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ian-colleyIan has an infectious enthusiasm for change and learning, especially for collaborative approaches to business and community development. He developed his expertise through design and facilitation of hundreds of change and learning projects in business, government and community settings. Ian is a lively and provocative facilitator, inspired by working with groups to get results through dialogue about things that matter.

His confidence comes from a rich background in senior public policy roles, education, along with hands-on experience in ambitious practical reforms. His background in senior government policy roles, including as a Ministerial Advisor, sharpened his skills in articulating strategic priorities. His work as Program Director with Dusseldorp Skills Forum demonstrated his capacity to create practical, grounded initiatives. He currently teaches management and facilitation skills at the University of Technology, Sydney. One of Ian’s programs won the Global Best Practice Industry Education Partnership Award, another a NSW Premier’s Public Service Award.


  • Master of Arts (Qual.), Department of Government, University of Sydney
  • Graduate Certificate in Change Management, Australian Graduate School of Management
  • Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Psychology), Flinders University of South Australia
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Advanced Assessor Training, National Assessment Institute, University of Melbourne
  • Certified Professional Facilitator, International Association of Facilitators 2012

Work history summary

1996 – Present: Partner and Director, make stuff happen:
1992 – 1996: Program Director, Dusseldorp Skills Forum;
1993 – 1995: Director, Centre for Workplace Learning NSW;


Senior Policy Advisor, NSW Minister for Vocational Training and Minister for Industrial Relations and Employment; Secretariat Member, Australian Education Council, National Review of Young People’s Participation in Education Training (the Finn Review); Director, Policy Unit, NSW Department of Industrial Relations and Employment, Training and Further Education