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  • Peter McDougall AM - ✉︎

    Managing Director

    Peter McDougall has extensive leadership experience in military, business and community organisations. His military career spanned three decades serving in Australia and overseas in the ranks of Corporal to Colonel. Key postings were as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Pacific Islands Regiment in Papua New Guinea, a Lieutenant and Captain with the Special Air Service Regiment on operations in Borneo and South Vietnam, Chief Instructor of the Officer Cadet School Portsea and Commanding Officer of the First Commando Regiment as Lieutenant Colonel, and Commandant Infantry Centre, one of the largest schools in the Australian Army as a Colonel. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 1989 Australia Day Honours List for outstanding service to the Army.


    In 1990 Peter became a consultant to James Cook University leading a team to establish and manage the Staff Development Unit. Combining his own experience with extensive research into Leadership and Teamwork, Peter developed programs and methods that became the genesis of those employed in subsequent commercial programs in Australia and Indonesia. With modification and updating they form the basis of the programs used by The Leadership Academy today.

    In recognition of Peter's extensive leadership work and experience, Professor John Adair has appointed him as an Honourary Associate. John has written extensively on the subject and has lectured in many parts of the world. His most recent book, published in English and Arabic, is on the leadership of the Prophet Mohammad.

    In 2009, John was appointed Chair of Leadership Studies United Nations System Staff College in Turin.

    Recently the People’s Republic of China awarded him the title of Honorary Professor in recognition of his 'outstanding research and contribution in the field of Leadership'.

    In his community activities, Peter is a member of Legacy and has also been involved with supporting community organisations such as the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Crimestoppers and the Masters Games.
  • Linsey Plante

    Associate Trainer and Facilitator

    Linsey Plante has broad experience as a company director, has established and operated three of her own businesses, and is a consultant in professional development and workplace learning. She holds a Business Degree from the University of Southern Queensland and is a graduate of the Australian Management College (Mt Eliza). Linsey also holds a Masters Degree in Professional Development and Training from Deakin University.

    Linsey's expertise covers workplace learning and development; mentoring and coaching; training needs analysis; and outplacement services. Her training specialisations and qualifications are in the areas of workplace training and assessing; communication skills; productivity management; team-building; and frontline management and leadership.

    Linsey is also a valued trainer/facilitator with programs conducted by The Leadership Academy
  • Greg McMahon

    Associate and Consultant Trainer

    Greg has had extensive experience in mid-level and senior management positions within government and private enterprise, including line management of high level achievers across a wide variety of disciplines (engineers, economists, research and extension scientists, computer specialists, graphic artists, agribusiness and marketing professionals). His experience further included management of corporate support functions in scenario development and strategic planning, policy development and implementation, enterprise bargaining negotiations and performance management.

    He has also been involved in the design, marketing and delivery of training and development programs and other professional support services across wide-ranging managerial, financial, legal and technical subject areas. He was head-hunted to manage the training of the 2500 security search personnel deployed by Defence for the Sydney Olympic Games.

    Greg was a Foundation Board Member and honorary Executive Director (1999/2000) of the Weary Dunlop Centre for Ethics and Applied Management. He was State President (1996-1999) of The Association of Professional Engineers Scientists and Managers of Australia (APESMA), which has the largest remote learning MBA and graduate management programs in the Southern Hemisphere. Greg has been National Director for Whistleblowers Australia since 1997.

    Greg is Principal, G. M. McMahon Consultants PO Box 285 Kenmore 4069 ph/fax 07 3378 0042. He holds the following qualifications:

    B Com, B Econ, B Eng, B Sc, M Eng Sc, M Econ St, LGE
    Certificate Train-the-Trainer from Dr John Adair, WorldÂ’s First Professor in Leadership
    Certificate IV Vocational Training (Leadership & Management) from Dept of Defence
    Certificate IV Assessor and Workplace Trainer
    AFAIM, MAITD, RPEQ, CPEng, MAPESMA, MIEAust, MIPAA