Who We Are
Welcome to Leading Well!
We’re a talented, experienced team of coaches, mentors and leadership facilitators.
We’re passionately committed to the work we do!
Welcome To The Team
Vanessa founded coaching and consulting firm Leading Well on the belief that leadership and wellness belong together. Through her extensive experience in mentoring, Vanessa has found that companies that thrive ensure they raise the overall wellbeing of their people. Vanessa is also a non-executive Director of MINDD.org
Vanessa’s core focus includes transforming team dynamics, leadership coaching, organizational transformation, coaching skills development, mentoring program design and facilitation and strategy facilitation. Currently Vanessa is co-authoring three books with international coaching and mentoring export David Clutterbuck from London University for Sage Press. The works cover team coaching, best practice mentoring programs and coaching and mentoring practices in Asia Pacific. Vanessa is also co-authoring a Feel Good Leadership program and book with Jenny Rossiter from FeelGoodLeadership in London.
Vanessa was recently a lecturer in the Sydney Business School ‘Applied Coaching Skills’ module for the University of Wollongong’s Masters of Business Coaching. She is passionate about quality facilitation and raising the bar on coaching standards.
Vanessa’s clients include Dept of Family and Community Services, Greenpeace, Coles, Lifeline, MINDD.org, RSPCA, Australian Dept of Defence, Australian Sports Commission, The Royal Australian Navy, The Garvan Institute, Invetech and Spirit of Tasmania
Vanessa is a registered Psychologist specialising in organisational system dynamics; a coach supervisor and member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), an accredited Certified Meta Coach (ACMC) through the institute of Neuro-Semantics; Organisational Development Resources (ODR) Practitioner and Train the Trainer; Certified Leadership Circle 360 Assessment coach, holds a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology from UNSW.
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.
She has designed leadership development programs and coach training courses and delivered these to executives, senior managers, coaches and teams in public and private sector companies. Her passion is working with a solution-focused approach and a systemic lens. Vision, values, purpose and passion constitute core themes in her work with leaders and their teams.
Some of Dominique’s past and current clients are: NS Health, NSW Public Service Commission, Ford Motor Company, Mercedes Benz, Macquarie Bank, CBA, Federal Government (Defence and RAAF), Wilkhahn Asia Pacific, Gebr. Hahnemann Australia, Suncorp, Vision Australia.
Dominique’s qualifications include Accreditations with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and Stakeholder Centered Coaching; Certifications in Systems Dynamics and Organisational Constellations, Neuroscience of Leadership, The Leadership Circle 360 Assessment Tool; Training in Crucial Conversations, Nonviolent Communication, Psychodrama and Energy Psychology; and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from UWS.
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.
In more recent years Dean has brought all of this experience together to focus on realising human potential through the art of mentoring and coaching. For leaders and their teams, Dean considers the development and practice of relational skills to be an essential ingredient for achieving optimum results, regardless of how volatile, complex or unpredictable an environment might be.
Having served as a senior manager in small, medium and corporate environments, and having designed and facilitated programs to grow individual and organisational capabilities for strategic thinking, leadership development, team performance and the management of change programs, Dean has a broad body of experience to draw from.
Dean’s current and recent clients include Apt Wealth, Australian Dept of Defence, Bluefin Resources, Department of Education and Training Victoria, Infosys, Smaart Recruitment, Transport for New South Wales, Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne, and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service.
Recent projects include: Enterprise Mentoring programs – design, facilitation and delivery; Culture audit and transformation projects; Leadership coaching – team and one-on-one; Team and leadership development workshops and programs; Project management of a whole of university digital initiative.
Dean’s qualifications include:
- An Arts/Commerce graduate of the University of Melbourne
- Founding partner of The Association of System Dynamics in Australia
- The Leadership Circle Profile Accreditation
- AltusQ/EMCC Business Coaching
- Accreditation in Mindfulness Mindfulness Based Systemic Constellations
- Martial Arts Instructor
Jude consults in the area of workforce development while also practicing as a clinical psychotherapist and coach. Working as a clinical consultant Jude invites leaders to develop higher order skills and understandings in the areas of commitment, conflict, motivation, social and emotional intelligence improving organisational agility.
