Core Staff Profiles

Darren Coppin

Chief Executive & Head of Research

DarrenDarren’s PhD thesis addresses behavioural change in the unemployed and the impact of resilience upon job outcomes. Following a full time MBA at the prestigious Cranfield School of Management, he grew a government-funded employment service company twelvefold. Upon selling the company to a division of the $300m turnover Anglia Ruskin University, Darren migrated to Australia to concentrate upon the research and implementation of behavioural science.

He keynotes at conferences concerning employment, youth, offending, welfare and behavioural science, and is grateful to count many of the world’s leading authorities, scientists and senior civil servants amongst his direct contacts and friends.

Adrian King

Director of Behavioural Services

FullSizeRenderAdrian is a behaviour specialist  – focusing upon Education – with over 20 years’ experience working in diverse and challenging communities in both the UK and Australia, including within the corporate sector, the Outback and with Indigenous communities.

His expertise in Positive Behaviour strategies (specifically in the Purposeful Use of Data to change behavioural outcomes) is enhanced by his experience in Functional Behaviour Assessments and applying them to “real life” scenarios. At Esher House Adrian’s focus is on Behavioural Services and how their implementation can positively drive better Government Policy outcomes.

Jess Barwood

Senior Strategist

Jess BioWith over 12 years’ working in the Vocational Education and Training sector, Jess was employed in Victoria for an Australian Apprenticeship Support Service and the Department of Education and Training’s Higher Education & Skills Group. This has equipped Jess with invaluable experience in contract operations and compliance, developing and implementing accredited training products, including national training packages and accredited courses.

With a strong passion for Education and Employment sectors, Jess is determined to use her skills and experience to support Esher House clients with the tools to; service their stakeholders in the best possible way, increase efficiency and successfully manage contractual requirements.

Ben Conolan

National Business Development Manager

Ben image (2)Ben has a long history in employment services, with more than twenty years experience working with providers across jobactive, disability and Indigenous employment services at a senior level. This experience has given Ben a deep understanding of the industry, system, compliance  and contractual requirements as well as the ability to understand technology from the provider’s point of view.

Ben has a passion for providing opportunities to disadvantaged people, and joined Esher House in 2017 in order to be part of the development and implementation of behavioural science-informed technologies that will give providers the tools to place and sustain more jobseekers in employment.

Jodie Clark

Research & Development Manager

JodieJodie applies a wealth of behavioural science knowledge to research and develop psychological assessment tools that measure the behaviour of target groups, such as youth, jobseekers and apprentices. Her passion for improving lives by working in the field of applied behavioural science is evident from her academic excellence in research methods and statistical data analysis.

Jodie possesses a superb scientific understanding of the psychological processes involved in motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, learning and social relationships.

We boast an international team of academic consultants that provide key input for specific projects.