a team of experts

What makes Human Capital Alliance unique is the relationships we have with our associates and our ability to build our team to suit your needs. 

We handpick industry experts to interrogate our client’s organisation or program to provide insights and solutions that meet their specific needs.


The Human Capital Alliance team is truly scalable to ensure that our clients work with a team that suits them best.  

Justin Noel

MPHA (Def), Grad Dip Business, Dip TDD, Dip VET, Cert IV TAE, Pre-Medicine Cert (UNSW)

Principal of Origin Communications

Justin has collaborated with us since 2017 and is one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous communications, research and facilitation consultants. He is a Dhungutti man who grew up in Western Sydney. 

Justin has extensive and diverse experience in community engagement, co-design, facilitation, social marketing, policy development and training and recruitment. He has extensive experience developing suicide prevention and mental health programs through co-design and collaborative approaches with priority population groups and communities (including with PHNs, Mental Health Commission, AH&MRC, ACCHOs, NGOs and community organistions).

Justin also has over two decades delivery of specialises service design, workforce planning and ongoing training for Aboriginal Mental Health and AOD workers, peer and carer networks, development models of care in aftercare, AOD, residential rehabilitation and carer support. 

  • Mental Health service development
  • Drug & alcohol policy and planning
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Health workforce and systems development

Professor Susan Nancarrow

PHD (ANU), Master of Applied Science (Research) (QUT), Bachelor of Applied Science (with Distinction) Podiatry (QUT)

Adjunct Professor, Southern Cross University

Susan is a health services researcher with 20 years international experience (UK and Australia) in health workforce reform, service delivery and organisation with particular expertise in allied and community health, regional and rural health issues, new models of care and capacity building. She brings senior leadership and management experience across higher education and health care sectors through her roles as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Vice President) Research, Chair of Academic Board, and Director of Research (Health) at Southern Cross University, and as multidisciplinary team leader with ACT Health and Community Care.

Susan is a health services researcher with 20 years international experience (UK and Australia) in health workforce reform, service delivery and organisation with particular expertise in allied and community health, regional and rural health issues, new models of care and capacity building. She brings senior leadership and management experience across higher education and health care sectors through her roles as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Vice President) Research, Chair of Academic Board, and Director of Research (Health) at Southern Cross University, and as multidisciplinary team leader with ACT Health and Community Care.

Susan is also a qualified podiatrist with experience in community health care (publicly funded), private practice (as employee and business owner) and Aboriginal and Islander Health Services and volunteer work in Northern India. As a recent collaborator of HCA, Susan brings extensive experience and knowledge in health workforce planning and development.

  • Evaluation methodology
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Health workforce and systems development

Kenny Lawson

BA(Hons) Economics, MSc Health Economics, PhD Health Economics

Assoc. Professor and Principal Health Economist at the Translational Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University

Kenny’s central focus is trying to support decision makers to improve population health and well-being by making better use of resources. 

He conducts economic evaluation of health and non-health sector policies and works with decision makers to implement good value interventions into operational practice. He has wide industry experience in public and private sectors and continues to work internationally also. 

Besides that, he is a truly terrible guitar player, a (non-lycra wearing) amateur cyclist, and has a reasonably comprehensible Scottish accent. 

  • Health economics and statistical analysis
  • Evaluation methodology
  • Health workforce and systems development

John Leary

BA (UNE), Associate Diploma in Community Health (Cumberland College of Health Sciences)

Consultant

John has 25 years’ experience in senior and executive operational and strategic roles in public sector health services, in both NSW and Tasmania and has collaborated with HCA since 2017.

 In Tasmania he headed up the Southern Region Mental Health Services and Statewide Drug & Alcohol Services and John was the Director of Drug & Alcohol Services, and subsequently, Director of Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Services in the Mid North Coast Local Health District.

John now works as an independent consultant offering services in innovation and transformation strategy, service review and co-design policy and planning, management development and support, and facilitation and consultation.

