Talent & Performance
Hugh has 35 year’s experience in the development of company specific talent programs, aligning internal skills to company strategy and providing 'one on one' individual coaching. He has an unparalleled record of success in Europe and Australia and has won a national ‘best small business’ award in his native Scotland.
Since arriving in Australia, Hugh has built up a tremendous reputation as an expert in his field.
Business Coach for 8 years with Taylor Wimpey (volume house builders in the UK), mainly with the West Scotland company’s Construction Division, but also with the Boards of two companies, the team of Operational Heads of another, and Sales & Marketing and Design & Planning departments. Results: The West Scotland company became the top rated of TW’s 24 companies in the UK within 3 years, and two of their site managers won the UK National House Building Co ‘site manager of the year’ award during this time. Signiﬁcant progress also achieved with Greater Manchester and East Anglian companies.
Hugh also coached the Construction Director of Bellway Homes and his team. In all cases unwanted staff turnover reduced close to zero, desired turnover increased so that great teams were formed and stuck together. This has been maintained for the past 4 years through the extremely tough conditions in the UK, and has helped these companies to survive with their best people retained.
He was NATO’s leadership trainer and coach for 10 years, working to senior levels with engineering, IT, HR, Logistics, Finance, Air Defence Program, and HQ of NAMSA, the NATO managerial and administrative support agency.
Hugh currently coaches a network of 16 companies in the construction and design sector in Sydney, is a business mentor for Women on Boards, is a facilitator for Business Masterminds, and has founded his own business networking company - Business Connector Pty Ltd - after building up 1,600 members for the Sydney Business Networking Group.
His Business Oxygen programs are currently being rolled out to the 2,500 or so architects in Sydney.
Hugh draws on all of his experience to help leaders make great decisions and build sustainable success. His particular skills are in the people side of businesses.
One approach that regularly brings success is the introduction of a talent management system, tailored to the particular needs and aspirations of each business. This helps companies to make best use of resources, develops staff in relevant ways, and has a massive impact in helping to retain the best people in the organisation.
Equally effective in individual and group work, Hugh has around 40 specialist themes to draw on. His clients need to be prepared to make real changes if they are to get the real value of his expertise. If not, there is no point in us wasting each other’s time and resources.
Phone: +61 0425 185 184
Nicola Martin – LEGAL & IR
Nicola is Partner with global law firm Squire Pattern Boggs. She is a highly experienced employment lawyer who is passionate about her clients and their businesses and how she can best support them. Nicola provides a full service of employment relations, industrial relations and HR advice to her clients, both in contentious and non-contentious matters.
She is experienced in representing clients in the Fair Work Commission, State Industrial Relations Commission, Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court, as well as conducting mediations and conciliations.
The day to day aspects of her advice work covers all aspects of the employment lifecycle, from preparing and rolling out training programmes, policies and contracts, to advising on restraints, executive recruitment and terminations, restructures and supporting our Corporate team on the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions.
Nicola also provides hands on support to Boards, senior management, legal and HR teams guiding and advising them on day to day issues such as absenteeism, long term absence, performance management grievances, disciplinary issues and terminations.
Secondments to a major financial organisation, a global infrastructure company and a transport corporation have given Nicola an invaluable insight into her clients’ businesses and their priorities for employee relations strategies, positioning Nicola to provide client centric, succinct and commercial advice to all her clients.
Nicola has a particular interest in anti-discrimination and harassment issues, including conducting training sessions and seminars and in conducting employment litigation. Her experience spans across a broad spectrum of industries, including FMCG, fast food, insurance, financial services, infrastructure, retail, and transport.