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If you just need to connect with people that understand the challenges leaders and managers face and the complexities of the modern workplace – you have come to the right place! We are happy to answer questions face to face, by email, via Zoom or on the phone. You can also learn more about us and catch up via social media. We’ve shared a bit about who we are at and outside of work – why not contact us and have a chat about your needs and how our extraordinary humans may be able to help you.

Michelle Crawford

Michelle Crawford

Chief Conversationalist

Michelle is the amazing brain behind Being More Human. 20 years of experience providing guidance, leadership development, recruitment support, and strengthening the culture in organizations across 20 industries has shown her one truth – modern businesses are losing their humanity. After seeing the world and meeting people from all walks of life, Michelle chose to dedicate her life to helping businesses in Australia to become more human in the way they operate and their culture.

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Alexandra Joy CEO UQ POWER

Alexandra Joy


Alexandra Joy – AJ’s purpose is to communicate, educate, and activate humanity’s potential for conscious evolution. She knows the impact leaders and their organisations can have on their people, so she works with leaders and conscious businesses who are committed to sustainable lifestyles and creating a positive impact.


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Jim Porteus – FCPHR Specialist Mediation

Jim Porteus – FCPHR

Specialist Mediation

Put simply, Jim helps professionals to make hard decisions easy…yep; he’s pretty handy to have around! With a strong 23 years in the HR industry and a solid education, including in business, dispute resolution, and mediation, Jim works with companies and professionals to help overcome any difficult human resource or people related matters.

It can be challenging for managers and leaders to have difficult conversations with staff members. Jim uses dispute resolution, meditation and training identification to help leaders, professionals and managers to overcome any issues with their people and come to appropriate conclusions.

While Jim is a hard worker and focused on helping local professionals and leaders to become more confident in the way they assist the people they oversee, he also manages to fit in 40 gigs a year at local venues as a professional musician. You may have seen him out and about over the years in the many bands he has played for, including Rabbit and Heroes.

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Vanessa McDonald Creative Director

Vanessa McDonald

Creative Director

Wherever Vanessa goes she is eager, curious, and motivated, to be involved, to see change, to inspire others, to take risks and has a ‘give it a go’ attitude. Vanessa believes that everyone has their part to play in making the world a little lighter and brighter.

Over Vanessa’s early career as a student, volunteer, employee and activator, she has contributed and participated in many different initiatives spanning from being a City Ambassador for Newcastle Now, sitting on committees for the Institute of Managers and Leaders and the Empower Network for The University of Newcastle, to studying at Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, and being an Inaugural Ma & Morley Scholar and Ambassador.

Amongst all of this Vanessa loves learning new things through Creative Director Role with Being More Human where she gets to work on all things creative in business. She loves being able to apply her skills to new challenges and being a part of the Being More Human brand that aligns with her vision to make the world brighter and lighter.

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Nicci Richman Leading Light Training & Performance

Nicci Richman

Leading Light Training & Performance

When Nicci isn’t adventuring with her beautiful family, she’s sharing her passion for strong cultures and HR systems with businesses across the east coast of Australia. With 15 years of experience in the industry and an education that she has continued to grow as the business world itself has evolved, Nicci is passionate about creating a strong foundation for people in modern businesses.

Nicci’s HR career had its foundations in social research consultancy, working on employee engagement surveys and other survey tools for multi-national organizations. This insight into how research supports organizational change led to her passion for working with businesses to develop and support the strategies that enable a thriving workplace culture.

Fascinated by workplaces and the many people in them, Nicci’s role at Being More Human is to share her extensive knowledge, creativity, a listening ear and open understanding through coaching and training sessions and to help businesses to become the best they can be on the inside first, so they can better provide for their customers.

A rarely found Novocastrian who loves the winter months (she is originally from Tasmania), Nicci is determined to help other businesses discover the values and elements that will allow them to become more human.

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Melenaite Langi - Social Butterfly

Melenaite Langi

Social Butterfly

Melenaite is a person who brings light into a situation as she loves talking to everyone around her. She is very approachable and able to have a conversation about anything happening in the world. She is always willing to help and always motivated to understand a person and their situation and other people's cultures and backgrounds. She believes that there is always something to learn about other people.

Throughout life so far, Melenaite has volunteered her time through church work by working with people of all ages. Melenaite started volunteering within church work at a young age and has continued this to the present time. She has also dedicated to helping people by working with elders and young adults by being a support worker for their needs and chores around the garden and house.

Melenaite is very team-oriented as well as she has excelled in sports groups in primary and high school. Through all of this Melenaite is becoming of the title Social Butterfly as she loves talking and spreading the good news around to everyone willing to hear. With her time with Being More Human, her passion for social media outlets was found and developed to become the Social Butterfly she is now.


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Jenny McPeak - Executive Assistant

Jenny McPeak

Executive Assistant

Jenny is an Executive Assistant with more than 20 years experience in a vast number of industries including manufacturing, finance, engineering, recruitment, real estate, hospitality, banking, IT, travel and member-based organisations. Providing a range of support such as travel coordination, diary management, Board and Secretariat support, event planning, process development, management of membership processes, accounts receivable and general administrative support.

Positive, proactive, adaptable and outgoing, Jenny has a reputation for “getting things done” and brings a happy, upbeat, can-do attitude to every task. Jenny has diplomas in Office Administration, Travel and Social Sciences (Management). She is also a NSW Justice of the Peace.


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Marlon De Cruz Director and Co-Founder of BISTEC Global

Marlon De Cruz

Director and Co-Founder of BISTEC Global

Marlon is Director and Co-Founder of BISTEC Global; Director and Founder of Biz Enable; and Founder of Make a Day Brighter. In 2006 Marlon co-founded TETRAN, a global technology services company and 10 years later, it successfully sold to a publicly listed company for an 8-figure number. He is a Business Mentor, Serial Entrepreneur, Strategic Connector and a Technology Expert.

Marlon emigrated from Sri Lanka to Australia over 20 years ago and, through determination and perseverance, he worked his way through various organisations to achieve his goal of creating his own ventures.

"I love meeting new people here and learning about your story, your business and your Interests. I would love to help you resolve any problems or challenges with your resourcing, technology or your business."

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Kate Bradley Money Coach

Kate Bradley

Money Coach

Kate is here to help you with all things money. Working with small businesses as an accountant and advisor for more than 10 years, Kate has significant experience advising on the financial aspects of small business, with particular a focus on optimisation of systems, budgeting, profitability and cash flow management.

Kate is extremely passionate about financial literacy on both a business and personal level and strives to empower individuals to take hold of their own financial freedom through education and development.

Passionate about business owners achieving both their business and personal goals, Kate has aided many business owners to understand their financial statements, determine the profitability of business lines, as well as develop plans to achieve financial security and success. Kate loves to work with small business owners to ensure that their accounting systems are integrated and optimised, resulting in business owners worrying less about doing the books and allowing them to focus their time on doing what they love.

Kate is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, and is a NSW Justice of the Peace.

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