The Team

So just who are these ‘associates’ and what do they do?

Great question! I’ve teamed up with facilitators who I’ve seen in action and who I trust to deliver the goods. So you can rest assured these people will commit to you be ready to deal with any challenge that is thrown at them!

Bevan Bessen has been involved with consultation and strategic planning for 27 years as a community member, an extension specialist, a manager in government agencies and a consultant. He has considerable expertise in community psychology, facilitation and community engagement. In the 17 years since he started his own consultancy, he has designed, facilitated and produced comprehensive Outcomes Reports for over 1000 participative workshops and forums. Bevan is happiest in the wide open spaces of regional and remote Australia, with dust streaming behind and far horizons beckoning. He calls it long haul facilitation, partly in acknowledgement of the distances involved and partly in reference to working with clients for their long term gain.

Belinda Coghlan is an Organisational Development specialist with substantial expertise in working with local government. specialises in facilitating groups to reflect, problem solve, learn and make informed decisions. She works with diverse groups using highly participatory and engaging methods to help teams connect, learn, plan and commit to action.

John Denton is ideally credentialed in his role as a Business Consultant, Trainer and Facilitator. He works mostly as a mentor to business owners, facilitates workshops and business skills seminars. Previously, John took a global path of progression in the computer and information technology industry for 27 years in engineering, customer service, sales and management roles. Through his exposure to some of the world’s leading information technology companies, John has been a high achiever in sales, customer service and management.  John is an experienced business person, business consultant, qualified facilitator and trainer and public speaker.

Margo O’Byrne is a consultant facilitator working with business and community organisations to find solutions and build group strength. She has over 24 years experience as a trainer and facilitator and community engagement specialist. Margo’s work also includes strategic planning programs with the WA Police, WA Local Government Association and the Motor Neuron Disease Association of WA. She also designed and facilitated a ground-breaking program with the Sisters of St John of God – Provincial Leadership Team. This saw her develop a framework for future planning for the SSJG community in Australia and Ireland, through workshops throughout Australia and in Co Sligo, Ireland.

Carla Rogers of EVOLVE is an experienced provider of stakeholder and community engagement services including participatory planning, research and evaluation. During her career, Carla has developed long-term working relationships with her clients, Governments and local communities characterised by a deep understanding of culture, mutual rapport and respect.

Bevan BessenBelinda CoghlanJohn DentonMargo O'Byrne