Jude has 15 years’ experience with Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE, eight of those working in Senior Educational Roles including leading Capability Development with a workforce of 2000 staff. Jude designs and facilitates educational and leadership programs focusing on relational skills. Managers and leaders in these programs have remarked on being able to better function in groups and carry out their role as leaders. Jude has presented on the subject of Fostering Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace at TEDx.
Jude holds a Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and is a Clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). She has been an active member on the Executive Board of Australian Somatic Psychotherapy Association. Jude has trained with the Australian Centre for Integrative Studies in relational organisational development, is accredited in Coaching (CoachU), Change Management (Procsi), Team Management Profiling (TMS), and Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA Australia). Jude also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Jenny is a mediator, author, coach and human behaviour specialist. Her eclectic skillset has grown from the insights she has gathered from extensive study and training in psychology which she has applied very successfully within the business environment. For over 20 years, Jenny has developed and managed people, from global executives to sales force managers and representatives.
Through her relentless curiosity, her courage to explore as well as her wealth of experience, Jenny has gained a unique insight for unlocking individual strengths in business leaders and broadening their strategic capabilities.
With a famously warm and natural manner, Jenny gets to the heart of the matter quickly because her clients trust her with themselves and their business.
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.
David’s clients span corporate, government, NFP and SME sectors and include CBA, Westpac, BT, Sydney Trains, NSW Treasury, Department of Family and Community Services, Dubbo Regional and Canada Bay Councils.
Projects and services include:
- Leadership coaching – team and one-on-one
- Leadership development workshops and programs
- Strategy and business planning off-sites and workshops
- Culture change and transformation
- Change management
- Mentoring programs
David passionately believes the greatest long-term business performance is achieved by leaders and leadership teams who understand themselves, are open to their blind spots and who can support and harness the energy of their people to deliver sustainable results. Working systemically, David has a discerning eye for the underlying dynamics that can block individual, team and organisational ‘flow’.
David is trained in System and Organisational Dynamics. He is a coaching supervisor to EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) standards and has leadership and team coaching accreditations with ACMC (Certified Meta Coach) and AltusQ. He is certified in a number of leadership methodologies including:
• TLC (The Leadership Circle) leadership 360 profile and leadership development methodology
• MEWS (Managerial Executive Wellbeing Survey) diagnostic and methodology
• ODR (Organisational Development Resources) and Prosci organisational change methodologies
Away from work David enjoys music, golf and precious time with family.
Danielle is a mentor, coach and facilitator, a proven team player and leader, with extensive corporate finance experience, living amongst and working with diverse socioeconomic groups and cultural complexities.
Achieving CPA status whilst working in a successful fifteen year period, Danielle delivered high impact outcomes in key Corporate roles for numerous multinational and Not for Profit organizations throughout the world including Melbourne, London, Terni (Italy), Pittsburgh (USA), Beijing and Wollongong. Danielle’s finance experience includes a focus on short and medium term projects, deliverables based on cycles, reporting, presentations, systems implementation and leadership.
Danielle is a teacher and mentor who believes the key to living well and working well is a not only a high focus on a healthy lifestyle, but to authentically connect to self, others and community. Danielle helps clients to get clear on what is important to them rather than what is urgent and is passionate about guiding, supporting and energising clients to use wellbeing as a cornerstone to create a thriving life.
Danielle deeply lives what she teaches and has the unique ability to sit with discomfort. Danielle models and guides others to build their capacity to be with discomfort enabling connection and growth.
Danielle’s business acumen, corporate financial awareness and experience of working in complex environments combined with her skills as a coach and mentor, enable her to gain perspective and truly understand the challenges leaders face. Danielle supports clients to work on mindset and skill set, manage energy rather than time, build resiliency to overcome setbacks and develop practices to stay on track.
Danielle has recently completed a research project on Women Leaders – The Wonders of Women in Leadership – including over 25 leaders from very senior to middle management positions in organisations in the Car Industry, Banks, Private Practice Accounting Firms, Utilities, Financial Services, Heavy Industry and Entrepreneurs. The project allowed Danielle to gain a unique, holistic perspective of women leaders who are leading at work, and also who leading in life beyond work. The research revealed common themes, challenges, barriers to bust, inspiring words from the wise, life-changing practices, hopes for the future and some interesting outlier insights which have exponential benefits for Women Leaders, workplaces, families and communities.
