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At Evolve, we engage a team of outstanding trainers who are specialists in their areas.
Each trainer has extensive experience in Adult Education along with significant industry and teaching experience, and specialist knowledge and tertiary qualifications relevant to their subjects.

But that’s not enough.

All of our training staff are also top-level presenters who will actively engage participants and

light up the room.

Please browse our fabulous team below:

Jessica Sharp

SPECIALIST AREAS: mental health, communications, de-escalation, interpersonal skills, cultural diversity

Jessica Sharp is a qualified senior social worker with extensive experience in case management, service provision, advisory and leadership roles, across the community and public sectors, including Anglicare, The Smith Family, The Ardoch Youth Foundation and the Department of Child Protection.

Her experience includes working in the Foster Care system, in Child Protection roles, with At Risk Youth programs, with Indigenous and Multicultural groups and extensively as a
professional educator for clinicians
and sector workers.

While a skilled practitioner, Jessica’s true passion is adult education and she has been facilitating groups for over 20 years and holds a Diploma of Facilitation. 

For the past four years, Jessica has worked for the
WA Health Department’s Training Centre in Subacute Care (TRACS WA) team, for which she is the key delivery specialist, as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Tony Hagan

SPECIALIST AREAS: strategic planning, communications, management + leadership, governance, storytelling

Tony Hagan is a specialist organisational development consultant and educator, with a passion for social impact.

Drawing on his degree in Economics and his a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact, Tony has many years of executive management and governance experience in the not-for-profit sector.

Tony has a wealth of experience facilitating workshops and a passion for the transformative power of personal and organisational storytelling. He is also the producer of the Max’s Island Podcast.

Tony also works with the Centre for Social Impact (UWA) and is the Board Chair of Befriend Inc.

Marni Galvanin

SPECIALIST AREAS: mental health, positive psychology, resilience, de-escalation, family-inclusive practice,                                                    trauma-informed care, youth, counselling others

With a tertiary background in Psychology, including post-graduate clinical studies, Marni is a qualified Family Therapist.

Having worked in the community and mental health sectors for many years with adults and young people,
after having her own children, Marni found herself increasingly drawn to wellbeing modalities.

She now specialises in positive psychology, wellness and resilience.

In addition to her clinical qualifications, Marni is also qualified Yoga Instructor, who also works as a Natural Wellness Educator.

Rachel Pemberton

SPECIALIST AREAS: marketing, media, event management, strategic planning, communications, governance,
                                              customer service, sustainability, public speaking, grant writing, advocacy


With over 20 years experience in managing and delivering strategic communications campaigns, Rachel Pemberton brings a wealth of hands-on experience to deliver engaging training sessions on a wide variety of topics.

With an undergraduate degree in Arts Management, Rachel completed Post-Graduate studies at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute. 

Rachel has extensive management and frontline experience in the community and government sectors along with a string of political campaigns. A specialist in marketing, public relations and community engagement skills, her experience in the government sector, both as an employee and elected member, provides a solid foundation in governance issues, policy development and implementation, and the legislative framework.


She has developed and implemented many strategic communications plans, undertaking activities including: brand management; working with agencies, media buyers, designers and video producers; delivering advertising plans on schedule and on budget; copywriting; market research and evaluation.


She is a competent project manager and has experience managing significant budgets, having run successful campaigns for well-known political figures, national marketing campaigns for arthouse films and once even spent $1million on WA advertising from the beach!


Rachel is an outgoing public speaker, whose personable style and fascinating experiences brings real life examples to enrich her training sessions.

Wayne Coles

SPECIALIST AREAS: mental health, Aboriginal culture, Aboriginal wellbeing, suicide prevention,
                                              DFV prevention, regional and remote communities, trauma, men's work


Wayne Coles is a senior Noongar man who has worked extensively with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal groups around WA, including many regional and remote locations. 

Wayne has held a range of senior roles community services organisations but gradually I felt the need to want to work back with direct contact with people, in the field of training and mentoring.


Passionate about mental health education and Aboriginal wellbeing, Wayne is an accredited Master Trainer for Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid.

He holds qualifications in Counselling and Narrative Therapy and draws upon 10 years counselling experience. He also holds Certificate IV in Community Service - Drug and Alcohol Services,  Certificate IV in Aboriginal Education and Cert IV - Frontline Management and is a Noongar Language teacher.

Katrina Bercov

SPECIALIST AREAS: civics and advocacy, leadership and management, public speaking, communications

An Adult Education and Human Development specialist, Katrina draws on a tertiary background in Business and Psychology, with a Graduate Diploma in Education (Training & Development).

Katrina also brings many years of experience in the community and mental health sectors, including four years
managing training and events for peak body, the WA Association for Mental Health. While there, Katrina established  Western Australia’s largest mental health training curriculum and the inaugural WA Mental Health Conference.

Katrina is now the Director of Evolve Events working extensively in curriculum design and content writing.

In addition to traditional classroom training, Katrina has unusual skills in the design of experiential learning programs, created to explore issues, such as corporate challenges, hypotheticals, simulations, survival events, trading and negotiation games, interactive theatre, and role-play events.

A veteran public speaker and PD trainer, Katrina’s passion lies in real-time immersive simulations as a learning tool which offers an extra dimension for game-changing education.


Paul Montague

SPECIALIST AREAS: mental health, communications, de-escalation, interpersonal skills, cultural diversity

A gifted communications specialist, Paul is a qualified educator with decades of experience in group facilitation. 

A veteran performer and multi-award-winning professional comedian and actor, Paul has over 25 years experience in performance, with credits in film, television, theatre and too many TV commercials.

