Katrina Bercov, Director
Evolve Events is directed by owner and principal, Katrina Bercov. She works extensively in curriculum design and content writing as well as all aspects of our event management services.
An adult education and human development specialist, Katrina draws on a tertiary background in business and psychology, with a Graduate Diploma in Education (Training & Development).
Katrina also brings many years of experience in the community and mental health sectors, including four years managing training and events for peak body, the WA Association for Mental Health. While there, Katrina established Western Australia’s largest mental health training curriculum and the inaugural WA Mental Health Conference.
In addition to traditional classroom training, Katrina has unusual skills in the design of experiential learning programs, created to explore issues, such as corporate challenges, hypotheticals, simulations, survival events, trading and negotiation games, interactive theatre, and role-play events.
Experienced Event Manager Cath Harper is a former lawyer who practised corporate law in Sydney before spending a decade working in Spain. Upon returning to WA, Cath has built a new career in the conference sector.
Cath has worked in Event Management, Fundraising and Advisory roles for Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Cancer Support WA, and the WA Association for Mental Health, before joining Evolve Events in mid-2018.
She has worked as the Sponsorship and Exhibitions Manager for a series of successful events. In addition to positive financial outcomes, often exceeding expectations, Cath possesses a special talent for building and maintaining real relationships with funding organisations and has built up a strong network of contacts. With her meticulous attention to detail, she is also responsible for venue liaison, managing the needs of keynote speakers and VIPs and overseeing quality control for conference documents and merchandise.
Cath also plays a key role in quality control for our training program as lead editor for the organisation. She reviews all programs and undertakes the final stage in ensuring they are client ready.
Clara Loveny is a skilled administration professional, with extensive events experience.
Having worked as an independent producer and arts manager, she brings strong attention to detail and outstanding customer service skills to the Evolve team.
In addition to providing a high level of customer service and handling most enquiries, Clara is our ticketing specialist, who will ensure a smooth and effective registration system and assist with reporting requirements.
Clara has just completed a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact with UWA’s acclaimed and nationally affiliated Centre for Social Impact. The course covers outcomes measurement and social impact assessment; social innovation and social enterprise; impact investment and philanthropy; and social leadership. This 12-month formal qualification has enhanced Clara’s knowledge and awareness of many of the social issues facing communities.
Robyn Williams assists us with our training logistics and on-site event requirements.
An experienced small business owner and educator with decades of experience, she draws on eight years’ experience as a TAFE lecturer and holds post graduate qualifications in both Sustainability and Facilitation and Organisational Communication.
Robyn provides our clients with practical support and assists with the preparation for a wide range of services and events.
Phillippa is a dynamic, high-energy business woman who has worked across 4 industries, including Aviation, Event Management, the Wine Industry and Community Services. After building a successful wine wholesale business with over $3M in annual turnover, she exited the industry after witnessing 3 generations drinking her wine in a public park at 9 o’clock in the morning.
Phillippa has also set up a number of successful small enterprises, currently operating. Combined with a great knowledge of business fundamentals, ability to stay focused on long-term goals and strong financial processes in place, Phillippa works proactively to ensure sponsors achieve their commercial goals and win-win outcomes together.
As our ClientWellbeing Consultant, Phillippa helps clients identify their needs and develop solutions to evolve their organisations.
Willhemina Farmer is a proud Noongar Woman from the Great Southern with cultural and personal networks from Broome to Esperance.
She draws on 30 years of experience in Government partnerships and community initiatives delivering services in community development, health and mental health. Her experience includes working at an advisory level on national, state and regional projects.
Willa studied at Curtin University and Marr- Mooditj College in Narrative Therapy, Aboriginal Community Management and Development.
Willa is also qualified Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Instructor and has managed trainers across Australia.
Willhemina has a strong commitment and passion for Justice and Equal Rights of all Australians, including “Stolen Generation” issues and issues related to Recovery from Alcohol/Drug Addiction and Substance Use.
Our Trainers and Speakers
Jessica Sharp is a qualified senior social worker with extensive experience in case management, service provision, and advisory and leadership roles across the community and public sectors, including Anglicare, The Smith Family, The Ardoch Youth Foundation and the Department of Child Protection.
Her experience includes working in the foster care system, in child protection roles, with at-risk youth programs, with Indigenous and multicultural groups and extensively as a professional educator for clinicians and sector workers.
While a skilled practitioner, Jessica’s true passion is adult education. She holds a Diploma of Facilitation and has been facilitating groups for more than 20 years.
For the past four years Jessica has worked for the WA Health Department’s Training Centre in Subacute Care (TRACS WA) team, for which she is the key delivery specialist, as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Emma Boyne has postgraduate qualifications in Health Promotion, with 20 years’ experience working with government, not-for-profit, mining, universities and community groups to deliver training and health promotion programs.
A passionate adult educator, Emma holds her Certificate IV in both Training and Assessment (TAE 40110) and Mental Health (CHC43315). She is an experienced mental health trainer and facilitator and an accredited Master Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
Emma has a passion for mental health and wellbeing, and programs that enhance wellbeing and quality of life in individuals and the community. When not training for Evolve, Emma is part of UWA’s national award-winning wellbeing education program.
