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My career started as a trainee in a national retail chain, and at the age of 21, I was promoted to a Retail Manager position (food and clothing). By making many mistakes, as a novice manager, I truly started to learn life and leadership skills. I also learnt my first business principle – leadership by example. Cleaning the store with my team became standard practice.

Wanting to work alongside people, and still in my twenties, I transitioned into the corporate world as Human Resources Manager at Xerox. My then boss taught me my second business principle (by way of a humbling experience): adopt a solutions focused mindset to problems and opportunities. 

Later, as Commercial HR Director in a global business, my learning expanded, and I understood how leadership drives culture and culture drives performance…. including how values drive leadership. I applied these principles to complex business decisions; (through Mergers, Acquisitions and Outsourcing agreements), strategic initiatives, change management and leading teams.

As Regional CEO of a Not-for-Profit, reporting to a Board of Directors, I was relentless on focusing in maintaining a balance between working ‘on’ versus working ‘in’ the business. Having mentors on the board was invaluable. The importance of developing a vision for the company, and translating that into a strategic narrative and subsequently an executable business plan (with regular reviews), became my modus operandi.

With a passion for helping shape effective leadership, and supporting leader development, I wanted to coach business owners. I completed a Masters in Coaching Psychology, and established my coaching practice. My singular purpose as a business coach is to facilitate leaders, teams and professionals, to flourish in their personal and professional lives. When these outcomes are realised, businesses and communities are significantly and positively impacted.

Expertise

Business Coaching

Career Transition Coaching ​

Retirement Coaching ​

Leadership Team Alignment Consultation and Facilitation ​

Business Planning Consultation and Facilitation ​

Leadership Development Coaching

Designations & Certifications

Hogan Personality Assessments (HPI; HDS; MVPI; HBRI) ​

Hogan 360 feedback ​

Resilience at Work (RAW) ​

TLC: The Leadership Circle ​

Member: USCMA ​

Member: IOC ​

Education

MSc, Coaching Psychology, University of Sydney ​

Bachelor of Arts (double major: Psych, Sociology), UNISA ​

Advanced Diploma HRM, IPM ​

Advanced Diploma OD, IPM ​

A change in career and country presented me with both challenges and opportunities, vulnerabilities, and strengths. With an ongoing interest in people, the experience of navigating change in my personal and professional life acted as a catalyst to support others through their change journey. I have enjoyed over 20 years’ experience as a consultant, coach and facilitator – optimising capability, performance, and culture across a range of industries in the Private, Public and Non For Profit sectors in Australia, Europe, SE Asia and South Africa.

After consulting in Organisational Change for Price Waterhouse for a few years, I was fortunate to work with and be mentored by Audrey Page in 1995 – beginning my journey into business and career transition coaching. It has been immensely rewarding and a privilege over the years, to walk alongside my clients, identifying their motivations and constraints, their skills, preferences, priorities and values in their context and life stage – to address underlying issues and optimise their responses, choices, and performance. This has at times required deep and challenging conversations with transformative results.

My experience includes identifying and addressing strategic issues relating to Organisational Change, particularly the impact on culture, team building and dynamics, business processes, performance, and development. I consult with a broad range of key stakeholders and SMEs to understand business and development needs and coordinate relevant programs and projects, tailoring content to diverse company cultures and audiences including financial institutions, universities, and the Health and Aged-care sector.

I have found the combination of Psychology & Change Management useful as a means of exploring and addressing organisational & business challenges and initiatives from both systemic and interpersonal perspectives. My objective, as a coach, is to understand individual goals and how these might (or might not) align with their current roles and choices, the impact this has on performance, productivity and well-being. Then exploring opportunities for them to thrive personally and professionally.

Expertise

Career Transition Coaching​

Business Coaching​

Organisational Development ​

Consultation and facilitation ​

Leadership and Team Assessment, consultation and facilitation ​

Resilience and Well-being​

Learning and Development​

Innovation and Creative Thinking​

Designations & Certifications

Hogan Personality Assessments (HPI; HDS; MVPI; HBRI)​

FourSight Thinking Profile ​

Lego Serious Play​

Member: AHRI​

Member: IECL​

Member: Resolution Institute (Formerly LEADR) ​

Education

MBA, Macquarie Business School (Formerly Macquarie Graduate School of Management)​

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Sociology), University of Witwatersrand​

Master’s in Counselling & Psychotherapy (current), ACAP​

My expertise as a business coach developed from my 23 years of coaching, teaching, and researching, with particular focus on leadership and coaching research.

Students often commented that the theories they studied (leadership, management development, organisational behaviour, etc.) were too disconnected from the real world of business, i.e., time, pressure, stress, and uncertainty of leading and managing.

In response to their concerns of this disconnect, I developed and taught the executive coaching MBA program at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, for 20 years. I am proud to see many of these graduates having tremendous success in the business world.

The course provided various perspectives through which students could develop a practical and proactive approach to the real time experience of pressure, stress, and uncertainty. Consequently I now always ask my clients: ‘Are you the “captain of your ship” or are you being dragged along by stress, pressure, and uncertainty?’ Coaching conversations then provide leaders with the opportunity to move beyond the feeling they are being held ‘captive’ by these constraints, to a space where they can develop their practical wisdom.

