About Us

We are trusted and well-resourced advisors for senior people addressing career change and career development.

Our specialists include former CEOs and professional firm partners, general managers, board chairmen, HR professionals and psychologists. They have the corporate, technical and cultural insights required to give breadth, depth and understanding to your experience and they draw on extensive Macfarlan Lane resources.

Our work is through one-to-one relationships between our specialists and the individuals working with us, enhanced by the expertise of other team members with relevant backgrounds when required.

Our group is sufficiently large and diverse to enable strong matches between specialists and clients.  This ensures effective relationships, and respect.

Our aim is to achieve new careers that add value to our individual’s lives. We are the catalyst for fresh career thinking.

We are proud to announce the merger of Macfarlan Lane and Trevor-Roberts.

In February 2015, Macfarlan Lane merged with Trevor-Roberts www.trevor-roberts.com.au to help us offer a stronger national presence and more competitive value proposition to our customers.

The values of both our companies are closely aligned, as well as having complementary capability sets. We can now offer our clients a stronger presence in Brisbane and other cities where Trevor-Roberts is based, to strengthen our company’s existing national network. The merger also enhances our offering to clients looking for Career Transition solutions for individuals from operational levels up to senior management, whereas Macfarlan Lane specializes in senior executive level programs for Chief Executives and other business leaders across corporate, government and tertiary sectors including law and professional services firms.

The two companies both specialize in career transition and organizational change.  In addition, Trevor-Roberts also has strong expertise in team optimization, leadership development and organizational renewal.

This partnership is one that is built on mutual respect and together we look forward to building on the strengths of both our companies to be able to take a richer offering to our clients.

Our Team

Melbourne (Head-Office) | Sydney | Brisbane | South Australia | Tasmania | WA

Melbourne (Head-Office)

Louise Hill – Senior Consultant

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Louise has over 25 years’ senior leadership experience in the public sector with a track record of leading transformational change in complex organisations and across HR, people, IT communications, planning, finance and legal services. Louise’s most recent appointments over the past 10 years were at the Deputy Secretary level. She has a passion for building high-performing teams, and throughout her career, Louise has coached and mentored colleagues and teams to grow their effectiveness and realize their potential.

Louise is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Public Administration, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has served on the Board of Holmesglen Institute of Technology and as an external member of various risk and audit committees.  She is a member of Advisory Committee of La Trobe University’s Centre for Public Sector Governance, Accountability and Performance.

Louise is an accredited executive coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL).  She also holds accreditation in a number of instruments including LSI, MBTI and HBDI.

Jim Bailey – Senior Consultant

Jim’s career in business grew from senior roles in HR to founding an Executive Recruitment firm.

In addition, since the 1990s, Jim has been an external strategic advisor at Board and Director level to a range of organisations, from SMEs through to Publicly listed organisations, and in a diversity of sectors, both for and not for profit.

Jim provides thoughtful reflection in relation to career and life choices, based upon both process and experience, with an interest in guiding individuals to optimise their professional lives. Jim has particular expertise in preparing people for interactions with recruitment firms.

Jim is an active Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has provided expert opinion in particular legal matters, and is a school of management Advisory Board member at La Trobe University.

Jim was awarded Life Fellowships by two Professional bodies (AHRI and RCSA) for his work in support of their activities nationally and internationally.

Kirsten Bartlett – Consultant

Kirsten has 18 years experience as a business development and marketing specialist and communications coach. She has worked across the commercial, not for profit and government sectors, including professional and financial services, IT and community services organisations.

Kirsten helps people understand and develop their communication skills in a practical manner. She works with individuals to develop their unique story and point of difference and clearly and confidently articulate and attain their career and business goals.

Kirsten also works on a volunteer basis with not for profit organisations such as Oxfam Skillshare, Committee for Melbourne, Lighthouse Foundation and Elwood Children’s Centre.

Hugh Davies – Managing Director

Hugh founded Macfarlan Lane in 2004 following an extensive earlier career in human resource management and consulting to companies and community organisations.

Drawing on his twenty eight years in senior human resource and corporate affairs roles within multinationals, including several expatriate assignments and multiple country responsibility, Hugh coaches executives with a particular emphasis on helping manage controversial, sensitive and challenging transitions in the public eye. These individuals have now transitioned to roles as CEOs, as leaders of professional practices, running their own businesses or balancing their lives with a portfolio of activities.

Hugh was Chairman of Breaking the Cycle for six years, a past Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and is regularly invited to share his views in the media. He has authored several publications including

”The Titanium Professional” focusing on how to build independent careers in the changing world of work.

Sue Ellson – Research Advisor

Sue is our research advisor in Melbourne and the Founder & Director of Newcomers Network.  Sue is an expert in developing LinkedIn profiles, resumes and career development and also consults in social media, and business marketing.

She has completed two research projects & has hosted hundreds of events for newcomers, networkers, international students, women professionals, repatriates & job seekers since 2001.


Kaye Knowles – Consultant

Kaye’s initial career comprised senior HR roles in global listed organisations in the UK, Australia and Asia Pacific, as a member of the executive leadership team. Kaye led major transformational initiatives in culture, performance and rewards, IR and learning and development. Kaye’s industry background includes engineering, construction, travel, financial services and electronics manufacturing.  Roles included participation in a joint venture in China and direct experience of acquisitions and mergers.

In addition to strategic HR consulting, Kaye also has extensive experience in career management, coaching and career transition with senior executives.

In her coaching Kaye draws on her previous board role experiences with Rosser & Russell Building Services Ltd and the Thomas Cook superannuation fund.

