriented software packages, including an educational project scheduling program, which has been distributed in the United States.

Sam is a Member of the Australian Institute of Project Management. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science, a M.Sc in Applied Mathematics, and a Ph.D. degree in Geo-Engineering.

Peter Cox B Fin Admin, CPA, MNIA, AICM

Peter CoxPeter Cox has deservedly earned a reputation for successfully analyzing the activities of many businesses, particularly with regards to inventory control, margins, financial management and setting them on the path to profitability.

Peter for the last fifteen years has assisted companies throughout Australia and New Zealand to establish and maintain the financial control of their businesses.

Formerly employed for a decade at the Financial Management Research Centre in Armidale NSW he has gained a vast experience in assisting people establish their small business operations.

As well as conducting workshops for many large organizations he has written and delivered programs for corporate companies at the University of New England in Armidale NSW.

Peter Cox’s expertise is bottom line profitability management in business, backed up by industry performance statistics and benchmarks. In a nutshell, Peter can show you what Marketing, Merchandising, Customers, Sales and Financial Management should be doing in your business compared with your competitors and then help you to move to a better bottom line.

His ‘down to earth’ style of presentation has created a huge demand for him to be a guest speaker at conferences in many different countries.