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

Parliamentary Counsel

Susan has helped me to put a strategic framework around my professional life by setting realistic goals and evaluating my performance against those goals [and] has helped me to make sensible, well-informed choices about how to be most effective....our sessions are targeted to my needs and directly applicable in the workplace.

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