About Hannah Fitzhardinge

Hannah Fitzhardinge brings on-the-job experience in leadership, facilitation and coaching to her consulting work at Integral Development. She specialises in facilitating strategic planning, problem solving, community engagement and leadership development workshops, as well as presenting training sessions on emotional intelligence, communication, stakeholder engagement, and mindfulness / wellbeing at work.

Clients appreciate Hannah’s positivity and good humour, along with her natural rapport, frankness, focus on getting the job done and ability to go beyond the surface to draw out key issues.

Hannah has significant corporate and public sector experience, having spent 15 years working in the resources sector and in politics. Her roles saw her engaged with various sectors of the Western Australian economy including mining, oil and gas, energy, indigenous community engagement, creative industries, information and communication technology.

Prior to joining Integral Development in 2011, she held an executive position at CITIC Pacific Mining as Director of Corporate Affairs. Before this she was a strategic communication adviser, and media and community spokesperson for Woodside’s Pluto LNG Project. In both of these roles she was accountable for the community and stakeholder engagement for resources mega-projects, and regularly planned, organised and facilitated community consultation activities.

She also spent six years as a communication and policy adviser to the former Premier of Western Australia, Dr Geoff Gallop, in both opposition and government. During this time she was responsible for the coordination of numerous stakeholder engagement initiatives which included e-government (online government services) strategy, Premier’s Fashion Industry and Creative Industries Taskforces, common badging (one logo for all Government agencies) and the Premier’s opinion leader forums.

Hannah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Politics from Curtin University and a Certificate in Coaching from the International Coaching Council-accredited organisation, Coach School.

Facilitation

Hannah delivers Integral Development’s Effective Facilitation Skills public program and is always enthusiastic about the power of facilitation to make the finding of solutions for challenging problems easier, by harnessing the power and knowledge of the group.

Hannah has facilitated successful strategic planning, leadership and engagement workshops for many of Integral Development’s clients. Her repeat clients include Department of Child Protection and Family Support, Department of Mines and Petroleum, Gresley Abas Architects, Metso Minerals, Land Surveys, and the WA Local Government Association. Other clients include Woodside, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Amcom, Mundaring Arts Centre, Blue Gum Montessori School, the Catholic Education Office, and the WA Building Commission.

Client feedback on Hannah’s facilitation:

• “I have been to many planning sessions of many kinds over many years. This has been outstanding. Well done, Hannah”

• “Your facilitation made the day much more enjoyable, smoother and definitely much more productive than it would have been otherwise. Well worth it – and I think you might just have secured a role in our ongoing evolution”

• “Hannah was excellent in the way she managed the whole series of events. She ensured that everyone spoke freely and that all were involved in the process, not just the executive team. She kept everything on track and in focus and did it all with good humour and friendly professionalism.”

• “I have attended many such ‘visioning’ workshops in a variety of organisations over the last 25 years and this was the best. Hannah was just the right blend of encouraging and fun with a sturdy practiced skill set and warm manner yet at the same time she stayed focussed and kept us on track too. I would happily attend any workshop she presented.”

Women in Leadership

Hannah is particularly passionate about working with individuals and organisations to increase the representation of women in positions of leadership, and is Director of the flagship Integral Women in Leadership program.

Inspired by her own experience as a woman at the executive table, and the ‘Lean In’ movement germinated by the book of the same name, Hannah has been consulting to organisations who are interested in finding new and practical ways of increasing women in leadership positions. She is often called upon as a guest speaker to present on best practice in women’s leadership development, and the current state of gender equity in Australia.

Coaching

Hannah has extensive experience coaching leaders at various career stages, and particularly working on issues of assertiveness, interpersonal communication, strategic planning, team effectiveness, work-life balance and mindfulness.

Client feedback on Hannah’s coaching:

• “Hannah was friendly, full of great information and lovely to work with.”

• “Hannah was excellent. I felt very comfortable and I am glad that I took part in the coaching, I have applied many of the techniques and strategies.”

• “Hannah was very direct and to the point. Made me aware of my style of personality. I thought Hannah was an excellent coach.”

Mindfulness and wellbeing at work

With a meditation teacher mother, Hannah has been exposed to mindfulness practises since she was a baby. As well as meditating regularly herself, she is passionate about helping people explore their own potential through discovering what it is like to have ‘a quiet mind’. She runs workshops on reducing negative self-talk, and peak performance at work - including facilitating sessions on ‘Mindfulness and Active Listening’ for the entire workforce of PACT Construction. She has also worked with Perth Frozen Foods to measure the organisational impact of employees learning a meditation technique.

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