“In 2007 Manchester Unity Australia commenced an Emerging Leaders Program. A group of six high potential staff were selected from across the group for advanced development through education, mentoring and coaching”


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Coaching Resources International

3 Spring Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: 02 9060 6412
Mobile: 0419 705 363


Graham Hill - Head Coach: Executive, Group & Team Development
Janine Ramsay
Karen O'Connell-Shea
Paul Barry
Stacey Ashley
Tessa Marshall
Linda Yeomans
Duncan Sutherland
Meg Campbell-Downing
Irina Burgess

Irina Burgess

Irina Burgess


Irina’s coaching style is engaging, practical and results oriented.
Prior to becoming a coach and performance consultant, Irina held management roles in learning and development, operations management and education in Australia and England.

Irina has worked across the corporate, public and voluntary sectors, implementing sales, productivity, learning strategies and process improvement initiatives as well as leadership, cultural and behavioural change projects. Irina has a Masters degree in HR and Coaching Psychology, postgraduate qualifications in education and management and is an accredited workplace trainer and assessor.

Over the past 20 years Irina has built a broad range of business skills and competencies, which include the following:

  • Human resource strategy and policy development
  • Performance management program development
  • Change management
  • Operations management
  • Events Management
  • Professional development, training and facilitation
  • Marketing, business development and sales
  • Strategic planning
  • Leadership development and coaching.

Irina has coached and delivered training and learning interventions in a broad range of organisations both in the public and private sector, including:

Manufacturing/Industrial: Boral, One Steel, BOC, PPG, Barloworld, Asciano
Retail: Australia Post, Avis, Amity Group, Harvey Norman, Red Bull, Mars, Coca Cola
Media: Fairfax Media, WIN Corporation
Pharmaceutical/ Medical: Abbott, Pfizer, Roche, Promina, Silkwood Medical, J&J, Mondeal Aesthetics,
Banking/Finance: Macquarie, HSBC, IAG, Flexirent, Lloyds International
Professional Services: Ernst & Young, MWT
Government: NSW Sport & Recreation, City of Sydney, Crown Solicitors Office, RTA, Warringah Council

Qualifications/ Memberships

  • Master of Human Resource Management and Coaching – Sydney University
  • Master of Leisure & Tourism
  • PGCE (English)
  • Diploma in Management Studies
  • BA(Hons) English, PE, Psychology

Hobbies and Interests

Irina enjoys live comedy and hanging out with friends and family, as well as keeping up with her own learning and professional development.

Career Summary

People & Performance Consultant (2003-current) Roles –Coach, HR Manager, L&D Manager, Change Manager, Consultant, Facilitator, Instructional Designer,

Fairfax Media (2002 – 2003) Learning and Development Consultant (Commercial)

Happening People (2000 - 2002) Training & Managing Consultant

NSW Dept Sport & Recreation (1995 – 1998) Development Consultant

Plus various roles with: Priority Manager, HeartHealth Australia, Team Performance International