Danielle’s Qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting, awarded CPA status
- Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey (GLWS) Accreditation
- Leading Well Systemic Coaching Certification
- Qualified Executive Wellness Coach (Level I, II & III Wellness Coaching Aust.)
- Wellness Wise Practitioner (WWP) Workplace Health Association of Australia (WHAA)
- Certificate III & IV Personal Training (AIPT)
- Wholeheartedly raising 3 boys as a Lead Parent
Tam Johnston, is an experienced leader, mentor and coach across not-for-profit, government and commercial sectors. Starting her career in public relations and communications, Tam has held senior leadership positions including Deputy Chief Executive of the National Australia Day Council, Chief Executive Officer of the SMILE Foundation and Chief Executive Officer of Variety – the Children’s Charity (NSW). She is currently a Non-Executive Director of SDN Children’s Services.
By bringing together her communications expertise and management experience, Tam brings a well-rounded approach to addressing organisational challenges and preparing an organisation to reach its most ambitious goals. She is committed to helping organisational leaders to identify, build and develop their strategy and providing the support to enable them to do that in the most effective way.
Tam holds a Master of Business Administration, Graduate Certificate in Management and a Bachelor of Communication. She is a graduate of the Leadership for Senior Executives Course at the Harvard Business School and the Company Directors Course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tam has also attended LeadingWell Transformation Coaching and Facilitation skills training as well as Coaching Accreditation through the Institute of Executive Coaching.
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.
After negotiating and completing a management buyout of Alcatel’s Enterprise Services Division, Ian went on to grow this business through a series of acquisitions and integrations to form UXC Connect, a $220M revenue technology services business with 650 employees.
During that time, Ian was admitted to the ARN IT Industry Hall of Fame in 2015, he was awarded the CRN Fast 50 Award four times (2006, 07, 11, 12) as well as receiving the Deloitte Top 50 Award in 2011.
While the business achieved outstanding commercial success, Ian attributes this not just to their business strategies but more importantly to the culture that was built and actively grown and the responsibility for authentic leadership he placed on himself and his leaders.
Ian has a passion for the Not For Profit sector as well as technology start-ups. He has been a Vinnies CEO SleepOut participant for more than a decade and regularly works as part of a food distribution team to feed homeless people in Sydney where he lives.
Mel was previously a teacher librarian in the private school system and has a keen sense of organisation and dealing with people. Mel has coached many sporting teams and aims to inspire them to be their best. She has also organised large scale events and enjoys the challenge of bringing a team of people together and producing a fantastic end result.
Her experience allows her to deal with our clients professionally but with empathy. She is very mindful of keeping a balance between work and play. She is loving using her skills for Vanessa and the team at Leading well.
Jill works with business leaders to create high performance teams. This is her passion.
Her focus is on enabling leaders to build the behaviours and skills in teams that bring clarity to what should be talked about and what needs to get done to get the required business results.
The benefit is teams that develop the influential leadership and true leverage of their strengths to get results faster and have more fun along the way.
Through a combination of group coaching, facilitated workshops and 1:1 executive coaching, Jill supports leaders and their teams to enable the self-reflection to reveal and align the ‘why’ that inspires others to great performance with the ‘what’ needs to be done to turn vision into reality.
She has worked across a broad range of industries and clients in both the public and private sector including Google, LinkedIn, TfNSW, Harvey Norman, NAB, Salvation Army and many others. Her focus is supporting organisations to optimize the full breadth of their leadership talent by leveraging team performance to drive successful change.
Jill has strong insight into the unique challenges and complexity of leadership, both in her capacity as a coach as well as having held senior roles including 8 years as a Director of a Project Management firm. She is also an experienced public speaker on the topics of Leadership, Women in Leadership and High Performing Teams.
She also brings to her coaching knowledge and insights gained from a business background in marketing and marketing communications, including having run her own consulting business for a number of years.
