Dr Denise Fleming AM – Founder and Managing Director

The more the business environment is challenged and changed the greater is the need for Executives to enhance their leadership strengths and skills. Foresight Global Coaching’s Coaches, distinguished in their own fields, work to augment Executives’ strengths so that the Executives can deliver superior leadership performance and can achieve their organisation’s goals.

Denise is the founder and Managing Director of the Foresight Management Group (FMG) and of Foresight Global Coaching (FGC) which grew out of FMG’s M&A Advisory business. FGC was launched in 1998 and has an international operation. FGC is recognised internationally as the leading Executive Business Coaching organisation.

Denise’s PhD in Cross Border Acquisitions from Imperial College London, School of Economics, her experience as a public company executive, her NED experience, including 10 years as the Chair on a National NFP and her experience and focus on implementation and outcomes, has underpinned her leadership of FGC.

FGC’s Coaches are distinguished business executives who are in their post-executive careers. FGC’s Coaches work with organisation’s executive leaders. The FGC robust business model  ensures that the Executives’ new knowledge and skills are implemented and applied as it is an iterative process; the Executives learn, apply, adapt and lead.

FGC facilitates continuous learning opportunities and a collegiate framework for its Distinguished Business Leader Coaches, to complement the business currency gained and maintained from their non-executive Directorships.

FGC’s Coaches also continue to grow their knowledge of the rapidly changing markets in which FGC’s client organisations work.

Characterisations of FGC’s robust coaching model are its:

  • Integrity
  • Confidentiality of all aspects of its coaching (including the names of the prestigious firms and Clients with whom FGC works)
  • Governance structures and processes
  • Breadth of experience and the quality of its coaching teams
  • Responsiveness
  • Accountability

FGC’s unique and robust Business Model includes a support team which engages with the client organisations’ coaching Sponsors. The Sponsor support team ensures FGC has and maintains a deep understanding of the organisation’s needs from its Executives and hence from FGC’s coaching. FGC delivers the outcomes required and ensures that confidentiality and integrity are maintained.

Denise is passionate about her leadership role and of the work of FGC. Denise is very proud of the support the FGC Team has provided to leading Australian and International Executives’ careers and through those Executives leadership to the companies in which they lead.

Dr Barry Jackaman – Chairman

Barry offers clients the benefit of a trusted guide to help them navigate their way to reaching their highest potential.

Barry believes that the keys to personal and professional success are understanding who you are, what you need to do to achieve success in your chosen field and where you have to be to take advantage of opportunities.

After completing his Ph.D. at the Royal School of Mines, London, Barry started his professional career as a geologist. He swiftly moved into management roles and thence investment banking; his career has taken him into the boardrooms of the World’s resources giants.

His 23 years as an investment banker specializing in the mining industry involved him in some extraordinary deals, particularly in his role as a founding executive director of a Canadian Bank in Australia.

Barry is the Chairman of the Foresight Management Group; his leadership, integrity, sense of humour and thoughtfulness ensures that Foresight’s Global Coaching grows professionally.

Barry enjoys spending time with his family, playing with his dogs and using tradesman-quality tools to make things.

Andrew Best

“Having a coach allows senior executives to check their views and approach with someone who is experienced and independent and has their best interests at heart.”

Andrew Best is a former Managing Director of J P Morgan Australia and their Head of Investment Banking Coverage. Since 1994 Andrew has held senior roles in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore and London.


Andrew is a highly respected senior financial services executive with unique long term, multi-cycle, international and domestic experience across banking and markets. Andrew is skilled in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Capital Markets, Markets and Derivatives.

Among Andrew’s many senior executive qualities is the ability to understand problems, decipher what matters quickly as well as focus on the key factors people need to consider when making decisions. This comes from being a good listener and having the ability to build relationships with people. He feels that to be a successful and effective Executive Coach you need to listen, guide, build rapport, offer solutions and be proactive.

Andrew is driven by being involved with people and found building relationships with colleagues or clients was always the most enjoyable part of his role. Talking to people about their concerns or problems and trying to solve those issues or guide them in the right direction in their career or around specific decisions gave him fulfilment.

Andrew holds dual degrees – Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science.


Andrew is married with 4 children, ranging in ages from final years at school through to final years of tertiary study and a career in advertising.  Andrew, having grown up in Melbourne, has a passion for AFL and the Richmond Tigers. He enjoys most sports, playing golf and skiing. He exercises regularly, loves to travel, read and is a big fan of art driven by his wife’s passion for the arts.

Dr Sue Boyd

Each one of us is unique and the importance of coaching is to help others to achieve their goals, grow, make connections through their uniqueness and ultimately leave the world a better place.

Career diplomat Sue Boyd has spent 33 years serving Australia and she brings a portfolio of skills to her coaching assignments which include leadership, crisis management, media expertise, strategic planning and analysis, high-level representation, working in cross cultural environments, change management and team building.

An essential element of Sue’s impressive record as an Australian Ambassador, Consul General, High Commissioner and senior officer in Fiji, Nauru, Hong Kong, was linking government and the private sector in the development of Australian commercial interests. Sue has also worked in Africa and Latin America and her earlier experiences included teaching and journalism.

Heading diplomatic missions at times of international tension, and in a range of cross cultural settings called for highly developed leadership, management and negotiation skills as well as a sensitive understanding of the domestic Australian political environment. Sue played a key role internationally in assisting Australian businesses in the resources, financial and business services, aviation and shipping sectors and in infrastructure and social development.

Sue returned to Perth in 2003, joining Foresight’s Global Coaching in 2004, assisting executives n the resources, financial services, legal, utilities, environment, manufacturing and education sectors. Dr Sue Boyd is also Foresight’s Western Australian Chair.

Sue has non-executive director experience in a range of businesses in Australia and internationally, including manufacturing, education, volunteering and Aboriginal corporations.

Praised for her energy, tenacity, empathy, pioneering spirit and her self-confessed wicked sense of humour, Sue says she aims to discover and develop each client’s uniqueness to maximise their potential.

Sue speaks six languages and in her spare time pursues her interests in theatre, opera, film, literature, walking, swimming, good food and wine and convivial company.

Craig Cameron

“Coaching is about helping individuals achieve their potential”

Craig has worked in six countries, in eight different industries, in multinationals, joint venture businesses, medium-sized businesses and start-ups. With more than twenty years at CEO level, he has a significant breadth and depth of experience which he brings to his coaching.

Craig believes he has been fortunate to commence his career in very large corporations which provide great support and training, as well as access to a broad spectrum of resources. Craig was then able to leverage that grounding, knowledge and experience to undertake new challenges in growing new businesses in the IT and IT services, nutraceuticals, communications, healthcare and clean technology industries.

During his career, Craig was helped by many people to become a success; he has been an internal coach helping people improve their performance; at the same time he says that he has learned from every one of the people he helped. For him coaching is all about repaying those people who helped him by himself helping the next generation of business leaders.

Craig holds that the main keys to personal success are never stopping learning, and having integrity, values and balance. He also holds that people should have fun along the way. On his journey from sales and marketing through to regional management for NCR Corporation, followed by very senior roles within Telstra, and latterly as either Chairman and/or CEO of a series of 21st Century businesses, Craig has certainly had fun along the way, and has never stopped learning.

“I love helping to achieve outcomes that make a difference to a business, whether it be winning a major deal, implementing a major change program or helping a person perform at a level they have not imagined would have been possible.”

Craig is married has a son and a daughter. He likes to keep fit and healthy and loves to travel, which is good as his daughter lives in Texas.

Michael Cannon-Brookes

Coaching helps to develop one’s ultimate potential, not by receiving advice, but by learning to grow, to make better decisions and to determine the best way forward.

Michael brings to his coaching the breadth of his business and transformational personal experiences, having worked in three industries, banking mainly with Citibank, the law with Freehills and technology with IBM. Michael has lived and worked in seven countries across four continents during his career. His experience has given him a strong global perspective that helps to set issues on a broader canvas.

After securing a banking license for Citibank in Australia, as Executive Chairman he led the Citibank team to become the most successful of the foreign bank entrants after the deregulation of the Australian banking market.

As IBM’s Vice President, Global Strategy for Growth Markets, based in Shanghai, he firstly led IBM’s growth strategies in the key emerging markets of China and India, and subsequently led the development of IBM’s long-term strategies for growth in the most important and dynamic emerging markets around the world, and the leveraging of their unique talent and innovation for IBM and its clients globally.

