Our Team

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Natalia Josephs
Managing Director

Natalia is a creative with a background in the arts and education.

With nearly two decades in the area of education and employment, Natalia’s area of expertise is social intelligence and the role it plays in human health and well-being, particularly in an individual’s ability to access and maintain the employment of their choice.

Her employment placement techniques are recognised and used by employment consultants around Australia and her schools programs are recognised internationally as assisting young people to learn social and workplace interaction skills that last a lifetime.

John Poynton
Animation Specialist

John joined Impowrd when he was still at school as part of a work experience program.  He was placed into an office administration role assisting the MD Natalia Josephs.

While working in this role she noticed John's drawing pad on his desk and was impressed by his sketches.  She began tasking him with small graphic design roles to further develop his natural skill.  When he left school he stayed on with Impowrd as a junior graphic artist.

After 12 months in this role Natalia suggested he apply for the new SAE Institute Animation Degree.  In December 2016 John graduated with a BA in Animation and is now working full time with Impowrd as their animator and artist.

John comes from a large family and enjoys computer games and animated movies in his spare time.

Niall Richardson, MA, MBA, PhD
Program Specialist

Based on a wide and varied experience in the workforce, Dr. Richardson has been consulting with Impowrd on issues in the areas of employment, education, and welfare, including involvement in the development of training courses. Dr. Richardson’s strengths include organisation, people skills, writing, and analysis. His areas of interest centre on organisational decision-making processes, and on the role of positive human interactions in creating quality and efficiency in organisations.

Thanks to an affinity with the French language, Dr. Richardson’s early experience included a role as assistant teacher of English in a secondary school in Besancon in eastern France. This position covered all levels in the school, supplementing the work of the teachers in promoting the application of formal language teaching to everyday usage.

Following a return to Australia, Dr. Richardson joined the Australian Public Service, working in a range of regional locations, before spending almost seven years as a Senior Project Officer and Project Manager in the Systems area of his Department. Throughout his time in the APS, his activities revolved around unemployment matters. Many of the projects for which he was responsible involved millions of dollars, and affected very large numbers of people – up to 300,000 - in the community.

Moving into the tertiary education sector, Dr. Richardson worked for four universities in Western Australia and New South Wales. Described by a senior Professor as “the human face of Administration”, Dr. Richardson used his organisational and people skills to engage on a daily basis with both Academic and Administrative staff, and with students. Functions included:

·         Management of a Promotional and Marketing Department

·         Management of the Secretariat Department

·         Writing of degree regulations

·         Organisation of University Graduation ceremonies

·         Development of academic and administrative procedures

·         Job classification

·         Restructuring of records management systems, and training in accurate usage

·         Committee membership and chairing, and development of Constitutions

·         Student liaison

Dr. Richardson was later able to use much of his previous experience while working with Impowrd Pty. Ltd, assisting with the development and national accreditation of training courses, with research, and with refining the administrative function.

After several years with Impowrd, Dr. Richardson entered the Human Services field, adapting his people skills to assist people experiencing a range of often complex issues, involving physical and mental health, homelessness, finance, alcohol and drug issues, family and domestic violence, and legal matters. Work in this field emphasised the crucial role of trust, fairness, and empathy in all relationships, both in the workplace and in the community at large.

Dr. Richardson has since renewed his contact with Impowrd Pty. Ltd., engaging in research and consulting on issues of employment, education, and welfare.

Madeline Sacks
Support Specialist

Madeline moved from Melbourne to Perth in 2012 to work in events management for a major sporting stadium. She studied International Business (Applied) at RMIT University, majoring in Marketing and Management and proceeded to work in a fast, demanding environment, ensuring memorable experiences at stadium events were delivered. Her passion for creating and coordinating elegant, professional and personal corporate events and weddings then led her to launch Poppin Cork Events.

Additionally, Madeline consults small businesses with their social media marketing strategies and venue coordination. She brings to the team a fresh set of eyes and attention to detail, driving the marketing and events for Impowrd.

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