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With over 10 years in consulting we understand the importance of understanding your needs and developing a customised approach to maximise and sustain your business outcomes. 


Hugh O’Donnell

High Performance Consortium LTD.


Hugh is an accomplished business leader with an impressive business improvement track record as both a General Manager, Facilitator and Business Coach. Prior to consulting he held senior leadership roles in Europe, USA and Australia with AMCOR, UpRight, Searle and Yves Rocher. With full P&L responsibility he led business transformations across multiple sites delivering sustainable top and bottom line growth. Hugh is also co-founder of the High Performance Consortium, a community of non-competing companies who work together to accelerate and sustain their business improvement activities as they strive for world class.

As a consultant, Hugh works with organisations to improve business performance taking a whole of business perspective. This is achieved through a practical customised approach, blending facilitation, coaching and action learning to deliver strategic improvement. This supports the development of an in-house capability to continuously improve the business in alignment with the strategic objectives. Hugh has worked for over 25 years applying the latest improvement methodologies such as Lean and World Class by Principles, generating sustainable bottom line results.

Hugh works with both large corporate and medium size businesses across a variety of sectors including manufacturing, construction and service. Amongst his current and past clients are AMCOR, AME Systems, Volgren, PPG Industries, AMCOL Inc., PMP, Gekko Systems, Ductmakers and Life Saving Victoria.

Hugh is a director of the High Performance Consortium and VTO Coaching and Consulting. He is a past board member of the Association of Manufacturing Excellence and has also facilitated Leadership Development Programs at Melbourne Mount Eliza Business School. He is an international speaker on business improvement and business excellence and has presented at conferences in Australia and North America.


Natascia Girardi

High Performance Consortium LTD.


Natascia has a 20-year track record of identifying and delivering customer value in continuous manufacturing process environments. Through leading and coaching people and successfully facilitating cross functional teams Natascia helps deliver sustainable innovative customer solutions and improved business performance. An experienced relationship manager with a demonstrated ability to understand the customer's needs, Natascia's adaptive communication style allows her to work with shop floor staff through to CEOs to repeatedly influence, implement change and drive business improvement projects to completion.

Stakeholders have included Amcor, ABB, EPA, Boral, CSR, Manildra, Orica and CFMEU. Experience includes Operational and Safety Management roles, Manufacturing Management roles across a 5-shift roster, Operational Excellence roles in Business Improvement, Product and Process Innovation, Environmental Management, Process Engineering and Customer Service.