LEANNE PEARD – Business and social media trainer

Leanne is a training specialist in business, management and social media. She has over 30 years’ experience including administration, business management, operations and finance with local businesses in Cooktown and Cairns. Leanne’s other strengths include small business support, online marketing and social media. She has helped individuals and businesses to develop their social media marketing strategies, employing tactics such as webinars, video, content, blogs and Facebook.

Nancy is a qualified Trainer and has completed a wide range of training in the areas of corporate management, project management, training and assessment, small business management, social entrepreneurship, workplace health and safety, financial services, change management, business process management and business acumen.

Nancy is a training specialist in new small business and micro business operations. Her interest in business started at age six – running a market stall – and she has continued to attain a degree in business and own a string of successful businesses. Experience in the corporate environment has given her the skills to train and mentor business owners to build strong governance foundations crucial to their future success. Nancy has a total of 21 years’ experience owning and running businesses and nine years’ experience in mentoring businesses and management consulting.

Nancy aspires to help individuals and businesses make positive life changes by sharing her extensive experience in enterprise development. She is passionate about supporting people to realise their business dreams.


Natasha is a training specialist in new small business and micro business operations. She has over 12 years’ experience in supporting and mentoring business owners to build capacity in their business including staff performance, finance, risk management and quality. Natasha is passionate about supporting and advising people who are interested in starting their own business.

WAYNE PIHLGREN – Employability skills trainer

Wayne has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and now shares his experiences as an employer and employee with school leavers and mature-aged, long-term unemployed. Wayne has owned and operated a 21-room, award-winning hotel in Cairns, which catered to a niche market. His responsibilities included recruitment, training and management of staff as well as overseeing the day-to-day front office, reservations, food and beverage operations, housekeeping, work health and safety and asset management.

NICHOLAS GREG – Work health and safety trainer

Nicholas is a training specialist in work health and safety. He has over seven years’ experience in advising businesses on their safety obligations. He is currently the Work Health and Safety Manager for the My Pathway group of companies, which operate nationally. Nicholas’ experience extends across a broad range of industries including employment, health care, psychological services, child care, ship restoration, agriculture, indigenous affairs, construction, mining, labour hire, cleaning and transport. He has developed an understanding of various State and Territory safety legislation and has experience with Government contract obligations.


Hospitality and retail trainer
Phoebe is a training specialist in both hospitality and retail. She has over 30 years’ experience within the hospitality industry, with extensive experience in asset maintenance, food and beverage and VIP care. Phoebe’s roles have included Restaurant Owner/Operator, Resort Manager, Food and Beverage Executive Assistant, VIP Coordinator and Cabaret Manager. She also has experience in retail, providing front counter customer service for small businesses.


Individual support trainer
Tracy is a training specialist in Individual Support (aged care, disability and home and community care). She has over 14 years’ experience providing personal care and supporting elderly and disabled patients. Tracy is passionate about learning and developing the skills and knowledge of others with the outcome to position them as a suitable candidate for employment within the industry.