Everyone at secondnature has been a senior executive in the corporate world. We are not career trainers or actors. Our business and our commercial backgrounds mean we all understand intimately the situations our clients face and can provide perspective and real-life professional advice that makes a genuine difference.
We also have an unwavering passion for helping people become the presenters they want to be and in doing so helping them to reach their professional potential.
Founder & Managing DirectorRead Bio
Belinda founded secondnature with a determination to drive a paradigm shift in the delivery of presentation skills training. She is an advocate of a more personal and sustainable presentation skills training methodology. An approach that harnesses people’s unique personality to build their own authentic presentation style and personal brand.
Belinda is an extremely enthusiastic, vibrant and highly engaging facilitator with professional development credentials spanning more than 15 years. She has a great wealth of experience and works with people ranging from C-suite executives to high-potential graduates across a broad variety of industries from FMCG to pharmaceutical, ITC to retail, and within government.
Belinda works across the world from the US to India, China, Singapore and the UK, as well as here in Australia. She has helped transform the business presentation skills of thousands of our client’s people in organisations such as Alinta Energy, AMP, APRA, the ASX, Brookfield, Cushman & Wakefield, MARS Inc, Multiplex, NSW Police, Reserve Bank of Australia and Roche – to name but a few.
Along with developing secondnature’s revolutionary methodologies Belinda is acknowledged as providing particularly strong counsel, highly insightful, direct feedback and supportive advice, to help senior executives transform their presence, authority, impact and persuasiveness as presenters.
Belinda was also General Manager of a communications skills coaching consultancy for 5 years prior to launching secondnature, and started her career in advertising, working for the iconoclastic Saatchi & Saatchi in London and Sydney.
Belinda has a Management Sciences (BSc) Honours degree from the University of Manchester, UK; is DISC and MBTI accredited and holds a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.
Founder & General ManagerRead Bio
Gavin is a founding partner of secondnature.
His earlier career in Advertising, Marketing and Design was the catalyst behind the development of the secondnature brand and it now also provides the experience to drive the company’s profile and momentum. With his background in communication Gavin understands the imperative for clarity in all forms of communication, and is passionate about the company’s reputation for customer service and quality.
His role in the business is a multi-disciplinary one, but the main channel for his creative energy is the creation of all secondnature’s participant learning materials designed to help people more efficiently plan, prepare and deliver impactful presentations.
Gavin also plays a central role in business administration, sales, supporting secondnature’s coaches, its clients and participants, and in building the credentials of secondnature as the premier provider of presentation skills training across Australia.
Gavin has a Psychology & Computing Science (BSc) Honours degree from Manchester Metropolitan University, the Diploma of the Market Research Society and an MA in Marketing from Kingston Business School in London.
Senior Consultant | MelbourneRead Bio
Cheryl is passionate about helping people in business grow and develop personally as well as professionally, enabling them to contribute better to the success of their organisation.
Cheryl revels in helping individuals and teams within secondnature’s large blue-chip clients discover and strengthen their presentation and communications skills to build their confidence and realise their potential.
To date she has coached over 700 individuals in nearly 50 different companies (for example AGL, Alinta, Aurizon, AusBiotech, Bupa, Carr Design, Coca-Cola, iCare, JCB, Mars, Mirvac, Multiplex, RBA, Slater+Gordon, Toll Group and the Victorian Electoral Commission), so she has a wealth of cross-industry credentials within more than 20 industry sectors (including construction, energy, logistics, property, pharmaceutical and healthcare, government, financial services, media, manufacturing, FMCG, IT and law).
She coaches in a mentoring and supportive manner, recognising that everyone is an individual and so needs to develop, and own, a unique presenting style.
With over 15 years’ experience in Senior Management roles within the Education, Training and Franchising sectors (both in the UK and Australia), Cheryl understands how vitally important clear and effective business presentation skills are in order to achieve successful commercial outcomes.
Cheryl’s career has spanned Sales & Marketing, General and Project Management, Recruitment and Training, throughout all of which her professional leadership, presenting and communications style has been crucial to her own, and her businesses’, many successes.
Cheryl has a BA (Hons) in Business Economics from the University of Paisley, Scotland.
Senior Consultant | SydneyRead Bio
Gareth is an energetic & dynamic coach and trainer who is passionate about helping people improve their business communications performance.
His credentials span a successful 25- year career in sales & marketing leadership roles of Fortune-500 organisations around the globe, and across a broad set of industries including Professional Services, Engineering & Construction, Finance, Oil & Gas and Print. Gareth now works with corporate clients from the ‘outside in’ as a strategy consultant and business coach. He is also a university lecturer.
Managing regional sales teams across countries and cultures has given Gareth a hands-on appreciation of the importance of strong presentation and pitching skills for transforming individual and business performance.
Gareth’s infectious leadership and communications style, coaching experience and presenting ability have led to his success to date and to him becoming an integral part of the secondnature team where he coaches people in organisations like Pizza Hut, Coca-Cola, NSW Health, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, ASIC, Compass and Allegra Orthopaedics.
Gareth has a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University in NZ, and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.
Senior Consultant | LondonRead Bio
Sonia is a charismatic and enthusiastic presenter, coach and trainer with a desire to teach others the skills she has learned over three decades in business and broadcasting.
As a former television reporter and presenter (BBC, ITV, BBC Radio and GMTV Correspondent – UK and Foreign assignments) she has been a frontline communicator, reaching a wide audience by using clear and concise language, key visuals and her own personality.
Over the past decade she has been Editor of Business Video at Reuters News Agency, specialising in business, finance and economics and personally dealing with clients around the globe (Reuters thrived on its reputation for quality and trust, communicating those values were a vital part of her work).
She appreciates the importance of understanding an audience, using appropriate information and language while building a bond with those around you.
She is passionate about offering an insight into the secrets of engaging a business audience, while delivering a focussed, informative and effective presentation.
Sonia seeks to harness everyone’s personality in order to give them a unique style which they are comfortable with. She knows how to overcome nerves, build confidence and bring out the best in people.
Sonia has worked on television programmes which have won presentation awards and has a NCTJ degree in journalism. She has also worked as a media trainer.
Senior ConsultantRead Bio
Nicky is an experienced business presentation skills coach, developing her expertise during a successful 20-year career in the corporate events industry.
Nicky’s credentials are strengthened from her two decades of experience coaching and rehearsing presenters at countless live events. Plus, coming from a marketing agency background, she has also herself led, and won, many multi-million-pound new business pitches involving high-pressure, high-stakes presentations.
Nicky is just as passionate about the content of presentations as she is about the delivery.
Coaching presenters ranging from junior executives to government ministers and captains of industry, Nicky has an easy rapport and connection with clients.
A former board member of WPP company Clever Media and Acclaim Events, Nicky has worked in the UK and continental Europe, as well as across the US and Asia.
Particular highlights of Nicky’s career so far include:
– Pitch winning Project Director for the Macau handover official cultural celebrations for the Portuguese government.
– Pitched and won the LOCOG (London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games) account, with subsequent responsibility to oversee the Games Maker Orientation Events to train 70,000 people at Wembley Arena.
– Project Director of the Northern Ireland Government’s roadshow to US and Canada business leaders, working with Gordon Brown, Rudi Guilliani, Mo Mowlem and leaders of NI political parties. 18 cities in four weeks in a private jet.
Nicky is a member of the IOIC (Institute of Internal Communications) and EVCOM (Event and Visual Communication Association).
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