Country Leads

Our country leads have a diverse mix of change management experience.

Aus Country Co-Lead

Lennica Watkins

Working within People and Culture for over 20 years, Lennica made the obvious move to a dedicated role within Change Management. Lennica has developed and leads a team of change professionals within a large multi-national business.

She works on many diverse initiatives ranging from 
large complex transformations, organisation design, and technological changes across multiple geographies. Lennica is Prosci certified and enjoys working with other change professionals at all levels, sharing knowledge and discovering new ways of working.

Aus Country Co-Lead

Andrew Pearce

After 25 years in banking, consulting & project management, Andrew has been a practicing Change Manager for the last 15 years. Andrew enjoys working with Senior Leaders in an organization, to develop the benefits that change maturity development can deliver.
He also enjoys working with new Change Managers, developing skills in engagement & leadership.
Andrew is keen to see the change management profession flourish & expand, and sees CMI as a catalyst in making this happen.

Canada Country Co-Lead

Allegra MacDonald

Allegra is a highly resourceful client-focused relationship manager with more than 18 years of business experience. She has an extensive background in planning and implementing complex changes. 

Allegra is the head of change at Canada’s largest law firm and has built the first change management team in a Canadian law firm. She is also a Prosci certified change consultant, a Design Thinking facilitator and is a Certified Aware Leader in agile leadership.

Canada Country Co-Lead

Pauline Melnyk

Pauline uses personalized coaching elements to ensure that operational successes are centered around supporting the wellness of the individuals within organizational teams.

As a professional Certified Coach, Pauline works with individuals at all levels within an organization that aim to be their best version of themselves. 

Ireland Country Lead

Thérèse Walsh

Thérèse is a senior change management professional with over 25 years’ cross-industry experience leading teams and delivering successful transformations across Ireland, UK, and Europe.

Since setting up her own business in 2014, she has worked with companies across multiple sectors to help them develop their people to deliver significant business change.  

NZ Country Lead

Lydia Harris

Lydia is a Change Management Institute, Accredited Change Professional – Master Level, Certified Change Management Professional™ (ACMP) and Prosci practitioner. 

In New Zealand Lydia is an assessor for The Treasury NZ – Organisational Change Management component of the Investor Confidence Rating. Lydia has been consulting in change for nearly two decades. She helps organisations and executives with strategic enterprise-wide change thinking. 

UK Country Co-Lead

Barbara Collins

Barbara has over 20 years’ experience delivering change and transformation with senior leaders to understand the scale and impact of change and develop appropriate strategies to ensure successful adoption of the change. 

Barbara is Prosci certified and has a postgraduate in Strategic Leadership.

UK Country Co-Lead

Soraya Robertson

Soraya is a senior leader who has worked in the aviation, health care, IT and education markets in the UK, EMEA and Asia. Highly experienced in leadership and team development, learning, corporate communications, and change she works to create healthy and high performing human systems.

Soraya gained her certificate in Organisation Development from the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Science, holds an
EMCC accredited Coach-Mentoring qualification and is an advanced practitioner in People Centred Implementation.

USA Country Lead

Melissa Sims

Melissa is the Regional Chief of Human Resources for the Northeast Region of the National Park Service.

She is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Systems Engineering.  Melissa also holds a Master of Science in Human Resources, as well as a Master of Business Administration and is currently pursuing her PhD in Communications.