Managing Director
Jan Saggers
Jan Saggers (BA Hons)

Jan has been consulting since 1995, first as a sole operator and then as a foundation Director of Nexus. She has a background in research and policy development, with an organisational development focus. Jan is particularly interested in fostering strategic links between agencies' people management functions and the delivery of organisational goals. She has also worked extensively in the area of executive recruitment. Prior to becoming a consultant, Jan worked for seven government agencies and has maintained these public sector links in her consulting work.

You can contact Jan on or 0401 135 990


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 ten 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 or 0417 921 968.

Catherine Sambell (BA, DipEd, Grad Cert Management)
Catherine has over 20 years' experience in the WA State Government in policy, program delivery, training, events and national initiatives including Student Mobility Tracking and the WA CHOGM project. Catherine has a keen interest in capacity building, leadership, change management, integrity and misconduct prevention. In her recent roles at the Department of Health, the Office of the Auditor General, the Department of Treasury and the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) Catherine helped organisations build capacity and respond to change. Catherine worked with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the Public Sector Commission and the CCC on whole of sector programs for Chief Executives and Senior Executives. With her experience in senior management and executive roles Catherine has considerable leadership and corporate expertise.

You can contact Catherine on or 0438 510 053.

Caroline Adupa, M. Psych. (Community), Post Grad. Dip. Psych., BA (Psych.)
Caroline is an experienced consultant, having joined Nexus in 2014. Before that, she worked for almost ten years in various WA public sector agencies including the Office of the Auditor General, the Ombudsman WA, the Commissioner for Children and Young People, the Department of Child Protection, and the Department of Education. In her last public sector role Caroline was a Principal Performance Analyst at the Office of the Auditor General where she worked on several performance audits. In her consulting role Caroline has assisted, guided and supported a wide range of public sector agencies on recruitment processes and also worked with other Nexus members on government compliance and evaluation projects. She has a strong interest in, and is committed to, helping agencies and individuals achieve their goals in an effective and efficient manner.

You can contact Caroline on or 0415 555 448.

Renu Burr (BA, PostGrad Dip Business, PhD Human Resource Management)
Renu's extensive experience and expertise in executive coaching, leadership development, 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 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 or 0407 778 809.

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 or 0468 787 187.

George Wilkinson (BA, MS, MBA)
George is a management consultant and accomplished project manager with over ten years' experience working in strategy execution, facilitation and business analysis. George has a strong achievement orientation and is passionate about partnering with clients to bring strategy into fruition. He has successfully implemented change in a variety of settings including higher education, healthcare, agriculture and finance. George has special expertise in regional development and urban planning and is currently pursuing a PhD at UWA in Economic Geography.

You can contact George on or 0405 513 338.

Andrew Lee BA (Hons) PhD GAICD
Andrew is a governance, policy and strategy specialist with over twenty years’ experience. He is an expert in regulatory affairs and has led reforms in transport, identity services, property industry, consumer protection and human services. An experienced project management executive with expertise in bridging the gap between technical and business teams, Andrew has a proven record in developing and implementing strategy. His approach is to simplify proven methodologies in risk, project management, and strategy and make these accessible. Andrew’s work focuses on strengthening organisations by building their leadership capacity in these areas.

You can contact Andrew on or 0466 724 733.

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 or 0417 941 325.

Patrick Marwick (BA, BSW, MBA, GAICD)
Patrick has spent 30 years working in WA's mental health system. He has a passion for aligning strategy, leadership and performance. Most recently, Patrick was Executive Director Mental Health for the North Metropolitan Health Service where he was responsible for the corporate and clinical governance of many specialist Statewide and local mental health services for youth, adults and older adults. Maximising stakeholder engagement and involvement across all projects and initiatives spanning the ministerial, sectorial, staff and end-user levels is central to Patrick's leadership, strategy and performance assessment approach. With qualifications including a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Patrick is exceptionally well equipped to help drive your organisation to the next level.

You can contact Patrick on or 0404 678 650.

Elizabeth Archer. BA.
Elizabeth specialises in strategy – focused, no-nonsense actions that have clear, agreed outcomes, robust evaluation, and the capacity for pivoting to allow for changes in circumstances. She applies creative problem solving to every situation and contemplates an issue from multiple viewpoints. Having started her career as a journalist on a country newspaper, she followed the opportunities to build a career in Public Relations, crisis communications management, media management, stakeholder and community engagement, change communication, policy, and every other variety of strategic communications needed in modern business. Her experience encompasses all levels of Government, the private and not-for-profit sectors. Elizabeth's level-headed, compassionate approach will help your organisation navigate difficult times and maximise every opportunity.

You can contact Elizabeth on or 0417 718 051.

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