Peter Cantwell

Chief Executive Officer
With over 30 years of Commercial, Strategy and General Management experience in Australia and Internationally, Peter has held executive leadership roles in large multinational businesses, private equity owned organisations and ASX listed companies. Continue reading..

Katea Gidley

Managing Director
With over 25 years of human resource and talent management experience gained in a variety of industries, including FMCG, retail, financial services and property, Katea worked at executive levels in ASX listed companies leading the people agenda. Continue reading..

Shannon Lyndon-Lugg

Head of Career Services
Shannon has over 20 years’ experience in Talent Management across Professional Services, Banking, Insurance, Airlines, Automotive, Education and the IT sector with a focus on increasing human performance and potential. Continue reading..

Stephanie Krinickas

Program Manager
As one of the Career Ahead Program Managers, Stephanie works with industry, academics and students to deliver comprehensive career development programs tailored for students transitioning from education to employment. Continue reading..

Bradley Sly

Principal Consultant Program Implementation
With over five years’ experience working closely with educational partners, Bradley has gained extensive experience identifying the key drivers of performance improvements across the student journey. Having worked across multiple industries including retail, local council and education, Bradley brings a strong customer focus to developing career managed services and employability programs for our educational clients through his operational expertise. Continue reading..

Samuel Sturgess

Finance Manager
Samuel is an agile Chartered Accountant, with over seven years’ experience working in both public and private accounting roles. Holding a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University, and majoring in Accounting and Financial Planning, Samuel excelled in his tertiary studies, and was the recipient of several academic awards.
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Shelly Drewitz

Executive Assistant
With over ten years’ experience in administration supporting management and executives, Shelly has worked in industries ranging from fast fashion and merchandising to manufacturing and customer service. Continue reading..

Our coaching panel is made up of highly skilled and experienced industry professionals, with extensive multi-sector work experience and strong employer connections. As a Career Ahead Career Coach, individuals typically possess post graduate qualifications, 15+ years vocational experience, extensive industry connections and a passion for early career development.

We mobilise our coaching panel to facilitate career development workshops, to provide discipline specific career coaching, to deliver simulated employment related activities or to participate in employability focused events. Through our Career Coaches, we can offer our education partners and students access to employment related insights, trends, knowledge and selection requirements, that will genuinely create an employability edge. We carefully match our Coaches to each project to ensure that they can provide difficult to access vocational and industry information aligned to each cohort’s needs.

Coach Stories

Shannon Lyndon-Lugg

Shannon has over 20 years’ experience in Talent Management across Professional Services, Banking, Insurance, Airlines, Automotive, Education and the IT sector with a focus on increasing human performance and potential. She holds a degree in Business with Majors in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, is an internationally accredited Executive Coach, has studied Positive Psychology with The University of Pennsylvania and is currently undertaking a Masters in Business Leadership. Shannon has held Executive Leadership roles in a variety of blue-chip companies including National Australia Bank, SEEK, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, and has experience working across Australia, Japan, China and Singapore.

“As a part of the extensive Career Ahead Career Success coaching panel, I work with students from undergraduate to Masters level, in conjunction with their faculty to increase their career readiness skills. I have been able to use my extensive experience in the HR sector to help develop and deliver a broad range of content for the suite of services offered by Career Ahead.

Career Ahead’s programs are incredibly detailed and the most sophisticated I’ve seen students have access to, be that at an undergraduate or MBA level. The wider team work incredibly hard to source deep industry experts and are constantly raising the bar on their own level of expertise and the insights provided. This combination of expertise and insights provides an invaluable experience for students in the development of their employability and job search skills.”

Peter Hackett

Peter has over 20 years’ experience, gained in management consulting, leadership development and commercial management. His career has included work in Australia, the UK and USA with companies including Bain, Diageo and CUB. He has expertise in organisational development and strategic management, as well as working in general management, marketing and strategy roles. Peter’s recent focus has been on coaching leaders and senior executives in developing their leadership approach in order to drive performance improvement through people and culture.

“By providing an employer’s perspective and leveraging many years of involvement in the recruitment process, I am able to coach students on career planning and how to navigate the transition from education to employment. In addition to coaching, I have also designed and delivered a number of employability programs and courses as a part of the services and curriculum offered by Career Ahead in conjunction with universities.

Career Ahead’s programs provide students with methods and approaches to developing their careers and finding the jobs they want. This is achieved by tapping into the collective wisdom of Career Ahead’s diverse team of career success coaches who have accumulated years and years of real world, practical industry experience and built successful careers themselves. As a result, Career Ahead’s programs use approaches that have been proven to work. They will help increase students’ clarity with regard to their career, allowing them to make informed choices, develop employability capabilities and ultimately elevate their confidence in entering the jobs market.”