Between Citibank and IBM, Michael spent two years as EVP Operations in Westpac, followed by three years as the first Managing Director of Freehills; although he studied law at Cambridge University, he never practiced, so as the first non-lawyer to run Freehills with a mandate to turn a legal practice into a legal services business Michael learnt that to succeed one needs passion, dedication, focus, courage plus a lot of empathy.

Michael believes that you have to be constantly learning. He currently gets a real buzz out of seeing how the mind of an entrepreneur works, how they take decisions, and how the same world looks very different through the eyes of a millennial – admittedly Michael does hold a privileged position in this as he is the father of a very successful entrepreneur.

Michael is married with two daughters and a son; he and his wife have a passion for expeditionary travel to remote regions and to understand their culture, history and people. When he is not coaching, consulting or travelling, he loves to spend time with his 10 grandchildren!

Anthony Cipriano

“Success is the intersection of preparation and opportunity.”

After many years of professional service experience with a leading global professional services firm providing leadership both in Australia and internationally, also as a partner, Anthony Cipriano is now giving something back through his coaching.


Anthony has been a Western Australian and a National Lead Partner in Australia and worked internationally; he has an enviable track record in both strategic planning and in implementing those plans in critical situations quickly and profitably.


Anthony has substantial experience at the highest level, working on major national and multinational corporate transactions, focusing on matters of corporate governance, risk, strategic planning and positioning.


Anthony brings to his coaching a solid base in the fundamentals of business, a deep understanding of what works and what can go wrong, and what steps need to be taken to turn opportunity into success.


Justifiably proud of the growth and success of the professional practice that he lead over the last 10 years, Anthony focused on organic growth, growth by acquisition and recruitment of industry leaders into the practice.


Anthony says that the greatest buzz he had in leading teams was seeing the promotion and success of people within the teams and the knowledge that he helped contribute to their success.


Anthony is married with one child. He has a keen interest in AFL, cricket, fishing and horse racing. Anthony likes to keep fit and healthy, with a predilection for 100 kilometre charity walks!

Tony Cipa

“Bringing out the best in people to enable them to systematically achieve their personal and organisational goals” has been a critical focus of Tony Cipa’s leadership.

Tony’s extensive experience, with over 20 years with top ASX Listed Company CSL Limited, culminated in ten years as Executive Finance Director. During those 20 years, CSL, now a global market leader, grew its biopharmaceutical organisation into a major international enterprise, following an IPO in 1990.

Tony’s Australian Executive and Directorship experiences were enhanced with accountabilities in the USA and Europe, now the location of the majority of CSL’s business. Tony was a Main Board CSL Director for 10 years and the Executive Finance Director. In his post-Executive career Tony has been Chair of Audit and Risk Committees of ASX listed Navitas, Healthscope, and Skilled.

Tony’s broad and deep experience has given him exposure to both domestic and global corporates in regulated industries, manufacturing and service sectors. His involvement in significant merger and acquisition projects has given Tony first-hand experience in dealing with corporate change and cultural fit, which enrich the experiences he brings to his coaching.

To Tony, the keys to personal and professional success are integrity, honesty, empathy and respect; underpinned by the ability to harness, apply and communicate insights and business acumen with clarity and always to strive for superior performance.

Tony believes his strongest coaching assets are an ability to listen and the confidence to question; to identify and prioritise problems and opportunities; to be patient and having a sense of humour.

Tony’s own aspirations are to continue to learn and to extend himself through exposure to new experiences and challenges whilst continuing to make a positive difference to others.

Tony is married with three daughters who also love and challenge life. He enjoys watching high level soccer, domestic and international travel and photography.


Michael Coleman

People with determination and commitment succeed. They also need to be true to themselves and be prepared to make waves occasionally.

An experienced director and chairman, Michael is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Macquarie Group Limited. Other board appointments include membership of the Audit Committee of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Chair of Planet Ark Environmental Foundation and Director of The Belvoir Street Theatre Foundation. Michael is Chairman of the Commonwealth  Government’s Financial Reporting Council and he is heavily engaged with the Institute of Company Directors as Chairman of the Reporting committee and as a State Councillor of the NSW State Council.

Michael has seen the benefits of coaching from both sides. “As a sponsor of many coaching clients, I saw people blossom and boost their self-confidence while coached, and saw how the outcomes of their coaching were sustained throughout their career.”

Michael Coleman, a senior audit partner with KPMG for more than 30 years, led KPMG’s risk and regulatory activities in Australia and the Asia Pacific region through the challenges of the global financial crisis and he knows the demands these can have on leadership.

As National Managing Partner for Risk and Regulation from 2002 to 2010, Michael was responsible for the processes dealing with client risk, professional conduct and compliance during a time of increasing regulatory requirements. His leadership of the firm’s activities included the successful integration of state-based assurance practices into a single national practice.

Michael concurrently with his National Managing Partner role was Regional Leader for Asia Pacific Quality and Risk Management from 2002-2011 and this role allowed him to “develop the listening skills needed to understand the nuances of different legal structures and cultures and to understand the other person’s point of view – the skills needed to build consensus between two sides of any debate.”

Michael has enjoyed the intellectual stimulus of working with organisations and people and has benefitted enormously from working with and encouraging people of all age groups, across a wide range of cultures.

Married to Anne with two adult children, Michael enjoys “improving his sailing skills” and observing the growing presence in the world of his four grandchildren.

Peter Coleman

With the right coaching and support, most people can surprise themselves and others with their achievements in life.

With more the thirty years of executive and leadership experience in financial services in Australia and internationally, Peter knows how to work with people to help them realise their potential, develop new skills and improve their performance.

As the Australian General Manager of Business Banking for the NAB, Peter led a team of more than 3,500 people at a time of significant industry transformation.

“Sustained business success requires cutting edge leadership – leaders who are self aware, open to learning, inspiring, motivating and, above all, trusted. Very few executives, no matter how talented, step into roles with all these skills and are fully equipped to deliver.”

Peter believes this is where executive coaching provides quantifiable value to clients and their organisations. “By assisting executives to rapidly accelerate their development, coaches ensure their clients challenge themselves and seek to discover their own performance potential. By maximising and leveraging a client’s own skills, they are able to build the performance of their people, their organisation and its resources.”

Eight years as head of the Private Wealth Management Business for Macquarie Bank reinforced this view.  Peter attributes much of the successful growth of this business to the development of key executives through coaching.

“I was always fascinated by performance variances across business units in similar markets.  It became clear to me early in my professional life that leadership was the critical factor in business performance and that one-on-one coaching provided the most effective key to unlocking a leader’s potential.”

Throughout his career, Peter has held numerous directorships on internal, external and joint venture boards.

Peter’s other passions in life includes his wife Trish, his daughters and a love of fitness. Peter is a keen marathon runner and uses this sport to keep fit and raise funds for charity.  He also enjoys travel, reading, boating and one day hopes to write an international best-seller!


Harvey Collins

The keys to success are professional skills, hard work, self-discipline and good relationship skills. Ambition is an important element, but it needs to be melded with grace and humility. Coaching provides a framework for reinforcement and review of all of these elements.

With a thirty-year career in banking, finance and business, Harvey has seen the peaks and lows of the market.

As Chief Financial Officer for the West Australian-based Challenge Bank, Harvey had executive responsibility for the bank’s treasury, finance, corporate strategy and investor relations functions. He was also responsible for managing major equity and debt raisings in the Australian and international capital markets.

In addition to his operational roles, Harvey has extensive experience in managing key stakeholder relationships including institutional investors, industry bodies and government and regulatory authorities.

His personal resilience is built on the foundations of this experience.  For Harvey coaching is a powerful tool in building his clients’ resilience. Harvey believes “a life lived well is a life that is physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy, and it is a life lived well in a range of contexts – personal, family, community and business.”

As a coach, he enables his clients to explore the various aspects of their life and develop frameworks for maintaining overall life health with a focus on achieving their business and personal goals.

Harvey has held a range of board appointments including Chairman of Bankwest Limited, private health insurer, HBF Inc, and listed international education services provider, Navitas. Harvey also served for 15 years as Chairman of Hagar International, an international NGO working with women and children who are victims of severe human rights abuses. He is currently a board member of Save the Children Australia and Chairman on Insitor Partners Pte. Ltd, a Singapore based impact investment fund manager.

Harvey’s diverse experience has given him the ability to get across issues quickly and see the whole picture.

Harvey and his wife Heather have seven adult children and a growing brood of grandchildren. Harvey enjoys reading, music, photography and travel.

Gareth Dando

Coaching provides a chance to clarify your thoughts and develop arguments through open debate with someone on your side. This can result in more insight, greater creativity and better decisions.

Along with self-confidence, passion and resourcefulness in the face of adversity, the key component of success in business for Gareth Dando is integrity and respect.

