Our People


LISA PEERS – FOUNDER and CEO

Founder and CEO of Peers and Players, Lisa trained at NIDA; The National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia. She has decades of experience in film, television, and theatre, in Australia and the USA. Her notable acting credits include The Australian premieres of Fool For Love and Catholic School Girls, which she also produced, A Place to Call Home, GP, Home & Away, All Saints, Sunday Too Far Away, Monkey Grip, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and Finding Nemo, as well as countless industrial and training videos

Since 1998 she has been involved in casting, training and directing Corporate Actors for Communication Skills Training. She is an expert roleplayer, facilitator and presentation skills coach, with a passion for helping people to communicate effectively work, and an ability to bring out their unique message. Clients have ranged from industry, government and businesses to global corporations. Learn more.


MATT STEWART – PROJECT MANAGER

Matt Stewart has over 20 years experience as a manager, trainer, facilitator and professional theatre practitioner. He was the General Manager of Darlinghurst Theatre Company and Darlo Drama acting school until 2004, which he co-founded in 1992. He was instrumental in overseeing the rapid growth of both companies, which redefined the landscape of independent theatre in Sydney and gained a reputation for delivering unique and vibrant adult education.

Matt was a Senior Consultant and Client Services Manager from 2007 till 2011 with Being Human Pty Ltd, a change management training company. He played a large part in successfully introducing the Prosci Change Management Methodology to Australia and delivered training on advanced change management communication skills.

Matt is the founder and director of “Act Corporate Drama Training”, delivering communication courses to the public and corporate sectors, using body language as a tool to enhance inter-personal and presentational skills. He now offers explainer videos as part of his company’s services.

Along with his work with Act Corporate and Peers and Players, he currently works as a project manager and trainer with the Health Roundtable P/L and facilitator in restorative justice with the Department of Justice and Attorney General NSW.


ALEX BURNHAM – OPERATIONS MANAGER

Alex has over ten years of experience in software development and technical management and seven years in the energy efficiency and sustainability space where he worked with industry leading green energy and sustainability companies based in California.  Alex has been a Residential Energy Efficiency Retrofit Consultant as well as a Business Analyst for PG&E Global Power Consulting.

Prior to that, Alex worked as a Project Manager in Business Development and Sales at Harney Home Performance and as a Sr. Application Development Manager and eCommerce Quality Assurance Manager at Greenpoint Mortgage.  His expertise lies in his  passion for technology as well as his strong desire to help systems and people interact efficiently and effectively.


ANA JOHNSON – COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Ana holds a B.S. in Finance from Boston College. She began her career as a Client Specialist at Prentice Hall Legal and Financial Services in Miami, FL. Upon moving to San Francisco she joined the Corporate Communications department at Montgomery Securities, a boutique investment banking firm. Ana managed internal communications as well as media relations and developed the firm’s first corporate giving program encouraging employees to give back to the community. Her career transitioned from banking to education when she became the the Admissions and Development Director at Mount Tamalpais School, an independent K-8 school located in Mill Valley, CA. Ana is an active member of the San Domenico School Parent Service Executive Board as well as the San Francisco Yacht Club.


ELEANOR HANDLEY – NEW YORK PROJECT MANAGER

Masters in Fine Arts from The New School for Drama. In Australia was a business development manager and advised on the board of a financial advising company. Eleanor has worked extensively as an actress in new York and regionally across the USA.

Eleanor’s Corporate Role Play, Coaching and Facilitation experience ranges across a wide range of companies, in the finance, legal, pharmaceutical and academic sectors. She has worked with Peers and Players since 2002 in Australia and the USA. Her personal experience as an investment consultant, coach, teacher and communications training and her understanding of finance and management make her the ideal high level facilitator and manager of our New York Team.


ANDREW GEORGE – SPECIAL PROJECT MANAGER

Graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College of Australia, Masters in Business in Operations Management, and wih VET qualifications in Training, Quality Assurance, Work Health and Safety and Vocational Instruction. He works with conflict risk management, work health and safety, conflict negotiation, and other organisation tools. Andrew has held senior management and consulting roles with Multiplex, BMA, TDIC, EMCOR, ATMMAC International, ADCU, Department of Defence, Cubic, Facilities Management Association, Powerhouse Museum, Golding Contractors, The Executive Connection and enterprises such as Kirana Training, and HBA Consulting. He has designed and delivered Vocational Educational Training in Diploma of Management, Diploma of Quality Auditing, Diploma of Work Health and Safety and Diploma of Project Management. He as acted Senior Quality Consultant for Open Colleges, Australia’s largest online Registered Training Organisation.

