Learn skills. Build awareness. Make a difference.

Polykala

Mobilising communities to tackle tough challenges and thrive
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Polykala is a leadership development organisation.

We deliver programs which build skills and awareness that enable individuals and organisations to navigate complexity and change.

We provide training, facilitation and consultancy services to help tackle organisational and social challenges with greater intelligence, resilience and compassion.

We use experiential methodologies including improvisational theatre and mindfulness to bring immediacy and reflectiveness.

our-services

Our Services

TRAINING

We use experiential and improvisational learning techniques. Participants learn, reflect and practice key leadership skills.

FACILITATION

Our processes uncover insights and facilitate crucial conversations within community groups and work teams.

CONSULTANCY

Our specialised processes help you look at complex and persistent problems in new ways to find new solutions.

our-programs

Our Programs

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Our Team

We are a collective of facilitators, educators, academics and theatre-makers. We draw on our experience from the community, not-for-profit, government and business sectors. Our work is enriched by our diverse interests in education, the creative arts and ecology.

Ananth Gopal

Ananth Gopal

Director & Facilitator View Details
Tom Henderson

Tom Henderson

Director & Facilitator View Details
Joanna Baker

Joanna Baker

Facilitator & Business Development Manager View Details
Chyonne Kreltszheim

Chyonne Kreltszheim

Facilitator View Details
Simon Nette

Simon Nette

Facilitator View Details
Michelle Nussey

Michelle Nussey

Facilitator View Details
Ananth Gopal

Ananth Gopal

Director & Facilitator

Ananth is a trained actor and geographer. He’s an associate artist with Melbourne Playback Theatre Company. He teaches cultural geography at the Universities of Melbourne and Wollongong. He is a doctoral student at the Australian Centre of Cultural Environmental Research (University of Wollongong) and has completed the Art and Practice of Leadership development at the J.F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

His work focuses on how people craft meaning and develop purpose in spaces and organisations. He combines theatrical flair and scholarly insight in his training and facilitation. He sees reflective practice as a central feature of effective interpersonal training.

Tom Henderson

Tom Henderson

Director & Facilitator

Tom is a Harvard-trained facilitator and graduate of the Groupwork Institute of Australia’s Advanced Diploma of Group Facilitation. He is committed to bringing the best ideas and practice to where it counts in Australia.

He combines a decade of professional experience in media associations, politics and community organisations. He facilitates and trains with an eye for inclusivity and detail. His ability to observe and reflect ensures multiple perspectives are explored with authenticity and courage.

Tom has a passion for working with people in an open and engaged environment.

Joanna Baker

Joanna Baker

Facilitator & Business Development Manager

Joanna is a qualified nutritionist and social entrepreneur. She is driven to help communities and organisations step up to tackle tough challenges and thrive. She is the co-founder of Youth Food Movement, a national for-purpose organisation that mobilises young people to create a better food system.

Joanna is passionate about building purposeful and profitable businesses ‘for good’. Her facilitation and consultancy encourages systematic reflection in order to catalyse meaningful action​. Joanna has worked in a range of small and medium-scale farming enterprises and advocacy organisations. She is a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.

She puts​ the theory of Adaptive Leadership into practice by leading with her heart.

Chyonne Kreltszheim

Chyonne Kreltszheim

Facilitator

Chyonne is a facilitator, coach and qualified lawyer with over 16 years’ experience working with and for organisations across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in Australasia. She is tenacious in her curiosity to find out how the world works. This has led her to complete a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.); Bachelor of Science (Physiology) from Monash University; Certificate IV in Coaching and is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Ontological Coaching.

Chyonne is an expert negotiator having completed training at Harvard’s Negotiation Institute (Harvard Law School). Her facilitation is attentive and artful. She weaves together conceptual frameworks to help clients get a handle on their challenges and make a difference. Chyonne thrives on helping people to unlock their leadership potential, regardless of their title or role.

Simon Nette

Simon Nette

Facilitator

Simon is one of Australia’s most innovative and effective facilitators of experiential training. His style of facilitation places the trainee as their own case study and emphasises practical, action-oriented reflection. His work asks participants to go beyond self-imposed constraints, and, lean into their capacity to make a difference – even in the toughest of situations.

Simon has had many lives from teacher, playwright, actor, business coach and leadership consultant. He studied at Harvard University and has trained people for over three decades in Australia and Asia.

Michelle Nussey

Michelle Nussey

Facilitator

Nussey is a trained actor and educator. She is the co-founder artistic/director of The Big HOO-HAA! Melbourne, an improvisational theatre company.

Nussey has worked for over 15 years throughout Australia as a director, producer and performing artist. She uses the principles of improvisational theatre to work with a diversity of clients including Qantas, Bunnings, Anglicare and Carlton Connect. 

Her facilitation allows participants to feel included and honoured. She is a performing member of the Melbourne Playback Theatre Company and coordinates training programs for the corporate and community sectors. Nussey is motivated by a desire to bring immediacy and tangible learning outcomes for every participant.

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