Meet the Team

Des Ong


Des has spent 20 years in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors as a senior leader of large teams, while coaching individuals and teams towards success. He specialises in the areas of facilitation and coaching dynamics, emotionally intelligent leaders, cross-cultural understanding and engagement (CQi), change management processes, and strategy. 

'I love seeing life changes that emerge when people gain the "AHA" moment and you can see the deep effect it has over their life, it is both encouraging and rewarding.'


Michelle Farrall


Michelle is a strategic planning, brand, communications and culture professional with 20 years’ experience leading consultancies in the corporate, not-for-profit, education and international development sectors. 

'I enjoy walking alongside people and asking the right questions to help them get where they want to be. It’s about finding simplicity out of complexity; it’s so energising when people find that clarity.'

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Ellie Ho


Ellie is a bubbly and well-organised person with 20 years of professional experience in the private sectors. She joins us with a passion to support the Max Potential team with organisational, diplomacy, and communication skills. Ellie is married with three kids and lives in Sydney.

'Max Potential provides a platform for young adults to be equipped and coached by individuals who want to make meaningful contribution and impacting lives. After all, the young adults will be the future leaders of the world.'

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Damian Walsh


Damian has a background in Chemical Engineering and has completed his MBA. He has worked in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide as well as the UK in many roles including Operations Manager and General Manager. He enjoys working with individuals and teams to optimise business performance and support personal development.

'Max Potential provides an opportunity to support members of the community to identify and set their goals - and to develop confidence to achieve them and expand their horizons through a structured development program. I love seeing a student moving from initially lacking self-confidence to being aware of what they have achieved.'

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Carla Wilson


Carla has spent over 15 years in product and process development, business growth and project management in both the corporate and not-for-profit-sectors. She has led a national not-for-profit community organisation and has a passion for supporting and empowering individuals in personal leadership development.

'Max Potential inspires young adults to reach their personal goals and develop their own personal leadership capabilities. It is a privilege to support teams of community coaches and young adults through the program, and I am greatly encouraged seeing individuals increase in confidence, gain clarity and new perspectives, and achieve personal growth.'

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Stephen Welsh


Steve has 35 years of experience as a professional in the construction industry in various roles as a contractor, client and consulting project manager. He is an owner and director in two businesses that consult to the construction industry, and another specialising in software development. He also holds a degree in theology and is a Certified Christian Leadership Coach.

''There is something about seeing the world through the eyes of young people – hope and optimism, challenge and opportunity, fresh eyes for innovation in a changing world. They inspire and energise. Max Potential has shown me our world is in good hands!

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Ruth Fordyce


Ruth is a registered psychologist and has worked in private practice for the last 10 years, seeing individual clients, running groups and presenting training. She also has a passion for working with various community groups to support wellbeing and enhance strong healthy relationships. 

'I love that Max Potential offers both community coaches and emerging young leaders a process for discovering more of who they want to be and where they want to go in life. The skills and insights gained will continue to make a difference across the lifespan of each participant!'