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

Comments from our post-workshop survey

'I thought the workshop was excellent. Sue was able to "win over" my more sceptical colleagues, and she was able to provide some additional insight. I don't think that anything could have been improved as it achieved an appropriate balance of challenging the participants without overwhelming and therefore losing participants."

"Sue pulled the whole day together really well. She knew when to prompt and when to just let the conversation just happen. I'd recommend to others"

"Sue has a friendly and non-assertive presentation style that lets participants open up in a very non threatening environment. She is a great listener and works the content to meet the needs of the group and individual"

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