Keynote Speaker Biographies
Natalie Ashdown MCC
Chief Executive Officer and RTO Director at Open Door Coaching.
Natalie’s expertise in mentoring, coaching and advising organisations how to develop mentoring and coaching frameworks that brings out the best in people within organisations has been her dedicated passion for the past 15 years and she has a national reputation as an outstanding thought leader and professional in this area.
Natalie partners with HR, L&D professionals and executive teams to implement strategic initiatives and designing leadership programs that target organisational change; and she is sought after for her expert facilitation skills particularly in coaching managers to coach their teams and is regarded as a mentor by many. She has worked extensively across all government levels and the private sector and has exposure and experience in international coaching including international work as a key-note speaker.
Natalie designed and is currently delivering the ICF ACTP credentialled coaching programs: Diploma of Organisational Coaching (10835NAT) and Certificate IV in Workplace and Business Coaching (10834NAT). These programs underpin the workforce strategies at a number of government and public organisations.
Director & Principal Consultant
MBA, ICF ACC, Dip Mgt, Dip Coaching, Prosci® Certified Change Practitioner
Tanya is a subject matter expert in the field of workplace wellbeing and supports clients to develop mentally healthy workplaces drawing on evidenced based, best practice guidelines and experience.
She is a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner with extensive experience in the people side of change and understands the realities of trying to influence cultural change within an organisation. She is a Research Assistant on a leadership wellbeing study with Deakin University School of Business, a Workplace & Leadership Coach (ICFACC) and an accredited Mental Health First Aider.
Partner – HR Legal
Georgie is a Partner with substantial experience in both litigious and non-litigious employment and workplace relations. She acts for a wide range of employers on matters including discrimination, industrial relations, occupational health and safety and employee termination related issues.
Appreciating the complexity of the law, Georgie strives to assist clients navigate the legal minefield of employment law, particularly when misconceptions and uncertainty about what can and cannot be done hinder the decision making process. Georgie works to understand clients’ commercial objectives, together with the workplace cultures they seek to foster, and advises on a strategy which achieves these objectives while managing legal risk. Georgie has a passion for supporting employers into the ‘best practice’ space, including by delivering training around matters such as workplace mental health and managing family and domestic violence in the workplace.
Nick McEwan-Hall ACC
General Manager Open Door Coaching
Nick holds the role of General Manager at Open Door Coaching and provides executive coaching and facilitation. Recently, Nick has been providing Executive Coaching to senior leaders in the education, science and financial sector businesses. Nick is an Accredited DISC Advanced Consultant and Facilitator, qualified workplace and business coach; and is accredited in the StrengthscopeTM suite of tools.
Nick is a trained Mental Health First Aid practitioner and trainer and is passionate about bringing awareness of mental health to the workplace.
Health & Wellness (H&W) Coach Facilitator
BA (Science) Physiotherapy; International Coach Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC),Diploma in Leadership, Coaching & Mentoring); Certified Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) ™ Coach, Certified Neuroscience/Neurozone™ Coach
Andy Gild is an experienced Physiotherapist & Health & Wellbeing (H&W) Coach Facilitator with Synergy Global. She focuses on optimising individual and team performance through knowledge gained working in road trauma, ICU, cardiac care, transplantation, community health, women’s health, private practice and personal training.
She integrates her not-for-profit experience as the Co-founder/CEO of Bicycles for Humanity, Melbourne, bringing strategic governance and development, plus, a keen understanding of volunteer oversight, & international relations. Andy’s core values of connection, growth and authenticity play a large part in all that she does, including that of integrating these into her not-for-Profit experience as the Co-founder/CEO of Bicycles for Humanity, Melbourne. These play into developing collaborative teams, cultural diversity/ inclusion ad empowering individuals, teams and whole communities in Australia and Africa.
MCC Synergy Global Team Leader – USA
Lynne is an experienced coach who’s worked with a wide range of people, some of them managing mental health challenges such as ADHD, BiPolar, Anxiety. She sees each one as uniquely talented with value to offer.
Lynne’s strong background in Leadership & Business Coaching includes 20 years experience coaching SME Owners, Directors, Senior Managers & emerging leaders in large Public & NfP organisations. She helps leaders thrive while building capacity to define strategy, manage change & develop collaborative teams. Lynne has extensive training & certifications in Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ)™, Co-Active Core Dynamics Coaching, International Business Counselling, Organisational and Relationship Systems Coaching, and Living Systems Team Coaching. She was a Finalist in the ICF Business Coach of the Year Award 2014 and recognised by ICF Vancouver, for her great business coaching in support of Self-Employment Programs.
The Open Door Team is putting One Foot Forward to support mental health research
Did you know that 1 in 5 people experience symptoms of mental illness each year? In fact, every day in Australia, 8 people will die from suicide.
Mental illness can be debilitating and can have a devastating impact on not only those living with it, but those around them.
This October the Open Door team is delivering Mental Health First Aid Training and key-note speakers during Mental Health Awareness Week (12th to 16th October) to raise awareness about mental health. In addition, the Open Door team (including family, friends and clients) be walking to make a difference to the lives of people touched by mental illness and suicide! We might be in lockdown here in Victoria, but we want to start by clocking 920kms, which would be the equivalent of walking from the office in Elwood, Victoria to Sydney Opera House. That’s our first destination…let’s see how far we can go together!
At the same time we are fundraising to raise money for life-changing research into treatment and prevention of mental illness, as well as vital support services.