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 Fudge


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 Beck

Executive Coach

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 Mason

Executive Coach

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 Reggett

Executive Coach

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.

Sonya Trau

Executive Coach

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.

Sonya is sought after by large and mid-tier government and corporate clients to support their leaders authentically grow and build highly successful organisations where empowerment and self-responsibility exist at all levels. She is a ‘front of room’ specialist renowned for her ability to create the ‘safe space’ required for individuals to connect more deeply with each other and their personal learning experience. In her work with executive teams, her deep relational skills help to forge aligned, energised and productive executive teams able to deal with the most demanding challenges.

Sonya’s coaching clients have included Global Pay, TransMax, Qld Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, M+T Resources, Qld Department of Transport, Uniting Church of Qld, Laureate International Universities, Net Engine, Queensland Health, Brisbane City Council, University of QLD. Her projects have ranged from team and individual coaching, strategic facilitation, as well as delivering multi-agency leadership programs across Government.

Having spent over 25 years in management and the executive levels of multinational and national corporations for global brands, Sonya’s highly practical approach enables deeper learning and sustainable leadership uplift.   She is passionate about building leadership capability and developing the crucial ‘soft skills’ required for high impact leadership.  She loves working with leaders to hone their personal and interpersonal awareness enabling themto achieve success for their organization and for themselves.

Sonya started her work life as a scientist with the CSIRO, then as a metallurgical engineer and has since held a number of leadership roles with Microsoft Corporation as well as holding a number of non-executive board positions in Brisbane Tech start-ups.

Sonya’s qualifications include:

  • Member of EMCC (currently undertaking European Individual Accreditation at Masters level) and EMCC Foundation Member Asia Pacific Region 2018
  • Accredited Leading Well Systemic Leadership Coach
  • Certified International Systemic Team Coach, Academy of Executive Coaching
  • The Leadership Circle, Team Management Systems, DISC Adv, Team Connect 360 certified
  • Masters of Business Administration (QUT)
  • Bachelor of Science – First Class Honours (UQ)
David Fudge

Executive Coach

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.


Dorus van den Biezenbos

Executive Coach

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.

Jill Arkell

Executive Coach

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.

Carol White

Executive Coach, Mentor and Team Coach

Carol is an executive coach, mentor and team coach, combining her wealth of business experience from more than 20 years’ as a successful senior executive with the latest research in optimal performance and wellbeing. She believes in a purpose led, strengths-based approach to cultivating vitality, performance and resilience. By fostering systemic leadership and wellbeing, Carol helps executives reach their full potential and flourish in a dynamic work environment.

Carol has held executive roles in multi-national to small medium business, focused on disruptive technology market transitions. She has led global teams, developed and implemented strategic change initiatives and has a broad range of functional expertise, specialising in product innovation & marketing. She has also held the position of non-executive director of a technology start-up and provided consulting services to the technology and professional services sectors.

Driven by her belief that collective leadership is required to drive optimal and sustainable business performance, Carol pivoted her career during 2017 to focus on supporting the leadership development of others. Having completed a certificate in Coaching Psychology at Sydney University and a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing with the Langley Group, she is accredited in the Leadership Circle 360 Profile and the Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey assessment tools. Carol’s qualifications also include certifications in Systemic Leadership and Systemic Team Coaching and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney.

She has designed and delivered leadership pathway programs for executive leadership teams across a range of sectors, also providing team coaching and one on one leadership coaching and mentoring. Some of Carol’s past and current clients span a range of industry sectors and organisations including; NSW Treasury, Position Partners, Criterion Conferences, Universal Music, Commonwealth Bank, Vocus Communications, RXP Services and Bluefin Resources.

“Both my hands-on leadership background and leadership development experience with clients has emphasised the importance of taking a whole of system lens to coaching and mentoring, putting purpose, mindset and wellbeing at the centre of the conversation to promote optimal performance.”