“Integrity and respect always come into play in the long run,” says the physicist turned-venture capitalist. “They are essential in nurturing the relationships that turn a talented individual into a successful leader.”

These same qualities are necessary for a successful coaching experience. “In coaching it’s important to provide the assistance that you would benefit from if you were in their situation (even if it’s difficult),” says Gareth. “I love creating new solutions to problems that defy traditional methods. I also love debating  these things with others, and the buzz that comes from improving your own ideas as a result.”

Smart, analytical, and a strong conceptual thinker, Gareth has an MBA from INSEAD and degrees in physics and mathematics from Oxford University and the University of Melbourne, respectively, all achieved at a very high level of distinction.

He is the co-founder of Southern Cross Venture Partners, a unique venture capital firm for early-stage Australian technology companies, linking them to Silicon Valley to build global businesses. Previously CEO of Uniseed, he also has a background in corporate strategy consulting across a variety of fields from consumer goods to telecommunications, as well as early experience in information system architecture design and implementation.

His international experience in large and small company environments brings to the coaching relationship strength in entrepreneurship as well as strategy and finance. “Entrepreneurship has traditionally been less often thought of as an essential skill in large organizations,” he says, “but in this climate, the need to create and seize new opportunities is just as critical as managing existing ones.”

Married with two daughters, Gareth enjoys snowboarding, running and bushwalking. He maintains an active interest in theoretical physics, and enjoys reading French.

Dr Bob Every AO

“The key attributes for success are common sense, intelligence, experience, determination, endurance and empathy “.

Bob is a highly extinguished business executive who was recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to business in 2012 and was awarded The Centenary Medal in 2000.

As well as being Chairman of Wesfarmers and Boral for a number of years, Bob has also been Chairman of Iluka Resources and Steel and Tube Holdings and a Director of many other organisations. He has held several Chief Executive and Managing Director roles in Australia and overseas.

Bob’s successful career both as a CEO and Chairman of large, listed organisations brings to the table long experience of a Chairman and an understanding of the Chair/CEO relationship.

“Being a senior executive is a lonely role and having someone outside the organisation with whom the executive can share their concerns and enter a mutual learning experience.”

Bob believes Coaching is helping an individual or team realise and sustain their full potential. It involves working with an executive to build on their strengths and address their weaknesses by face to face contact and developing a relationship based on respect and trust. Coaching is also a mutual learning experience and interacting with interesting and intelligent people helps you grow as an individual.

Bob’s approach to coaching is to be a good listener and get to know the executive and understand their strengths and weaknesses as well as the knowledge of the organisation.

Bob is married and has four children and seven grandchildren. He plays golf and walks on a daily basis to maintain fitness. He is also a keen reader.

Bob holds BSc and PhD – Metallurgy, Metallurgical Engineering.

David Garrard

Life balance, a sense of priorities as to what is important both personally and professionally, and a strong sense of self-awareness, are the keys to success for any executive.

The success David Garrard has found in his own career in equity capital markets is predicated on the very traits that make a good coach – strong people skills and the ability to listen. These traits have seen him in various roles with JP Morgan both here and overseas for over 24 years of his working life. David brings to the coaching relationship a deep knowledge of organisational dynamics and how they play out over time – through periods of significant change. “The coach’s role is to be a good listener,” he says, “and to provide feedback to help the client find the right answers.”

His career demonstrates his keen ability to adapt, grow, innovate and prosper in that one organisation. David was Managing Director, Head of Corporate Broking, JP Morgan (Sydney), where he worked on a broad range of advisory work including equity advice on capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions and market feedback to public-listed companies. As Head of Australian Equities and Derivatives, he improved departmental performance, established financial controls and introduced new business initiatives, achieving market share gains.

While Head of Sales at JP Morgan (London) in the early 1990s, he established the Edinburgh Conference, recognized by the Australian Investor Relations Association as the premier overseas investor forum for Australian companies. David was Chairman of Flemings Global Mining Group, building a highly professional and effective team from the businesses of Ord Minnett, Flemings and Fleming Martin, and is a member of JP Morgan Australia’s Advisory Council. He is married to Sheila and has three children and enjoys tennis, golf, skiing, surfing, music, reading and wine.


Debbie Goodin

“Debbie enjoys working with leaders to maximise their success as they work in demanding, complex and challenging environments. Coaching enables Debbie to also have a positive influence on society.”

Debbie Goodin is an experienced Non-Executive Director having come from a successful executive and consulting career.

Debbie’s non-executive experience includes roles as Board Chair and as a Chair or Member of Audit and Risk, Remuneration and Health and Safety Committees.

Debbie’s Board experience spans listed and unlisted corporations, not for profit; and government statutory bodies. The sectors of these corporations includes energy, airports, water, infrastructure, ski resorts, toll roads, health, APRA regulated bank and media.

Debbie was an experienced Senior Executive who previously held positions as Divisional CEO/COO, CFO, Head of M&A; and Head of Corporate Services. These roles were held in both the public sector and private sector.

As an FGC Executive Coach, Debbie enjoys the opportunity to work with successful Executives to support their determination to thrive, including ensuring that excellent interpersonal and communication skills contribute to and enhance their abilities to navigate increasingly complex, rapidly changing and demanding environments.

Married with two adult children Debbie has a gorgeous Cavoodle, exercises daily and enjoys yoga and Pilates. When possible, Debbie is a mad keen snow skier and now a sailor.

Tony Howarth

“Coaching can be defined as developing a personal and trusted relationship with someone to assist them reach their potential in their organisation by sharing knowledge and wisdom gained through a long and successful career. It is listening and supporting and where necessary provide council by exploring the options.”

Tony  is Life Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia having spent over 35 years in the banking and finance industry in Australia including offshore postings to London, Hamburg and New York holding executive positions in government, regional and major banks as well as building societies and stock broking.

In 1991 he moved to Perth from the east coast to take up the role as Managing Director of Challenge Bank Limited. More recently he has been involvement in Private Equity as a Non Executive Director and has also been involved with the Private Equity acquisition and turnaround of Alinta Energy and former Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited.

Tony’s career has been very wide ranging in geography, industry type and size, leadership, business, sport, education and public policy. He believes the essential qualities of successful coach are listening, respect, confidentiality, experience and wisdom. “Often challenges and problems are more effectively resolved when they are shared and the experiences of a road previously travelled can shine light on current but often different decisions that need to be made”. Tony has a strong moral compass, being competitive but caring and being very open to people and ideas.

Tony has had a long association with the University of Western Australia having served on its Senate for 12 years. He was the inaugural Chairman of the University Club and was a key driver in the creation of the UWA Business School where he led the Fund Raising and served as Deputy Chair for over a decade.

Tony is also involved in a number of community organisations including a former role as Chairman of Western Australian Rugby Union. He was the inaugural Chairman of the Committee for Perth, President of both the Western Australian and Australian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the International Chamber of Commerce of Australia.

In 2002 Tony was made an officer of the Order of Australia for service to business and commerce, to the banking and finance sector, and to the community through a range of health, cultural, education and sporting groups. In 2005 he was awarded WA Citizen of the Year in Industry and Commerce and in 2003 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University where he held the position of Adjunct Professor in Financial Management.

Tony is married with two boys who both played rugby for Western Australia and four grandchildren. Tony and his wife are keen wildlife photographers and golfers, which form the basis for their travel adventures.

Dr Andrea Hull AO

It gives me enormous satisfaction to see the right people in the right place, with the opportunity to use their initiative and their energy to achieve what they set out to.

As a CEO for 21 years, Andrea Hull understands the complexities and bottom-line accountability of life at the top.

Having held CEO positions in government and at the Victorian College of the Arts, and as a Director of the Australia Council she is regarded as a creative visionary who has led Australian cultural institutions to national and international prominence, nurturing creative talent while using her business strategy acumen to deliver long-term results.

At the Victorian College of the Arts Andrea drove a comprehensive modernisation program including people management and development, administration, and infrastructure.

Key to her distinguished career is her understanding of the difference between leadership and management and the need for the leader to set the vision, and the strategy to achieve it. 

As a coach, Andrea believes clarity about goals and the capacity to deliver them effectively are critical to success. “Coaching offers an opportunity to nurture, challenge and extend possibilities to assist clients in achieving new insights and fulfilling their potential.”

“Anyone in or in pursuit of a leadership role can benefit from a space where ideas, problems and issues can be raised and thoughtfully discussed and challenged in a confidential context.”

Andrea now brings her skills as a creative and strategic thinker to the boards of a number of Australia’s largest and most successful cultural and health organisations, including the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Florey Neuroscience Institute.

