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Michelle Newton (B Bus.) Director & Lead Trainer

Corporate and SME clients alike describe Michelle as the ultimate professional whose versatile training repertoire enables her to deliver tangible and successful training outcomes, each and every time.

Michelle’s successful 26 year career includes experience in wholesale and retail sales and management, tourism, building and construction, media, small business ownership and for the last 8 years, training and development.

Media, tourism, hospitality, education, retail, not for profit and legal, are just some of the sectors Michelle has trained. She has trained in New Zealand and every State and Territory in Australia, with thousands of participants in 82 different markets, and is considered a proven expert in her field.

This variety and depth ensures Michelle is a sought after trainer who can deliver, and with over 10 years in the business-to-business corporate sector, Michelle now specialises in delivering  training to Corporates and SMEs whose products and services require a different and sometimes innovative approach. Examples include law firms who have expertise people often need but don’t necessarily want to pay for;  IT companies who have something many people want but need help to understand; and pharmaceutical companies whose clients are often “too busy” to see or speak with, account managers.

Accredited in the delivery of the DiSC© and Situational Leadership© models, Michelle’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Business, a Certificate IV in Frontline Management and a current Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

A member of the Manning Valley and Forster Tuncurry Business Chambers, Michelle is also a member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development, and the Hastings Business Womens Network. Michelle is currently enrolled in a Graduate Diploma of Law with Southern Cross University.

In the words of one happy client “Michelle''s training is always of a very high standard. Staff are engaged and always give positive feedback to Michelle''s style of training and delivery. Most importantly the learning outcomes of the sessions are always met and exceed expectations.”

Contact Michelle direct on for an obligation free discussion. Read Michelle''s profile on Linked In here.



Chris has over 16 years experience as a professional Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.

He is a qualified IHO Category B Hydrographic Surveyor, and a naval warfare specialist, having vast experience in global maritime security operations and peacekeeping.

With over 12 years of sea experience, he is an expert leader and developer of multi-disciplined teams in all situations and is a past recipient of the Royal Australian Navy''s Sword of Excellence. 

With a career dedicated to personnel management and development, operations planning and execution, and project management Chris has many tricks up his sleeves to maximise your training investment.

His very personable approach will ensure your team becomes fully involved with the training he facilitates.

Chris regularly contributes to his professional communities via published journal articles and invitations to speak at national and international conferences.

In 2010 he was nominated for the Australian Institute of Management''s Young Manager of the Year; and in 2011 and 2012 achieved listing in Australian Anthill''s Top 50 Cool Company awards and was listed in Anthill’s Smart 100 Index for innovation, in the field of leadership development.

Chris brings a high degree of intellectual and professional rigour to the training he delivers.

In 2011 he was invited to facilitate leadership and ethics workshops for the Royal Australian Navy''s Leadership and Ethics Centre, providing development, feedback and coaching to senior ratings through to senior Officers.

Chris holds the following accreditations and qualifications:

Fellow of the Institute of Learning Professionals (ILPF), Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AFAIM) , Member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (MAITD), Member of the Spatial Sciences and Surveying Institute (MSSSI), Human Synergistics® Accredited Practitioner, Extended DISC® Accredited Consultant and Trainer, Master of Science (Information Technology), Graduate Certificate of Hydrographic Surveying, Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Information Systems), Advanced Diploma in Maritime Studies, Diploma of Spatial Information Services, Diploma of Leadership and Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.


Dawn Russell (B.A. Training & Development)

Dawn is the ‘Heartware’® specialist – a people strategist who specialises in empowering and developing human potential, helping organisations develop profitable and productive people while creating an internal culture that competitors cannot easily copy. Both an engaging speaker and innovative trainer and facilitator, Dawn has proven, hands-­‐on sales management and leadership experience, having spent more than 10 years as an executive with one of the world’s most awarded airlines, Singapore Airlines.

Training and speaking on improving the productivity and profitability of people, leadership in the workplace, creating a winning corporate culture, managing cross-­‐cultural teams, emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills, sales and service entrepreneurship, Dawn is an inspiring communicator whose major strength lies in her ability to communicate difficult concepts with great clarity and to a wide variety of audiences.


Her guiding principle is that while anyone these days can copy your hardware, almost no one can replicate your ‘Heartware’® -­‐ your people -­‐ and she serves as the catalyst for change in organisations that have a vision to excel through people and create exceptional business relationships.

Dawn is a member of the National Speakers’ Association of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Adult Training & Development. You wouldn’t think it looking at her, but her passion for training and leadership began some 19 years ago at the end of a rifle, when she served in the Australian Army Reserve.

Dawn has also conquered a half-­iron man triathlon, finishing 5th woman over the line, and is a living example that anything can be achieved by having the correct mental state.

She knows how to really connect with people and how to help them master change through innovative learning techniques. She understands the multi-­‐generational, multi-­‐cultural and competitive workforce challenges faced by organisations today and tailors all of her interventions to meet both financial and productivity goals.



Mark Newton (B.A Pol. Sc. Comms., Dip.Ed)

Mark has a passion for health and fitness and believes a healthy mind and body are essential for quality performance in any field. Mark understands achieving success in both can seem out of reach for many but his commitment and personal experiences enable him to help individuals achieve outcomes they never thought possible.

Mark was responsible for the implementation of a workplace- based health and fitness program call ‘Pro-active Inside n Out’. A health and fitness program for management, staff and clients, of a disability services provider in the Hunter Valley, NSW Australia.
The program recognised the importance of a healthy, active workforce to retention and recruitment in a competitive labour market. It included strength, aerobic, fitness and specialist core-strength training programs; mental health and well-being, rehabilitation and a comprehensive nutrition program. All of which can help contribute to a reduction on work-related illness, injury and staff turnover.

Here’s what James Brummel – senior support worker community programs – had to say about his experience training with Mark.

“As a father of two young children I realised I needed to do something about my fitness and lifestyle. By working with Mark I lost considerable weight, improved my strength and fitness and felt more energetic than I have for years. He helped me achieve far beyond what I ever thought I could”.

Mark’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Communications), Diploma of Education (Secondary), Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, Certificate IV Personal Trainer (Master) and Senior First Aid.
Contact the Training Transfer today for an obligation free discussion on how Mark can tailor a Workforce Fitness program to help reduce workplace absences and injuries, improve staff motivation, morale, retention, productivity and engagement.