Helen Woods

Helen’s career spans 28 years committed to providing trusted advisory services to enterprising organisations wanting to shape a better world by fulfilling their purpose, developing their people and being responsible community citizens. More recently Helen has refined her professional practice and focused on enhancing the impact of leaders and senior executives by helping them develop the capability to realise their full potential – personally and professionally. Her coaching and mentoring assists clients to heighten their levels of self-awareness and bring ‘the whole person’ to validating passion with purpose.

Helen’s clients include – ISPT Super Property, VicRoads, Arup/ Arup University, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Monash Health, City of Greater Geelong, Womens Hospital, Bionics Institute, Deakin University, Latrobe University, Laureate Australia, Monash University, Menzies Foundation, Melbourne Montessori School, Melba Opera Trust, CSR, Engineers Education Australia, The Australian Ballet, Australian Marketing Institute, Women in Banking, Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Victoria, AusIMM Women Engineers Mentoring Program .

As an experienced facilitator Helen has led ‘whole of system’ approach to organisational change and cultural transformation with groups up to 130 people. Helen’s generative approach to coaching introduces concepts as ‘breakthrough thinking’ and teaches people to ‘be fit-for-purpose leaders’. This encourages highly capable and confident people to seamlessly exhibit their technical skills, to tap into their EQ efficacy and through masterful thinking become exceptional role models.

Helen is the co-creator of The Circle of Knowing™ an emergent communication process involving dialogue and story-telling. This provides an organic, thought-provoking experience that encourages people to explore possibility, get to the core of learning differently, and inspires people to make better choices.

Helen’s accreditations include:

  • Fellow AICD
  • Fellow AMI
  • The Leadership Circle Profile Assessment
Nicole Allen

Executive Coach

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).

Nicole’s clients include Qld Health, Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Brisbane City Council, Ezidebit (Globalpay), Kellogg Brown and Root, Queensland Urban Utilities and Optus, with coaching highlights including:

  • Executive Coaching assignments up to C-Suite with both corporate and Queensland state and local Government,
  • Design and delivery of experiential culture programs including team coaching, leadership and mentoring programs, and soft skill development projects with Brisbane City and Sunshine Coast Council’s, Department of State Development, and Calibre Consulting as well as
  • Consulting services including research, design, analysis, reporting and recommendations relating to best practice coaching and mentoring and building a coaching culture for Brisbane City Council.

Nicole’s experience also spans business mentoring and leadership coaching with small business leaders and young entrepreneurs on the Sunshine Coast, QLD. Currently serving as a Non-Executive Director, Deputy-Chair and Mentor for Sunshine Coast based “Generation Innovation” a NFP mentoring program for 15-25 year olds, Nicole is passionate about supporting entrepreneurship in the next generation.

Nicole maintains an active interest in and passion for quality coaching standards and training, having centrally managed the design of the accreditation of Coaching Skills Programs and achieving a European Quality Award (EQA) from the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) in 2015. She continues to strengthen Australia’s partnership with the EMCC as a foundation member of the EMCC (Asia Pacific Region) from 2017 and as an EMCC Accreditation Assessor of Coaches and Mentors.

Nicole’s qualifications include:

  • Awarded European Individual Accreditation (EIA) at Practitioner level (2018) with the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) Currently undertaking Senior Practitioner accreditation (2019)
  • Completed AltusQ’s European Quality Awarded (EQA) Foundation Coaching Skills Program (2015)
  • The Leadership Circle Certification (2018)
  • Undergraduate and Post-graduate qualifications in HRM and Management (QUT)
Tim Dyke

Tim has had a diverse career over 35 years that has been people- and performance-centred. Tim has also been an academic, a veterinary surgeon, a researcher, a principal scientist and had 11 years experience as a senior executive in the Australian government.

