Leonie Elphinstone

Brisbane Based

Cultural Transitions


Leonie has vast experience in cultural awareness and diversity. Top tier Australian mining companies are among her clients. She is widely published and an active conference presenter on subjects such as recruiting and retaining skilled international employees and cross-cultural issues for expatriates. She has been a member of the Australian Psychological Society since 1979 and is Brisbane based.

Leonie's Key Skills

Consulting, (including Training & Development) Mentoring, Coaching and Facilitating in the following areas:

  • Cultural diversity
  • Cultural awareness
  • Transition between cultures and countries
  • Recruitment of international employees
  • Management of multicultural teams
  • Repatriation,
  • Australian culture awareness – experienced working with participants from 48 nationalities/ethnic groups entering Australia to live and work
  • Cultural awareness for Australian expats transitioning to other cultures - experienced in the following destinations: China, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Chile, South Africa, Egypt, USA, Germany, Japan, Malaysia.

Professional Qualifications

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
Member of the College of Counselling Psychologists
Tasmanian Teacher’s Certificate
Registered Psychologist (QLD)
Pre-accredited Cultural Awareness trainer & Interviewer PiCC, Ethnic Communities Council of QLD
Registered Cultural Diversity Trainer, Multicultural Affairs QLD
Certified Facilitator MBTI ( Myers Briggs)
Certified Facilitator CULTURAL DETECTIVE
Certified facilitator BELBIN TEAM ROLES
Completed Advanced ACT therapy training

Professional Memberships

Member of SIETAR: Society for Intercultural Training & Research
Member of AIPF(Australian Institute of Professional Facilitators)
Member Australia-China Business Council ( QLD)
Member of the Australian Human Resources Management Institute (AHRI)
Member of Australian Institute of Management (AIM)
Founding member International Human Resources Queensland (IHRQ) Group

Client Feedback

Testimonial from a Senior Manager, Australian Public Service

Susan McDonald was engaged to provide me with executive coaching.

From the outset I found Susan to be highly professional and very insightful about the issues surrounding my personal management style and those that were inherent in the organisational culture and leadership. I found Susan's advice invaluable and the Agency Executive held her professional opinion and independence in high regard. Susan is very well read and was always ready to draw upon the latest literature and developments in her field.

I found Susan intelligent, professional and stimulating. I unreservedly recommend Susan as a personal Executive Coach and am very willing to provide a verbal referee report if required. (Manager's details available through "Contact Us")

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