OUR TEAM

Meet the
Village.

The Corporate Edge team is made up of a rapidly growing group of passionate individuals and experts in their fields. We are a Village of caring and committed people who love what we get to do every day.

Phil Allison

Managing Director

John Colbert

Director

Dan Czura

Partner

Dan Czura

Partner

Eliza Diniakos

General Manager

Julie Mackay

Senior Associate

Ted Johnson

Culture & Leadership Partner | QLD

Lisa McMaster

Culture & Leadership Partner | QLD

Jono Spragg

Culture & Leadership Partner | NSW

Jono Spragg

Culture & Leadership Partner | NSW

Sarah Kolb

Culture & Leadership Partner | WA

Sarah Kolb

Culture & Leadership Partner | WA

Sarah Robertson

Culture & Leadership Partner | VIC

Sophie Fahey

Culture & Leadership Partner | NSW

Katie Hall

Head of Client Services & Executive Assistant

Effie Briscas

Client Services Manager & Executive Assistant

Joanna Patsiouras

Client Services Manager

Joanna Patsiouras

Client Services Manager

Naan Masiira

Client Services Manager

Naan Masiira

Client Services Manager

Kristina Rudneva

Diagnostics & Client Services Manager

Monique Riddell

Head of Program Services

Negin Shaygan

Program Manager

Sally Dable

Head of Finance

Jeremy Pogrebizhsky

Accounts Trainee

Jeremy Pogrebizhsky

Accounts Trainee

Kaitlyn Durgali

Head of Marketing & Design

Lorena Grzelak

Graphic Designer

Lisa Wanless

Instructional Designer

Kaitlyn Durgali

Head of Marketing & Design

Lorena Grzelak

Graphic Designer

Lisa Wanless

Instructional Designer

Anastasia Ovsyannikova

Graphic Designer

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Phil Allison

Managing Director | NSW

Executive Alignment, Building Teams, Organisational Strategy, Coaching and Mentoring, Culture Alignment, Transformational Change, Leadership Development, Organisational Advisor, Keynote Presentations.

Phil is the Founder, Managing Director and most experienced person on our team. He has an amazing ability to simplify things quickly to create clarity and focus.

His style is all about establishing trust through his care, humility and positive energy, but then is able to really challenge people, confront the difficult issues and is tough when necessary to ensure there is commitment and personal accountability.

Phil is at absolute his best when in front of very senior executives, as teams or individuals, challenging them to truly change their behaviour in order to reach their potential and align the culture of their organisation.

FUN FACTS:
He still plays Aussie Rules Football, barracks for Essendon, does weights 6-7 times a week and never eats sugar.

John Colbert

Director | NSW

Executive Alignment, Building Teams, Organisational Strategy, Coaching and Mentoring, Culture Alignment, Transformational Change, Leadership Development, Organisational Advisor, Keynote Presentations.

John is a Partner and Director at Corporate Edge, joining the team in 2007.

He is highly energetic and dynamic with a unique ability to inspire people. His style is about building a connection with others through his humility, passion and empathy but then quickly breaking down the issues so that people see a clear and compelling vision of what needs to change, with simple and achievable steps to make it happen.

John is at his best when in front of senior executives or large groups who require a significant shift in their thinking, need to believe in new possibilities and have a real risk or opportunity that requires organisational culture alignment.

FUN FACTS:
John secretly loves pretending to be a kid again when playing with his young son and daughter, loves to keep fit, is not very good at fixing things around the house and is unbelievable at remembering people’s names.

Louise Connor

Partner | NSW

Executive Alignment, Building Teams, Organisational Strategy, Coaching and Mentoring, Culture Alignment, Transformational Change, Leadership Development, Organisational Advisor, Keynote Presentations.

Louise is a Partner who joined the team in 2017.

Louise brings positive energy and a wealth of business experience to her practice. With a unique ability to quickly connect with people, she creates a safe place for teams to collaborate and explore new possibilities.

Comfortable working with leaders at all levels, Louise will challenge limiting beliefs and explore ways of thinking differently. She is committed to partnering with you to craft a culture that will create an environment for success that meets your immediate and long-term needs. Through this partnership, she will enable you to identify which levers to pull to sustainably shift your organisational culture.

FUN FACTS:
Louise loves astronomy, swimming in the ocean and playing games with her family.

Dan Czura

Partner | NSW

Executive Alignment, Building Teams, Organisational Strategy, Coaching and Mentoring, Culture Alignment, Transformational Change, Leadership Development, Organisational Advisor, Keynote Presentations.

