Dr Gary Turnbull BVSc (Hons)


Gary is a Director of the Lincoln Institute, having joined the organisation in 2014. He is a highly recognised and respected coach, speaker and facilitator in the fields of veterinary practice management and leadership, veterinary business models and life balance strategies. Gary has a particular interest in personal leadership and development. He has presented at numerous conference across Australia and delivered the 2015 AVBA On The Move Series, Leading Change in your Practice. He also developed the Goldmine Veterinary Dental Program which he has presented internationally.

Gary is also the director of the East Port Veterinary Hospital, a multi-award winning and Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association accredited Hospital of Excellence situated on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. He is a first class honours graduate from the University of Sydney and a Chartered Member of the Australian Veterinary Association. He is also a member of the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association, Australian Veterinary Business Association and Australian Veterinary Dental Society.

Paul Ainsworth BSc (Mil), Dip HR, Exec MBA (AGSM)


Paul is the founding director of the Lincoln Institute and is a highly sought after executive coach, facilitator and key note presenter with a focus on stimulating organisational team and individual leadership potential.   Paul is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales, the Royal Military College Duntroon and was awarded the prestigious Sasakawa Leadership Scholarship by the Australian Graduate School of Management’s Executive MBA program.

The Australian Army and in particular its infantry core has an international reputation as being one of the worlds toughest and most resilient military units. As an infantry officer Paul has seen international service in 5 foreign countries, culminating in leading an international military observer unit in one of the worlds harshest environments. Paul has safely lead teams out of crossfire, negotiated the release of hostages, reopened international borders that had been closed due to hostile acts and provided humanitarian relief to communities suffering oppression.
On resigning his commission, he was appointed Director of Property at ALDI Foods where he oversaw the roll-out of a large number of supermarkets. His appointment as their first Director in Australia ensured his place in establishing the culture of one of the world’s largest food retailers.

Paul has served as the CEO and Board Chairman of Australia’s fastest growing company (BRW # 1 in their Fast 100) after an approach by the board to ‘lead a substantial change’. Paul’s capacity to lead this change in a highly competitive and complex market (electricity sector) is testimony to his ability to ‘walk the leadership talk’. Paul has over 30 years of leadership experience across all socio-economic and geopolitical boundaries making him highly sought after as an instructor and facilitator to all levels of business.

Dr Michael Powell BVSc (Hons)


Mick Powell joined Lincoln as a director in 2016 and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience in leadership and business management.
He is a highly regarded veterinary surgeon and veterinary business consultant who lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland with his wife and three children. Mick graduated with first class honours from the University of Queensland in 1994 and has been practising for more than 22 years, both in Australia and overseas.

In the past 10 years Mick and his wife Nichola devoted their energy to developing an ASAVA Accredited Hospital of Excellence with a team of 6 vets and 14 support staff, located in Beenleigh. In 2014, the MPV Profit and Expenses survey ranked them the number one practice in Australia for both normalized net profit as well financial return per principal (EBIT). Despite the low average income of residents in its location, Mick’s practice also enjoyed an average year-on-year growth in turnover of 18% and steady new client numbers of approximately 1400 per annum.
Mick attributes much of the success of the business in its latter years to the more effective implementation of business development strategies and systems with the application of advanced leadership training, received through the Lincoln Institute. In September 2014, Mick made himself strategically redundant within his Business to the degree that he negotiated its sale to a corporate group for a 5-times multiple with no work out period; something unheard of in the professional services industry at the time.

2015 saw Mick and his family sell their home and head off for a yearlong adventure living in Italy. Now back on home soil, Mick is focusing full-time on pursuing his passion for helping other business-owners achieve success and is proud to be a part of the leadership training and coaching team at the Lincoln institute.

“My firm belief is that Leadership is the missing link to success and I encourage all business owners and leaders to develop this before anything else”

Dr Chris Gough BVSc


Chris Gough is on a mission to empower business leaders and managers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to engage effectively with their people to create extraordinary results.

What he teaches is practical, relevant and achievable as he has done it himself in the real world, whilst maintaining an enviable life / work balance.

The first half of Chris’ career was spent developing systems enabling him to create one of Australia’s most successful veterinary practice. Riverbank Animal Hospital, an ASAVA Accredited Hospital of Excellence, was benchmarked in 2015 as their top performing veterinary practice by recognised industry analysts.

