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Who We Are

Shaping the workforce of tomorrow, today.

We are a Sydney-based people consulting and advisory firm, specialising in giving CEOs, boards and owners the momentum they need to solve people risks, and build future-fit workforces for sustained performance and growth.

We’re one of Australia’s most experienced people and workforce advisors. We focus on working with the most senior leaders of people-centric, purpose-driven organisations that have ambitions to transition from the old, grow in new directions, and/or disrupt their industries and beyond.

We give our clients the peace-of-mind, knowing that their immediate people risks are being solved, the confidence that comes with clearer visibility into their workforces, and the momentum that they need to shape tomorrow's workforce at the right pace.

We believe that together, CEOs, boards and owners have the greatest impact on whether or not people are ready to thrive and perform into the future.

"Truly impactful CEOs, boards and owners leave strong people legacies – for individuals, organisations and society."
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Elisa Hukins

Founder & Strategic People Advisor
  • Elisa founded FutureCrafters because she’s passionate about making a positive, immediate and long-lasting difference to organisations and workforces in Australia and beyond. As a business psychologist and strategic people advisor, she enjoys bringing the science and art of human behaviour to executive and boardroom tables.

    Known as a highly trusted think-partner, people strategist, coach and architect, Elisa is valued for her ability to work collaboratively across the business to facilitate, land and embed people strategies and programs that have immediate and long-term impact. She brings greater fire-power to internal capabilities and works shoulder-to-shoulder with CEOs, executive teams, HR and business leaders to help them get ready for the challenges ahead. She is highly skilled in helping senior leaders to navigate, re-think, align and accelerate the culture, capabilities and people processes and systems needed for growth in today’s turbulence.

    Elisa has consulted with hundreds of senior leaders about their most challenging people issues and draws on over 30 years of working with some of the best-known and progressive organisations in Australia, Asia and the US. With extensive experience in senior people advisory and leadership roles in Hearing Australia, PwC, Russell Reynolds, Mercer HR and Westpac, she has a reputation as a strong role model, advocate, advisor, coach, mentor and valued disruptor and developer of “all things people”.

    To speak with Elisa, please call or text her on +61 (0) 408 864 128 or email at

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    Ken O’Brien

    Leadership Growth Mentor
  • Ken joined FutureCrafters because of his unwavering enthusiasm for bringing enduring value to CEOs and Boards, and for mentoring and guiding executives to offer their best. As a highly experienced C-suite and board confidante, he is known for his ability to help business leaders uncover blind spots and opportunities, so they can identify new ways to tackle business and people decisions with confidence.

    Ken brings to the table more than three decades of partnering with business leaders and boards both in Australia and overseas across a variety of industries including consumer, insurance, industrial, automotive, aviation, defence, and professional services.  

    Following his insurance industry background in Australia and London, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found the highly successful Australian operations of the global leadership and search firm, Heidrick and Struggles.  He later moved to take on the leadership role in Tokyo and also led a number of Asia Pacific practices. He founded and ran his own successful business, Emissary Partners, a boutique executive leadership and search firm specialising in emerging executive talent.

    Ken is a past AICD Fellow, Senior Associate of the ANZ Institute of Insurance and Finance, (ANZIIF) and former Trustee of The Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

    With a strong focus on connecting people and teams with new perspectives and ways forward, Ken’s collegial, engaging and passionate approach to challenging business and people problems gives him a reputation as being a highly valued and sought-after mentor and advisor.

    To speak with  Ken, call him on +61 (0) 411 889 153 or via email at

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    Michael East

    Business Growth Mentor
  • Michael is passionate about helping progressive senior and emerging leaders gain insight into what may be blocking their progress and enabling them to realise their potential - in their businesses, professionally and personally.

    He shares a strong belief in the power of mentoring to help leaders see different perspectives, adjust their mindsets and gain new insights into key business decisions and inflection points for business growth. Extremely considered and thought-provoking, he encourages deeper and wider thought, explores novel and creative angles and instils a sense of confidence and reassurance.

    Michael has a distinguished, 30-year career in the wine industry and draws on his experience at the helm of the global $1billion Accolade Wines, and on his time leading Fine Wine Partners, Liquor Merchants Association of Australia and Southcorp Wines. He deeply understands and appreciates how leaders create or dilute value as a result of their behaviours, decisions and actions or in-actions.

    An invaluable thinking partner and considerate advisor, Michael guides leaders to eliminate distractions so they can focus on strategic priorities, while role modelling the leadership behaviours needed for sustainable growth.

    “I love working with people who just want to be better, so they'll be better for others in their life and beyond. They want to create something game-changing and at the same time, be a better leader, create a better team environment and however small, make the world a better place.”