Andrea continues to work as an international adviser in the diverse fields of education, trade, health, urban renewal and tourism.

In 2003, Andrea was honoured with an appointment as Officer in the Order of Australia for services to the arts, arts education and cultural policy. In 2004, the Committee for Melbourne awarded her the Melbourne Achiever’s Award.

Married with a daughter, and a passionate arts and music fan, Andrea is relishing ‘Act 3’ of her career and enjoys hiking, reading and travel.

Max Johnston

Coaching is an investment in realising your ultimate potential.

As Managing Director of Johnson and Johnson Pacific for 19 years, Max Johnston developed a team of people anda culture that proved to him the only true difference in a company’s performance is the quality and determination of its people.

With Johnson and Johnson and in senior executive roles at Unilever and United Distillers, Max gained invaluable experience leading businesses in Australia, throughout the Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa.

It’s this experience that has taught Max that “relationships are the most important asset anyone will ever have. Building solid, trusting and productive relationships is the foundation of everything else we accomplish.”

Max believes everyone who wants to implement positive change needs some form of coach to stay on track. “This is especially true where the person is under multiple pressures, the challenges are significant or the change task is not clear.”

Max’s board appointments include Granite Holdings and the Photon Group. Max has also held several prominent industry roles, including as a past President of ACCORD Australasia Limited and former Vice Chairman of the Australian Food and Grocery Council.

As Max says “in the first phase of my career I was lucky to work for great companies in an era when long-term senior executives had sufficient tenure and time in their roles to mentor the next generation of executives coming through. They were the coaches.

“In the second phase of my career, running companies, I was privileged to work with great people who proved that the only true difference in a company’s performance is the quality and determination of its people.

“Now in the third phase of my career, I get enormous pleasure through coaching by providing an opportunity for reflection and a confidential sounding board for my clients.

“The three companies I spent my career with, all shared a common value of doing the ‘right thing’ and managing for the long term. Some 40 years of living this philosophy allows you to clearly separate the real issues from the noise and equips you with a strong inner compass to help clients navigate the way forward.”

Married to Michelle with two daughters, Max is passionate about the land and enjoys working on his cattle farm.

Andrew King

Those who succeed not only have a clear sense of what they are about and are relentless in pursuing their goals, they also build teams of involved and motivated people to leverage their own capabilities.

A common thread in Andrew’s career has been his ability to re-create businesses to ensure their survival and success in an ever-changing marketplace.

An engineer with more than 40 years’ experience as a business leader in a broad range of manufacturing and distribution industries, Andrew has been a driving force in reinventing corporate cultures and financial results.

Andrew’s experience includes Chief Executive and Managing Director roles with a particular focus on achieving business turnaround and significant cultural change.

Andrew developed and implemented innovative strategies to address technological changes in the market and overcome the complacency of market leadership.

Andrew says the challenge of re-creating companies requires a quick appreciation of the whole business environment, thorough analysis, coupled with flexibility and innovation in developing strategies and solutions.

It’s this enquiring mind and extensive experience Andrew brings to his coaching. He believes coaching offers clients the opportunity to develop new capabilities and hone existing skills to enable a fresh attack on previously intractable issues and tackle new challenges with confidence.

Andrew draws on his creativity, empathy, energy and diagnostic skills to help his clients take on challenges that may seem daunting, and succeed.

Andrew is a member of the New South Wales Manufacturing Council and has served on the boards of the Australian Gas Association and the Federal Government Enterprise Connect Board.

Married to Libby, Andrew enjoys sailing, surfing and the odd game of poorly executed tennis. He and Libby enjoy travel with friends and spending time with their adult sons and growing tribe of grandchildren.


James King

I see coaching as an extension of the strong experience I have had developing people and supporting emerging leadership strengths.

For Jim, “in a world where change is the accepted norm, business leaders need to continually adapt and develop. We can all benefit by seeing issues through other people’s eyes. Coaching is a dialogue where experience meets reality”.

Jim believes that the keys to executive coaching are to listen effectively, analyse quickly, and communicate concisely within a framework of enthusiasm, energy, optimism and flexibility.

A proven business and relationship builder, Jim has spent more than 30 years managing and leading major multinational corporations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The companies include the Foster’s Group, where he was Managing Director Foster’s Asia and Managing Director Carlton & United Breweries, and Kraft Foods, where he was President (Asia Pacific) based in Hong Kong.

As a seasoned senior business executive with extensive experience in fast moving consumer goods, he has proven capabilities in successfully guiding organisations through strategic change. Jim has a strong track record in people management and developing new and emerging talent. Jim offers invaluable assistance to executives seeking first-rate results.

“To succeed, you need to aim high.”

Currently, Jim is a Non Executive Director of a number of ASX listed public companies, including JB Hi Fi Ltd, where he spent two years as Chairman. In addition, he is Chairman of a private investment company and serves, or has served, on the Governing Board of a number of charities and sporting organizations in Melbourne.

Married with three children, James enjoys golf, reading and snow-skiing.

Adrian Kloeden

My approach to coaching is to assist others to meet goals by living according to their guiding beliefs and values.

“People want to succeed in life but are limited in the level of their success by issues they cannot deal with alone,” says Adrian Kloeden. “An experienced person with coaching skills can help them succeed at a higher level than they could achieve alone.”

Adrian is a Chairman and Director of several businesses and
Council Member and former Deputy Chancellor of Deakin University.

“I see coaching in the same way as I see my chairman and
director roles, to assist executives and their organizations to perform to high levels.”

Coaching developed organically for Adrian, growing out of the
personal transformations he made in his career that traversed the fields of forestry, agribusiness, packaging manufacture, retail, intellectual property and government business enterprises.

“I recognised the vital role of colleagues and others in generating exceptional performance and so committed myself to assisting others to achieve their potential,” he says. “Senior business people noticed my approach and asked me to assist challenged CEOs achieve their potential.”

For Adrian, the foundation of personal and professional success comes from having a strong set of values and a sense of your own definition of success. “Long and short term goals are also required to enable you to deliver on that success. You need to be closely connected to people who are part of your aspirations and who can guide and assist you in the pursuit of your goals.”

The successful executive has a “sense of optimism, resilience and adventure in the pursuit of new opportunities”.

Married to Judy with three children, they enjoy bike riding, travel, opera, ballet and cooking.

Stephen Knight

“We all have our blind spots. Coaching is about listening and holding up a mirror to help someone find their own path to becoming more effective and successful”

After sixteen years in senior roles with major commercial and investment banks, followed by nineteen years at NSW Treasury Corporation, with the last ten as Chief Executive, Stephen Knight is a successful and respected professional within the Australian finance industry. He sees himself as being very fortunate to have been an integral player within the industry during a period of immense and dynamic change.

Stephen’s experience across both the private and public sectors gives him a unique perspective on what drives people. The need for balanced views, the importance of listening and the value of personal development resonate strongly with him.

Stephen owes his success to his collaborative leadership style, his seeking solutions through teamwork rather than conflict and above all through listening, listening and listening!

Stephen holds that the main keys to personal success are integrity, values and balance. He says “People who succeed typically have a strong personal compass. They must of course have ability and work hard, and usually a talent for cutting through complexity and ambiguity to provide clear and seemingly simple strategies and messaging”.

“I love seeing businesses and people grow, and being a contributor to that story. Values alignment is hugely important to me, and became more so as my career progressed.”

Stephen gets great satisfaction from leading a successful strategy, the human interaction and continuous learning aspects of business, the development of people and most of all from witnessing the success of the people he has developed.

Stephen currently Chair of the ASX Clearing and Settlement Boards, and a non-executive director of OneVue Holdings, FIIG Securities Ltd and the Sydney Financial Forum. Stephen is a member of the Audit Committee for the Australian Office of Financial Management (AOFM) and a member of the Investment Committee for Primary Ethics. He chaired the Commonwealth Government’s Affordable Housing Implementation Taskforce, which led to the establishment of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC), where Stephen currently chairs the Bond Due Diligence Committee.

Stephen is married with one daughter. He swims in the surf every day, goes to the gym, plays golf and is an occasional snowboarder. A lover of wine and music, Stephen also is a fan of cryptic crosswords going so far as to be a regular compiler of crosswords for online publications and magazines.

Stephen Langsford

Arguably everyone would benefit from having a coach. Having an experienced, considered, grounded and independent confidant would benefit many.

Stephen Langsford’s specific expertise is in technology start-ups, internet and disruptive business models. His extensive executive career has spanned industries in accounting, technology and financial analysis.

