About us

Placing people at the
heart of school performance.

Our Story

PeopleBench emerged over a long journey working with educators on organisational strategy, design and change management in schools and school systems across Australia.  

In 2017, we launched a research project to investigate the relationships between workforce variables and student outcomes, drawing on data from 22,000 students and nearly 3,000 staff across schools of varying sizes, locations and demographics.  

The school leaders involved in this project saw value in this research and its resulting evidence base – and so did we. In 2019, PeopleBench opened its doors to all schools across Australia. 

We want to break down silos between schools for more open communication; share insights from across the State, Independent and Catholic environments; and contribute smart analytics to school workforce decision making everywhere.   

Together, we can transform education by building better school workforces for the benefit of our students. 

The PeopleBench Manifesto

We believe that students deserve the best teachers we can gift them; and that teachers deserve the best workplaces we can create – so they can show up and be at their best, every day.


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The Team

Founder & CEO

Founder and CEO, Fleur Johnston, has more than 20 years’ experience helping executive leaders of large organisations navigate organisational performance improvements. With a background in human psychology, Fleur is a highly accomplished Organisational Development HR strategist, specialising in large scale business and cultural change.

Chief Research & Insights Officer
B.PsychSc (Hons), M. (Org. Psych)

Mike Hennessy, PeopleBench’s Chief Research and Insights Officer, is a Behavioural Scientist and registered Psychologist with both commercial and academic research experience. Mike has worked alongside schools and school systems for the past 10 years, providing strategic and operational HR, change management and behaviour change advice to leaders and managers.

Chief Education Officer
EdD, MHRM, Dip. Bus, BA, Bed, CAHRI

Vicki’s passion for improved student and social outcomes has left no corner of Education unturned! As an experienced teacher in both Primary and Secondary settings, a Principal, and an executive leader in Professional Standards and Workforce Strategy. In addition Vicki’s Doctorate in teacher recruitment and selection positions her uniquely combining expertise in both Education and Human Resource Management to provide guidance and advice to schools seeking to engage in better practice to positively influence student outcomes and workforce wellbeing.

Business Manager

Rachel Gueth, PeopleBench’s Business Manager, is a senior administrator with over 15 years of experience. Rachel’s experience comes from working across a range of industries in various roles, some of which include; Office Manager at J&G Consulting, Project Administrator in the mining sector, Legal Secretary and Office Manager within the hotel industry and sales & marketing in the real estate sector.

Principal Consultant
B.Bus, M.Bus

Rebecca McGlashan, Principal Consultant, is curious about all things people and systems. With more than 20 years’ experience as an Organisational Design and Development specialist, Rebecca has worked alongside leaders of schools and education systems to build capability and capacity so people are better equipped to adapt and thrive in our ever changing environment.

Graduate Consultant
BPsychSci (Hons2A)

Eoin joined the PeopleBench team as a Graduate Consultant, following the completion of his Honours degree in Psychological Science at the University of Queensland. Eoin has previous experience in management consulting and assists the PeopleBench team in strategy, research, data analytics and report writing.


NED PeopleBench
B.Econ (Hons), GMBA, Dip. Applied Finance & Investment
NED at Parenting Research Centre
Board Advisor
CSRIO Data 61 - Group Leader - Enterprise, Defence & National Security
Chair, National Advisory Committee (Teaching & Learning)
B.Econ, GradDip (Secondary), M. Ed. Leadership, GradCert. Law.
Director - The Learning Exchange

Development Team