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Introducing Leanne Kemp, our new Learning and Development Manager

Introducing Leanne Kemp, our new Learning and Development Manager

almost 2 years ago By Emily Harris
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This week we are excited to reunite with Design & Build veteran Leanne Kemp, who worked for the company when it was just starting out in Melbourne. Leanne is re-joining the business as our new Learning and Development Manager who will focus on training and development programs to build on the skills and potential of our consultants, and contribute to the growth and wellbeing of the Design & Build team.

Find out a little more about Leanne below...


What was it that attracted you to join Design & Build/Public Sector People?

Having worked for D&B back in the early days, they have always held a special place in my heart. It’s important for me to work for a company where our core values align.


What does Building Trust mean to you?

Trust is the foundation of all good relationships. For me it’s about being authentic, transparent and true to yourself. There’s a famous quote from Stephen Covey which I love- “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”


You used to work at Design and Build when the company was just starting out in Melbourne, can you tell us more about this?

We all worked very hard and partied even harder- I’m sworn to secrecy.


Coming back to Design & Build now, what do you hope to bring to the team and your new role?

Coming back (dare I say it) as almost a veteran to the industry, I hope to use my combination of skills and experience and help drive a culture of continuous professional development. I’m truly passionate about bringing out the best in people and I’m committed to supporting their professional and personal growth. With us all trying to navigate the increasingly complex economy right now, I hope to develop a learning program that is flexible, relevant, targeted and interactive targeting the development of soft skills, technical skills and industry acumen.


Why is training and development so important in recruitment?

The tools and resources that organisations equip their employees with is crucial. Our people are our biggest asset- we need to invest in them.


What would you say is your proudest accomplishment?

Probably running a half marathon during lockdown, oh and surviving home-schooling- that was definitely harder.


What is your biggest fear?

Definitely flying. I’m not a fan.


If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

In a big old chateau in the south of France eating cheese and sipping wine.


What motivates you to work hard?

Being surrounded by people who inspire me- we can all learn from each other, no matter what our role title is. Coffee also helps.