About Us

Our 4Cs Leadership Pillar

The 4Cs of effective leadership is a development framework for young leaders. Inspired by Cote and Gilbert’s research into effective coaching principles, they leverage insights from professional athletes and coaches, with a holistic ‘On and Off’ the field approach.

Leaders of Evolution’s 4Cs pillar was established in conjunction with our learning framework to provide a clear definition for teachers, coaches and students of what it means to be an ‘effective leader’, in addition to providing a simple structure that inspires personal growth.

Our 4Cs framework encourages leadership and personal development through Competence, Confidence, Character and Connectedness.



Effective leaders denmonstrate the skill and behaviours, whitch allow them to performe their role successfully and influence positive change, on and off the filed of play.



Effective leaders display confidence on their own knowledge and abilities and are able to instil confidence in other to meet their ptential.



Effective leaders have a deep understanding of themselves, they are intrinsically motivated by their desire to help others, show integraty and demonstrate the attitude and actions associated with good sportsmanship.



Effective leaders have the ability to create and foster positive relationships with teammates, coaches, support staff and club volunteers by demonstrating an awareness of self, team and club values while inspiring others to achieve positive outcomes.

Leaders of Evolution strives to support students, young athletes and professionals in developing the skills and tools they need to navigate their current environments as well as future ones.

We Value



We are the industry experts in delivering relevant and inclusive education courses and programs specifically tailored to suit the individual needs and learning pace of our clients.



Leaders of Evolution are committed to providing accessible, effective, relevant and positive learning courses and programs to inspire change, confidence and leadership.



We are focused on the positive development and growth of the people and organisations we partner with, delivering progressive learning courses and programs to positively impact those who undertake them.



The Leaders of Evolution team are focused on providing outstanding personalised service and support to all of our clients. Ensuring every part of your educational journey is meticulously planned and delivers the quantifiable results to meet your expectations and goals.

Our Vision & Mission

To be the industry leaders in continuing to create and facilitate collaborative, empowering and accessible eLearning courses and blended learning programs for school students, sporting teams, coaches and businesses

Our People


Damian Hecker


Damian is a passionate educator with 2 decades of experience working in the Australian education and sporting sectors.

His experience ranges from classroom and PE teaching at primary schools to influential national leadership roles with the Australian Sports Commission, as well as the National Coach Development Manager at Netball Australia.

Damian is responsible for all aspects of learning design at LoE, including the development of our face-to-face and online content.

His passion for education and sports have combined, with Damian delivering learning programs for a host of high profile sporting clubs and organisations on both a state, national and international levels, including:

  • AFL Victoria
  • National Rugby League
  • Kilmore Racing Club
  • New South Wales Rugby
  • Ski and Snowboard Australia and
  • Special Olympics Australia

Jon Shepherd


Jon possesses a unique skill set which has been a culmination of 20 years of experience as an elite professional athlete as well as working in the fields of sports management.

Growing up in the small country town of Casino, NSW didn’t stop him from chasing big dreams. Perusing his passion for basketball, his journey progressed through the Australian juniors pathways and into the US college system.

Playing more than 120 NCCA games and representing Australia at the World University Games, Jon also earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida as well as a 2014 Post Graduate in Elite Athlete Mentoring from Australian College of Applied Psychology and his Certificate IV in Training & Assessment from Victoria University.

Away from the sporting arena, Jon’s long-standing role with the Australian Sports Commission continues to demonstrate effective leadership and foresight as he delivers numerous projects and facilitates programs at local, state and national levels.

Jon’s keen eye for innovation, marketing and development push the boundaries to ensure Leaders of Evolution provide relevant and timely learning and development programs and strategies for their clients including:

  • San Francisco State University
  • Newington College
  • North Coast Academy of Sport
  • Gregory Terrace
  • NSW Rugby Union
  • Special Olympics Australia

Yvonne Snell


Yvonne is an accomplished educator with over 15 years of experience working in both  Australia and the UK, since graduating from Deakin University with Bachelor degrees in both Teaching and Applied Science (Human Movement).

As a passionate advocate of coaching education and the game sense philosophy of coaching, Yvonne led teams to deliver numerous projects aimed at increasing and improving the delivery of sport and physical education programs in schools during her time at the Australian Sports Commission.

Yvonne is a superb facilitator assisting the Leaders of an Evolution team with the delivery of blended learning programs and learning resource development.

It is this experience and her expansive network that enables Yvonne Snell to effectively manage the role of Business Development Consultant for the Leaders of Evolution team.


Tony McGahan


Tony is a highly accomplished professional coach, educator and leader with over 20 years international  experience in the high  performance sporting sector.

Graduating from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Education,  Tony’s professional journey began in Queensland as a teacher where he also  oversaw Rugby  programs at Nudgee College and Anglican Church Grammar School.

His passion for coaching and education has taken him on the global professional tour where he has held roles as head coach and director of coaching in Australia, Japan and Ireland.

Famously, Tony led Munster Rugby to win the 2010-11 Celtic League Grand Final. He has played a role with the Wallabies as defensive coach, coached the Melbourne Rebels from 2013 – 2017 and in late 2017 took on the role of Senior Assistant Coach at the Queensland Reds.

Tony’s experience in education, coaching and in developing effective organisation protocols designed to inspire high levels of performance make him a valued member of the Leaders of Evolution team.

Our Support Team Includes

Any successful team we engage with are experts who challenge our thinking and add value to our approach.

Dubbed the ‘A-team’, they have a combined 85+ years of industry experience and are pivotal to the on-going growth and development of our company.

Bell Legal Group is a Gold Coast based law firm providing a wide range of legal services for people and businesses.

With a large team of highly experienced professionals, you can feel safe knowing that Bell Legal can help you with your legal needs.
Our focus is upon providing the right legal outcomes for all of our clients. We are people first and lawyers second. Many of our clients use our services throughout their lives and careers.

Bell Legal

Sports Travel Academy based in Cary, North Carolina organise study abroad programs for students interested in the Global Sport & Health Industry as well as International Sports Team travel.

Sports Travel Academy

Sloan Group International works with the world’s best companies to effect meaningful behavioural change through performance driven, metrics-focused leadership development programs.

Sloan Group

A leading CPA firm, VMG Accounting prides itself on providing excellent service to its clients and establishing long-term business relationships.

Whether you’re a start-up business or established enterprise, our passionate, skilled and proactive accounting team is here to advance your business forward.

VMG Accounting