Our Network

To provide the best possible service to our clients Nexus has established a network of consultants with whom we work on occasional projects. These consultants bring valuable expertise to our team in:

  • strategic people management
  • change management, career transition, team building and conflict management
  • coaching and facilitation
  • network building and collaboration across government
  • research and evaluation
  • workforce planning and modelling
  • survey design and analysis
  • project management
  • corporate governance.

Susan Barrera (BSc Hons, BEd, MBA)
Susan has returned to The Nexus Network after an absence of 10 years, during which time she worked in senior public sector management positions in industrial relations and community development. Her most recent position was Director General, Department for Communities. Susan's background includes organisational development, labour relations, policy development, program development and evaluation and training. During her career, spanning more than 30 years, Susan has worked in all tiers of government and has a strong interest in assisting agencies and individuals improve their performance through creative collaborations.

You can contact Susan on susan.barrera@nexusnetwork.com.au or 0417 921 968.

Andrew Burchfield (B Economics, FCPA, FIIA, CIA, MRMIA)
Andrew is an Associate Consultant for The Nexus Network. He has worked for over 20 years in the Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Internal Audit fields as an Executive Manager. Andrew has worked in a variety of settings including the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, in private practice and in all Government sectors. His interests and skills are within the areas of strategic and operational reviews, business process re-engineering and compliance with better practice, International Standards & regulatory requirements. He has provided training in his specialty areas for over 25 years in both Australia and overseas.

You can contact Andrew on aburchfieldconsulting@iinet.net.au or 0468 787 187.

Renu Burr (BA, PostGrad Dip Business, PhD Human Resource Management)
Renu's extensive experience and expertise in Strategic Human Resource Management, organisational change and cultural transformation has been built over 30 years of business, leadership and academic experience. Renu has worked in senior management, consultant and advisory roles to support organisations and executive teams to improve effectiveness in the private, public and tertiary education sectors in Australia and overseas. She has delivered numerous change and cultural transformation programs and associated Strategic Human Resource Management interventions involving the design, implementation and evaluation of business strategies, work design, structures and people processes.

You can contact Renu on rburr@bigpond.net.au or 0407 778 809.

Marie Finlay (BEd, Dip.Ontological.Coaching)
Marie is an experienced facilitator and change agent and has worked in a wide range of public sector agencies at both State and Federal level. She specialises in leadership and developing productive workplace relationships. Marie is experienced in all aspects of career transition and development and has a wide repertoire of qualitative research methodologies. Marie also acts as a coach to individuals and teams.

You can contact Marie on marie.finlay@nexusnetwork.com.au or +61 8 9335 6186.

Janet Fletcher (MA, PhD, Dip Ed, FAPPS)
Janet is an Associate of the Nexus Network and a Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia. Her research interests lie primarily in the evaluation of needs, processes and outcomes for individuals, groups and organisations. She has had considerable experience in carrying out evaluation projects for government departments, especially the Department of Education. As a former Professor in Educational and Developmental Psychology Janet has taught units in evaluation and has good understanding of a wide variety of techniques for data collection and analysis. She enjoys the interpersonal aspect of evaluation research and especially enjoys work with children.

You can contact Janet on janet.fletcher@uwa.edu.au or 0427 766 081.

Sue Widderick (B.A. Economics, M.A. Applied Economics)
Sue is an experienced and capable analyst with a strong background in workforce planning and modelling. She developed a range of skills during more than 15 years of working in workforce planning, information analysis, research, and policy roles in both the Australian and Canadian public sector health care systems. In 2007 Sue started working as a consultant. Since then she has been involved in various consultancy projects in the following capacities: workforce planning and modelling; information collection, analysis and presentation; report writing and editing; project management; and, project design. She has undertaken work for the WA Department of Education, the WA Department of Health, the National Health and Medical Research Council, and Health Workforce Australia.

You can contact Sue on susanwidderick@bigpond.com.

Stephanie Withers (BA Dip Soc Wk, Dip PSM)
Stephanie has recently joined Nexus following the finalisation of a major State Government project. Stephanie is a former Commonwealth and State public servant with many years' experience at executive level in human services, human resource management and project management. She held senior positions in the Department of Social Security, Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Department for Communities, Public Sector Commission, Ministry of Justice and Central TAFE. Stephanie has a wide range of skills and experience with strengths in the areas of project management, corporate governance, conflict resolution and strategic and operational human resource management.

You can contact Stephanie on s.with@bigpond.net.au or 0411 873 832.

Kate Frances (BA (Hons); MA; PhD)
Kate has recently joined Nexus following six years working as a Research Fellow in the Prevention, Early Intervention and Inequality program at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. She has knowledge of theoretical frameworks around children and young people stemming from her doctoral work on child protection in WA, as well as experience working on a range of academic and applied qualitative research and evaluation projects among Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Since 2009, Kate's been evaluating Communities for Children in the East Kimberley (contracted by Save the Children Australia) and will commence a further five year evaluation and monitoring service of this initiative to coincide with the Department of Social Services latest funding round. Other current projects include Extended Schools Hub Evaluation Framework and Evaluation on behalf of The Smith Family.

You can contact Kate on kate.frances@nexusnetwork.com.au or 0415 414 887.

Sherry Saggers (BA, MA, PhD)
Sherry is an anthropologist who has worked for the Commonwealth Public Service and Australian and international universities. In 2012 she retired as Professor and Project Leader at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University where she established a research program on child, family and community-centred models to address disadvantage. She was formerly Foundation Professor of Applied Social Science and Director of the Centre for Social Research at Edith Cowan University. Sherry has worked with and for Indigenous communities and other vulnerable groups across Australia since the 1970s. She is best known for her research, evaluation and publications on Indigenous health and substance use and she has also published on children and young people; race and reconciliation; allied health and community services; and community development.

You can contact Sherry on sherry.saggers@nexusnetwork.com.au or 0417 941 325.

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