Jill is an international speaker and an effective facilitator. Her workshops are highly engaging and interactive with a clear focus on practical outcomes that is consistently reflected in strong and enthusiastic participant feedback. Her relevant qualifications include a Diploma in Executive Coaching, The Leadership Circle (TLC) practitioner certification and European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) accreditation.
A successful executive Mentor with over 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry, Carol has extensive knowledge and expertise in general management, product innovation, strategy development, marketing, finance and customer service.
Carol has also provided consultancy services to the Australian market and was a non-executive Director of Neto, an Australian start-up providing Retail and Wholesale e-commence solutions.Carol has led large professional teams and is passionate about the development of optimal performance in individuals and teams, with a focus on wellbeing. She is currently completing a Diploma in Positive Psychology with the Langley Group Institute and has commenced a Diploma of Coaching Psychology at Sydney University.
Most recently Carol was Director of Global Product Marketing at Telstra, responsible for all aspects of product marketing including launches, in market performance and international pricing. At Telstra, Carol also held roles leading product innovation, development and management and led major transformation programs. Carol was CEO of C3 Consulting, providing IT consulting services, prior to leading the divestment and merger of the business. Carol has also held a range of leadership roles at Alcatel, from finance through to customer service.
Carol’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and a range of Senior Executive development courses including participation in top talent and accelerated development programs with executive coaching.
As a leadership and executive coach, Chris stretches teams and leaders, holding the mirror up so they can see the impact of their behaviours on their effectiveness. Chris has worked with over 400 leaders amassing over 5,000 coaching hours in the last 12 years. He creates an environment where the ‘unsafe’, is safe to consider and act upon. Leaders wake up to their own ‘inner game’ so they can shift their default thinking, show up authentically and leverage their unique strengths to achieve extraordinary results.
Chris’ prior experience running his own business for seven years enables him to relate to leaders’ dilemmas and the coming to terms with their own beliefs. He turned his business around from a $100K loss into a $1M profit in six months through leveraging his leadership strengths.
Chris’ passion in helping people to see and realise a bigger future for themselves shows up in all aspects of his life as leadership and executive coach, as a volunteer coach for The Marketing Academy, as a Big Brother Big Sister mentor, and as team manager at his daughters local junior soccer club.
Chris’ approach to growing individual’s and teams is built upon three principles:
- raising awareness – creating the imperative for change;
- expanding perspective – broadening understanding for individual / team performance; and
- integrating new behaviours – building the new mental muscle to enhance performance.
Chris’s qualifications include:
- an accredited facilitator in ‘Immunity to Change’
- a certified coach in The Leadership Circle and Leadership System and
- an IECL accredited coach.
He has spoken at a number of national conferences on how to be more effective as a leader, including CPA Congress, Xerocon and the Laser Group International Conference.
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.
Margaret’s strength is in working with management teams and individuals to stretch their goals and take up new challenges. She is intuitive and discerning and uses both these qualities to delve into the core issues and pinpoint a way forward. Acting as an enabler of change, Margaret helps connect people with their passion and purpose to gain their commercial outcomes without losing sight of their values.
Margaret coached the board and leadership team of a professional services company through significant change during handover of founding partner and Managing Director to new management team. Margaret continued the engagement over the past three years undertaking regular leadership 360 assessments across the leadership team to strengthen and build unity; conducted annual strategy workshops for leadership and whole of company planning days; undertaken executive coaching with individual board members, to support the leadership team through significant growth.
Prior to her coaching career Margaret worked extensively in the IT sector. She was responsible for negotiating the acquisition of Australian owned CAZ Software to UK owned multi-national RM PLC and was subsequently appointed to the executive team of RM Asia-Pacific to manage the merger of the Australian operations over a two-year period.
Margaret has worked at the executive management level for publicly listed companies, helped grow small businesses into national market leaders, consulted to Education Departments in Victoria, ACT and Western Australia and consulted to systemic Catholic and Anglican education groups in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra-Goulburn and Northern Territory. Margaret is currently the Chair of the Board of a small public beneficiary organisation that helps the disadvantaged in a mixed-ethnicity area of Perth.
