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Who we are

About us

Development Beyond Learning (DBL) is a leading Learning & Development partner for early talent, offering tailored, engaging content based on behavioural science. With origins in Australia, we now serve businesses around the world, championing personal growth, equal opportunity, and the business as a force of good.

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Our mission

DBL is dedicated to making a global impact by instilling essential human skills in emerging talent, aiming to create a workforce that is confident, effective, and capable of driving change worldwide. Recognizing the gap between academic education and modern workplace needs, DBL offers programmes that address current skill shortages and prepare individuals for future work demands, ensuring clients and their emerging talent are prepared for both today and the future.

Our culture

We’re a curious and devoted team, who thrive on bold and purposeful work to achieve real change in organisations, and therefore the world. We love delivering fun, first class solutions and pride ourselves on our human approach to each other and our clients.  

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Our team

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Anjo Lau
ANZ
Delivery team lead
Anjo Lau

I’m Anjo, I lead our wonderful team of programme managers in Australia. By working closely with our talented DBL Associates, we ensure a smooth delivery of human skills sessions for our clients. 

Fun fact

I am an avid traveller – during an 8-year period prior to the pandemic, I completed 70 overseas trips. 

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Beata Libecki
Global
Financial Controller
Beata Libecki

Hello, I’m Beata – DBL's financial brain. I am passionate about everything relating to human development and psychology and therefore I fell in love with the brand from the day of my interview. Together with the Assistant Accountant we support all teams across the organisation on finance related matters, from budgets to employee expenses. I love the energy here and how fast paced the business is. No day is the same and there is no time for boredom.

Fun fact

I am a risk averse person. In my old two floor house, in my bedroom I had a 20 metres rope permanently attached to my bed frame. The rope included a harness etc and was going to be used by me and my daughter to get down in case there is a fire at night and the stairs route is cut off by flames. I also did a fire test 😊.

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Chrys Gerokonstantis
EMEA
Senior Consultant
Chrys Gerokonstantis

Hey Everyone! I’m Chrys, your trusted Senior Consultant at DBL, proudly serving the vibrant EMEA region. With extensive experience in relationship management, fuelled by a genuine passion for human development my work is all about collaborating closely with our valued clients! Getting a deep understanding of their strategic and cultural priorities and harmonising their requirements seamlessly with our world-class solutions. I’m excited to make a tangible impact on the lives of the early talent in our industry!

Fun fact

My brother and I set off to the UK with just a one-way ticket! But before that, growing up in a small betting shop in Athens, we developed a true passion for sports, especially football, eagerly anticipating every weekend to catch the Premier League action. Our mission upon arriving in the UK? To immerse ourselves in British culture, from sipping tea to attempting British accents , we’ve embraced every adventure and opportunity that has come our way!

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Effie Tzanakakis
ANZ
Sales Enablement Coordinator
Effie Tzanakakis

Hey everyone! I'm Effie, a Sales Enablement Coordinator who's absolutely hooked on all things Salesforce. I thrive on troubleshooting and love untangling the knots in anything that doesn't quite click.

Fun fact

When I was a kid I used to love breaking things, however I found the biggest challenge trying to break my brothers Tonka truck so I painted it red and buried it!

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Emma Accleton
EMEA
Global Operations Manager
Emma Accleton

Hi there, I'm Emma, an operations guru with a keen eye for detail and a passion for problem-solving, I keep things running smoothly behind the scenes. From optimising processes to ensuring everything's in its place, I'm here to help make everyone’s day a little easier.

Fun fact

I am an avid bookworm! Whether it's diving into thrilling mysteries, exploring fantastical realms, or delving into thought-provoking non-fiction, you can always find my nose buried in a book.

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Emilou Hayden
EMEA
Instructional Designer
Emilou Hayden

Hi there! I’m Emilou, one of the Instructional Designers at DBL. My role involves designing learning solutions for our clients and learners.
I have a background and experience in digital distance learning, facilitation for both online and in-person workshops, and onboarding and upskilling employees. These experiences have really helped me in my current role to put myself in the shoes of our learners, clients, and DBL Facilitators.
As an Instructional Designer, one of the things I enjoy is making concepts accessible and easy to understand. I find that the best way of doing this is to put it in to context i.e. how can the learner actually use what we are sharing with them in their role or career?

Fun fact

I am an avid baker and animal fact collector. You can easily win me over by sharing an animal fact with me! 