Kate Lloyd – Consultant

Kate’s initial career spanned corporate and consultancy roles in UK, France and Holland. She held marketing management positions in blue-chip organisations and established a national contact centre servicing over 2 million customers for a cable TV company, before joining PWC to work with clients such as ABN Amro and KPN.

Kate is a coaching psychologist with expertise in executive coaching, leadership development, organisational change and career management.  She aims to develop leading-edge organisational change and executive development programs that combine best practice with practical, customised solutions to sustain personal, professional and organisational change.

In 2004, she developed the Swiftstart® coaching program, which focuses on accelerating the performance and assimilation of individuals as they transition into new roles or a new organisation.

David Meale – Senior Consultant

David was a partner of a large Australian firm for 10 years and Staff Partner of its Sydney office for 8 years.

He is a qualified lawyer. His focus is on the provision of career transition support to Partners in professional services firms.

David also specialises in management consulting, strategy and leadership development in the professional services sector.

David also works with a number of Indigenous groups in Queensland, Western Australia and new South Wales to develop their leaders and organisations and to assist them to pursue economic development opportunities. He is the chairman of two not-for-profit companies and a director of another, as well as being a member of AICD and having been certified as a professional member of AHRI.


Lynne Foley – Senior Consultant

Lynne is an accredited executive coach with an extensive professional background in leadership across all sectors of education and training. Her areas of expertise are in professional learning, business improvement, and supporting senior executives in development of personal strengths to make transformational change.

Lynne is an accomplished Senior Executive and CEO, with a very strong reputation and expert presence in the VET and broader education industry, who offers an exemplary performance record, delivering growth in revenue and net profit, business transformation and organisational culture improvement in large, complex, divers and struggling organisations.

Global experience, developing improved business presence in SE Asia, as well as significant success in leading business transformation in urban, regional, rural and remote Queensland underpin her experience.

Catherine Allen – Senior Consultant

Catherine is a highly experienced and effective facilitator and executive coach, and is committed to people experiencing empowerment in their work environments and developing their own leadership abilities.

During her career she has designed and delivered leadership programs and coaching to national and international organisations in the mining, local government and banking sectors.

Her areas of Coaching Expertise include Executive & Management Coaching, Team Effectiveness & Team Development, Leadership Development and Strategic & Safety Facilitation.

John Murlewski – Senior Consultant

John is an accomplished human resources professional with extensive experience of change, human resource management and learning and development, honed through working with British Airways in the UK and with a wide range of organisations (blue chip, SMEs, government and not for profit) over the last ten years in Australia.

John brings to our career transition and career development services extensive experience in change management, executive coaching and the development of organisational capability.

Karen Conaghan- Senior Consultant

Specialising in leadership development, building high performance teams, and emerging talent, Karen has more than 25 years of experience in working with government and private corporations.

Karen has coached, mentored & trained senior executives from some of Australia’s largest corporations. Her primary industry expertise has been with national legal and accounting firms, as well as clients from financial services, transport, retail and manufacturing sectors.

Previously, she has held positions of team leader of project and multidisciplinary teams; as well as clinical management and educational roles, including State Policy Advisor.

She is a certified member of AHRI (CAHRI) and a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coach Federation and an AHRI Queensland Finalist in Leadership Consultancy.

South Australia

Rick Mason – Senior Consultant

Rick Mason has managed his own businesses and has a background in sales, marketing and client services for international and medium size companies. He has been a business and management coach, mediator, personal coach and facilitator over the last 22 years.

Rick mentors senior and executive clients through career transitions necessitated through corporate redundancy and also coaches in a range of areas concerning personal counselling, career management and business development. Rick has developed a Motivation and Values Based Goal Setting Program and delivered this to individuals and groups since 2006.

Rick has supported Macfarlan Lane in the delivery of senior career transition assignments since 2008.


Peter Tatham – Senior Consultant

Peter has more than 25 years’ experience in career consulting and in developing and managing career transition programs at all levels in Australia and overseas. Peter has worked with a wide range of clients in education, government, non-government, business and sporting sectors. Peter is a former head of a University career service and worked extensively with post-graduate students, staff and graduate employers and in addition established the institutions first leadership program.

He is immediate past president of the Career Industry Council of Australia and former Vice President and a fellow of the Career Development Association of Australia. Peter is also a member of the Australian Cricket Association Advisory Committee as a careers consultant.

Peter writes regularly on national career development issues including career management skill development, strategy and personal leadership, entrepreneurial approaches to career development and the role of career development and public policy. He is a member of the Executive of the National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and member of the Australian Association of Graduate Employers.


Stephen McKean – Senior Consultant

Stephen has over fifteen years exposure to a variety of Career Management, Talent Management and HR consulting and coaching techniques and practices in the UK and Australia and holds significant experience in the fields of career transition, leadership coaching, generalist HR, organisational development, and executive coaching across a broad range of industries and employment sectors.

Stephen has coached and supported individuals through significant change exercises to help them identify their individual strengths and career drivers as they redefine their careers often within their current business, but also into new roles in new industry sectors.

Stephen has provided individual support to many levels of the employment market from middle management to CEO level.

In recent years Stephen has provided consulting support to sectors including but not limited to:

  • Mining and Resources
  • Professional Services
  • Utilities
  • IT & T
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Federal and State Government Bodies

Stephen holds an Honours degree from Leeds University in the UK and is a fully accredited in delivery of the OPQ (Occupational Personality Questionnaire) and The Birkman Method Career Profiling Tool. He is currently undertaking Cert IV in Training and Assessment and has also qualified as a member of the RCSA (Recruitment and Consulting Services Association Ltd) in Australia.