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About Us

Our mission is:

“Empowering People to be Future-Ready Faster”.

Why? Because empowering people, powers results.

Here at Real People Empowered (RPE), as our name suggests, we consider ourselves to be “empowering pioneers” or business strategy and coaching specialists, redefining people power.  We develop unique tools and approaches to both uncover and resolve, people-related challenges that are impacting individuals, teams and in some case, entire organisations.

We are High Performance Strategy Specialists. Our proven strategies and innovative solutions are underpinned by authentic experiences that deliver real results for our clients and partners.

Our Core Values

We’re for Real

“Our genuine approach and transparency defines us.”

We’re authentic, down-to-earth, honest and transparent in all our relationships. We are inspired to be real with one another so we are confident interacting and collaborating with others.

People Power

“We are firm believers that the power lies within real people.”

We empower people to think and act differently. Transparency and trust is essential; that’s why we aim to cultivate a healthy exchange in communication and outcomes. We make every decision and measure every outcome based on how well it serves our stakeholders.

Forever Learning, Always Adapting

“We forever adapt and learn to deliver on changing needs.”

The world keeps changing, and we intend to keep up with it – offering new and relevant ways to respond to our clients demands. Innovation is our name, it’s in our DNA.

Results That Inspire

“We do not subscribe to a ‘can’t be done’ attitude”

We take ownership and celebrate successes and are responsible for real outcomes. We innovate by taking intelligent risks in the right situations in order to achieve results that inspire!

We are High Performance Strategy Specialists. Our proven strategies and innovative solutions are underpinned by authentic experiences that deliver real results for our clients and partners.

We Specialise In

Design bespoke diagnostic and assessment tools for People & Culture

Strategy development and Organisational redesign

People and Change management projects

Leadership coaching and assessment

We Work With

Meet Our Leadership Team

Carmelina Tannous

Managing Partner

Strongly motivated by delivering sustainable outcomes, Carmelina has a passion for designing innovative approaches to improve organisational effectiveness– aligning strategy, people and processes. The key to her success is her ability to develop relationships and credibility with key stakeholders and swiftly connect commercial outcomes to all initiatives she drives.

Marcella Davis

Founder and Principal Coach

Marcella is an authentic leader in her field with a wealth of experience in transformational change programs and developing people strategies linked to productivity with a direct bottom line impact. This unique approach has secured her clients that continue to access her services on a regular basis for sustainable outcomes.

What Our Clients Say

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Marcella, Carmelina, and the Real People Equity team have been a crucial part of helping transition through a recent period of rapid growth, which saw the team double in size in just a matter of months. Like all small businesses moving into the next stage of development, we were experiencing growing pains and struggling to get the original start-up team on the same page. Marcella took the time to really understand our business needs and core values and help us make important decisions about where to focus our energy and how best to move forward.

Fiona MacDonald CEO

Science Alert

We have been partnering with Real People Equity for several years now on diverse projects coupled with ongoing Coaching support. Marcella and her team are trusted partners who I rely on and use their expertise in building teams, aligning skills and capability for future growth and change management. Marcella's coaching style is authentic and warm however very accountable and focused - it's proven to be crucial in building the confidence of my leadership team and she is a trusted advisor to me in my journey of growth. Her passion for connecting people to their goals and success is rare and refreshing. RPE continues to be quality People partners for our Business and will remain so as we evolve and grow. I highly recommend them to any other Business seeking expertise in successful transformation, authentic coaching and sustainable organisational performance

Robert Salha Managing Director

Yatsal Distributors Pty Ltd

We have been working with Marcella and her team for many years. She has been a huge asset to our business … fast becoming the voice of reason and guiding hand in all matters of team, culture and HR. Marcella has also tailored and run a number of workshops for our team strengthening our culture and keeping us all connected and focused on our common objectives. Navigating small business is hard and finding the right support can be difficult. Marcella has carved out a perfect niche to assist small business think like big business whilst keeping the heart and soul of a family business. I will forever be grateful for Marcella.

Alexandra Kidd Director

Alexandra Kidd

Marcella’s [RPE’s] Executive Coaching is genuinely the most valuable learning experience I’ve had. Marcella’s empathic and meaningful approach to coaching makes me feel comfortable and confident in my ability to evolve as a person and as a leader. This level of trust is essential for true change and I feel as though I can be open and honest with Marcella and she to me and thus far, the outcome has been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you for your mentorship and guidance and I recommend other executives (with or without mentors/coaches) to find the time to work with Marcella, she really is unique in her approach to leadership and coaching and will no doubt influence a positive change.

Daniel Chiha Co CEO


On a number of occasions I’ve had the benefit of partnering with Marcella Davis and RPE in my role as CEO of Fantastic Furniture and Group CEO Household Goods - Greenlit Brands.
A major piece of work Marcella facilitated in 2014 for Fantastic Furniture was the complete restructuring and realignment of the HR function, the development of the remuneration and reward program, and the recruitment of C Suite executives (HR Director and CFO). This required many hours of work with the executive leadership team and presentations to the FHL Board. Marcella also worked closely with me on the closure of one our smaller retail businesses, and to her credit the people process was managed without a single issue, again a testament to her level of professionalism. Having worked with many consultants over the years I’ve always found Marcella and her team add immense value, bringing broad strategic thinking and workable solutions that enable management to execute with ease. I’m very comfortable in recommending Marcella and RPE for their professional services, they are real partners with commercial acumen and return on investment is guaranteed.

Deborah Singh Board Director

Fantastic Furniture

Marcella, Carmelina and the team at Real People have partnered with my organisation for over 12 months, driving change programs, operational efficiencies and supporting through transitions with excellence. RPE’s support span across research, planning, executing and measuring successes of the People and Culture strategy and plan. RPE’s focus on industry trends and best practice enables my leadership team to remain future focused, constantly striving to be the best place to work and approaching changing situations with a growth mindset. The relationship we have with RPE is a true partnership, where trust is at the forefront each and every day.

Juliette Hill Director of People

BAI Australia