In more recent years, Tim has applied this experience in his mentoring and coaching practice. For both individuals and teams Tim is passionate about expanding mind-sets and improving culture through deliberate consciousness, reflection, integrating work-life and life outside of work, and developing and delivering on big picture thinking for success. He enjoys working with people at all organisational level and across diverse community groups. He bases his practice on evidence drawing on adult development, appreciative inquiry, positive psychology, and adult learning theory.

Tim’s current and recent clients include National Health and Medical Research Council, AirServices Australia, YMCA, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, Advocacy for Inclusion, Victorian Department of Education, PRAXIS Australia.

Recent projects include: Leadership coaching – one-on-one and team; Coaching post-360 feedback assessments; Leadership development programs for ‘accidental’ leaders; Appreciative inquiry to drive organisational values and strategic planning; Development and review of research programs; Development of a Learning and Development program for government scientists.

Tim is also passionate about corporate governance, strategic planning, change management, risk and inclusive work cultures, is President of a not-for-profit organisation, and has mentored young business people.

Tim’s qualifications include:

  • European Individual Accreditation, the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)
  • Certification in The Leadership Circle Profile, and Culture Survey
  • Training in The Art of Developmental Coaching, Systems Constellations and Appreciative Inquiry
  • Foundation Member, EMCC Asia-Pacific Region
  • Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • MBA (public sector and human resources)
  • Masters and PhD degrees in veterinary science and specialist qualifications
Brad Barr

Executive Coach

Brad is an executive coach, facilitator, and mentor with a background in Financial Services and over 30 years of leadership experience. Brad’s expertise and depth of experience include business development and sales, recruitment, investment research, financial planning and delivery of large-scale transformation programs.

Brad’s current and most recent clients include BT, Kaplan Education, NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment, Ashdown People, Hunter Douglas and Laureate Education.

Prior to providing leadership consulting services to BT and executive coaching in the private and government sectors, Brad spent 14 years at AMP, where in his last role he was accountable for the implementation of a new advice model and technology platform to financial planning businesses.

Brad’s ability to deeply connect with people and desire to see them succeed underpins his leadership style and forms the foundation of his approach to coaching and mentoring.  Possessing a unique blend of empathy for people and passion for performance, Brad is able to effectively challenge his clients and develop coaching relationships that provide purposeful results.

Brad’s qualifications include:

  • Systemic Leadership Coaching accreditation with Leading Well including ongoing supervision
  • Certified Organisational Coach
  • Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
  • Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and is
  • Completing his Masters in Business Leadership
Margaret Armitage

Executive Coach

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
Susan Kroening

Executive Coach, Keynotes and Master Facilitator

Susan has international experience in delivering strategy implementation, organisational wide cultural transformation and change, larger scale coaching interventions, programs to develop leadership capability, enhance organisational effectiveness, build resilience and emotional intelligence, and develop internal capability in mentoring, coaching, facilitation and training.

Clients have described Susan’s style and approach as pragmatic, bringing strong business acumen, intuitive, empathetic and action oriented. With 16 years coaching and over 22 years facilitation experience, Susan is passionate about working with leaders and senior leadership teams. Her work draws on contemporary Leadership research, Safety Leadership, the fields of Neuroscience, Resilience, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, creating psychological safety to underpin high performance work cultures, Quantum Thinking, Somatics, Accelerated Learning, Systems Dynamics, Appreciative Inquiry, Action Learning, NLP and Adult Learning Theory.

Coaching assignments have included: deepening self-awareness, creating strategies for complex change, thought partnering, values exploration and career planning, enhancing leadership presence, resilience, building high performing teams and work cultures, talent development, working with cultural transformation and cultivating innovative leadership.