Dan is a Partner at Corporate Edge and joined the team in 2016.

He is an exciting facilitator, who brings passion and energy into every interaction. Dan leads with empathy, whilst focusing on creating a high trust environment to encourage accountability. As a qualified Behavioural Scientist, Dan is committed to finding opportunities to drive mindfulness, resilience, and other initiatives to support mental health.

Dan is at his best when put in the position of helping individuals and teams see the potential they already have within themselves.

FUN FACTS:
Dan runs a growing Wim Hof-inspired breathwork and cold-water immersive group session at the beach every Friday morning.

Eliza Diniakos

General Manager | NSW

Eliza joined the team in 2013 and is a Culture Architect and General Manager.

Eliza’s strength is her turnaround time, planning and proactive care for the little things that really drive our clients’ success. She is outstanding at breaking down and defining all of the various components that need addressing during the process of change. Her approach is to develop a deep understanding of our clients’ needs, and then create a roadmap that allows clients to clearly see how they will achieve their outcomes.

FUN FACTS:
She can cook almost anything on request, coaches junior soccer and has a pair of heels for every occasion.

Julie Mackay

Senior Associate | NSW

Executive Alignment, Building Teams, Organisational Strategy, Coaching and Mentoring, Culture Alignment, Transformational Change, Leadership Development, Organisational Advisor, Keynote Presentations.

Julie is a Senior Associate and joined the team in 2008. 

She is a highly engaging facilitator and coach who brings passion, enthusiasm, and genuine care to everything she does. Her workshops are dynamic, and she has an amazing ability to quickly build psychological safety in a room and draw out the best in people through inspiration and challenging their thinking. Her coaching style builds on her psychotherapy background, coupled with NLP and her experience working across diverse cultures at different levels.

Julie is at her best when working with executives to help them grow as leaders and at a team level to build greater alignment and create high-performing teams.

FUN FACTS:
She loves to travel the world and is up very early every day. When she’s not at work, she’s usually on the tennis court, hiking or sailing.

Ted Johnson

Culture & Leadership Partner | QLD

Executive Alignment, Building Teams, Organisational Strategy, Coaching and Mentoring, Culture Alignment, Transformational Change, Leadership Development, Organisational Advisor, Keynote Presentations.

Ted is a Culture & Leadership Partner. He joined the team in 2019, bringing with him 30 years of experience in retail sales and as a general manager, but mostly as a successful franchisee leading high-performance teams.

Ted brings an unbridled passion, an infectious enthusiasm, and an excitement to live his dream and give back to help others enjoy the leadership success that he has. He consistently delivers a thoroughly engaging and fun learning experience and is passionate about helping people discover the very best version of themselves.

Ted has served as an officer with the Royal Australian Navy and has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wollongong.

FUN FACTS:
Ted is also a classically trained violinist, has a long history of purchasing cars with noisy windscreen wipers and makes the most delicious rocky road.

Lisa McMaster

Culture and Leadership Partner | QLD

Executive Alignment, Building Teams, Organisational Strategy, Coaching and Mentoring, Culture Alignment, Transformational Change, Leadership Development, Organisational Advisor, Keynote Presentations.

Lisa is a Culture and Leadership Partner who joined Corporate Edge in 2021.

She is a passionate change agent who helps people imagine ways of doing things better and empowers them to take action. Her candid coaching style creates safe, trusting spaces where people share their vulnerabilities and take personal accountability for making lasting change.

Lisa is at her best when she’s telling stories about her own lessons learned while building corporate cultures and when she’s empowering clients to make courageous decisions and take bold actions. She opens people’s minds to help them value differences and explore new, cooperative ways of working.

FUN FACTS:
She enjoys running along the Brisbane River at sunrise, relishes great food prepared with care, and blasts mindless pop music while driving to lift her spirits and build her energy.

Jono Spragg

Culture & Leadership Partner | NSW

Executive Alignment, Building Teams, Organisational Strategy, Coaching and Mentoring, Culture Alignment, Transformational Change, Leadership Development, Organisational Advisor, Keynote Presentations.

Jono is a Culture & Leadership Partner at Corporate Edge, bringing over 15 years of leadership experience.

Jono has previously owned a restaurant chain, launched an international food franchise in Australia, helped to grow a short-term rental company to become the largest in Australia, and more recently, focused on management consultancy delivering multiple projects for developers. He is also a volunteer for a Domestic Violence charity.

In 2018, Jono obtained his MBA, specialising in Franchising, which as helped to complement his desire for growing and scaling businesses. Jono has a passion for people, leadership, and cultural change, particularly for developing teams and aligning culture based on mutual respect and empathy.

