Our Team

Kestrel Stone – Chief Executive Officer

Kestrel Stone is the founder and CEO of Elemental Projects, where she leads a rapidly growing team of specialists who provide public, in-house and web-enabled capability uplift services for people and organisations with projects.

Since founding Elemental Projects in 2012, Kestrel and her team have developed and delivered hundreds of training programs, stakeholder workshops, planning sessions, and project management simulations across Australia and overseas. The impact of this work in driving organisational project performance, maturity and individual competence, has been recognised through multiple national and international learning and development awards.

As a corporate trainer and adjunct lecturer at the University of Sydney, Kestrel earned a reputation as a creative, approachable and enthusiastic facilitator. As one of her students put it, she has 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 industry and government to actively and effectively respond to the challenge of climate change and other social, political and environmental issues, in 2019, Elemental Projects partnered with the United Nations Global Compact Australia Network. Working with industry partners, this partnership resulted in the launch of the SDG Project Management Scholarship Program, which offers people whose projects align with one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) an opportunity to develop their project management and leadership skills so that they and their projects are set up for success. 

Kimberley Virgona – Chief Operating Officer

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.

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.

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 simulation/gamification specialist. 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 designer and facilitator of gamified simulations, with excellent communication skills and a knack for story-telling that makes every simulation enjoyable and engaging for participants.

Steven Salvestro – Trainer, Coach and Consultant

Steven joined Elemental Projects in 2019 as a senior consultant, trainer and coach. He brings to this role his passion and enthusiasm for project and program leadership, and a depth of experience working within and leading multidisciplinary teams in situations as diverse as developing courses for ADFA, consulting for GHD, to commanding an Australian contingent in Darfur as Lieutenant Colonel in collaboration with the United Nations African Mission.

Steven is a Certified Practicing Project Director and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management, recognizing his vast cross-industry experience and track record in project management and leadership roles. Steven effortlessly blends his deep understanding of numerous technical domains, including project management, procurement, capability development and leadership, with a relaxed, friendly style that puts people at ease and supports genuine engagement and collaboration.

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.