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Erika (Dee) Medina
ANZ
Programme Delivery Coordinator
Erika (Dee) Medina

Hello, I'm Dee, the Programme Coordinator dedicated to supporting the APAC team. Drawing from extensive experience in Customer Service and Administration, my goal is to facilitate seamless support within the team efficiently. I am deeply passionate about embracing new learning opportunities, which is why being part of DBL is an ideal fit for me.

Fun fact

I enjoy creating fan art inspired by my favorite artists, as well as whimsical caricatures of people and animals, particularly those with a unique and endearing charm, like proboscis monkeys.

Currently into owls and pandas 😁

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Harriet Sommerville
EMEA
Delivery Team Lead
Harriet Sommerville

Hi there! I’m Harriet – the UK Delivery Team Lead heading up a brilliant, dynamic team of Programme Managers. With a robust background in client and delivery management, I oversee all our projects across the UK and EMEA region. Aiming to provide a supportive and collaborative environment, I enable my team to deliver exceptional client work and drive successful projects. I am passionate about people and development, so working at DBL ticks both these boxes!

Fun fact

I spend most of my spare time travelling; whether it’s up the road to see a friend for a cuppa, to a playground to keep my daughter entertained or across the world to explore a new country – I love it. And my daughter is appropriately named after one of our favourite islands in Scotland, absolutely nothing to do with a Neighbours character I was obsessed with when I was 14…

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Katie Mahony
Global
Global Product Director 
Katie Mahony

Belief in potential and working to help others reach their dreams is what inspires and motivates me.  At DBL I am responsible for bringing energy and enthusiasm into our learning designs as well as leading an amazing team of very talented learning designers.  How we make learning fun and how our designs can help bring some magic into developing the workplace is our every-day, which as a scientist by background – that’s quite a leap!

Fun fact

One of my roles outside work is on the Board of the Vincents Appeal Trust a charity that works to support athletes as part of Oxford University including mentoring and athlete outreach programmes in the community.

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Laura Robinson
ANZ
Programme Delivery Manager
Laura Robinson

Hi! I am Laura, and I am one of the programme delivery managers based in Sydney. When I am not obsessing over programme timelines and to do lists, I am connecting. Building relationships is not just a part of the job, it’s a genuine passion. Whether it’s ensuring our clients receive top-notch training and service, orchestrating team-building events with my colleagues; coffee catch ups with our associates (virtual or in person!) or engaging in spontaneous office banter, I believe strong relationships are the secret sauce to successful programme delivery.

Fun fact

I am fluent in three languages – English, British Sign Language and Australian Sign Language.

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Lauren Unthank
EMEA
Senior Programme Delivery Manager
Lauren Unthank

Hi everyone! I’m our senior programme delivery manager at DBL, covering the EMEA region. I love all things strategy and working through tricky logistics, which greatly supports my role in leading some incredible early career talent programme! I’m also leading on our Associate Management Group, guiding and supporting our incredible facilitators in their roles at DBL and ensuring they feel valued as part of our team.

Fun fact

Unsurprisingly, I’m really passionate about human psychology and development and as a result I’m taking my formal studies and personal interest of this further, outside of my role at DBL, to advance my knowledge!

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Lucy Payne
EMEA
Programme Delivery Manager
Lucy Payne

Hi everyone, I’m one of the Programme Delivery Managers here at DBL. I am passionate about providing an excellent service to our clients, whilst ensuring we have a positive impact on people’s careers. I love connecting and building relationships with our facilitators and clients.

Fun fact

When I was teenager, Geri Halliwell ended up in my house (& signed a poster for me) because she was puppy shopping and we had a litter to sell. Pretty cool for a 15 year old girl, ey!? Oh, and I can speak Portuguese!

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Lydia Romero
Global
Global Delivery Lead
Lydia Romero

I’m passionate about learning and development especially helping to shape young minds and supporting transformational success in career journeys. I lead an amazing team of delivery experts across the world as well as overseeing our amazing, growing associate pooll

Fun fact

I’m learning to fly and hoping to finally complete my basic pilot training by summer 2024

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Lyndon Baker
EMEA
Senior Instructional Designer
Lyndon Baker

An accomplished instructional designer with a keen focus on the science-practitioner approach. With a wealth of experience in crafting engaging learning experiences, I enjoy blending scientific principles with practical application. From curriculum development to interactive e-learning modules, I am dedicated to connecting with clients to create effective learning solutions that empower learners to apply knowledge in real-world scenarios. With a passion for innovation and a commitment to evidence-based practices, I am always looking for ways to revolutionise learning through digital and analogue methods"

Fun fact

Keen leatherworker and metalhead 🤘🏻

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Mark Oldacre
Global
Global Marketing Lead
Mark Oldacre

Experienced marketer responsible for the growth of the DBL brand profile and privileged to lead a small yet very passionate marketing team focused on spreading the DBL magic into the workplace.

