Our Team

Directors and administration

Kestrel Stone – Director and CEO

Kestrel Stone is the founder and director at Elemental Projects where she leads a rapidly growing team of specialists who provide public, in-house and online education and training in project and program management.

Since Elemental Projects was founded in 2012, Kestrel and her team have developed and delivered dozens of training programs, stakeholder workshops, planning sessions, and project management simulations across Australia, and overseas – and been recognised through awards; their most recent being finalist for “Best External Learning Provider” at the 2019 Learning Awards.

Kestrel, also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Sydney, has earned a reputation throughout industry and amongst her thousands of students as a creative, approachable, enthusiastic and empathetic trainer. She is described as having a “deep knowledge of her field, passing on learnings in a practical rather than academic manner.”

Demonstrating her own, and her company’s commitment to empowering the project management industry to lead solutions for climate change – a topic that the team is particularly passionate about – in 2019, Elemental Projects became a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact Local Network. Working with industry partners, the team has developed a scholarship program to give students with projects aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, an opportunity to upskill in project management by participating in their signature course, free of charge.

Kimberley Virgona – Director finance and operations

In 2018, at just 30 years of age, Kimberley joined Elemental Projects as a director. She is in charge of operations, finance and strategic planning for the growing business.

Since her appointment, the team has almost tripled in size to support the national demand for increased project management competence within organisations, industry-wide.

Kimberley works with customers including University of Sydney and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, to design learning programs, and deliver benefits-led projects that enhance project management maturity and facilitate behavioural change across project teams.

Kimberley is passionate about facilitating results for business where it matters – at the top. She believes that it’s here, real change is possible. Kimberley continues her work with industry to advocate the value for businesses in creating and upholding good governance and good process as part of their project management approach.

Dina Wilkins – Administration

Dina is the administrative assistant at Elemental Projects where she is responsible for the day to day management of people and operations.

Dina joined the team early in 2019 to meet the operational needs for the teams expanding services and staff base.

In her short time working with the team, Dina has already implemented a number of operating systems to manage workflow, communications and traffic.

She is passionate about boosting at-work satisfaction amongst team members and facilitating team cohesion through implementing accessible systems and processes to fast-track achievements for the team.

Trainers, Consultants and Assessors

Anna Keavney – Trainer, Assessor

Anna is a senior consultant at Elemental Projects where she specialises in developing bespoke B2B employee engagement programs for clients. She is also a passionate trainer and assessor, delivering the BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management, the team’s signature skills-development course, as well as other short courses.

During her four years with the team, in addition to being a project management educator, Anna has s been instrumental in developing the business’s communications and marketing portfolio as well as driving business development and sales.

A professional highlight for Anna was designing the innovative ‘Celebrate Success’ program for Sydney Water that targets industry opportunities such as awards to develop a culture and reputation for high-performance. As program manager, she researches market opportunities and leads a team of copywriters.

Matt Swan – Trainer

Matt Swan is a senior consultant at Elemental Projects where he specialises in simulation & gamification within the business’s education and training portfolio. In his time with Elemental Projects, Matt has been instrumental in the team’s design and delivery of award-winning project simulations to a number of its business clients.

Matt has spent the last decade working on major and megaprojects across the technology, engineering and construction industries. During which, he’s held specialist roles from project manager, consultant, and expert reviewer.

As a steering committee member and later Chair of the University of Sydney’s Pride Network, Matt advocated for and assisted with a range of strategic initiatives, including the development and implementation policies to assist trans-people, LGBTIQ events, Bronze recognition at Australian Workplace Equality Index Awards, the response to the same-sex marriage plebiscite, and participation in the Mardi Gras seasons. He believes that great project teams in embrace women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, LGBTIQ people, and individuals with differing-abilities, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds; it is only by drawing on the widest possible range of skills and experiences that we can develop a deep understanding of project-context and negotiate success.

Selina Wang – Trainer, Assessor

Selina is a senior consultant at Elemental Projects where she specialises in training and assessment. She joined the team in 2019.

Since joining the business, Selina’s primary role has been assessing students in the BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management, from Thales and the Justice Department

Having been a senior project/program manager herself for nearly three decades across the financial, compliance and administration, and data and technology industries, Selina brings both technical and practical expertise to the team.

Selina has worked for Westpac, Optus, National Australia Bank, the Reserve Bank, Suncorp, Link Market Services and varies Superannuation companies and she has managed large projects with budgets of up to 20 million in roles like Senior Agile Project Manager and Senior Transition Manager.

Selina is passionate about the people side of project management and examining how relationships are impacted by delivery methods and structured change.

Team specialists

Craig Wilkins – IT products

Craig Wilkins is a senior consultant at Elemental Projects where he works to design and deliver in house and online training to project professionals.

In his time with Elemental Projects, Craig has led the development of a world-first, content delivery platform for project managers across Australian and international markets.

With Portfolio, Program and Project management as the core of Craig’s expertise, and with over 20 years dedicated to enhancing project management capability for people and organisations, Craig has helped companies to achieve outstanding business results in industries including IT&T, oil and gas, electrical utilities, water utilities, health care and engineering.

Craig is particularly passionate about business benefits realisation, a crucial part of project management which ensures the benefits of business transformation are met. He spoke on the topic at the International Project Management Associations World Congress on PM and various other PM forums.

Nick Pilkington – Simulations

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.

Kym Gleeson – Client Services, Sales and Marketing

Kym is the Client Services Manager at Elemental Projects where she is responsible for client acquisition and strategic business development.

Having joined the team in 2019, one of Kym’s first major tasks was developing and implementing a strategy to build the business across industry plus B2B and B2C markets. This strategic delivery is a proud first for the Elemental Projects Team.

Kym brings over 25 years experience in sales, media and marketing to the project management business. She has worked for companies like Austereo Southern Cross, APN Outdoor, Fairfax News & Media, Telstra Media, Casio Australia, Ray White, and McGrath, and has performed in roles including National Marketing and Sales Manager, Managing Director and Director, Client Services Manager and Integrations Manager.

Kym is intrigued by the centerpoint of where supply, and demand in business meets, and she believes that this is a new territory worthy of exploration in the world of project management education in Australia and beyond. To realise this, Kym is a strong advocate for businesses working closely with customer cohorts to unlock product optimisation formulas and in turn, business growth.