Who we are

Our Career Coaches
Anne Kirby-Fahey
I have had various careers to date (and yet still SO young!) but the past 20 years have been in different facets of human resources. From managing a computer training centre, being a recruitment and HR manager in Hobart, and becoming one of the founders of a consultancy offering outplacement services throughout Tasmania.  I've worked on behalf of many organisations and industry sectors in Tasmania – resulting in a deep knowledge of what works well in managing a workforce and what can go wrong, despite everyone's best efforts. My focus is on supporting each impacted individual with a highly personalised service, keeping them realistic but optimistic -
and having some fun along the way.  I'm a recent convert to Parkrun and love/loathe my Saturday mornings as I jog near the back of the pack around the Queen's Domain in Hobart.
Anne was a godsend. She was able to provide clarity around my situation, providing guidance and direction. I found myself feeling positive about the changes ahead with Anne able to instill a sense of confidence, strength and resolve in me.  Anne’s influence and guidance had such a positive impact on my career, the tools and lessons learnt will stay with me until retirement and beyond.  In an age where career transition is a requirement rather than a curse, Anne's experience is an invaluable tool for all. (JF)
Richard Bennett
I’ve spent my career recruiting in private industry and with a public recruitment organisation before my current stint of ten years assisting individuals with career transition and outplacement. That’s 30 years+ all up and I’m still only 28! Almost all of this work has been in northern Tasmania.  I’ve assisted individuals transitioning in and out of a range of industries and occupations including banking, tourism, financial and superannuation services, mining, retail, call centre, trade and from public utilities.
Richard Bennett
The relationship with and investment in the participant is the key to this work. I refer to the ‘journey of career transition’ and love to be by the side of a participant as he or she identifies new ambitions and sets a path to achieving them. I’ve found that we often become experts at parking our true destiny and see this job is to ensure that during these times of change we aspire to a journey that offers more reward than we’ve previously allowed ourselves to think possible.  

My participants have commented on my straightforward, compassionate style, my open and frank counsel and genuine interest that generates the confidence to progress.

 

Having played Sheffield Shield cricket with Tasmania in the 80s and 90s I haven’t managed to escape the game and have recently been heavily involved in a rebuild of cricket in the northern half of our state and the establishment of our region’s first team, the Greater Northern Raiders, in the Cricket Tasmania Premier League.

 

Who knows what the future may bring – I certainly wasn’t expecting the changes bestowed on me, yet I am a stronger and more determined person due to the support received from Richard.  From the initial contact, he provided encouragement and during the programme challenged me to reassess what I wanted to achieve and where I wanted to be professionally. Richard gave me the confidence to pursue opportunities I may otherwise not have considered.  As a result I have secured employment in the most amazing location and am living the dream.

Alexis Dumas
​Prior to becoming a Career Coach I spent many years as a Senior Executive for a Superannuation Fund responsible for the Corporate Services Business Unit encompassing all aspects of Human Resources, Information and Communications Technology, Information Management and Facilities Management.  As a founding director of Outplacement Tasmania, now Career Options Tasmania, I'm passionate and excited to provide career support in any of its many forms. I love working one-on-one with people to help them realise their potential and understand first-hand the value of having dedicated, objective assistance when undergoing an unexpected change in career.
I am living proof of the many benefits that come from actively managing the transition.  I have a keen interest in people and a down to earth approach, tempered with a caring and compassionate nature. I also enjoy making custom leather shoes, journals and botanical dyeing.

 

The genuine support, listening and guidance I received from Alexis helped me so much at a time when things were difficult. Alexis made the future look brighter and she provided a level of truly professional support. I highly recommend Alexis Dumas to anyone who faces the challenge of career transition. (JB)

Nicola Hunnibell
I’m a psychologist and coach with a passion for helping people grow! For the past two decades I have worked as an organisational development specialist and management consultant, supporting people to respond positively to personal and business change. I have worked with local, national and global organisations across a range of industries in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors. My experience enables me to work with participants from the perspective of their own lived experience to create a future

that fulfils their needs and purpose. I bring empathy, insight and authenticity to my work, with a healthy dose of fun!

When I’m not working, I like to wander the foothills of kunanyi with my family and take every opportunity to jump on a plane to experience new places, near and far.

Six months after having a baby I was made redundant. I decided to welcome the opportunity for a change but with the emotions of having a baby and trying to look for work I was overwhelmed and scared. I had heard that others at work had used the outplacement service. I was reluctant and dubious, but nonetheless I decided to reach out and just give it a go. I am happy to say I am now a very happy working mum whose confidence and self-worth has grown significantly since my first meeting with Nicola and she had a lot to do with me finding the right job. (NA)