About Bluestone Edge
Dr Pippa Grange MAPS
Pippa Grange is a Doctor of Applied Psychology, working primarily within elite sport, in the areas of culture, ethics and leadership.
With over twelve years experience in the public and private sectors, Pippa has consolidated her career internationally as an expert in the field. She has worked with athletes and sports' leaders, navigating some of the most challenging issues that confront modern sport and built a reputation as an invested enabler, advocate and challenger with a working philosophy based on service, action and influence.
Pippa was a Vincent Fairfax Fellow graduate (Ethics in Leadership) in 2010 through the St James Ethics Centre, NSW and founded her consultancy business Bluestone Edge that same year.
As Director of Bluestone Edge, she continues to work with some of the key brands in Australian and New Zealand sport, notably AFL Football, Rugby League and Olympic sport in the areas of people development, strategic leadership and governance, culture change projects, stakeholder engagement, policy development and the creation of high performing and functioning environments.
Pippa Grange also utilizes sport as a powerful forum for public conversations about how we live and has been involved in several sport and social justice initiatives including the early development of the respect and responsibility policy within AFL Football and ongoing advocacy for equal rights, anti-homophobia and reconciliation.
Pippa is an international keynote speaker on the culture and ethics of sport and supports organizations and leaders in sport to sustain their best performances whilst broadening the definition of sporting success.
Bluestone Edge has a small team of consultants and associates.
Jacki Bisset has been with Bluestone Edge as Business Manager since its inception in 2010. With over twenty years' experience in business management, event management and sales, particularly in sport, Jacki has a proven record of strong management capability, project development and execution, effective leadership and stakeholder engagement.
Jacki is very passionate about the connection sport has in building positive capacity in people and the community. With a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Education), Jacki has worked as a venue, customer and membership manager in seven sports facilities in Australia and the UK including the 2006 Commonwealth Games and overseeing the set up and ongoing management of the first basketball specific facility in the UK.
Jacki's expertise is in good systems, efficient solutions and most importantly, building relationships that lead to great collaborations and service.
Naomi Harrison (Psych Insight)
Naomi Harrison is a Registered Psychologist with a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Masters in Arts (Psychology) and Masters in Science (International Business). Naomi has over nineteen years experience as an in house and consulting psychologist, executive coach and HR professional.
Naomi specialises in executive coaching, design and assessment for selection and development, career transition and training for executives, managers, team leaders and individual contributors.
Naomi began her career in Human Resources before moving into consulting in Australia and Europe and then joining Cadbury Schweppes as the Group Global Talent Development Manager in the UK.
Since 2008, Naomi has worked as an independent consultant, taking on a diversity of assignments across a range of industries including Professional Services, Oil and Gas, Technology, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Banking and Finance, Not for Profit, AFL and Retail.
Naomi is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and a National Committee Member of the Coaching Psychology Interest Group. She loves coaching and leadership research and working with great and not so great leaders who are giving it a go!
Anthony has over seventeen years' experience in senior management, primarily in national roles with accountability for a diversity of programs and operations. He grounded his career in general management with organisations including CanTeen - the Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer and MS Australia. Most recently Anthony worked as General Manager - Marketing, Membership and Fan Development at an AFL club.
Anthony has a proven record of effective leadership in long and short term projects and establishing and developing skills and processes that deliver improved individual and organisational outcomes. Through experience facilitating therapeutic discussion groups with clients, focus groups with stakeholders and consumers, and professional project teams, Anthony provides a skill base critical to organisational analysis and the development of practical strategic solutions.
Andrew Podbury has a PhD in Business Management and has over six years' experience working in the university, public and private sectors in the areas of research and education. His specific areas of expertise include business ethics, organisational behavior and corporate social responsibility.
Andrew commenced his career teaching Business Ethics and Organisational Behavior at Latrobe University before working as a Consultant in 2011 for an AFL club to research and develop a Respect for Diversity Policy. Other research and consulting positions have included those at Rapid Insights, Australian Catholic University, Spheres of Influence International and the Asia Pacific World Sport and Women's Association.
Andrew has a solid background in developing research methodology and analysis, report development and a record of effective leadership and project management capacity.
Christine Bottrell is a Doctor of Philosophy and has a Masters in Education. She commenced her career as a teacher in Visual Art and has since built up twenty five years of solid experience in postgraduate education and research.
Christine was a Senior Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University, an ARC Research Fellow and a Lecturer in Education at Latrobe University. She is currently the Principal at Abelle22 Research and Evaluation, in collaboration with Bluestone Edge, the Northern Territory Government, Common Ground Canada and La Trobe University.
Christine has been involved in the establishment and development of innovative program partnership and projects in the university sector and government and non-government organisations in the field of social innovation and social enterprise. She has extensive and diverse experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methodology and the creation, analysis and evaluation of partnerships.
She is passionate about developing efficient and rigorous approaches to capacity exchange and building in all communities both remote and urban. Her philosophy to achieve this is through a focus on the community in practice and its voice, sound quantitative research methodology and partnership.
Lirit Janover is a registered Psychologist and Member of the Australian Psychological Society. She holds a Masters in Applied Psychology (Sport and Exercise). She also has certification in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Lifeline Telephone counseling and is a Neurofeedback Technician. She has also completed a course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
Lirit has a passion for high performance environments and the value of psychology in helping to build capacity in both individuals and organisations. Lirit uses her skills to develop, coach, counsel and train the people she works with and to change ideas into action.
Over the last few years, Lirit has worked across a number of sports including AFL, basketball and soccer. She has a commitment to ongoing learning, quality relationships and 'keeping it real' when we embark on change.
Kate Reynolds has twenty years' experience in the area of communications and public relations with accountability in the areas of strategic communications advice, planning and implementation, media relations and management, stakeholder engagement and research, writing and report development.
Kate consolidated her career at The Australian Ballet as National Media Representative with responsibility for publicity and the development and maintenance of a national media network. She now works as a consultant and writer. Recent roles have included those with the Devereux Group and Media Key Public Relations, and currently with CGB Publishing and Bluestone Edge.
Kate is particularly interested in the arts, sport, media and the not for profit sector and assists organisations and individuals to develop and communicate their key messages effectively. She believes a sound contribution to the community can always be achieved through positive engagement, mutual exchange and understanding and collaboration.
Ella Mortazavi has extensive experience in Web Design and Management, IT and education. With a Bachelor of Science and Post Graduate Certificate in Education she has worked in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom in varied settings in positions including Web Designer and Content Manager, Project Officer, Contractor and IT Training Officer.
In 2009 Ella founded her own business and works as a consultant to small businesses. She designs, creates and manages websites and her particular expertise is in collaborating with her clients to create sophisticated, professional and user friendly web spaces that are effective marketing tools.