Stacey Kelly

Principal Consultant

  • Accredited Practitioner in Human Synergistics’ Life Style Inventory™ and Group Styles Inventory™
  • Accredited Network Member for Team Management Systems (Team Management Profile and QO2)
  • Accredited Practitioner for Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey (GLWS, previously known as MEWS)
  • Bachelor of Business (HR/IR and International Business)

Passionate about enabling people, unlocking inspiring leadership and building sustainable businesses, Stacey founded Seed People Consulting in early 2014 to partner with organisations to redefine perceptions of HR Consulting.

With more than fifteen years’ experience in specialist and generalist human resources ranging from leadership and career coaching, leadership and team development, the implementation of transformational organisational design to technical specialisation in Employee Relations, Stacey has extensive experience as in-house and consulting HR.

Stacey has held senior positions in private and public organisations, including Director People & Culture for Hunter TAFE, and both positions of Senior Manager People Strategy and Senior Manager People Operations for Insurance Australia Group (IAG).

Stacey Kelly Facilitator

Julia Fiore


  • Accredited Network Member for Team Management Systems (Team Management Profile and QO2)
  • Certificate IV in Human Resources

Julia has over a decade’s experience as an HR professional across the full range of HR functions including Business Partnering, Recruitment, Leadership Development and HR Projects.

Committed to providing pragmatic, practical and professional HR advice and partnerships, Julia is a passionate change agent in delivering business solutions through high quality HR practices.

Prior to working with Seed People Consulting, Julia has had the privilege of working for a number of leading organisations across a diverse range of industries, including Nespresso Oceania, The Wests Group Australia and Julia Ross Recruitment.

Jennifer Elias


  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • Bachelor of Business (Human Resources and Industrial Relations) / Bachelor of Laws

Jennifer has over 8 years’ experience as an ER consultant and workplace relations solicitor.  When giving  advice, Jennifer aims to provide clear, concise and practical advice to  businesses to ensure they are not only compliant with the law, but that their  business needs are met.

Jennifer has worked closely with our clients on developing relevant and compliant Enterprise Agreements, reviewing policies and procedures, and providing advice on contracts and Agreements.  She has had the privilege to work with our clients including Bridge & Civil, BankVic and Mudbath Digital.

Prior to working with Seed People Consulting,  Jennifer has had experience working in an employer association and Sydney  specialist law firms, where she advised and represented Australian employers from a number of industries on all aspects of employment, discrimination and  industrial relations law.

Mary Metcalfe Facilitator

Mary Metcalfe


  • Accredited Practitioner in Human Synergestics' Lifestyle Inventory and Group Styles Inventory
  • Accredited Prosci Change Management Practitioner
  • Accredited Mental Health First Aid (standard) Instructor
  • Bachelor of Social Science (HRM/IR)

Mary has been translating business into pragmatic people solutions for over 10 years. She enjoys working in partnership with people, to help organisations achieve greater effectiveness, increased financial performance and an improved quality of work life for their people.

Throughout a varied career, Mary has worked within Payroll and Generalist HR teams and specialised in Recruitment, Organisation Development, Change Management, Leadership and Learning and Development. This experience has been amassed across diverse industries including; transport, energy, explosive, the community services sector and small to medium businesses in the service industry.

Mary not only encourages others to think, explore, practice and build on their existing knowledge but is an avid learner herself and is currently undertaking a Master of Business Psychology at the University of Newcastle.

Prior to joining the Seed team, Mary has the benefit of contributing to the community through her senior leadership role with a leading national, not-for-profit organisation within the disability and out of home care sector. 

Lauren Ross

HR Advisor

  • Diploma of Human Resource Management

Lauren’s passionate about enabling people to grow & develop by providing advice, guidance and mentorship no matter where you are at in your career.

Lauren has had over 10 years’ experience in similar roles in the corporate echelon with experience in providing practical advice to managers on performance management, employee relations, change management, employee engagement, HR polices, and workforce planning.

More recently Lauren has been employed by Lendlease for the last 6 years working across some iconic projects such as the RAAF Base Air Control Tower, Williamtown, Kingsford Smith Drive Project, Brisbane and various projects across WA, SA and QLD.

Lauren is a qualified HR Professional and is also currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Newcastle.


Terina McCann

HR Team Coordinator

Having over a decade’s worth of experience in the Hospitality Industry, Terina moved into a management role and had the opportunity to manage venues across the Gold Coast.

Throughout her hospitality journey, she grew a love for the people – and wanted to make a change and learn about the Human Resource Industry.

Moving back to the Hunter region, she is now studying a double degree, Bachelor of Business | Bachelor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship | majoring in HR  at the University of Newcastle.

Terina keeps our team on track, delivering team coordination, marketing support and coffee/food as needed!

Darren Kelly

Business Development Manager

With extensive experience in hospitality, customer service and relationship management, Darren prides himself on building strong relationships and online presence for the Seed People Consulting team.

Prior to joining our team, Darren worked across multiple industries, most recently in the professional services and B2B environment.

Responsible for the Seed People Consulting marketing, social media, event management and online presence, Darren ensures that our clients have up to date information on where we are, what we're doing and how to share our experiences!

By night, you may also see him behind a bass guitar or drum kit ...