OUR PEOPLE

GRAZIELLA THAKE
GRAZIELLA THAKECEO OF OPTIMISATION HUB
Graziella brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in governance and leadership to the Optimisation Hub’s program development, training and research activities. With a Masters in Psychology, and having worked as a forensic, organisational and sports psychologist, Graziella has solid experience in the fields of mental health and leadership. Having worked with change and development in over 22 multinational organisations, 12 sports, and spent time as a facilitator and global speaker for corporate, government, community and sporting organisations, Graziella’s dedication to high-performance and resilience education for individuals and teams is a valuable asset. As a leader, she brings a dynamic energy, passion and commitment to client and organisational outcomes.
DANIEL KULIKOWSKI
DANIEL KULIKOWSKICOO OF OPTIMISATION HUB
Daniel is strongly committed to developing health and well-being practices for both athletes and the broader community. With a severe injury ending his professional football career, he is well placed to understand the importance of physical and mental health, and planning for the future. Daniel has worked with many professionals nationally and internationally developing strategies to both fast-track performance goals and simplify the approach to help create an athlete’s whole identity during and post career.
BEN GOLLINGS
BEN GOLLINGSINTERNATIONAL MASTER TRAINER
Ben is well known in both 15s and 7s rugby with a career well heeled over 12 years in professional rugby and staggering appearances at both Olympic and Commonwealth Games representing and captaining the UK. Gollings is best known for his time with the England national rugby sevens team. Ben is a dedicated master trainer specialising in coaching training and the development of athletes across both the men’s and women’s forums. He currently trains the rugby 7s and works as an athlete educator. His passion for coach development and women’s professionalism has driven him to help serve the global athlete sector with our prevention programs.
AMELIA KUK
AMELIA KUKMASTER TRAINER - PACIFIC & WOMEN
Amelia is an athlete who made her debut for the PNG Women’s 7s team when she was 18. She switched to rugby league in 2016 and made the QLD women’s team. She played two matches for the Australian Jillaroos in 2017 and played in the Women’s Rugby League World Cup for the PNG Orchids. Amelia played for the Queensland Maroons in the first ever Women’s State of Origin and recently signed with the Brisbane Broncos for the upcoming first ever Women’s NRL Competition. Amelia is a master trainer specialising in athlete lifespan, well-being for women and athlete development education. Amelia’s passion for athlete education and the Pacific makes her one of our leading master trainers.
PAUL HUTCHINSON
PAUL HUTCHINSONNATIONAL MASTER TRAINER
As a master trainer Paul brings huge experience in sports spanning 40 years. Paul played semi-professional rugby league for 13 years and developed a passion for trying to help people be the best they can be, particularly athletes. He has worked with ASADA in a role that brought him face to face with some of the world’s best performing athletes. As a master trainer Paul’s experience brought him to The Optimisation Hub as he sought to carve work in the area of mental resilience and core educational programs as the gap and the necessary asset for sport in the modern era of professionalism. Paul has worked closely with the Brisbane Broncos in establishing an internal education program to assist young players in making favourable life choices.
DR DEIDRE ANDERSON
DR DEIDRE ANDERSONNATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL MASTER TRAINER
Deidre has worked across senior Executive positions requiring exceptional leadership and change agent capabilities. After 4 years as CEO at Macquarie University, Sydney, with a further 8 years prior as Executive Director of Sport, in 2011. Deidre began her position as Deputy Vice Chancellor Students and Registrar at Macquarie University, Sydney where she was responsible for the overall student administration, wellbeing and student life.
As Athlete Services Director at the United Kingdom Sports Institute (UKSI), Deidre successfully integrated an elite sports program incorporating all home countries of the United Kingdom. The process involved enhancing the systems, people and technology required to ensure that UK athletes competed successfully on the international arena. As part of her role she facilitated the successful integration of the British Olympic Committee.
PANDORA FRUEAN
PANDORA FRUEANINTERNATIONAL & NEW ZEALAND MASTER TRAINER
Pandora is leading the way in the support of women’s sport. As a master trainer with the Optimisation Hub, Pandy is both an advocate of development and a dedicated trainer spending the time necessary bringing her credibility and experience to her work with youth and development of athletes performance. Pandy is experienced in sports governance, management internationally and working with the Pacific Islands with a real passion for sports and women. Her experience spanning 30 years has set her course to build mental resilience for athletes and within sport as her dedicated focus to high performance teams.
GLEN WARRY
GLEN WARRYNATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL COACHES MASTER TRAINER
Glenn is a specialist in Advocacy, Learning & Development and Wellbeing Strategies for talent within sporting organisations, corporations and learning institutes. He has worked within high-performance sport environments over the past 30 years providing support to elite athletes, coaches and referees. Glenn spent 12 years in AFL Club management roles, and then 5 years as a Player Agent, prior to gaining further tertiary qualifications in Elite Athlete Counselling & Workplace assessment. The past 15 years Glenn has been at the forefront in progressing national holistic development and wellbeing programs for professional athletes and coaches, establishing and managing inaugural programs for Rugby Union (ARU/RUPA) and Football (A-League & Matilda) players, referees and national team coaches.
More recently his work within football involved facilitation of FFA national team high performance strategic planning and the formation of Football Coaches Australia (CEO since February 2018).
MARIA VELLA-GALEA
MARIA VELLA-GALEAEUROPEAN UNION MASTER TRAINER
Maria Vella-Galea Brings a well-rounded, very committed and experienced background to her work with the Optimisation Hub in the EU, UK and also Australia. Maria is an experienced Marketing and Public Relations consultant heralding over two decades of experience. Maria has made it her mission to promote sports, not just for the elite pool of athletes that Malta is developing but to the public in general. Working extensively with sporting organisations, Federations and Clubs giving them due exposure to develop the sport as well as to lobby towards more take up in sports by the general public and encouraging sport as a means of physical and mental well-being. Maria is an Executive Director with the Maltese Olympic Committee and forms part of the Technical Commission lead by the Director of Sport. She brings something very unique to the collective team with much of her time dedicated to helping athletes to succeed outside of and within sport. Maria carries a compelling business and athlete centred presence making her a unique leader in sport.
MELANIE ROCHE
MELANIE ROCHE INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL MASTER TRAINER
Melanie is a 4 time Australian Olympian with over 20 years
experience in leadership, building High Performance Teams, developing team strategy and maintaining a winning
performance. Melanie was a professional softball athlete who focused many years on preparing and competing against the best athletes in the world. Throughout her Professional Sporting Career Melanie has developed a myriad of invaluable and transferable personal and interpersonal skills that strongly bind her responsible work ethic to the workforce. The sporting world is a performance world where accountability is of utmost importance and her passion for people really spreads when she works with the athlete populations.
CHARLIE RIECHELMANN
CHARLIE RIECHELMANNMASTER TRAINER FOR THE PACIFIC
Charlie is part of a respected cohort of athlete trainers with a history in one of the worlds most respected rugby teams: the All Blacks. He brings with him his culture, ethics and compassion for youth development and support of the Pacific. Born and raised in Tonga, he believes in striving for excellence in everything he does, and reached a personal pinnacle when representing New Zealand playing for the All Blacks in 1997 and 1998. After dedicating more than ten years to a professional rugby career (both in New Zealand and overseas) Charlie is one of our specialist master trainers in youth development support and coaching support.
ALIPATE CARLILE
ALIPATE CARLILENATIONAL MASTER TRAINER - MULITCULTURAL & INDIGENOUS
Alipate is a well respected name in AFL SA; he has established himself as a committed athlete and community contributor who played 167 games during 11 seasons with the Port Adelaide Football Club. Alipate works to help elite athletes leave their chosen sports as thriving people who can achieve well in every facet of life. He is committed to multicultural and indigenous support and has become a strong part of the Optimisation Hub athlete education team. Alipate is driven by his firm belief that all athletes have plenty to offer outside of their sports in everyday life and that they can positively contribute to society.

