We inspire
through
collaboration
with brilliant
and bold minds

We inspire through
collaboration with brilliant
and bold minds

Our team

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Elissa Newall

CEO

Elissa is the CEO of Plato Project. Having spent over 13 years taking Australia’s leading education brands to market, Elissa is an advocate for lifelong learning, who understands the changing needs of students in the digital economy

James

James Tutton

Director

James is a co-founder of Plato Project. As founder of iconic and socially responsible enterprises such as Moonlight Cinemas, Smiling Mind and Neometro, James leverages experience in arts, mental health, property, and business to disrupt education.

Mark McCoach

Mark McCoach

Director

Mark is a co-founder of Plato Project. A serial entrepreneur and investor, Mark has been behind an array of education businesses like Builders Academy, Get Skilled Access, Study Loans and VetTrak.

    Michelle

    Michelle Fairless

    Program Manager

    Michelle is Program Manager at Plato Project. Experienced in working with entrepreneurs and business leaders, Michelle provides Plato Project with operational, project and relationship management support.

    Alex

    Alexandra Lazarus-Priestley

    Leadership & Learning Consultant

    Alex provides expert advice on designing leadership and learning solutions for Plato Project clients. With experience across three continents, Alex is passionate about education to promote success for individuals, teams, organisations and society.

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    Hugh Bayati

    Partnership Manager

    Hugh is Partnership Manager at Plato Project. He brings deep experience in business strategy and consulting, and loves nothing more than helping organisations achieve extraordinary visions.

    Our Advisory Board

    We tap into experts who are the forefront of human capital, education and business trends.

    Mark Pettitt

    Mark Pettitt

    Mark is Founder of Edified Education, and his 20+ years experience in education bring unique insights into how complex organisations can be led to function at their best.

    Penelope Cottrill

    Penelope Cottrill

    Penelope helps businesses thrive by getting the most from their culture, leadership and organisation. She leads Nous Group’s Executive and Talent Development practice.

    Simon

    Simon Rosenberg

    Simon is a senior executive with over 17 years experience at SEEK Limited. He was instrumental in SEEK’s growth into China and is passionate about businesses investing in great people and cultures.

    Justin Green

    Justin Green

    Justin has over 20 years of commercial experience shaping and leading businesses. His strength is in creating and evolving business models by focusing on what delivers the most value for the customer.

    Our experts

    We work with brilliant and bold minds to bring you industry expertise and course content that is unique, relevant and practical.

    Tom

    Tom Gardner

    Facilitator

    Dee Venrooy

    Dee Venrooy

    Facilitator

    Peter

    Peter Anderson

    Facilitator

    Tathra

    Tathra Street

    Facilitator

    Lucy Mayes

    Lucy Mayes

    Facilitator

    Mike

    Mike Stevenson

    Facilitator

    Sid

    Sid Galada

    Facilitator

    Rita Concetta

    Rita Cincotta

    Facilitator

    Richard

    Richard Day

    Facilitator

    Alissa

    Alissa Giarratana

    Facilitator

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    Alena Norman

    Facilitator

    Omar

    Omar de Silva

    Facilitator

    Guy Inbar

    Guy Inbar

    Facilitator

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    Janett Egber

    Facilitator

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    Andre Kakos

    Facilitator

    Kate Fitzpatrick

    Kate Fitzpatrick

    Facilitator