Our Team

Kestrel Stone – Principal and Director

Kestrel Stone is a highly qualified and experienced project management expert, with a Masters in Project Management and over 12 years’ of experience spanning a wide range of project-based industries. In 2012, following seven years as a project management consultant, trainer, assessor, instructional designer, and consultancy director, Kestrel founded Elemental Projects – a training and consulting firm specialising in project, program and portfolio management.

Kestrel specialises in:

  • designing and delivering professional development programs for project personnel;
  • engaging project management communities through bespoke workshops and simulations; and
  • working with clients to evaluate and uplift organisational capability in project, program and portfolio management.   

Kestrel’s outstanding reputation as a trainer and consultant stems from the combination of broad, cross-industry experience in project management; and deep expertise in vocational education and training.

Her project management experience ranges from ‘hard’ projects, such as Defence, engineering, transport, and construction projects; through to ‘soft’ (complex adaptive) projects, such as organisational transformations, policy implementations, and health, community service, Indigenous, and climate change initiatives. Through this broad project management experience, Kestrel has developed a deep understanding of how to appropriately tailor project management frameworks, concepts, processes, tools, and techniques, to suit different types of projects in different industries and sectors.

In addition to project management expertise, Kestrel has extensive knowledge and experience in adult learning, and is a qualified workplace trainer and assessor with an undergraduate degree majoring in Psychology. Kestrel has written, customised, facilitated, and project-managed dozens of training programs, stakeholder workshops, project planning sessions, and project management simulations for numerous organisations across Australia, and overseas. 

She is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Sydney and ACU, and a NSW Chapter Councilor with the Australian Institute of Project Management, where she currently chairs the Professional Advancement portfolio for New South Wales.

Anna Keavney – Trainer, Assessor and Learning & Development Consultant

Anna has worked in diverse roles in the project management environment since 2006, including as Project Manager, Communication Manager, Project Scheduler, Project Officer and Project Coordinator, primarily in financial services and community arts. The projects have included business transformations, new system development and transitions, mergers and acquisitions, new business tenders, business events, theatrical productions and more. As the Communications Manager for a share registry for almost 5 years, Anna drove the communications vision and team, led communications and marketing projects, managed new business tenders, managed company communications channels and developed the Client Engagement Program. Anna also has a background in Recruitment, B2B and B2C sales. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Sociology and English literature, a Diploma of Project Management and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Anna now focusses on delivering training and assessment services in the VET sector, specialising in Project Management, Communications and Business domains. As our Learning & Development Consultant, Anna works with clients to identify their development needs and shape the right training, coaching, and/or qualification program to meet those needs effectively and efficiently, so that every client receives a clear return on their investment in training.

Nick Pilkington – Trainer, Assessor, Simulation Designer, and Online Learning Specialist

Nick joined the Elemental Projects team in 2016 as a project management trainer, assessor, and simulation/gamification specialist. Nick performs a range of functions within the business, including training facilitation, assessment, design and facilitation of bespoke project management simulations, and administration and customer support of our video-based online learning portal “Ecademy”.

Nick has a diverse professional background including roles in the health and retail sectors, bringing a broad perspective and experience with both hard and soft projects. Nick is a passionate and intelligent trainer with excellent communication skills and a knack for story-telling that makes training enjoyable and engaging for learners.

Susan Packer – Assessor

Susan has worked in management roles for over twenty years, in a range of education, training and Information Technology contexts. She has lectured in public policy at two universities at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, and has been an active committee member of a number of IT industry associations. Her role as Reform Coordinator for the Education and Training Command of the NSW Police Service included the responsibility of introducing project management methodology across the police service, in partnership with two universities. Combining a Diploma of Project Management with a Masters of Arts thesis on Competency-Based Training, Susan brings a deep understanding of work-based learning to enhance professional knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Megan Pryke – Trainer and Assessor

Megan is a highly effective trainer and assessor who has worked in project roles since 2003, and in executive education and training support roles for the ten years prior. With qualifications in both project management and vocational education and training (VET), Megan specialises in training project team members and project managers and her warm and engaging training style has proven to be very effective in developing students’ project management knowledge and skills. Whether she is delivering training or coaching and assessing for the Diploma of Project Management, Megan brings a deep understanding of the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to develop successful project managers. This maximizes the value of training in terms of the student’s professional development, the performance of their projects, and ultimately the organisation’s capability and maturity in relation to project management.

Gordon Bartlett – Trainer 

As former President of the Project Management Institute’s Sydney Chapter, Gordon’s commitment to the profession of project management is renowned. Gordon’s extensive background in project management spans 30 years and all levels of management – from project manager to program manager and portfolio director roles. Focusing particularly on the IT, Finance and Telecommunications industries, Gordon is a highly experienced and knowledgeable trainer who is passionate about sharing his experience with organisations and individuals who want to develop their leadership skills and improve their knowledge and competence in project, program and portfolio management.

Craig Wilkins – Trainer

Craig has over 20 years’ experience in the IT&T, oil and gas, electrical utilities, water utilities, health care and engineering industries working in both the public and private sectors. In a career that has taken him across the globe from Australia to New Zealand, South East Asia, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Craig has developed an expansive knowledge and skillset in project and program management and a wealth of “war stories” that bring the theory to life in the training room. In addition to project and program management roles, Craig has managed Project Management Offices (PMOs), including developing and implementing tailored methodologies to suit specific organisations and industries. Craig earned his reputation as an outstanding trainer