Stephen was the Executive Chairman and Founder of Quickflix, a home entertainment business specialising in the delivery of online movie entertainment. Quickflix was a leader in the emerging IPTV sector in Australia and New Zealand. Stephen drove the business planning, strategic partnerships with major retail brands, licencing with major Hollywood studios, business development and capital raising.

Stephen was also the Chairman and Founder of Change Corporation, a technology consultancy, where he oversaw an aggressive growth strategy and ultimate successful vend and exit. The business provided consultancy, technology delivery with key competencies in business strategy and planning, enterprise architecture, systems integration, process and change management and the application of leading edge information technologies. He grew the business to over 100 staff which was honoured with a Deloitte Fast 50 growth company award.

Stephen is now a highly experienced Non-Executive Director using his executive experience to enrich his coaching clients, providing mission, drive and purpose during all phases of a company lifecycle.

Stephen believes a good Executive Coach is engaged, forthright and enquiring. They have empathy, a sense of humour and act with equanimity. These qualities manifest in asking the right questions.

Married with two children, Stephen enjoys an active life including tennis, swimming, running and kayaking. His passions also include hiking and trekking, current affairs, reading, movies and cooking.

Trevor Matthews

“I know from my personal experience as a CEO on four continents that coaching delivered well can not only improve the performance of organisations but also benefit individuals tremendously.”

Trevor Matthews’ wide international and local experience, along with his genuine interest in people and passion for the customer, enables him to be an effective and enthusiastic coach. He moved back to Australia in 2013 after a very successful and fulfilling global executive career and is now enjoying the stimulation of a number of chairman and non-executive director roles.

Trevor has extensive financial services experience in Australia, Canada, Japan and the UK.  He was previously an Executive Director of Aviva, in charge of their UK businesses and prior to that Group Chief Executive Officer of Friends Provident.

Trevor has also held Chief Executive positions with Standard Life, UK, Manulife Financial in Japan and Canada and Legal & General in Australia. In addition he ran National Australia Bank’s retail financial services business in the late nineties.

Trevor has served as a Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, Chairman of the Financial Skills Partnership in the UK, President of the Chartered Insurance Institute and President of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Trevor holds an MA in Actuarial Studies and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in both Australia and the UK and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Happily married to an actuary, Trevor has three children and enjoys travel, music and reading.


Bob McKinnon

“The essential qualities of a successful Executive Coach are listening, integrity and empathy.”

Robert (Bob) McKinnon is a highly regarded Chairman and Non-Executive Director based in Perth.  Following an extensive Executive career with Alcan and Austal, Bob commenced his Non-Executive Directorship roles with OAMPS and Bankwest. He has since held roles with many prominent Australian organisations, including positions on Audit, Risk and Remuneration Committees.

Bob is a Fellow of CPA, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Bob believes Coaching can improve an Executive’s performance through sharing challenges and opportunities with an external party in a confidential setting. Bob’s experience and no nonsense reputation form a basis for his coaching success. His keys to personal and professional success are many and include knowledge, persistence, interpersonal skills, communication and integrity.

Bob is driven by a desire to achieve measurable outcomes, share his vast experience and the rewards gained by assisting current and future senior executive achieve their own goals.

Bob is married with four children and eight grandchildren. He enjoys Rugby Union, golf and classic cars.


David Miles AM

Executive coaching is such a powerful way to unlock hidden potential

David is a lawyer whose distinguished career has spanned three key areas of interest: law, business and the community.

Following ten years as Managing Partner of the Melbourne law firm Maddocks, David was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of the national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. In this capacity he successfully restructured the partnership bringing together 120 partners in five major Australian offices to fully integrate the firm. As well as establishing the Australian business with a focus on building the brand, business development, marketing initiatives and people, David guided Corrs’ international affiliations.

Experience in the law extended to Presidency of the Law Council of Australia, (David was elected to this position in 1991), which involved liaison, both nationally and internationally, with state and federal governments on legal and community issues. He has also served on a number of councils and foundations including as the Australian representative on the Council of the International Bar Association.

“I have worked alongside professional, political and business leaders and learnt some valuable lessons along the way which I am happy to share”. For David, the essential qualities of a successful coach are honesty, integrity, listening skills, experience and the willingness to share delight in the success of others.

Today, David’s present broad business interests include chairing the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia Board, Uniseed Management Pty Ltd, a joint venture of the Universities of Queensland, Melbourne and New South Wales to provide pre-seed capital for the commercialisation of research conducted within the Universities and LegalSuper, the superannuation fund for the legal profession; Deputy Co-chairman of the Committee for Melbourne and membership of the Council of the Australian National University.

David is married with three children and is working on reducing his golf handicap to single figures.

Justin Milne

I think coaching is one of the keys to improvement. It is impossible to ‘self-coach’ at elite level in sport. It’s not too much of a stretch to believe the same to be true of business.

After establishing a successful film production company in his twenties, Justin became one of Australia’s first internet executives.

Justin’s executive appointments include senior roles in telecommunications, marketing and media. From 2002 to 2010 he was Group Managing Director of Telstra’s broadband and media businesses, and headed up Telstra’s BigPond new media businesses in China. He is also the former Chief Executive Officer of OzEmail and the Microsoft Network in Australia.

It’s this experience Justin brings to his coaching, providing his clients “an authentic and hard-won view of how to succeed in an ever faster world.”

As head of BigPond Broadband Justin turned the business from an ISP with declining market share in 2002, to an example of how a large telecommunications company can successfully compete in the market, significantly increasing its market share while improving profitability.

For Justin, the people who succeed in business, sport or personal life are able to listen, incorporate new ways of doing things and endure the discomfort of changing bad habits to better ones. “Succeeding always requires an ability or willingness to get out of the comfort zone and into a difficult transition zone which may lead to greater performance,” he says.

Justin is Chairman of NetComm Wireless Ltd, and a Director of Tabcorp Holdings and Members Equity (ME) Bank. He also is chairman of the National Basketball League, a board member of Basketball Australia and Deputy Chair of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Justin is married with five children and is a competitive Masters rower. Justin plays guitar “badly” most days and is currently writing a historical novel set during the Napoleonic Wars.

Andrew Mohl

I’ve had stakeholders wanting my blood and later applauding the results. You can’t buy that experience. I want to give that experience back as a coach and help others who are going on similar journeys.

When he was managing director and chief executive officer of AMP, the iconic financial services company went through an intense and lengthy period of crisis, Andrew made the tough decisions needed to turn it around, stabilized the company and set it up for strong, profitable growth.

“You learn a lot more from the tough times than you’ll ever learn when you’re in cruise control,” he says. “You learn about yourself, your values, beliefs and capacities.” Andrew groomed his successor and handed over to him when he was judged by the Board to be ready to take on the role. Now Andrew values coaching as the perfect means of sharing his experiences.

But getting a coach isn’t for everyone, cautions Andrew.

“To benefit from coaching, you have to truly know you want to improve. You’ve got to believe you can benefit from the wisdom and experience of another person.”

For Andrew, the key to success is the ability to know when you are not progressing and to have the courage to make real change.

“Humility is essential. Without it, people can easily lose their perspective and listen to what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear.”

“You also need a goal, a cause to strive for. Otherwise, how can you truly achieve your full potential?”

Andrew admits his own drive for success “borders on perfectionism”, which he has had to manage to prevent it becoming obsessive. But that spark and energy have to be there for success to be possible. “It helps me focus and strive for better and better outcomes,” he says.

Andrew was also a non executive director of Commonwealth Bank for eleven years, Australia’s largest and most highly rated financial services group. And chairman of Export Finance Australia for six years.

Andrew is married to Marilu and they have four adult children. He enjoys playing tennis and golf.

David Nott

Making a difference to someone else’s career is a rewarding experience.

David Nott brings to his coaching a solid base in the fundamentals of business, a deep understanding of what works and what can go awry, and what steps need to be taken to turn potential into success.

David served for almost 30 years as a partner with a leading global professional services firm providing leadership in Australia and internationally and is now giving something back through his coaching, believing that there is no substitute for learning from someone who has been there before you. 

David has been a National Managing Partner in Australia and internationally; he has an enviable track record in both strategic planning and in implementing those plans in critical situations quickly and profitably.

David has substantial experience at the highest level acting as an independent investigating accountant, reporting on capital markets transactions including IPO’s, schemes of arrangement and mergers and acquisitions.

David is justifiably proud of the growth and success of the Transaction Services Division where he was the National Managing Partner and is currently a non-executive director of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Southern NSW Local Health District.

David is married with two adult children and five grandchildren. He is a keen sailor and hobby farmer who enjoys reading and travelling abroad.