FUN FACTS:
Jono is a proud husband and father of two boys and is a passionate AFL fan.

Sarah Kolb

Culture & Leadership Partner | WA

Executive Alignment, Building Teams, Organisational Strategy, Coaching and Mentoring, Culture Alignment, Transformational Change, Leadership Development, Organisational Advisor, Keynote Presentations.

Sarah is a Culture and Leadership Partner based in Perth joining Corporate Edge in 2021.

With more than 25 years of experience in successful retail and hospitality environments, Sarah has worked across all levels of business, including membership on senior leadership teams. Sarah has held key roles in training and operations for national and global brands, including Officeworks and McDonald’s, and led diverse teams across multiple sites and regions.

Sarah is an enthusiastic, energetic, inquisitive, and inspirational facilitator focused on delivering learning outcomes. Sarah’s passion is giving support to leaders through creating positive workplace cultures that drive successful business outcomes through her down-to-earth coaching approach.

FUN FACTS:
Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends and attends yoga classes whenever possible. She also makes balloon art decorations for all family events!

Sarah Robertson

Culture & Leadership Partner | VIC

Executive Alignment, Building Teams, Organisational Strategy, Coaching and Mentoring, Culture Alignment, Transformational Change, Leadership Development, Organisational Advisor, Keynote Presentations.

Sarah is a Culture and Leadership Partner at Corporate Edge based in Melbourne, joining the team in 2023.

Her strength is bringing insight, ideas and structure. She loves the moments when clients see things in new ways and open up more possibilities for themselves.

Sarah has held leadership roles in large corporates, such as GE, and also has a breadth of experience working as a leadership, culture and strategy consultant for both Accenture and BCG. She has worked across diverse markets including FMCG, Retail, Financial Services, Government, Professional Services, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals.

FUN FACTS:
Sarah loves to travel and explore the world, yet despite doing this has consistently failed to pick up any useable second language skills (yet).

Sophie Fahey

Culture & Leadership Partner | NSW

Sophie Fahey is a Culture and Leadership Partner, joining Corporate Edge in 2023. An experienced Diversity and Inclusion Practitioner, Sophie uses her extensive knowledge to design innovative people and culture strategies. Sophie attributes meaning to three core beliefs: curious questioning, opportunities to find meaning over success and fostering inclusive spaces and cultures.

FUN FACTS:
Sophie loves spending time at the beach with her two young daughters, she teaches pre-natal yoga and she supports local women in her Board role at Dress for Success Hobart.

Katie Hall

Head of Client Services & Executive Assistant

Katie has been supporting business executives for almost 20 years and joined the Corporate Edge family in 2013. She is an enthusiastic team member and a proud Head of Client Services & Executive Assistant who enjoys interacting with people and ensuring the day runs smoothly.

Her greatest strength is her ability to build strong relationships and tailor her working style to suit everyone. She is calm under pressure and likes to bring positive energy to the workplace.

FUN FACTS:
She loves a solo car ride where she can belt out her favourite tunes, gets rather competitive when playing board games, and often falls asleep listening to podcasts.

Effie Briscas

Client Services Manager & Executive Assistant

Effie is our Client Services Manager & Executive Assistant, having joined Corporate Edge in 2020.

She is an experienced, self-motivated, driven, and focused administrative professional, passionate about providing high-level executive support. Effie loves being the go-to person when something needs to be done and feels a great sense of achievement when deadlines have been met and projects have been accomplished. She enjoys being organised and loves planning, coordinating events and supporting our team of associates whilst working collaboratively with the support team.

FUN FACTS:
She loves being social and spending time with family and friends, enjoys life to the fullest – BUT ONLY – from the poolside bar, spa, and lounge of course!

Joanna Patsiouras

Client Services Manager

Joanna is a Client Services Manager who joined the Corporate Edge team in 2023.

Joanna is passionate about delivering a streamlined experience for our clients. Thriving in fast-paced, collaborative environments, she is always seeking to simplify and problem solve and deliver a well-rounded solution. With strong organisational skills and a can-do attitude, Joanna loves building client relationships and finding new ways of working efficiently and strategically.

FUN FACTS:

She has two little fur babies, is a huge country music fan and regularly attends rodeos! 

Naan Masiira

Client Services Manager

Meet Naan Masiira, a team member at Corporate Edge since 2024.

Naan is a joyous person. Most of the time you will catch her with a smile on her face! With an optimistic attitude she believes that even when things may not turn out how you had hoped there will always be something better ahead! She highly values helping other people, is committed and always has an ear open to listen. She enjoys working as part of a team & offering assistance wherever possible.

