Leanne Faraday-Brash, Principal Consultant
Leanne Faraday-Brash BA Hons (Melb) MMgmt MAPS, FAIM, CSP is an Organisational Psychologist, speaker, coach, facilitator and mediator with extensive experience in leadership development, culture, change and workplace justice. Whilst Leanne consults in a range of areas, the common thread is the emphasis on improving organisational effectiveness and workplace climate for all staff to catalyse performance and promote organisational health and wellbeing.
Leanne has spent over twenty years developing individuals in leadership and management skills and the past 16 years as Principal Consultant of Brash Consulting servicing clients with a presence here and abroad. She is co-founder of the Workplace Justice Consortium and author and facilitator of “Strategic Influence” which quickly became one of the Australian Institute of Management’s top 10 programs for sales.
The name of our consulting practice, Brash Consulting, is no accident. Apart from being one half of Leanne’s surname, her clients say she is eerily intuitive, compassionate, able to get to the essence of an issue quickly, and when necessary, willing to confront. She is frank and fearless in the advice she gives her executive clients as their own people may not always tell them what they need to hear. Leanne recognises that leaders can become “prisoners of their own elevation” and need a trusted adviser who will call it as they see it. Leanne understands the psychology of motivation and what needs to be in place for people to follow through and enact set goals. She is obsessed with the difference between ‘wishful intent’ and ‘true intent’ and believes the only way we really demonstrate true intent is through our actions.
Prior to establishing Brash Consulting in 1996, Leanne spent six years as senior internal consultant to the ANZ Banking Group during which time she consulted widely with Executive, senior and line management across all business units.
When a high profile gender discrimination case rocked the banking and finance sector in the early 1990′s, Leanne discovered a passion for the area she calls workplace justice. Winning a prestigious company award for her work, Leanne designed and accredited other HR and training professionals at ANZ to deliver programs in Harassment and Discrimination, Termination and Dismissals and Managing (Under) Performance following the introduction of the new commonwealth Unfair Dismissals regime in 1993. Leanne consults extensively in the Equal Employment Opportunity/Employee Relations arena. She advises on procedural fairness and ethical treatment of staff, runs staff briefings and EEO workshops, facilitates case conferences, mediates and investigates discrimination, harassment and workplace bullying-related grievances. Such is the distinctly entertaining, transformative and compelling way she approaches education and attitudinal change in this space, she has been dubbed the “Judith Lucy of Equal Opportunity”.
Leanne has facilitated breakthroughs in interpersonal behaviours, culture and relationships for some of Australia’s largest and most prestigious companies. Leanne has been invited to speak in Paris for AXA, Mumbai for Standard and Poors, New York for Thomson Reuters, in Tel Aviv, Boston and Madrid. She has facilitated key strategic planning initiatives, corporate conferences and major change initiatives for both private and public sector clients with vast experience in the public sector and higher education. She currently consults to nine (9) government departments and five (5) Australian Universities.
Leanne is an approved media spokesperson for the College of Organisational Psychologists and has appeared on radio, television and extensively in broadsheet news publications including The Australian, The Age, The Australian Financial Review, Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald and business magazines including CEO Magazine, Human Capital, In the Black, HR Monthly, Australian Construction, AFR Boss and National Safety Magazine for which she has been a regular contributor to the Ask the Expert column from 2010 – present. See Media for articles and interviews.
Leanne is one of a very small number of Certified Speaking Professionals (CSP) with the National Speakers Association of Australia. The CSP designation is the highest speaking accreditation awarded internationally. She was proud to have been nominated for NSAA’s Educator of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012.
Leanne has a Master’s degree in Management, a Bachelor of Arts (Psych) (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and specialist qualifications in Family Therapy and Workplace Training. She is formally accredited in the use of several psychometric tools including the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI), Team Management Index (TMI), Genos Emotional Intelligence Instrument and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).