    To see if you and Michael are a good fit and explore how you might clear, create and calibrate your business growth path, call or text Elisa on 0408 864 182 or email at

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    Joel Alderden

    Growth Accelerator & Integrator
  • Joel helps business leaders discover and create new revenue and growth opportunities. Based on 20+ years’ experience in senior strategy and leadership roles in Asia-Pacific and Europe, Joel’s true calling lies at the intersection of creating and implementing business strategy, accelerating growth and empowering leaders.

    As a seasoned corporate strategist and negotiator, Joel is quietly passionate about helping leaders to uncover, prosecute and frame growth opportunities that may have otherwise remained hidden. His experience in evaluating and successfully implementing complex deals in sensitive, challenging environments, means he can quickly, effectively evaluate risks and opportunities, with a focus on future value.

    In working with Joel, you’ll find him to be a highly analytical and commercial finance professional, with a flair for comprehensively assessing growth opportunities. He’s known for working collaboratively to anticipate and clear obstacles, strengthening organisational resilience and building the capabilities needed to sustain performance and growth.

    Executives appreciate Joel’s practical, genuine and engaging personal style and his ability to bring others along and mentor teams across disciplines, industries and geographies to build growth mindsets, skill sets and knowledge sets.

    If you have a growth opportunity you’d like to explore, call or text Joel on +61 (0) 466 848 054 or email at

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    Wendy Mayer

    Business Facilitator
  • Wendy was drawn to FutureCrafters because of her commitment to partnering with ambitious leaders who are keen to future-proof their organisations. She’s passionate about helping others craft careers where they are constantly growing, positively challenged and better able to make a value-adding difference.

    With deep experiences as a high-impact senior executive assistant, published author, business manager and small business owner herself, Wendy is skilled at helping progressive leaders translate their vision into action, keeping momentum and pace, and enabling people and businesses to boost their impact.

    Working both directly with clients and with the FutureCrafters’ team, Wendy is sought after for her engaging and collaborative style, her no-fuss ability to execute and balance priorities and her creative problem solving. Her forte lies in driving momentum across all internal and external business functions and keeping programs of work aligned and on track.

    Together with Elisa, Wendy manages the Business Facilitator Coaching Program that helps executive and business assistants and others who work “horizontally” across organisations to grow, shape and broaden their careers, and bring greater value and impact.

    If you’d like to explore your ideas about how to advance your career, team or organisation for greater success, call or text Wendy on 0411 221 337 or email her at

    The future depends on what you do today.

    - Mahatma Ghandi -

    Core Beliefs

    FutureCrafters is based on the intersection of three deeply-held beliefs:

    An enabling environment

    We believe that performance largely depends on a person's environment. The right environment enables us as humans to learn, adapt and grow. CEOs, boards and owners hold the power to cultivate environments that are positive, empowering and set people up for their best performances of their lives.

    The age of humanity

    We believe that bringing the best of our humanity to work is a competitive advantage. To thrive, organisations must tap into the innovation, emotional intelligence, empathy, problem-solving and critical thinking of its people. As we hand-off repetitive tasks to robots and co-bots,  work must become more inclusive, growth-oriented and authentic.

    A future-led today

    We believe that by being future-led, we create the future we want with today’s actions. By making intentional future-oriented choices about the workforce, Boards and CEOs will find the compelling and rewarding way forward. Not planning for the future and hoping for the best, won’t withstand the inevitable scrutiny of the market and society.



    The best way to predict the future is to create it

    - Peter Drucker -

    How we work

    Our values are at the heart of how we work. When you work with us, you’ll see us be brave by doing what’s right and caring enough to be honest and straight-forward.  You’ll see us set a tone that’s positive, open, sensitive and inspiring.  

    You’ll see us bring others along by engaging and actively including key players to test, seek feedback and share in honest, respectful ways. And you’ll see us push the envelope to make a difference and move the needle on your future people agenda with creativity, agility and flexibility.

    Pragmatic priorities and actions..

    We work beside you to uncover and align key players around areas of priority. We co-create a practical path forward and involve the right stakeholders at the right times. You'll always know what’s next, and what it will take to succeed.

    That are agile and flexible..

    We quickly learn where you are now, and where you need to be. We work in stages to narrow the gap, so that positive change is achieved in bite-sized, well-paced steps. We co-design new approaches with those impacted, and include learnings along the way. 

    And leaving you stronger.

    We take the time to learn about the people expertise in and around your organisation.  Where ever possible, we engage your people and resources, and coach them to deliver, or work with them to supplement and grow your in-house capability.

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