Our Thought Leaders.

Our team of collaborators are highly regarded leaders in their professional domains. Trained and accredited by Learning Republic, our team are aligned with the value and importance that Issues Based Learning™ plays both professionally and personally, and across varying modalities. Our breadth of skills and strengths means that we can design and deliver Issues Based Learning™ solutions in a dynamic, authentic and impactful way that meets your needs – big or small.

Ben Larkey


Ben is an award winning facilitator. He has extensive experience in working with CEO’S of large and medium companies through his development of business programs and facilitation of strategic workshops over the last 25 years. Ben is also the creator of Issues Based Learning™ for professional and personal training.

Carl Marning


Carl is an energetic operational leader, learning consultant and business coach with over 25 years’ experience influencing people, leading and working with teams and individuals to achieve personal and business outcomes in both the public and private sectors. His areas of expertise include getting teams to collaborate more effectively and developing their leadership strengths.

Charlotte Blair


Charlotte Blair is an experienced facilitator and one of Australia’s leading Gallup Accredited Strengths Coaches working with individuals, teams and organisations to help them identify and leverage their individual and team strengths to meet business and personal goals. Charlotte works with a broad range of clients from Entrepreneurs to Multi Nationals.

Josephine Corcoran


Josephine is a Holistic Executive Coach and Facilitator who helps leaders elevate themselves and their people so they can achieve their personal and professional. Josephine has over 25 years’ experience in senior Learning and Development consulting roles.

Tim Drinkall


HR, Learning and Organisational Development Professional and Facilitator with a proven ability to assess business needs through effective and collaborative consultation with stakeholders; implement strategic L&D / OD initiatives; report and measure value add and bottom-line commercial growth; and develop and grow staff and leaders throughout the team and business.

Jason McSpeerin


Jason is a leading facilitator in Australia and has delivered more than 1000 workshops working to improve leadership and sales capability in some of the world’s leading corporate organisations across Australia and internationally.

Jason has a highly facilitative approach which provides delegates with the opportunity to learn through their own experiences and increase their level of self-awareness and responsibility.  His strong knowledge of what makes individuals successful coupled with 18 years of expertise in facilitation and training makes him a valuable commodity.

Melanie Smith


Melanie has over 25 years project management skills and experience working on large scale, multifaceted programs while working at Bearing Point (formally KPMG Consulting) and Andersen Consulting and over the past 7 years with Learning Republic. She has a passion to deliver the best possible outcome for clients and participants through sound project management and collaborative relationships.

Justin O’Callaghan


Justin has a ‘Big 4’ consulting background and specialises in data: cleansing, analysis and insight development using insight analytics software.

He is able to turn large stores of data into predictive models that provide actionable business results, with an emphasis on behavioural models and financial metric development and reporting.