Susan’s career spans the people side of Change Management (Deloittes) and Leadership Development and Organisational Transformation (12 years with McKinsey & Co). Susan’s international work as a lead facilitator and design consultant in organisational wide culture change programs includes: Anglo-Coal (South Africa), Kookman Bank & LG (Korea), Taishin Bank, (Taiwan). Australian clients include the ANZ Breakout Cultural Transformation Program, Glencore, Water Corporation, Powerlink, ATO, DTF, EY, PWC, Freehills, Unisys, Ajilon, Elders, Worley Parsons, Leightons, Chevron, CBA, Bankwest, Westpac and not for profits: WA Deaf Society & Indigenous organisations: Gumala, GIPL & BIMA. Susan also delivers on behalf of Mt Eliza Executive Education (Melbourne Business School), ASM – Australian School of Applied Management, Actrua Performance Cultures and The Centre for Systemic Change. 

Susan has a Bachelor of Education (honours), Certificate in Workplace Training, Advanced Facilitation & Group Process Certifications, Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Coaching & Behavioural Science Qualifications including: NLP Master Practitioner, The Leadership Circle 360 Assessment Tool (TLC). She has certificates in Somatics, Systems Dynamics and Family Constellations work, is a PCC – Professional Certified Coach and a member of the Institute of Learning Practitioners (ILP). With over 3500 logged coaching hours, Susan has debriefed more than 220 LSIs and 180 TLCs. Susan is also accredited in a variety of diagnostic tools including PRINT, MBTI, HBDI, Hogan, DiSC, TMS, TLC Cultural Survey, TLC & LSI 360s and Barrett’s Values Tools.

Danielle Dobson

Executive Coach

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


Ian Poole

Executive Mentor

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.


Chris Barlow

Executive Coach

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.

Tam Johnston

Executive Coach

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.


Tanya Saad

Executive Coach

Melissa Pollack

Executive Assistant

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.


Jenny Rossiter

Executive Coach

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.


Jennie Hill

Executive Coach

Jennie began her career as an economic research analyst in the Rio Tinto Group. In a career notable for success in diverse roles, Jennie went on to positions over the next twenty-five years in education and training, operations, professional services and human resources. Leadership roles ranged from IT Service Delivery for clients including Suncorp and Telstra, to HR Strategy for rapid business growth. Roles held were in organisations of all shapes and sizes: from publicly listed global corporations to privately owned businesses including a small safari business in southern Africa.

A leadership and performance coach since 2006, Jennie has a particular interest in helping leaders “get the people part right”. Navigating the social world of work within organisational systems is complex. Jennie’s extensive training in neuroscience gives clients access to contemporary research on the drivers of human behaviour, so they can understand and interact with others with maximum positive impact and success.

A sought-after Executive Coach and Trainer for human performance organisations with global reach, Jennie has worked on coaching and training assignments in Bulgaria, Malaysia and China. Success in these assignments reflects Jennie’s ability to understand and adapt to the unique context of the client’s organisation, industry and culture.

Jennie’s clients value her willingness to challenge their thinking, support deep reflection and bring focus to their efforts. Feedback consistently highlights her ability to ask tough questions, provide candid feedback and hold client’s accountable for their impact and results. Her ability to align development goals with organisational strategy, culture, contemporary leadership practices and current business demands has resulted in long standing client relationships.

Jennie’s industry experience is broad and includes Telstra, Boston Consulting Group, Cisco, Price Waterhouse Coopers, National Australia Bank, IRESS, AIA, Healthscope, Thales, Ford Motor Company, PEXA, Sanofi-Aventis, BUPA and NRMA. Not for profit clients include Australian Tax Office, Wyndham City and Yarra Councils, Department of State Development, Victorian University Secondary College and University of Melbourne.

Recent assignments include career transitioning an IT specialist from a national to global role, supporting a Managing Director through the sale of their business, team realignment post organisational restructure (coaching team and team leader) and partnering with a new Director to establish their personal brand whilst ensuring fast delivery on complex projects.

Jennie’s qualifications include:

  • Bachelor Commerce, University of Melbourne
  • Graduate Diploma ICT, University of Melbourne
  • Diploma Education, University of Melbourne
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation
  • Certificate of Neuroleadership, Neuroleadership Institute
  • GENOS Emotional Intelligence and Extended DISC Accredited