BECOME PART OF THE OHUB LEGACY

INTERNSHIPS

Here at The Optimisation Hub, we enjoy sharing our journey – where we’ve come from, what we’re doing, and where we’re going!

As part of sharing our journey, we have hosted internships and placements for psychology students & Current/Past Elite Athletes. They have the opportunity to work at our desk, contribute to our projects, and assist in the Journey.

Find out a bit more of what we have done below.

THE EXPERIENCE 

Our internships provide a group of psychology students and Current/Past Elite Athletes with the opportunity to join our team and learn a bit about how we design, deliver, implement evidence based strategies to deliver across populations of people.

The Optimisation Hub interns are tasked with a series of research and design activities that encapsulate the work of Psychologists here at The Optimisation Hub. These activities engage our interns in real work on a number of active projects and also the ability to research in our OHUB Clinical Lab.

Some examples of what our interns have done:

▸ Researching and designing new forms of learning paradigms

▸ Researching between the UK, EU and AUS sporting populations

▸ Researching and designing workshops as part of our Master Training

SKILLS TAUGHT AND ACQUIRED

We set out to provide a rich and generous experience to prepare interns for work in the professional sphere and realm of psychology. Our internships are known for strengthening autonomy, providing opportunities for collaboration and mentoring, improving critical thinking and research skills, as well as broadening the interns scope of understanding of the field of Clinical Psychology, Psychology and Human Behaviour.

Our hope is that our interns walk away knowing the value of the knowledge and skillset they have acquired from their degree but also with opportunities to continue collaborating with us for future intakes.

Contact us at jobs@theoptimisationhub.com

ADVISORY BOARD

John Driscoll
Prime Accounting and Business Advisory Pty Ltd and ex Brisbane Bronco

Frank Wang Guan

Chief Political Correspondent CG1N CNN America – Ex Elite Footballer

John Foley

Founder Crypto-Gold, Barrister

David Hays

CA WMS chartered accounting partner

Colin Wheeler

Director Document Solutions Australia, CEO of the CEO Sleep out

Lional Quartermaine
Indigenous Services. Australians first Chairman of an Indigenous Organisation

Dr Sarah Kelly BCom, LLB, MBA, PhD

Associate Professor School of law, Board of Brisbane Lions

Grantley Stevens FCA CTA

Nexia Edwards Marshall Partner, SA Advisor to AFL

Dr Santitarn Sathirathai

Director Head of Emerging Asia economic.

Angela Richardson MA Org Psych .AURIZON

former Qld Police; UQ Dept Psychiatry; DFAT (Washington DC); AICD