  • Mental Health service development
  • Drug and alcohol policy and planning

Victoria Hirst

BSocSci (Macquarie University), Cert IV TAE, Member Australasian Evaluation Society

NSW Mental Health Commission

Victoria is one of Human Capital Alliance’s after having worked as Senior Staff Consultant for 10 years. She leads System Monitoring and Review at the Mental Health Commission of NSW and has a strong background in social research and as such brings expertise particularly in qualitative data collection and analysis to health policy, workforce planning and evaluation research consultancies.

Victoria brings particular experience in mental health and suicide prevention and skills in stakeholder consultation, conducting focus groups and interviews, survey design, collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data and report writing across a range of health contexts. 

  • Evaluation and methodology
  • Mental Health service development
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Health workforce and systems development

Kate Kelleher 

Diploma of Business; A Mus A (Diploma); MURRA Indigenous Business Master Class Program (Melbourne Business School)

Consultant

Kate Kelleher is a Palawa Trowerna woman from the Pyemairrenner mob in Tasmania which includes the Trawlwoolway and Plairmairrenner and related clans. Kate works as an independent consultant and has worked closely with HCA since 2016.

Kate brings invaluable experience and knowledge of both the macro and micro levels of the Aboriginal Community Control Health space through her work as acting Interim CEO of National Aboriginal Community Control Health Organisation (NACCHO) and workforce projects with large urban Aboriginal Medical Service.

Kate is very aware of the challenges and issues facing her peoples particularly through community leadership on a number of ACCO Boards. As Lead Negotiator for Barang Regional Alliance in Local Decision Making, the flagship of the NSW Government OCHRE initiative, is heavily involved in impacting systemic reform and the effects of colonisation on her peoples. Through her representation on the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Board as well as the National peak body – First Nations Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI) Kate has a well versed appreciation of the opportunities for developing sustainable economic independence.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Health workforce and systems development

Associate Professor Megan Williams

 BSocSci, PhD

Assistant Director and Research Lead, National Centre for Cultural Competence BSocSci, PhD

Megan has collaborated on several projects with HCA since 2016 and is the Research Lead and Assistant Director of the National Centre for Cultural Competence at The University of Sydney.

Megan is Wiradjuri, with Anglo-Celtic heritage, and has over 20 years’ experience combining health service delivery and research, particularly focusing on Aboriginal peoples’ leadership to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the criminal justice system and post-prison release.

Megan is an accomplished researcher and evaluator with experience in designing and publishing an evaluation model for Aboriginal health programs – the Nfaa-bi-nya framework and is also currently the Director and contributing editor of health media organisation Croakey.org and Associate Editor of Health Sociology Review.

  • Evaluation Methodology
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Health workforce and systems development

Shanley Chong

Master of Applied Statistics (2000, Macquarie University); PhD in Statistics (2007, Macquarie University)

Biostatistician

Shanley is a highly experienced biostatistician and has led or contributed to a wide range of research projects that have required high levels of expertise in health and population data analysis and has collaborated with HCA since 2016. 

Shanley has spent a number of years working at the Population Health Intelligence Unit in South West Sydney Local Health District and is also a Conjoint Senior Lecturer (UNSW)

  • Health economics and statistical analysis
  • Health workforce and systems development

Rob Curry

Physiotherapy (Lincoln Institute, Vic), GradDip Aboriginal Studies (SACAE), MSc PHC

Consultant

Shanley is a highly experienced biostatistician and has led or contributed to a wide range of research projects that have required high levels of expertise in health and population data analysis and has collaborated with Human Capital Alliance since 2016.

Rob works as an independent consultant. With experience as a health professional and a programs manager with the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), Rob’s work and thinking have been influenced by the international philosophy of Primary Health Care and the Australian model of Indigenous Australian community controlled health service delivery.

Rob’s skills and experience lie in the areas of cross-cultural primary care planning, program management and evaluation, remote workforce planning and quality systems in remote health care.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Health workforce and systems development

Darlene Daley

Darlene is a motivated and committed professional with an extensive background in community development roles across the public and private sector and an experienced facilitator and interviewer. A recent collaborator of Human Capital Alliance, Darlene specialises in Indigenous community engagement, facilitation and family dispute resolution.

Darlene is also a family group conferencing specialist and brings a comprehensive understanding of issues underpinning the provision of community services and maintains high level consultative and negotiation skills, cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity.

  • Mental Health service development
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health