Meet the Team
Vanessa, an experienced leadership advisor with over two decades of expertise, established Leading Well seven years ago. The firm comprises a collective of coaches and mentors dedicated to empowering individuals, teams, and organisations to strengthen leadership and raise vitality. Vanessa’s guiding principle is that exceptional leadership is crucial for the overall well-being of organisations and their people. Drawing from her extensive background in advising leaders across a diverse range of industries, Vanessa has discovered that thriving companies prioritise the entire human system's well-being resulting in higher performance.
Tim has honed his leadership experience as an accomplished science leader with senior experience in leading professionals in science-based and government agencies. Leveraging this background, Tim loves working with the complexity, diversity and polarities of the organisations and systems we live in.
Sonya is a passionate leader in the coaching and leadership industry in Australia. With over ten years and 10,000 hours of coaching and facilitation experience, Sonya heads up Leading Well’s Queensland team.
Dominique is an executive and team coach, trainer and keynote speaker with more than 20 years experience across the fields of coaching, training, leadership development and research consultancy. Her area of expertise is leadership excellence whereby the system as a whole is supported to achieve engagement, wellbeing and peak performance.
David is a systemic leadership coach and facilitator who leverages more than 20 years of commercial experience, an Honors degree in psychology and a passionate interest in people to provide practical support for leaders and teams who are keen to grow and develop personally and professionally.
Dan is an experienced leader and Executive Mentor with over 30 years’ experience working across the manufacturing and services sectors.
April is a highly experienced leadership coach, facilitator and practitioner who has worked across multiple sectors including corporate, government and education.
Working with both senior leaders and teams, April has provided coaching and mentoring for senior leaders while also supporting their people to maintain performance and wellbeing particularly during times of significant organisational change.
Dean’s career spans 30 years and has consistently involved facilitating, mentoring and coaching individuals and teams to effect positive change. Usually on the ‘bleeding’ edge of disruption, this has been in the burgeoning personal computer industry of the 1980’s, the re-structuring and down-sizing of print and textiles industries during the 1990’s and 2000’s, and the growth of born-digital enterprises up to now.
Mark has succeeded in a number of different leadership challenges through his career, including 20 years in Financial Services leading newly formed business units or helping to re-generate existing businesses through innovative product initiatives.
Ian is a highly successful CEO with more than 20 years’ experience which he is now able to offer as a mentor and coach to assist clients on what it takes to lead teams and organisations.
Nicole is a gifted coach with a passion for seeing leaders achieve professional and personal growth as they are enabled the space, awareness and tools to develop in capability and confidence. Nicole is also a key contributor and leader for the Australian coaching industry having achieved accreditation for the training of coaches nationally to the gold standards of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).
Margaret is a highly sought-after coach for both teams and individuals. Margaret specialises in new ways to energise or re-energise the people, teams and organisations. Margaret’s clients come from a cross-section of industries – Science and Technology based, Professional Services, Health, Financial Planning, Town Planning, Travel and start-ups.
Our Proudest Achievements
First Masters of Business Coaching
We created the first Masters of Business Coaching degree course in Australia (with the Sydney Business School and University of Wollongong).
First Australian coaching methodology
We developed the first EMCC (European Mentoring & Coaching Council) accredited coaching methodology in Australia.
First women in the Department of Defence
We have facilitated the first and award-winning Women in Defence leadership program with the Department of Defence since its inception ten years ago.
Our founder, Vanessa Fudge, has co-authored chapters in three books with David Clutterbuck, the renowned international leader in coaching and mentoring with London University
How we partner
“We honour your existing leadership narrative and cultural frameworks and build upon all that has come before us in your organisation.
Choose from our off-the-shelf leadership programs, workshops or coaching solutions for instant deployment or co-design a bespoke, tailored program to match your specific requirements.”
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highly valuable or valuable – program participant feedback
Messages from our Clients
My time with David has been immensely rewarding. I believe I have grown as a leader and an individual because of my time with David. He is calm, encouraging and insightful. I would recommend him highly.
Leading Well sees the business as the Corporations Act intended – as a person. I have worked with Vanessa and her teams in my roles as the CEO of three separate businesses in the last ten years – all of them enjoyed significantly improved, competitive performance due directly to Leading Well’s contribution and work with the business and the team. The combination of a deeply caring approach, strong and diverse commercial experience and insights, the absolutely unique set of tools, and the process of empowering the business (and the team) to change itself, is unquestionably highly effective. The change in wellness will stick with the business as well as with the team and the individuals and deliver for a lifetime.
The Leading Well team have created a unique, experiential, and accelerated learning experience that is transforming for our people. Using the frameworks and tools learned they are overcoming their challenges, taking personal responsibility, being the change they seek, fulfilling their potential and inspiring others.
Leading Well has been a true partner. They are generous with our team and happy to invest in us to build a strong, caring relationship. We worked really well together to develop the purpose and scope …and verbalise the potential value it will bring to the organisation. …They brought not just technical expertise but expert collaboration and facilitation skill to challenge us intellectually to scope out something that looked quite different to what we thought it would be. In this sense it was enlightening.
Leading Well have been our constant guide on our growth journeys over the last 12 years. They navigated us through the turbulent currents of post-merger integration. They facilitated our plans for new, perhaps exotic, destinations. They mentored our travellers to get on the bus, stay on the bus and, in rare cases, get off the bus…. all done with care and unique insight. If it was a trip rating system, they would get 5 stars with accolade commentary.
For more than ten years, BlueFin has collaborated closely with Vanessa and the Leading Well team. Their methodologies have consistently provided remarkable insights and played a crucial role in our journey of growth. Our commitment to numerous leadership development programs has been instrumental in nurturing our employees and upholding a culture of high performance.