Fun fact

Bungee jumped 111 meters off the Victoria Falls Bridge!

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Matthew Steen
ANZ
Senior Consultant
Matthew Steen

I manage and implement DBL’ commercial strategies for the APAC Region. Supporting company goals, finding ways to accelerate growth,  & developing client relationships.  Attending and speaking at industry events, as well as hosting our DBL Thought Leadership events!

Fun fact

I love getting outdoors, camping and exploring Australia. Although it took me a few years to pluck up the courage to go camping  when first I moved here. I thought everything was going to poison me!

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Mira Ng
Asia
Senior Programme Delivery Manager
Mira Ng

I’m Mira, the engine of Training magic behind as a Senior Programme Delivery Maestro in Asia. From coordinating workshops to managing schedules, I'm the dynamo behind the scenes, ensuring your training needs are met with flair and finesse. I’m your one stop-shop from start to finish, always with an ideal training dream experience in mind.

Fun fact

My mind frequently goes back to my time hiking up Everest Base Camp – we cranked up the thrill factor during the ascend, until a helicopter rescue became the grand finale of our daring Himalayan descent!

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Mohamad Al Kousi
ANZ
Senior Instructional Designer
Mohamad Al Kousi

Beyond achievements lies my true passion—empowering individuals and organisations to unleash their potential. With a profound understanding of instructional design and evidence-based coaching practices, I support people to transform today for a limitless tomorrow. With a robust background both locally and internationally, I've spearheaded initiatives across various industries, shaping talent and fostering organisational growth. This diverse exposure has honed my strategic acumen, empowering me to drive key projects and functions with finesse. My journey is a testament to my adaptability and resilience in navigating complex landscapes.

Fun fact

I'm a passionate adventurer of life, always eager to dive into new experiences! Whether it's sampling exotic cuisines, scoring goals on the soccer field, or exploring new destinations, I'm always up for the thrill of trying something new!

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Natalie Summerlin
Global
Global Design Project Manager
Natalie Summerlin

I'm Natalie, the design project manager at DBL. With roots in fashion, lifestyle, and art industries, I dove into the dynamic world of Learning and Development ten years ago. It's been quite the ride, fine-tuning my skills at a top-tier global learning enterprise. I've project managed large scale events, initiatives, and the implementation of digital learning solutions for teams across the globe.
Now at DBL, my main gig is ensuring client design requests and internal projects flow seamlessly. And you can bet there's always a mix of special projects to keep things interesting!

Fun fact

In the Summer of 1985 I claimed 1st prize in an under 8’s Birdie Song dance off at the Butlins Hotel in Brighton. 
After beating off the competition I proudly waltzed  off clasping a signed cassette of Jimmy Noon’s 20 Organ Greats and a crisp £5 note……

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Nikki Lawrence
EMEA
Programme Delivery Manager
Nikki Lawrence

As well as working in the delivery team at DBL I have also taken the role of office mum in the London office and am also part of the culture crew team. I have always been known for my ‘Monica’ traits of being energetic, practical, efficient, highly organized, and a neat freak, however, the latter isn’t a priority as much these days, especially at home.

Fun fact

I did a sky dive of 10,000 ft whilst backpacking in Australia and loved it!

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Pete Humphreys
Global
Chief Executive Officer
Pete Humphreys

With 20 plus years in Human Capital management, leading complex global commercial and consulting teams, I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead this fantastic business and team. It’s not often you get the chance to be part a business which you passionately believe in, have the opportunity to set the culture, strategic direction and growth trajectory.  We can transform people’s careers, providing them with critical skills, whilst influencing the Human Skills sector, and working with a fabulous team, that’s a very rewarding reason to come to work.

Fun fact

I once appeared in the not very well know TC reality series The Salon in the early noughties. Unfortunately, on the day I was filming they also had the ‘Naked Rambler’ in who made for more entertaining TV, so my chance for stardom was cut short.

