Our Team

Kestrel Stone – 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 – Simulation 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.