With over 20 years’ experience in managing and delivering strategic communications campaigns, Rachel Pemberton brings a wealth of hands-on experience to deliver engaging training sessions on a wide variety of topics. She has a degree in Arts Management and has completed postgraduate studies at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute.
Rachel has extensive management and frontline experience in the community and government sectors along with a string of political campaigns. A specialist in marketing, public relations and community engagement skills, her experience in the government sector, both as an employee and elected member, provides a solid foundation in governance issues, policy development and implementation, and the legislative framework.
She has developed and implemented many strategic communications plans, undertaking activities including: brand management; working with agencies, media buyers, designers and video producers; delivering advertising plans; copywriting; market research and evaluation.
Rachel is an outgoing public speaker whose personable style and fascinating experiences bring real life examples to enrich her training sessions.
With a tertiary background in Psychology, including postgraduate clinical studies, Marni Galvanin is a qualified family therapist.
Having worked in the community and mental health sectors for many years with adults and young people, after having her own children Marni found herself increasingly drawn to wellbeing modalities.
She now specialises in positive psychology, wellness and resilience. In addition to her clinical qualifications, Marni is a qualified yoga instructor and natural wellness educator.
Wayne Coles is a senior Noongar man who has worked extensively with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal groups around Western Australia, including many regional and remote locations.
Wayne has held a range of senior roles in community services organisations but gradually felt the need to again work in direct contact with people, in the field of training and mentoring. Passionate about mental health education and Aboriginal wellbeing, Wayne is an accredited Master Trainer for Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid.
He holds qualifications in Counselling and Narrative Therapy and draws upon 10 years’ counselling experience. He also holds a Certificate IV in Community Service – Drug and Alcohol Services, a Certificate IV in Aboriginal Education and a Certificate IV – Frontline Management, and is a Noongar Language teacher.
Danielle Cameron is an Aboriginal woman from Queensland, currently based in Western Australia.
She holds a Bachelor of Human Services, along with a Certificate IV in Youth Work, a Certificate IV in Community Services and a Diploma of Governance. She is also a qualified teacher and is currently completing her Masters in Guidance and Counselling.
Danielle is an experienced counsellor who works in a family support role with Womens Health & Family Services (WHFS) and has previously worked in a range of counselling, youthwork and community services roles.
Danielle is an outstanding educator and communicator who has been appointed to a range of Aboriginal advisory committees and is a qualified Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Facilitator.
Hayley Grant is a registered psychologist who also holds a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Certificate IV in Training and Development, a Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety and a Certificate IV in Mental Health.
Hayley draws on many years delivering psychological services, counselling and training in the public and private mental health sectors. Working directly in the community mental health sector, she has extensive skills and knowledge related to the assessment, treatment, support and advocacy of people with a mental illness.
A passionate adult educator, Hayley is an experienced mental health trainer and facilitator and an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
An independent facilitator and public speaker for 25+ years, Phillippa is passionate about education and breaking the stigma around mental health, as well as building resilience for at-risk communities.
She is a qualified trainer, delivering workshops on Standard Mental Health First Aid, Refresher Mental Health First Aid and Helping Overcome Grief and Loss. Drawing on her own lived experience of anxiety, her captivating and articulate storytelling style ensures you are laughing and learning, as she leads you through practical self-care and wellness strategies.
In addition to her corporate background, Phillippa has worked as a trainer and facilitator with diverse groups including youth at risk, within prisons and with women re-entering the workforce.
A gifted communications specialist, Paul Montague is a qualified educator with decades of experience in group facilitation.
A veteran performer and multi-award winning professional comedian and actor, Paul has over 25 years’ experience in performance, with credits in film, television, theatre and too many TV commercials.
Paul holds a degree with a double major in Drama and Education and is currently completing his Master of Theology. He has served on the national nomination panel for the Helpmann Awards (Comedy) and the WA Workshop Co-ordinator of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s ‘Deadly Funny’ Indigenous Comedy Program.
Paul also has extensive experience in writing and directing, mentorship, chaplaincy and youth work. He has worked extensively with corporate, government and community sector clients.
Paul’s current projects include Pirate Church, Holy Heretics, Tuesdays on ABC Radio 720 and keynote speaking for a range of organisations and events. He gives a mean sermon on a Sunday morning … but promises not to preach to you during your training program … unless you ask nicely!
A qualified educator and experienced trainer, Elisa draws on extensive experience with the community and government sectors. Trained in acting at The Victorian College of the Arts, Elisa has worked extensively in Australia, along with touring productions across Europe and Asia. Also an arts-management veteran, Elisa established the first-ever theatre in education company in Singapore. In this capacity, she presided over a wide range of performances, educational programs and arts events.
Elisa is the current State Manager for The Song Room which is a not-for-profit sector organisation, taking free arts experiences to disadvantaged school students.
She is also an Education lecturer at Edith Cowan University, is currently completing a PhD in Education and is the co-director of local performance company Strictly Hypothetical.
Elisa is a professional actor with 20 years of performance experience with a swag of international roles across stage and screen. She is also a polished MC and compelling speaker and educator.