John Parker

Success requires energy, resilience and an appreciation of the bigger picture. Successful leaders have the additional ability to learn and grow from setbacks or failure. Coaching through listening and asking thoughtful questions can enhance self-awareness and bring out the best in our clients.

John brings to coaching a successful career in equities research, funds management and as a long serving non-executive director. He has developed a strong appreciation of effective leadership styles and communication; in particular the approach taken to senior executives, shareholders and other key stakeholders. He has worked on three continents since his career began in 1981, experiencing changing corporate dynamics at a leadership level. John has been a coach since September 2010.

John’s career began in South Africa, moving to Australia via London in 1988 with Ord Minnett (JP Morgan). After 5 years as an executive director of County Natwest (Citigroup) John was one of the founders and executive directors of Saltbush Capital Markets and its funds management business in 2003, jointly managing a successful equities fund until May 2010 under the Pengana brand.

He has been a non-executive director of listed investment company Gowing Bros Limited since 2001 and is also chair of the audit and risk committee.

“Coaching is an investment in executives who are highly valued by their organizations. I seek to provide executives with both close support and the tools to approach challenges with an open mind and empathy. I achieve this through careful listening and thoughtful questioning.”

Married to Sally since 1986 John has two sons and enjoys reading, surfing, sailing, skiing, hiking, photography and music.

Geoffrey Pitt

Geoffrey sees his new role as shortening the business learning curve for his clients and helping them grow into more confident, powerful and visionary people who embrace change.

Once an elite hockey player and coach, Geoffrey has applied his sporting prowess to Senior Executive coaching, helping clients to develop their team skills, learn new tactics, be on the ball and play the corporate game as best they can.

An adept problem solver and trouble shooter and a highly experienced executive, strategist and marketer, Geoffrey sees his new role as shortening the business learning curve for his clients and helping them grow into more confident, powerful and visionary people who embrace change.

For Geoffrey, the key to this “gentle repackaging” of individuals and successful team efforts is treating others in business and life generally as they would expect to be treated themselves. The result for each of his clients is a strong game plan, clear goals, scores on the board and a higher level of emotional empathy for team mates and other players which is often lacking in the field of commerce.

Geoffrey’s own training in business has seen him lead both small and large teams of people at all levels of management in the private and public sectors here in Australia and also in Asia and the USA. His forte in business, particularly in the retail sector, was taking the helm at a new company and turning the ink on the budget sheets from red to black.

His career has included top level positions at David Jones, John Martin Retailers, The TAB, Wilton International and the Retail Planning Associates of Australia. He has also helped manage major international sporting events, boasts board experience with more than a dozen sporting, cultural and business groups, and is involved in various community activities including fundraising for the Olympic Games.

Married with three adult children, Geoffrey still enjoys sport, today preferring to walk, cycle, go to the gym and play golf and tennis as well as watch major international sporting events. He is also interested in art, gardening and travel.

Dr Ian Pollard AM

Coaching to me is a source of considerable fun and professional satisfaction as well as a great learning experience. It's essential that you have fun while you grow.

An actuary by profession and a Rhodes Scholar, Ian believes everyone has substantial untapped potential and his objective as a coach is to see that potential unleashed and bear fruit in all his clients.  This is core to his last two books “Investing in Your Life” and “Mental Spinach”. His previous books were on corporate finance.

Ian has been coaching with Foresight for 20 years. For Ian, everybody is different so every coaching assignment is treated as special and individual, with no preconceived formulas or approaches. Seeing his clients achieve their goals and grow along the way provides Ian with enormous pleasure. He brings to his coaching assignments expertise in strategic development, business planning, capital allocation and investment, and corporate governance derived from over 40 years ‘experience in executive, non-executive and corporate advisory roles. Ian’s career in the financial services sector has been particularly diverse, with roles as an advisor to many institutions in strategic and technical matters and as a non-executive director of several financial institutions. He has also chaired a number of substantial companies in the wholesale and retail sectors.

From 1977 to 1987, Ian rose through the ranks to become Managing Director of investment bank, Development Finance Corporation. In 1984, he founded the investment company, Development Capital of Australia (DCA) of which he was Managing Director from 1989 to 1998. During this time, Ian developed an important and effective role as a coach to the chief executives of the ‘portfolio companies’.

Married with three children and two grandchildren, Ian is a keen sportsman and was once a member of the Australian Davis Cup squad. His other interests include travel and languages, bridge and family pets.

Jenni Smith

“Coaching is a relationship of mutual trust and respect; the opportunity for a client to work with a coach who has their interests and well-being upper most.”

Jenni Smith is an accomplished international listed company Group Executive with extensive M&A and divestment experience in highly regulated financial services, telecommunications, and broadcasting sectors in Sydney, Hong Kong and London.  Most recently global responsibility for people and communications functions across 47 countries and over 17,000 people.

Jenni possesses a deep understanding of listing requirements, regulatory approval processes and reputation management.   Her expertise includes leading significant at-risk remuneration reforms, has extensive stakeholder engagement experience with proxy advisors and key investors.

Specifically, a track record of working productively with Chairmen on CEO succession, executive team and Board renewal.  Developed significant expertise in driving talent identification and development to build breadth and depth of succession pools. Experienced in delivering internal and external multi-channelled communication strategies to drive stakeholder engagement. Led the creation of a customer value proposition to align all global divisions to a single brand.

Whilst driven to succeed, Jenni knows the importance of making the best of opportunities, having fun, staying grounded and building trusting relationships that stand the test of time.

Jenni believes a successful Executive Coach must listen, hear what is being said, encourage and support when times are tough and to challenge without judging.

Jenni’s extensive experience has included supporting senior leaders through significant complex transformations, working with global organisations with challenging cultures. Jenni has significant understanding of how organisations operate, grow, make decisions and deal with rapid rates of change and disruption.

Jenni’s empathy and understanding with executives offers her coaching clients support on a wide range of issues, appreciating the challenges of tackling global and local initiatives in complex environments.

Jenni enjoys a life where exercise and good health are a must; live sport and music are energizing; and experimenting in the kitchen is always interesting!

John Stanhope AM

“My career has been from bottom up to senior executive in a large corporation, and now as a non-executive director on a number of Boards. This represents 48 years of experience of being coached, being a coach and being experienced in many different and changing environments”

John Stanhope AM brings to his coaching his vast experience, his ability to identify styles and behaviours, and his ability to identify the modification and realignment needed for success.

As Director Finance from 1995 to 2003, and then Chief Financial Officer and Group Managing Director, Finance & Administration from 2003 to 2011, John was an integral part of the privatization of Telstra and is subsequent transformation from Government owned utility to telecommunications giant.  John was a change agent in an organization that went through continual change.

For John, the keys to personal and professional success are integrity, honesty, transparency, humility, authenticity and vision.

John’s Directorships include Director of AGL Energy and Chair of their Audit and Compliance Committee; Chancellor of Deakin University; Chairman of the Port of Melbourne; Chairman of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival; Chairman of the Bionics Institute and Deputy Chair of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).

John is married with three adult children; he is actively engaged with the Geelong Cats AFL Club and enjoys travelling and playing the drums.

Don Taylor

A Coach brings independence and outside opinions to stimulate identification of important issues and to learn how to react and deal with these circumstances. Almost everyone can benefit from a Coach.

Don Taylor’s extensive Executive career commenced as an Audit and Taxation Manager whilst qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. Over many years, Don has honed his skills and experience to be the incredibly well respected Director for 14 years and Chairman of GrainCorp for over 11 years. Under Don’s watch GrainCorp expanded significantly, both in Australia and internationally, and is now the world’s fourth largest malt producer and the nation’s largest vegetable oil processor. Until recently it was also the nation’s biggest producer of edible flours.

Don was also formerly Executive Chairman of Grainco Australia Limited, Director of Forest Enterprises Australia Limited and Chairman of Carrington Cotton Limited.

Don believes coaching provides an opportunity to work with talented people and help them develop their talents to the fullest extent. The benefits are multifaceted, firstly seeing people develop and improve their skills and secondly, working with talented people provides a continual opportunity to stay current and also learn new skills.

Asked how Don’s career has benefited his role as a Coach, Don replied “I have both coached and been coached, so I have had the opportunity to see both sides. Coaching challenges you to find the appropriate way to influence the client and as everyone is different, every client provides a different experience.”

Don’s approach to coaching is to build trust and understand all the factors that influence a person’s performance and capabilities. Keep focussed on those issues that can make a real difference, simple and structured.

Married with three children, Don is an avid watcher of almost any sporting event and all forms of football. Whilst managing the family property is south western Queensland, Don has flown his own plane, enjoys travelling, seeing new cultures and is a keen gardener.

