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

Brisbane | Melbourne (Head-Office) | South Australia | Sydney | 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.

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.


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.