Margaret’s qualifications include:
- a Degree in Applied Science (Curtin University)
- Coaching accreditation according to EMCC practitioner status
- a Diploma of Business Administration
- Certification in Performance Management and Team Building
- Certified practitioner of The Leadership Circle 360 instrument
Dorus van den Biezenbos
Dorus is an experienced leader, speaker, coach, facilitator and mentor, passionate about understanding organisational and people’s drivers and helping them achieve their full potential.
Originally from the Netherlands, Dorus grew up in France and Belgium, studied in Maastricht, Madrid and Singapore and spent his working life in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Luxembourg and most recently in Australia. His international background has given him the opportunity to learn five languages fluently, as well as an open, global mindset.
His consulting experience with a focus on strategy, digital transformation and customer experience has provided him with strong analytical, facilitation and problem-solving skills.
Dorus has been coaching and mentoring clients and colleagues for over 18 years, across industries ranging from Banking to Consumer Products and Life Insurance to Retail.
As line manager and then a virtual leader, Dorus has developed strong leadership skills, based on his key values of integrity, team spirit, vulnerability and authenticity. Bringing together his Consulting experience, international background and passion for leadership, Dorus shares broad, well-rounded perspectives to challenges faced by organisations and individuals.
He is a Board Member of the Australia’s Dutch Chamber of Commerce (DutchLink), holds a Masters in Consulting, a Bachelors in International Business & and Languages and is certified in Collaborative Coaching.
Murray has worked in Europe, the Middle-East, South East Asia and Australia in leadership roles in international and national hotels with experience in tertiary education and consulting.
He has been coaching and facilitating for 10 years within hospitality, real estate, recruitment, not for profit, telecommunications, property services and and government.
Murray’s international career taught him to work with different cultures and overcome challenging situations in difficult environments. His Group GM roles for national hotel chains required management of difficult stakeholder relationships as well as driving change in culture and ways of operating as part of transition. Working with a coach connected Murray with his passion to be the one doing the coaching. Making the change provided the opportunity to consult and as his skills developed, coach and facilitate to a range of industry sectors where his experience and insight to business at all levels is appreciated.
Murray’s approach brings presence and commitment to building relationships adopting a systemic approach to bring new perspective and deeper insight as a starting point to meaningful work with individuals and teams. His work is dynamic and underpinned by contemporary approaches including systems work, narrative coaching and mindfulness.
Some recent clients have included a CEO Not for Profit, South Pacific Nation Utiltiy Company, Leadership team of a Major Hotel group.
Murray’s qualifications include:
- Accredited Organisational Coach, Level 3, IECL
- Trained in Human Systems and Organisational Constellations
- Education: BA (Hotel and Catering Management); Key Executive Leadership Program; Rapid Concensus Facilitation
- Diagnostics: LI, LSI, HBDI and DiSC
Rodger Powell has a 30-year leadership career spanning four continents and varying industry sectors. From Board, CEO and C-suite roles with global brands, to marketing, technology and consulting roles across the Tourism, Hospitality, Leisure, Agriculture, Energy and Education sectors. He has worked in listed businesses, private companies, not-for-profits and associations. He has owned and led three start-ups and advised a number of others. For over 10 years he has run a specialist advisory and consulting firm that also coaches businesses and has mentored owners and executives.
Rodger is not shy of talking about the ‘bumps’ in his career and learnings from his failures. “These learnings are possibly more important than those from successes” he believes. Building resilience at all stages of a career is also incredibly important. “Leadership is invariably a rocky road and often a lonely one” I’m always grateful for the amazing people who have been my mentors and supporters on my journey and like to hope that I can make as good a contribution to others in return”.
Proudest of the people he has worked with who have gone on to great achievements of their own, Rodger is also passionate in his support of youth sport and indigenous education. He travels widely and remotely for pleasure and indulges his inner ‘hippie’ attending Burning Man. He is also an active food anthropologist and loves to cook for friends and family.
In his own view, the most important education that Rodger has completed has been
- The AICD Mastering the Boardroom course
- Competitive Strategy with Michael E Porter
- Coaching with Vanessa Fudge
- Leading a business into the Global Financial Crisis
- Chairing a business that went into, and out of, Administration