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Ruurd Speelman
Director Speecheasy/Senior Communications Consultant & Presenter — “Self Confidence through Effective Public Speaking and Effective Meeting Management courses”

Ruurd Speelman is one of Western Australia’s top public speakers and presenter.  He has been presenting the “Self Confidence through Effective Public Speaking course” for the past ten years.   He has over thirty six years experience with Rostrum – a public speaking organisation – including the last twenty two years as an Accredited Critic.

He is a Freeman of Rostrum; the highest title in the organisation, given in recognition of exceptional services to both Rostrum and the community, for the past 10 years.  He is also a member of the Training Council Executive and is the Director of Training and a tutor/mentor.

In Feb 2000, Ruurd, whilst not a member of Rotary, was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship for services to Rotary Youth Programs through the development of public speaking and debating skills.

His public speaking responsibilities have included:

Adjudication at Rostrum Speaker of the Year.

Adjudication at Rotary Youth Speaking Competitions.

Debating as an instructor, speaker and adjudicator for Rostrum, schools and Rotary.

Private tutoring for personal wedding speeches.

Experienced Master of Ceremonies at official functions.

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John McPherson

John McPherson
Journalist, PR Rep & Senior Communications Consultant & Presenter — “Self Confidence through Effective Written Communication and Effective Media Communications courses”

John McPherson has over 40 years experience Journalism & Public Relations.

He completed his Cadetship as a Journalist with The Age newspaper in Melbourne.

After leaving the Age and became the PR officer with the Victorian Railways, State Electricity Commission of Victoria and later the PR Manager for the Trotting Control Board of Victoria.

In 1984, John became the Media Liaison Officer for the Australian Olympic Team to Los Angeles. In the late 1980s, he became the Director of Publicity for the Australian Institute of Bankers.

In 1998, he was appointed as the Ministerial Press Secretary to the NT Minister for Arts and Museums; Education; and Communications and Advanced Technology.

John’s work has taken him to Nui Dat, South Vietnam; Dili, East Timor and Baghdad, Iraq.

His specialisations include written & oral communications skills for businesses, Media Management and training.


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John Fisher
BSc, CEng, Reg Adj (WA/NT)

Managing Director – JP Fisher Consulting Pty Ltd    
Project Management and Dispute Resolution in Construction

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John has a civil engineering background with an emphasis on major buildings and infrastructure and has hands-on experience as a client, consultant, contractor and subcontractor.  Over many years in project management consultancy he has managed a wide variety of commercial, retail, health, education, airport and rail projects.  He has had an international career spanning many countries and developed profitable consultancy businesses in the UK, UAE, South East Asia and Australia.  John has a background in universities, directing major capital works including extensive involvement in the development of new hospital facilities and has managed the master planning for urban redevelopment for multiple Regional Development Authorities.  John has strong commercial and contractual skills with significant niche experience in project recovery.  He has a specialist interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution. A qualified mediator, he has been an expert witness and has lectured internationally on project management and dispute management.  John is registered as an adjudicator in WA and NT and has presented courses to train more adjudicators on behalf of both the WA and NT Governments.

In July 2009, Steensma Pty Ltd  partnered with JP Fisher Consulting Pty Ltd to provide a greater expertise and a more comprehensive approach to Project Management.


BSc Civil Engineering
Chartered Engineer


Member Institution of Civil Engineers
Fellow of the Association of Project Managers (Certificated Project Manager)
Member Australian Institute of Project Management
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
WA Chapter Chairman & Accredited - Member – Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators - Australian (MIAMA);

Qualified mediator
Certificate in Adjudication (IAMA)
Expert Determination Course (IAMA)
Registered Adjudicator (WA) (BMW)

John Fisher CV can be viewed in the PDF Folder below. Double click to Follow the link:



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