Career Inside Track


“I deliver highly professional and very practical coaching to people no matter the stage of their career, empowering them to maximise the Career Inside Track. I have over a decade of experience in senior executive roles and am well respected and trusted within my networks. I am a proven mentor and coach both formally and informally, with the honour of winning the Ernst & Young ‘Excellence in Coaching’ in 2008. My compassionate, encouraging and enthusiastic, yet downright honest and flexible approach will ensure that you get a competitive edge, put your best foot forward and be the boss of your career”.

The key defining edge that sets me apart from most other career coaches and mentors is the knowledge and skills that real-world industry experience has afforded me. Over the last 15 years I have held senior executive roles in government and not-for-profit organisations as well as a 10 year role with one of the “Big 4” professional services firms. I have experience as a proven mentor and coach to several professionals over the last decade both formally and informally, with the honour of winning the Ernst & Young “Excellence in Coaching” award in 2008. I have extensive exposure to a wide array of industries and business environments, including Commonwealth, State and Territory government departments, government owned corporations, ASX listed companies and not-for-profit organisations. In addition, I have held several roles on national committees and working groups, contributing to and informing policy for all Australians. This wide exposure has afforded me a unique blend of public and private sector nous with a focused experience and a deep capability set in governance across varying environments.

Mike and Vanessa work cooperatively and seemlessly to bring relevant expertise and experience to our engagements for the clients’ benefit.



HR Fundamentals is about getting human resource basics right for small to medium professional service firms. Our practical approach to your HR needs reduces management time and costly mistakes, while lifting business performance.

You may not require full time senior HR but you recognise the need for some expertise to get the fundamentals right. That’s where we come in. HR Fundamentals is a flexible and affordable way to get quality HR assistance suited to the professional services environment. It may be a one off project, some small improvements or being on call to assist with day-to-day issues.

Retaining and motivating good people while lifting performance is important. We’ll help you get the people stuff right so you can spend more time running your business.

Principal consultant: Lisa Donohoe has accumulated a wealth of HR experience working in the corporate sector over the past 15 years. Her experience covers a range of industries including high profile brands such as Commonwealth Bank, Morgan & Banks and Virgin Mobile Australia. More recently Lisa spent four years in the professional services environment as HR Manager for Cutler Hughes & Harris, a commercial mid tier law firm.

Holding a Bachelor of Commerce, with a major in HR and industrial relations, Lisa has a reputation for delivering pragmatic, commercial HR services and solutions that get results.

Mike and Lisa have worked together for over 9 years on a large number of client engagements, where their complementary skills have added to the service offered, and the outcomes achieved.


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En Masse is a training and culture-building company that offers a range of workplace wellness products and services. Through our digital and face-to-face programs, we take an evidence-based Positive Psychology approach that promotes good mental health and happiness in your workplace, builds resilient teams, and maintains wellbeing in sustainable ways.

Our team includes psychologists, writers and content developers, digital designers, lawyers, expert facilitators and business consultants, all with many years of experience. Our point of difference is our focus on ways to build sustainable levels of wellness and productivity, rather than shining the light only on illness and problems. We still get to the heart of the matter, but it’s with an optimistic attitude and a solution-focused style.

Contact: Helena Kuo, Partner