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Phoebe Springett
Global
Marketing Content Coordinator
Phoebe Springett

Hey there! 👋 I'm Phoebe, the creative force behind DBL's brand magic. As the Marketing Content Coordinator, my world revolves around crafting eye-catching designs and generating content that screams DBL. From shaping our brand narrative to fuelling social media buzz and orchestrating email campaigns, if it's DBL-related, you can bet I've got my hands in the mix.

Fun fact

Here's a quirky tidbit about me – I spent my formative years living in a pub. 🍻 Life was always full of interesting characters and lively stories.

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Rosie Greaves
Global
Marketing Project Specialist
Rosie Greaves

Hi there, I’m Rosie – Marketing Project Specialist at DBL.  With a background in the advertising industry, I’ve worked with some of the world’s biggest brands – McDonald’s, Kellogg’s and Procter & Gamble to name a few.  But the most rewarding, fulfilling and enjoyable time of my career is undoubtedly being spent right here, with this amazing, purpose-driven team at DBL.  Its passionate people, award-winning expertise and unique culture make DBL a very special place to work.  In my current role I lead business critical initiatives to support this incredible company on its growth trajectory.

Fun fact

I have three young daughters, aged 7, 5 and 1.  This phase of life is a heady mix of sleep deprivation torture, chaos and fun – and they certainly like to keep me on my toes!  Every inch of my house is covered in glitter.  And coffee is my very best friend.

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Susie Bat
ANZ
Finance
Susie Bat

Hi! I’m Susie, part of the DBL finance team. I focus on keeping invoices, bills and payroll in good order.

Fun fact

A professional homebody who binges dramas and movies

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Val Lim
Asia
Regional Director
Val Lim

They say true understanding starts with deep listening. My career is a journey of discovering wisdom in unexpected sources— whether it's teens reshaping our definition of success or kids offering reminders of our role in the world. In my role, I harness the power of deep listening to uncover solutions, collaborating with leaders to empower teams in unlocking and surpassing their untapped potential.

Fun fact

In 2020, I dedicated a year to traveling across Southeast Asia, volunteering to build homes and water sanitation units for underrepresented, marginalised communities—a blend of my love for adventure and a commitment to positive impact.

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Zeinab Jalili
ANZ
Senior Delivery Programme Manager
Zeinab Jalili

Hello, I'm Zeinab, your go-to Australia Senior Delivery Programme Manager handling clients down under. With a background deeply rooted in Learning & Development, Events, and Sales Enablement, I'm an old-school performer who believes in just getting the job done! Passionate about making a significant impact in the world of graduates, I truly believe in the power of what we do at DBL. Let's turn the ordinary into extraordinary!

Fun fact

I'm a walking bundle of fun facts! Getting lost in translation is my specialty – I've turned it into an art form. No filter? Guilty as charged! I say whatever pops into my head, which, let's be honest, lands me in some hilarious trouble most of the time.

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Directors

Angela Hands Global Director
Angela Hands

Being a huge advocate of lifelong learning and passionate about supporting people to thrive in purpose-driven organisations, I have had the privilege to champion and lead DBL’s global growth and impact for the past decade. At DBL I am the Director on the Board of Directors and my responsibilities include to govern the overall compliance, review performance, monitor and support the strategic direction of DBL.

Fun fact

I love to travel and immerse myself in different cultures and lifestyles. Biggest highlights include trekking the Peruvian Inca Trail and swimming with reef sharks in Belize.

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Josh Mackenzie Global Founder
Josh Mackenzie

Josh is Founder of Development Beyond Learning (DBL). For organisations seeking to nurture their future leaders, DBL is the premier learning and development partner for the early talent workforce. 
Josh is an experienced, purposeful, and sought-after ambassador of the future workforce, and partner to the world’s leading companies seeking to nurture their future leaders. He has long recognised the immense potential of emerging talent, and their role in the future of business and the world. 

At the heart of DBL lies a transformative vision Josh first formed as a graduate in a large professional services firm. To change the world for the better, by instilling life changing human skills in emerging talent. Creating a confident, effective, and engaged workforce in organisations and societies all over the world. Josh has been dedicated to bridging the human skills gap for this workforce ever since. 

Fun fact

An Australian raising a family in the United Kingdom, Josh continues to explore the world, is a father of three young children, and a mad U2 fan.

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