Sue Thomas

Throughout my career I have learnt to listen, to delve, ask questions and help people see more than one perspective of any situation.

Sue Thomas knows how and when to take a risk. It is this skill combined with her inquiring mind and entrepreneurial shrewdness that saw her build a start-up investment and superannuation company to a successful organisation with 140 staff and investments of more than $1.7 billion.

A founder and Chief Executive Officer of FlexiPlan Australia, Sue saw an opportunity in the financial services market and developed and implemented a strategy to build the company into one of Australia’s fastest growing master trusts.

Sue sold Flexiplan Australia to the National Australia Bank in 1999, where it still operates under the MLC/NAB banner as MasterKey Custom.

Sue’s legal background has also given her the ability to absorb complex information, identify the key issues, analyse risks and decide on the best solution.

She has knowledge of the issues and challenges in the resource industry, internationally and particularly in Western Australia and she is a strategic problem solver, particularly in the development of IT solutions within complex organisations.

For Sue, “coaching is a process, building a client’s ability to use a new perspective, develop their insight and build a personal toolkit of skills to assist them in resolving issues.

“In my career I saw senior executives who were technically brilliant and just needed an opportunity and a space to develop a broad range of leadership and managerial strengths. Coaching provides that opportunity.”

As a coach, Sue is pragmatic, straight forward and honest. She uses her naturally inquisitive nature to challenge her clients to explore ideas, options and solutions.

Sue derives great satisfaction from seeing her clients achieve outcomes they didn’t know were possible.

An experienced company director, Sue’s board experience includes appointments to Landgate, Western Australia’s primary source of land information and geographic data and an essential service to maximise Western Australia’s resource boom, Clearview Wealth and a director of the not-for-profit Hunger Project’s Western Australian development board.

Sue is mother to three adult children and enjoys competitive tennis and has competed in the national Master’s Competition. She also enjoys the physical challenge of competing in Western Australia’s iconic Rottnest Channel Swim.

Paul Thorley

It is clear to me that the beliefs and values on which I have built my life and career experiences were hugely influenced by one or two coaches, who were kind enough or encouraged to lend a timely hand. I very much want to use this experience to help others fulfill their true potential.

Paul’s global executive experience includes CEO APAC & Middle East for Capgemini where he was responsible for 9,000 staff across all of Capgemini’s global disciplines – consulting, technology and outsourcing. A lot of Paul’s time was spent establishing, building and transforming country practices to align with the digital acceleration in the market.

Paul’s career allows him to bring a wide perspective to his coaching: “I think having the opportunity to work in industry as a line manager on the shop floor to then drive intense project environments and subsequently run huge multicultural/next generation teams has been a great learning experience.  Operating in a 44 country, matrix model of country, industry and offerings certainly teaches you how to find the right stakeholders and arguments to make things happen.”

Paul’s approach to his coaching reflects his career experience: “My approach is to develop people, who firstly must sincerely want to improve, from typically outstanding technical individuals to executive leaders and then match their talents with the right opportunities.  I have found that one of the most frequent barriers to personal growth is to miss the bigger picture or context and albeit outside of work the same people are empathetic and create emotional connections, they default to a corporate persona at work”.

“I’ve learnt that you have to be very straightforward with people and once, and it can take time, you’ve created a trusting relationship to be as precise in your feedback as possible. I try very hard through the coaching process to motivate individuals to want to do even better tomorrow than they did yesterday.”

“I think the first attribute of a successful coach has to be listening skills, followed by asking the right questions, from there it’s about suspending judgement and jointly developing a full understanding of the challenges and hurdles that may be limiting the growth potential of an individual. Then it’s finally all about working together creatively, intuitively and analytically on finding solutions and more effective working approaches.”

Paul is married with three children who are in or about to be in the workplace and has two dogs. Outside of work, Paul keeps fit, with his wife he is a big fan of theatre; he is a keen reader and is currently learning to play the guitar. His passion is Rugby Union having attended the last four Rugby World Cups.

Michelle Tredenick

Coaching opens up new ways of seeing a situation and yourself.

With more than 25 years’ experience at senior executive level, Michelle Tredenick has specialised in complex strategy development, business operations and technology implementation with some of Australia’s leading listed companies.

Most recently, she was Chief Information Officer for the National Australia Bank, with responsibility for their technology businesses in Australia and Asia.

In senior roles in Australia and New Zealand, including Group General Manager of corporate strategy at MLC and Suncorp, Michelle has shown how to make “things work in a work environment”.

She has been a driving force leading technological and cultural changes in the financial services and technology industries, including companywide integration programs post mergers and acquisitions, and she believes the ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders and establish credibility and respect with both boards and senior executives is crucial to success.

It’s these skills, combined with her intuition and hard-won experience that she brings to her coaching, assisting clients achieve their goals and make a difference through their work.

Michelle has a life-long quest for learning and loves to see “ordinary people achieve extraordinary thing” and she believes coaching offers clients the opportunity to better understand themselves and others, and a “refreshing” space in which to explore ideas and opportunities.

Backed by her extensive experience and understanding of regulatory and corporate governance environment for corporations and boards, Michelle has utilised her strategic skills as director of the NAB Group Superannuation Fund, the Investment & Financial Services Association, Bank of New Zealand Life Insurance and National Wealth Management Advice and Licenses Board.

She was awarded the banking and finance CIO of the year award in 1998 and 2006.

Michelle believes in balancing the thrill of accomplishment at work with a fulfilling life. She is married and divides her time between her home on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and Sydney.

Sheryl Weil

“Coaching assists people who want to accelerate their development and make lasting change both personally and organisationally”.

Sheryl has a proven track record in both executive and non-executive roles in organisations requiring complex transformational change. She has deep experience in leadership, global operations, client service provision and change management.

Sheryl had an extensive executive career with Macquarie Group where she held roles as Queensland Office Head for Macquarie Group and Head of Client Services and Operations for the Banking and Financial Services Division. Sheryl is driven by an embedded commitment to excellence and has a demonstrated track record in the practical application of high performance culture.

Sheryl believes that coaching benefits include time to invest in yourself and your own development, increased resilience, higher performance and the opportunity to gain an independent view from a dedicated trusted partner.

Along with coaching for FGC, Sheryl is a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Advisory Panel member of Tupicoffs Independent Financial Planners and studying at QUT undertaking an Executive Graduate Certificate in Business (Leadership through Coaching and Mentoring).

Sheryl is passionate about everything she does. She enjoys working with people, particularly in an ever changing and complex environment to be their best and deliver outstanding results.

Community is a large part of Sheryl’s life and helping those around her both privately and in business are included in her goals to be the most effective coach/mentor and friend by helping others reach their goals.

Sheryl is married with two adult children.  She is passionate about wellbeing and mental health, interested in ‘the future of work’ and the ‘aging population’ and enjoys hiking, exercise, travel, spending time with family and friends, playing piano and loving life.  Her latest hobby is beekeeping Australian Native Stingless Bees!

Australian State Managers

New South Wales – Dr Denise Fleming AM

Managing Director and Founder - The more the business environment is challenged and changed the greater is the need for Executives to enhance their leadership strengths and skills. Foresight Global Coaching’s Coaches, distinguished in their own fields, work to augment Executives’ strengths so that the Executives can deliver superior leadership performance and can achieve their organisation’s goals.

Denise is the founder and Managing Director of the Foresight Management Group (FMG) and of Foresight Global Coaching (FGC) which grew out of FMG’s M&A Advisory business. FGC was launched in 1998 and has an international operation. FGC is recognised internationally as the leading Executive Business Coaching organisation.

Denise’s PhD in Cross Border Acquisitions from Imperial College London, School of Economics, her experience as a public company executive, her NED experience, including 10 years as the Chair on a National NFP and her experience and focus on implementation and outcomes, has underpinned her leadership of FGC.

FGC’s Coaches are distinguished business executives who are in their post-executive careers. FGC’s Coaches work with organisation’s executive leaders. The FGC robust business model  ensures that the Executives’ new knowledge and skills are implemented and applied as it is an iterative process; the Executives learn, apply, adapt and lead.

FGC facilitates continuous learning opportunities and a collegiate framework for its Distinguished Business Leader Coaches, to complement the business currency gained and maintained from their non-executive Directorships.

FGC’s Coaches also continue to grow their knowledge of the rapidly changing markets in which FGC’s client organisations work.