FUN FACTS:
Naan enjoys eating well, travelling, going to the beach and spending quality time with her loved ones!

Kristina Rudneva

Diagnostics and Client Services Manager

Kristina is a Diagnostics and Client Services Manager who joined the Corporate Edge team in 2024.

Full bio coming soon!

FUN FACTS:
Coming soon.

Monique Riddell

Head of Program Services

Monique joined Corporate Edge in 2013 as our Operations Manager, and after the arrival of two beautiful girls and various roles during her tenure with us, she is now supporting us in the role of Head of Program Services.

Monique’s strengths are her professional and diligent approach to working with clients and her incredible commitment to ensuring their success.

Her approach is to quickly identify a problem or need and create a focused plan that she can execute to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

FUN FACTS:
She can type, talk, listen, and solve problems all at once and finds it challenging to relinquish control to her husband for anything around the house.

Negin Shaygan

Program Manager

Negin is our Program Manager, having joined Corporate Edge in 2022.

She is a cool, calm, and collected person who is always sharing her wise ways. Negin’s strengths lie in her professional and consistent support in working with our clients to manage their programs. Negin is passionate about making the world a better place, one person at a time, by providing exceptional service that can change people’s lives.

FUN FACTS:
She is a mindset and wellness coach who is also studying art therapy. She loves salsa dancing, a turmeric latte, and will always go above and beyond!

Sally Dable

Head of Finance

Sally is our Head of Finance, having joined Corporate Edge in 2023.

Sally is a highly driven professional, lifetime learner and is always looking to improve processes to fill the needs of the organisation. She seeks excellence and does all things with love as well exploring “different” to add value. She loves harnessing the gifts of the people she works with and believes that everyone’s gifts are important and together we can do the extraordinary.

FUN FACTS:
She loves superheroes and the DC punch “together we can save the world” and is always up for an adventure and travelling to new places.

Jeremy Pogrebizhsky

Accounts Trainee

Jeremy Pogrebizhsky is an Accounts Trainee who joined the Corporate Edge team in 2023.

Jeremy is passionate about his work and firmly believes in pursuing a bigger vision. Thriving in team environments, he is constantly exploring collaboration opportunities, seeks excellence in all tasks, whilst always trying to embrace a learning attitude.

FUN FACTS:
He loves spending time with friends & family, going on trips & exploring, and he’s a true car enthusiast.

Kaitlyn Durgali

Head of Marketing & Design

Kaitlyn is our Head of Marketing & Design, having joined Corporate Edge in 2020.

Charismatic and expressive, Kaitlyn loves sharing her ideas and visions with the design team around the development of our branding materials to align with our shared company values. Kaitlyn can see the spark of potential in everything and everyone and inspires others to see it too. She has a rare generosity of spirit and strength of conviction towards her design concepts to challenge the status quo, doing it in style.

FUN FACTS:
She loves to travel and explore new places, loves painting (or any type of creative expression), and documents life in polaroids.

Lorena Grzelak

Graphic Designer

Lorena is one of our Graphic Designers, having joined Corporate Edge in 2021.

Cool, calm, and collected, Lorena is a quiet achiever with a big heart who loves to support the CE team. Passionate about learning, Lorena enjoys exploring new ways to communicate through design and developing skills to further grow personally and professionally. With a firm belief that anything is possible if you just believe, Lorena is great at encouraging others, and herself, to shine.

FUN FACTS:
An old soul, Lorena loves learning about history, loves watching films and television (a little too much), and enjoys baking delicious cakes and donuts.

Lisa Wanless

Instructional Designer

Lisa Wanless is an instructional designer who joined the Corporate Edge team in 2022.

Lisa loves to break down complex topics to create simplified and engaging learning materials. She is passionate about making learning accessible and practical. An avid student, she is always seeking to learn new skills and improve her capabilities.

FUN FACTS:
She lived in Kazakhstan for two years and is thrilled to be back in Australia. She is the proud mum of a son who leaves illustrated instructions (demands?) around the house for her.

Anastasia Ovsyannikova

Graphic Designer

In 2023, Anastasia joined the team as a graphic designer.

According to Anastasia, truly excellent design improves people’s quality of life. Her passion is collaborating with creative people and offering fresh, practical, and appealing ideas while being aware of the needs of the company. She is part of a close-knit team with big dreams to transform the world.

FUN FACTS:
After work, she experiments with different painting techniques and materials, rides her bike, and dreams about travelling while watching YouTube travel vlogs.

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