With an Advanced Diploma in screen and stage acting. Andrew has produced, written and performed in professional theatre productions and short films. He has facilitated and MC’d corporate seminars on leadership development around Australia and consulted on large scale projects when he worked out of the UAE from 2007 to 2009. Andrew also consults as a freelance management consultant in people development, leadership training and public relations. As founder of the theatre company The Theatre Troupe, and innovator of highly successful “Soldier on Stage” concept, Andrew works closely with veterans groups to raise money for charities Soldier On and Legacy.

Our Experts

 

RICHARD LAWTON – MASTER VOICE AND PRESENTATION COACH

Richard is an accredited executive leadership coach and Myers-Briggs-Type-Indicator trainer and facilitator. He has also delivered training on Emotional Intelligence and teaches Voice at Post-graduate level at Monash University. He runs three community choirs and has worked with many prominent business leaders, lawyers and presenters as a voice coach. Richard is the Director of Melbourne based Ignite Coaching Australia where he has honed his specialised training programs. His presentation skills seminars include Stepping Up to The Podium, As She Speaks, and Talking Brief Seminars.

As a coach and consultant, Richard has worked with all levels of legal professionals, executive level managers, C.E.O.’s and board directors. Past clients include: Vic & NSW Bar Associations, Lander & Rogers Lawyers, Herbert Geer Commercial Law, NSW Crown Solicitors Dept, VCAT, Esso Exxon Mobil, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Telstra, Australia Post, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Scott Winton Insurance, Workplace Training & Advisory Australia, Sugar Australia, Bouverie Centre


BRIAN LANGSWORTH – CONSULTING ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Throughout the past decade, Brian has had the opportunity to facilitate highly regarded development initiatives and human resource activities for employees, senior managers and leaders from a variety of large multi-national organisations in the private and the public sector.

As a trainer, coach and facilitator, Brian has been involved in various programs including: providing effective feedback and coaching others; having crucial conversations; presentation and influencing skills; career counselling; emotional intelligence; understanding team strengths and development opportunities; understanding and interpreting psychometric instruments and building resilience.

Brian is a registered psychologist and associate member of the Australian Psychological Society. His academic qualifications include: Diploma of Professional Practice from the College of Professional Psychology; Bachelor of Social Science and Honours degree in Psychology from Charles Sturt University; and Bachelor of Performing Arts from University of Western Sydney.


TANYA EDLINGTON – MELBOURNE CLIENT LIASON

Tanya is a conversation specialist. She is frequently called on to develop leaders’ capability by focussing on practical conversation skills and mindset awareness. In addition, Tanya is a mediator and conflict coach. She draws on her background in the creative arts to support innovation and problem solving, using improvisation tools and techniques to give participants practical insight.

Tanya has experience working in the public, community, financial, health, higher education and arts sectors. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and has studied the Advanced Diploma in Group Facilitation from the Groupwork Institute of Australia. Her role-play clients include KPMG, National Australia Bank, Melbourne Water, Centrelink, VPS, St John of God Health Care, Monash University, Royal Australian College of Surgeons, HEAL (Health Education Australia Limited), Australian Catholic University, Melbourne University and RANZCOG.


YVETTE ALCOTT – SENIOR CONSULTANT

Yvette is a Senior Consultant to Peers and Players, with over 16 years industry experience as a corporate actor and program facilitator/coach, plus extensive experience as a professional actor. She is currently undertaking her PhD, investigating how people create impressions and form impressions of others. A fundamental aspect of Yvette’s research is the sequential links between thoughts, emotions and action. Through her involvement with management training programs, Yvette has observed many times how good ideas and positive intentions fail to be realised due to these very factors. Her research, and her professional experience, offer clients a vital understanding of human behaviour and how it effects corporate management styles.


ANNELISE PIERS – INDIA CLIENT LIAISON

A seasoned corporate coach and specialist in cross-cultural business communication and corporate NLP applicaitons, Annelise uses her theatre experience to simulate workplace challenges She leverages her experience in customer service and HR to facilitate learning through real-time scenarios of making presentations, giving feedback, and handling clients. Annelise has not only trained personnel across a range of industries from equity analysts to scientists and IT professionals, but also in countries like Costa Rica and Sri Lanka.

Her clients include HCL Technologies, Amba Research, First Source, Cognizant, HP, ITC Infotech, Hindustan Unilever and CBM Saron to name a few. Annelise has been performing role-play for Peers and Payers and Goldman Sachs and ANZ in India since 2010.