Many of the systems Chris developed for Riverbank have been adopted by national education providers and form a part of their core teachings. Now successfully replicated by other veterinary business owners across Australia.

Chris joined Lincoln Institute as a student with Paul back at Lincoln’s very beginning in 2012. Having completed Lincoln’s flagship Lead to Succeed program he was the first graduate invited to join Lincoln’s innovative mentoring and coaching program in 2015 and became a Partner one year later. Chris is highly regarded by his clients as an extraordinary asset in their success. Chris now heads up Lincoln’s Coaching Team and Lincoln Advantage Member Benefit Program.

“The potential for personal and business growth from working with Lincoln Institute is immense. To have the opportunity to have a positive impact on peoples lives is incredibly fulfilling, the benefit being not only for those we impact on the programs but also for their team, family and clients. What we do ultimately creates happiness and freedom.”

Dr Nichola Powell BVSc (Hons) MBA

Finance Controller

Nichola is a veterinary surgeon with a wealth of domestic and international experience in both clinical practice and multiple practice management systems.  Nichola has co-owned an ASAVA accredited Hospital of Excellence, steering this business to exceptional levels of profitability and overseeing its eventual sale.

Nichola now applies her passion and knowledge in financial management to ensuring the ongoing success of Lincoln as well as curriculum development for Lincoln’s clients.

Janine Bielovich BA

Administration Manager

Janine has extensive experience as a senior business analyst and project manager predominately in the Financial Services sector.

Janine now leads Lincoln’s complex international program roll out, client accounts and operational database development and management enabling highly detailed bench-marking across the Australian and International allied health sector.

Amanda Gough

Client Experience Manager

Amanda is the former co-owner and practice manager of one of Australia’s most profitable veterinary hospitals. Since selling her practice, Amanda has coached hundreds of veterinary practice owners and managers across Australia.

Amanda works closely with our current clients and alumni program members to help them optimise their experience from Lincoln’s suite of leadership training products and also helps ensure their full utilization of Lincoln’s member benefit program, Lincoln Advantage.

Anna Graham

Business Development Manager

Anna has worked in a leadership capacity in Veterinary Practices for over 20 years. As a Head Veterinary Nurse in the UK, Anna led a large team in what is now one of the largest veterinary hospitals in Europe. Her move to Australia saw her working alongside Dr. Michael and Nichola Powell, managing their ASAVA accredited hospital in Queensland. In 2014, this practice was listed as the most profitable practice in Australia.

Most recently Anna has been focused on helping Veterinary & Allied Health Practices implement effective business processes and systems. Her role with Lincoln is to work with Prospective and new clients to help them understand the power of leadership in the execution of their business strategy.

undefinedDanielle Kelly B Comm LLB (UNSW)

Danielle is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.  This places Danielle and her team at the centre of the very latest in research and thinking with respect to how an organisation can tap into its talent to achieve superior results.

Danielle works closely with Paul Ainsworth (Director, Curriculum Development) to ensure that Lincoln’s leadership training content is at the forefront of innovative thinking and best practice teaching.

Prior to her current role in diversity, inclusion and mental health, Danielle worked for a number of years as a lawyer at the firm. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce/Law from the University of New South Wales. Danielle is married to Paul and together they have 3 children, Emily, Ben and Annabelle. They reside in Sydney.

Natalie Baird (Bachelor of Business Systems) Systems Analyst

Natalie has over 20 years experience as a systems analyst working predominantly in financial systems. She now leads Lincoln’s development and maintenance of applications and databases by evaluating business needs; analysing requirements and developing software system solutions.

Ainsley Baird

Analytics & Administration Assistant

Ainsley is studying her final year of a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University. Ainsley has competed at a National level in rowing, state level for cross country as well as a high level in netball and athletics. She was sports captain in her final year of Korowa Anglican School and currently coaches a junior representative netball team.  Ainsley is an valuable member of Lincoln’s business bench-marking and administration teams. Ainsley leads Lincoln’s business bench-marking database platform.

Emily Ainsworth

Social media & administration assistant

Emily is studying Law and Arts at the University of Sydney, having competed at high levels internationally in ballet.

Emily brings to Lincoln a vibrant and youthful approach to the use of social media technology and other forms of B to C communication, particularly important to Lincoln given the age and gender profile of Australian and International allied health markets.

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