James Natsis
Chief Executive Officer
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James brings expertise in business strategy, team and leadership development, change management, and digital transformation. 


James’ background has included senior roles in corporate and not for profit settings. He also has experience working across all industries and working with large global clients . James has an Executive MBA (Distinction).

Derek founded Apricot Consulting in 2003 following a distinguished career in the not-for-profit and business consultancy sectors. During this time he was part of the executive team of Medibank Private (Australia’s largest Health Insurer) as well as conducting consulting work for other major Australian corporations in construction, higher education, utilities, energy, healthcare and not-for-profit. 


Derek influences organisations by leading programs and ideas that bring openness and transformation. 

Prior to working at Apricot Consulting, Avril was the Change Lead at Chemist Warehouse working on digital, process and cultural change initiatives.


Avril brings behaviour change, digital transformation and human resource management expertise. Avril has 10 years experience in professional services, utilities, education and retail. She spent 7 years of her career working with PwC in their human resources and change consultancy supporting clients to solve business problems

Avril Gaughan
Head of Change and Consumer Behaviour
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James McHugh
Head of Corporate Social Impact 
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James brings expertise in leadership and team development, he has experience managing teams and coaching leaders across various industries. With Apricot, James has delivered leadership training programs and leadership coaching in the retail industry


James also has a degree in social work and helps organisations develop and deliver corporate social programs that affect social impact whilst simultaneously improving their competitive advantage. With Apricot he has designed and project managed corporate social responsibility programs for the construction industry. 


Annie brings a wealth of multidisciplinary expertise in operations, financial management, human resources and IT management.


She has more than 15 years of experience working in various consulting, education and not-for-profit organisations. Annie has a Masters of Business in Information Technology and Bachelor of Economics.

Prior to working at Apricot Consulting Felicity was HR Director at Wesley College. Felicity brings expertise in organisation development, team and leadership development, talent management, strategic workforce planning and human resource management. Felicity’s background includes working in global and national organisations across a range of sectors including Banking, Oil and Gas, Education and Not-for-Profit.

Felicity Kaaks
Executive Director People & Organisation
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Rebecca Evans
Executive Consultant - Future of Work
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Rebecca has more than 10 years in HR across industries ranging from financial services, non-profit and most recently as Group Executive for a high growth technology company.


She has a successful track record of delivering creative people solutions, leading and managing the people elements of transformation change and designing employee experiences that attract and retain a millennial workforce.