Characterisations of FGC’s robust coaching model are its:

  • Integrity
  • Confidentiality of all aspects of its coaching (including the names of the prestigious firms and Clients with whom FGC works)
  • Governance structures and processes
  • Breadth of experience and the quality of its coaching teams
  • Responsiveness
  • Accountability

FGC’s unique and robust Business Model includes a support team which engages with the client organisations’ coaching Sponsors. The Sponsor support team ensures FGC has and maintains a deep understanding of the organisation’s needs from its Executives and hence from FGC’s coaching. FGC delivers the outcomes required and ensures that confidentiality and integrity are maintained.

Denise is passionate about her leadership role and of the work of FGC. Denise is very proud of the support the FGC Team has provided to leading Australian and International Executives’ careers and through those Executives leadership to the companies in which they lead.

Western Australia – Graham McHarrie

Victoria – Anthony Cherubin


John Gruetzner

John Gruetzner has lived and worked in China for over 25 years where he designs and implements client proprietary business development strategies for companies in telecommunications, financial services and resource sector clients in Asia.

Recent major projects include representing a Chinese Securities firm in the formation of a joint-venture asset management company, a telecom financing project for a major international telecom partner and a policy paper on the Air Express Industry for the US-China Business Council.

Previously John was Manager-China of the Canada China Trade Council in Beijing. He also has several years with the National Broadcasting Corporation, De Laurentis Entertainment and Filmline.

John received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, during which time he attended the University of Nankai, Tianjin, PRC. He has contributed articles on international marketing to many publications, including Doing Business in China, published in 1995 by McGraw-Hill and The Financial Post, the Economist’s Business China and China Hand and special report on “ Distribution in China.” He is a regular speaker in the region and recently presented on the “ Regulatory Environment at PBEC’s conference in Beijing.

John Gruetzner is a non-Executive Director of the North American-Mongolia Business Council, Insearch (Shanghai) Limited, Global Photographic (China Limited, Guanghe Metals (HMZ subsidiary in China) and Tianli (Mundoro Subsidiary in China) and Chairman of Oxus Solutions Limited, Celadon Forestry Management Limited and a member of the advisory council for Arise Technologies and Unotchit in Canada.

John Zinkin

John Zinkin has 36 years experience in business, of which twenty have been in Asia, holding senior line management and corporate strategy/business development positions in major multinational manufacturing, marketing and consulting companies.

He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Securities Industry Development Corporation (formerly the Securities Industries Development Centre – the training arm of the Securities Commission), and Managing Director of Zinkin Ettinger Sdn Bhd, a boutique consultancy specializing in Change Management, Corporate positioning, Change Communication, Brand development and Marketing.

John is Deputy Chairman of Institute of Corporate Responsibility, Malaysia – a network designed to promote best practices in Corporate Social Responsibility.  He is Visiting Fellow of the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility in Nottingham, UK where his areas of research are CSR and Corporate Governance. He has written “What CEOs must do to succeed”, published by Prentice Hall in 2003 and co-authored “Corporate Governance”, published by John Wiley in 2005.

Formerly Special Professor of Brand Marketing and Associate Professor of Marketing and Strategy at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia John was responsible for the MBA programme.

Leaders in North America, United Kingdom and South Africa

Dr Roland Burgman

Trust, integrity, reflection, inspiration, proven approaches, practical outcomes, dreams, finding commitments, being yourself – bringing these all together for a deeper sense of professional and personal satisfaction and achievement. This is why executive coaching works. It is that simple.

Roland Burgman, an internationally renowned expert in strategic management and value based management methodologies and processes, is an adviser and author in the areas of enterprise change and transformation management.

He has held a number of executive positions including Managing Director of a private venture capital fund, Executive Director Finance and Administration of an automobile manufacturing supplier and General Manager of Corporate Development for a large public company. Roland has also held many board positions in the public, private and government sectors including Chairman of the Board and board audit and remuneration sub-committees.

In his role as executive coach, Roland combines his extensive international experience and a contemporary understanding of complex business problems and challenges. The importance of integrity in relationships and an emphasis on the whole person underpins his approach to executive coaching. Ultimately, he believes, coaching benefits are the permanent and fulfilling progression of the executive’s effectiveness and efficiency resulting in enhanced leadership at higher levels of the organisation. Roland empowers his clients to explore their work environment to find new and innovative solutions to intractable problems.

Roland holds a PhD in Strategic Management from Purdue University, a Dip. Treasury Management from Monash University, a M. Commerce (Marketing) Hons. from the University of New South Wales and a B. Agricultural Economics from the University of New England.

Additionally, he has been the recipient of various awards including the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society Award for Outstanding Research in the Field of Strategic Management (USA), an Academy of Management Doctoral Consortium Fellowship (USA) and a Fulbright Grant to the US.

Roland enjoys travel, rugby, music, the theatre, and modern art.

Peter Hogarth

Peter’s experience in the field of Executive coaching at the most senior level of FTSE organisations spans fifteen years.

Established Change Partnership in London in 1993 and under his leadership expanded the group both throughout the UK and co-founded the Global Coaching Partnership in 1998.

Peter merged Change Partnership with Whitehead Mann in 2001 resigning as Chairman in 2006.

Peter is now Principle in “JCA”.

Andrew Johnson

Andy’s coaching experience began as a client, rather than coach. However, he was so impressed with the impact of that relationship; he volunteered to act as an internal coach for five years before making it his full-time occupation in 1997. Since then, he has delivered over 10,000 hours of 1-1 coaching to senior executives in a wide variety of organisations in both the private and public sectors. He has also led numerous team coaching projects, primarily with Executive teams.

Andy is an Executive Business coach, focusing particularly on leadership issues.  He feels fortunate in having been specifically trained as a leader in his early career, and is able to draw on his experience in this essential but often overlooked development area. His coaching style is to create an environment where the client can explore every option, and ‘think dangerous thoughts’. He likes to encourage individuals to focus first on opportunities to use their strengths to greater effect, then to look pragmatically at how to deal with the things they don’t do so well. However, each session, no matter the content, should conclude with the client choosing to take some action, which in turn will lead to a further learning opportunity

New Zealand

Rick Christie

Rick is a professional director and chairman who has spent 21 years in the oil industry with BP an New Zealand and overseas. He was the CEO of Cable Price Downer which is a diversified industrial group followed by CEO of Tradenz, the NZ Trade Development Board and then CEO of Rangitira, a diversified investment company.

Past roles have included Chairman of AgResearch, member of the Growth and Innovation Advisory Board, director of Tourism Holdings, Wakefield Hospital and the NZ Pork Industry Board.

Rick has an extensive background in management including 21 years in the oil industry in New Zealand and overseas.

Rick has a strong sports, media and arts track records being a past director of TV NZ, a founding director of the NZ Symphony Orchestra and past President of Chamber Music NZ.

Rick is married with three adult children and lives in Wellington.

John Cunningham

John Cunningham and Chad Wilkie established Ignition Partner Limited in June 2002 to advise companies on strategies for growth from innovation, with an emphasis on Technology, IP, Structure and Capital Planning. Ignition is a broker in the Escalator program.

John has been a director of Caltech Capital Limited since 1996 and non-executive Chairman since 1999.

John spent several years in company development, operations management and senior executive roles in listed corporates. He spent 15 years with Fernz Corporation, the last 12 years as the Corporate Development Manager with responsibilities including local and offshore initiatives in start-up, joint venture and acquisition strategies. He is a director of several unlisted companies.
John lectures in technology management at Waikato Unversity and is on the advisory board for Unitec and Massey for their business incubators.
He was on the reference group for Technology NZ and was President of IPENZ in 2001.

John Cunningham graduated BE (Chem & Mat) Auckland University, Dip BIA Auckland University, ME (Environmental) Auckland University. John is also a member of the following professional associations FIChemE, C Eng, FIPENZ, R Eng, FIEAust, CPEng.

Phillip Sims

Chad Wilkie

As a Chartered Accountant by profession, Chad forged a career as a professional advisor to large corporate, and as a senior Partner managing the tax consulting practice of Deloitte New Zealand and Asia Pacific. From 1990 Chad was a member of the National Management Committee (NMC) for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in New Zealand.

In June 2002 Chad established Ignition Partner Limited to advise companies on strategies for growth from innovation, with an emphasis on Strategy, Capability and Commitment. In 2005 Chad was appointed as an Expert Reviewer for the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.Chad Wilkie’s special areas of interest are strategic and operational planning for innovative companies, shaping growth companies for capital transactions, and the practical aspects of venture formation.

Chad has worked with many early stage and mature technology companies since 1998 particularly in the niche-manufacturing sector. Recent sector involvement has included medical devices, nutraceuticals and functional foods, light engineering and IT systems.

Chad Wilkie has a BCom from Auckland University, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of ICANZ.