My deep understanding and passion of psychology and philosophy make me believe an essential part of leadership is turning situations around when issues become unmanageable, incomprehensible, or looks like it is falling apart in or around oneself. I also believe that business coaching is essential for developing the ‘soft skills’ of leadership. This includes effective decision making, forming judgments, taking responsibility and being accountable. These two factors (‘things falling apart’ and ‘soft skills’) are connected insofar that we need to recognise, and then develop or improve, our own unique ‘soft skills’. Which ‘soft skill’ we lack often become evident by recognising what has emerged or happened to us when things were falling apart or when we find ourselves in difficult situations. This is where I put emphasis on how coaching enables clients to develop the practical wisdom required of themselves around all manners of leadership.

Expertise

Leadership Coaching

Business Coaching

Coaching for developing a Diversity & Inclusion mindset

Team Coaching

Coaching for turning disruptions into opportunities

Legacy Coaching

Coaching for Mental Health Mindset

Coaching for Sustainability Mindset

Designations & Certifications

Registered Psychologist

Philosophical Counsellor

Education

PhD, University of Witwatersrand

MA, University of Witwatersrand

BA Honours (Psychology), University Johannesburg

BA Honours (Philosophy), University of Witwatersrand

BA, (Double major in Philosophy and Psychology) University of Witwatersrand

After two rewarding decades in high finance, where as Treasurer and MD for Société Générale Australia I managed a $50 billion balance sheet, a desire to focus on helping others within business motivated me to undertake a Master of Business Coaching.

I went on to establish Game Changer Consulting – a coaching and consulting services business that draws on evidence based coaching processes to improve individual, team and business performance. This morphed into Business Coach Sydney, a partnership with other leading business coaches that offers a wide range of coaching experience within a single hub, capable of meeting all the needs of medium size businesses.

I have spent the past decade mentoring, consulting, and coaching businesses, from small to large, across numerous industries. I have seen, and know, how overwhelming and challenging managing a business is, specifically, when there are limited resources available to deal with unlimited issues.

As a business coach, I passionately believe that providing a sounding board and broadening perspective leads to insight and options for new strategies and behaviours, congruent with our own personal desires. A sense of being and feeling purposeful, energetic, and productive (PEP) makes obstacles surmountable, progress sustainable and goals achievable. My coaching aims to put the “pep” back in your step’.

Expertise

Business Coaching

Over 20 years in executive management

Financial markets, balance sheet and risk management expert

Business strategy, leadership development and team building

Personal productivity and wellbeing

Communications, people management, relationship coaching

Designations & Certifications

Realise2Practitioner Accreditation, Emotional Intelligence Worldwide

Process Communication Model, Parts 1 & 2, Wayne Pearce Advantage

Civil Marriage Celebrant

Lifeline Crisis Counsellor

Education

MSc Business Coaching, University of Wollongong

MBA, Southern Cross University

Bachelor of Business, University of South Australia


Andrew
Hurrell

Bio

After two rewarding decades in high finance, where as Treasurer and MD for Société Générale Australia I managed a $50 billion balance sheet, a desire to focus on helping others within business motivated me to undertake a Master of Business Coaching.

I went on to establish Game Changer Consulting – a coaching and consulting services business that draws on evidence based coaching process to improve individual, team and business performance. This morphed into Business Coach Sydney, a partnership with other leading business coaches that offers a wide range of coaching experience within a single hub, capable of meeting all the needs of medium size businesses.

I have spent the past decade mentoring, consulting, and coaching businesses, from small to large, across numerous industries. I have seen, and know, how overwhelming and challenging managing a business is, specifically, when there are limited resources available to deal with unlimited issues.

As a business coach, I passionately believe that providing a sounding board and broadening perspective leads to insight and options for new strategies and behaviours, congruent with our own personal desires. A sense of being and feeling purposeful, energetic, and productive (PEP) makes obstacles surmountable, progress sustainable and goals achievable. My coaching aims to put the “pep” back in your step’.

Expertise

Over 20 years in executive management

Financial markets, balance sheet and risk management expert

Business strategy, leadership development and team building

Personal productivity and wellbeing

Communications, people management, relationship coaching

Designations and Certifications

Realise2Practitioner Accreditation, Emotional Intelligence Worldwide

Process Communication Model, Parts 1 & 2, Wayne Pearce Advantage

Civil Marriage Celebrant

Lifeline Crisis Counsellor

Education

MSc Business Coaching, University of Wollongong

MBA, Southern Cross University

Bachelor of Business, University of South Australia

Peter Cheel

Peter Cheel The Business Coach
Peter is a Business Coach, Facilitator and Consultant with significant experience, working at and with different levels of leadership in Australasia, Africa and Europe.

Peter passionately believes in the power of business coaching to optimize and positively impact leaders, such that their organisations realize a positive return on investment. Peter firmly believes that leadership drives culture and culture drives performance.

From start-ups to NFP’s to complex global entities, Peter has led and supported senior leadership teams; developing strategy, driving growth, organisational change and sustainable performance.

Prior to Sydney Business Coach Peter worked as a CEO in the Not-for-Profit Sector and as a commercial Human Resources Director in the following sectors: Pharmaceuticals, IT & Telecommunications, Outsourcing, Global Logistics and Petroleum.

Expertise

Business Coaching

Career Transition Coaching

Retirement Coaching

Leadership Team Alignment Consultation and Facilitation

Business Planning Consultation and Facilitation

Designations and Certifications

Hogan Personality Assessments (HPI; HDS; MVPI; HBRI)

Hogan 360 feedback

Resilience at Work (RAW)

TLC: The Leadership Circle

Member: USCMA

Member: IOC

Education

MSc, Coaching Psychology, University of Sydney

Bachelor of Arts (double major: Psych, Sociology), UNISA

Advanced Diploma HRM, IPM

Advanced Diploma OD, IPM