Paul holds a degree with a double major in Drama and Education and is currently completing his Masters in Theology. He has served on the national nomination panel for the Helpmann Awards (Comedy) and the WA Workshop Co-Ordinator of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s ‘Deadly Funny’ Indigenous Comedy Program.

Paul has also has extensive experience in writing and directing, mentorship, chaplaincy and youth work. He has worked extensively with corporate, government and community sector clients.

Paul’s current projects include Pirate Church, Holy Heretics, Tuesdays on ABC Radio 720 and a keynote speaking for a range of organisations and events. He gives a mean sermon on a Sunday morning … but promises not to preach to you during your training program … unless you ask nicely!

Emma Boyne

SPECIALIST AREAS: mental health, communications, de-escalation, interpersonal skills, positive psychology

Emma Boyne has Post Graduate Qualifications in Health Promotion, with 20 years experience in working with government, non-for-profit, mining, universities and community groups to deliver training and health promotion programs. A passionate adult educator, Emma holds her Certificate IV in both Training and Assessment (TAE 40110) and Mental Health (CHC43315) .

She is an experienced mental health trainer and facilitator and an accredited Master Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Emma has a passion for mental health and wellbeing and programs that enhance wellbeing and quality of life in individuals and the community.

When not training for Evolve, Emma is part of UWA's national-award-winning wellbeing-education program.

Hayley Grant

SPECIALIST AREAS: mental health, communications, de-escalation, interpersonal skills, positive psychology
                                               trauma-informed care, casework, counselling others

Hayley Grant is a registered psychologist who also holds a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Certificate IV in Training and Development, a Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety and a Certificate IV in Mental Health.

Hayley draws on many years delivering psychological services, counselling and training in the public and private mental health sectors. Working directly in the community mental health sector, she has extensive skills and knowledge related to the assessment, treatment, support and advocacy of people with a mental illness.

A passionate adult educator, Hayley is an experienced mental health trainer and facilitator and an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

Danielle Cameron

SPECIALIST AREAS: mental health, Aboriginal culture, Aboriginal wellbeing, suicide prevention,
                                            child, youth and family wellbeing, holistic counselling


Danielle Cameron is an Aboriginal woman from Queensland, currently based in WA.

She holds a Bachelor of Human Services, along with a Certificate IV in Youth Work and Certificate IV in Community Services and a Diploma of Governance. She is also a qualified teacher and is currently completing her Masters in Guidance and Counselling.

Danielle is an experienced counsellor who works in a family support role with Woman’s Health & Family Services (WHFS)  and has previously worked in a range of counselling, youthwork and community services roles.


Danielle is an outstanding educator and communicator who has been appointed to a range of Aboriginal advisory committees and is a qualified Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Facilitator.  

Tanya Ferguson

SPECIALIST AREAS: mental health, communications, de-escalation, interpersonal skills, suicide prevention

As a Principal Master MHFA Instructor, Tanya has extensive experience within the within psycho-social work field, specialising in workplace mental health and education, working with a clientele of corporate clients/workplaces and organisations, NGO's and community groups along with clients from diverse social backgrounds including those experiencing or caring for people with mental illness.

Holding tertiary qualifications in Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Services, and as a qualified and experienced trainer and assessor Tanya applies her knowledge in youth and adult learning to adapt the course content to an array of industries, community groups and workforce's to give support, practical and applicable knowledge for her participants.

Specialising in workplace mental health and education Tanya’s objective with Mental Health First Aid Training is to continue to support in the education of the individuals, business, community organisations and the wider community, to increase awareness and minimise the stigmas and myths that are often associated with mental health while providing her participants first aid skills to support people with mental health problems.

Tanya is based in Regional WA and is available to travel throughout WA and interstate for her clients and programs.

Elisa Williams

SPECIALIST AREAS: communications, public speaking, grant writing, event management

A qualified educator and experienced trainer, Elisa draws on extensive experience with the community and government sectors. Trained in acting The Victorian College of the Arts, Elisa has worked extensively in Australia, along with touring productions across Europe and Asia. Also an arts-management veteran, Elisa established the first-ever theatre in education company in Singapore. In this capacity, she presided over a wide range of performances, educational programs and arts events.

Elisa is the current State Manager for The Song Room which is a not-for-profit sector organisation, taking free arts experiences to disadvantaged school students.

An Education lecturer at Edith Cowan University and is currently completing a PhD. in Education and is the co-director of local performance company Strictly Hypothetical.

Also a professional actor with 20 years of performance experience with a swag of international roles across stage and screen, Elisa is also a polished MC and compelling speaker and educator.​

Andrew Markovs

SPECIALIST AREAS: mental health, communications, de-escalation, interpersonal skills, suicide prevention

Andrew Markovs is a former award-winning architect, performing arts production designer, restaurateur and tavern developer. 

Originally trained as an architect, Andrew worked extensively in London and subsequently left architecture to spend many creative years working in the management and technical sides of professional performing arts around the world. This included feature film, television, drama, opera, ballet and his favourite - contemporary dance.

His business enterprises have included successful consultancies, hospitality and design ventures and he also ran a men's health NGO for seven years as well as a stint as a local government councillor.

More recently he has been pursuing his passion and commitment for improving the quality of people's lives through effective training in the mental health and suicide prevention sectors. 

Nicola Watt

SPECIALIST AREAS: mental health, trauma-informed care, youth, counselling others

Nicola Watt is a senior social worker who has worked in a range of roles in both government and community settings for more than 30 years. These roles have included clinical mental health and general health service provision, educator within the tertiary sector, administrative decision-maker with both State and Federal governments, and trainer with government, not for profit and private organisations.


Nicola has a strong commitment to providing services that are easily accessible by the client group, and to delivering high quality and relevant services. She has a commitment to training and education to ensure workers are informed and skilled in their practice.