Our Team

Monique Longhurst

Principal Consultant, ASPIRE Personal Development and Consulting

Monique is the co-founder of Aspire Personal Development and Consulting and brings over 15 years’ experience in corporate consulting and strategic and operational HR. She partners with a diverse range of clients within the public and private sectors, specialising in leadership development and capability, organisational development, leading and managing change, team dynamics and executive coaching.

Monique is an experienced consultant, facilitator, trainer and coach recognised for her genuine, energizing and approachable style, and relates to people at a number of levels. She possesses an innate ability to empower others to discover and value their uniqueness and strengths, and to actively take charge of their future.

Having worked across a variety of sectors, her key focus is empowering people through change and developing authentic leaders. Her adaptive communication style and ability to genuinely connect with others and build trust with senior leaders has proven powerful in her roles as an adviser to boards and executive management through to acting as the implementer at the line level.

Monique holds a Bachelor of Psychology and post-graduate degrees in Business Management. She is certified in a number of coaching modalities including Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP), Multiple Brain Integration Technique ( mBIT), The Leadership Circle, Global Leadership Profile.

Margareth (Margot) Thomas

Founder, MAD Consulting – Making A Difference

Margot is the founder of MAD Consulting, an Organisational Development (OD) practice specialised in leadership development, organisational transformation and executive coaching.

Margot is a thought leader in OD and has played lead roles in large-scale organisational transformation for the past nineteen years developing and successfully executing culture, leadership development, organisational design, complex change and talent management strategies to build thriving workforces and to boost organisational effectiveness.

Her international and diverse background was gained in executive HR and OD roles across private, not for profit and public sectors, working globally for the Volkswagen Group based in Europe and South America, for various state and federal public sector organisations in Australia and for one of the largest volunteering organisations in the world.

Her leadership capability has seen her build and develop high performing and diverse teams in both emerging and developed markets. She is a talented leadership mentor and coach. She is currently an associate executive coach with Leadership Victoria and a fellow associate of Global Leadership Foundation.

Margot holds a Bachelor of Psychology and post-graduate degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources. She undertook the Australian Institute of Company Directors course; is a member of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni and a certified associate Coach with Lectica USA, as well as MBraining and The Leadership Circle Asia Pacific and Global Leadership Profile.

Wesa Chau

Director, Cultural Intelligence

Wesa is the director of Cultural Intelligence, a consulting company specialised in raising the understanding of the power of cultural diversity.

Her career experience ranges from working with migrants, international students and refugees, through media and communications for diverse audiences,  advocacy for multiculturalism and research on diversity and leadership. She was the founder of Australian Federation of International Students in 2002 and grew the organisation to service 8000 students during her tenure. Her role was  instrumental in helping to establish the International Student Care Service (predecessor to Study Melbourne). She has also held a senior manager position in the disability sector.

Wesa has received several awards for her contribution in the Multicultural and international students areas. In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Victorian International Education Internationalisation Award in recognition of her work with international students for more than a decade. In 2013 she was the Australian Leadership Awardee from ADC Forum and named Young Victorian of the Year in 2010. In 2006 she received the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s Award for Excellence in Service Delivery to Multicultural Victoria.

Wesa also received the inaugural Scanlon-Swinburne Intercultural Fellowship and travelled to India and Malaysia to work with academics and government officials to better understand cultural diversity, diaspora and alumni networks in India and Malaysia.

Her tertiary education encompasses Engineering, Marketing, Law, Management and Governance. She is a current PhD candidate researching political skills and has a certificate IV in TAE.