Better navigate complexity, keep growing, and deliver exceptional outcomes

Executive Coaching

Supporting you in high-stakes leadership roles so you deliver for your organisation and grow.

We provide leaders with the confidential space required to wrestle with tough questions, expand their possibilities and adjust course.

We partner with you on both what you do and how you do it, helping you to access the limits of your own wisdom and then reach into new and exciting areas that will give you the targeted growth you need.

Our support spans the full suite of leadership responsibilities and struggles; leading strategy, re-aligning relationships, steering cultural change, efficient and caring self-management. Our tool-set is rich and includes everything from the pragmatic (tools, frameworks, accountability) to the subtle (presence, self-awareness, beliefs). At the heart of what we offer is a trusting space to be honest and vulnerable in order to get the most out of your strengths, address your blind spots and reach into your own next horizon of potential.


First 90 Days

Helping you to take advantage of the early gains and avoid the high stakes risks of a new role.

We provide you with a targeted program which leverages the research on what counts in the first few weeks and months of a new position. By providing you with the right tools and processes we help to make sure you land well early and are set up for long-term success.

The program gives you structured and intentional space to decompress, reflect, strategise and more quickly process the huge volumes of information and competing priorities calling on your attention. We help to make sure that in the rush to deliver and land well you take advantage of valuable opportunities, deliver the quick wins, get critical relationships off on the right footing, pick up sensitive cultural cues and rightly judge priorities.

The result is a smoother and less stressful landing for everyone, meaning that the value that was spotted in the recruitment phase gets fully realised as quickly and reliably as possible.

Transition Coaching

Helping you make the move into a social purpose career or take that next critical role.

We make sure talented commercial executives have the support they need to break into the social purpose sector, and that those in the sector keep getting the roles they need to feel satisfied, challenged and purpose-aligned.

Making a career transition can be confronting, draining and time consuming. We help you to get a strong handle on what you want, capture it in a way that is compelling, and then support you with a smart effective process to get yourself in front of the people that helps you to find and get the job that you want. The outcome is reliably extraordinary - a career move which is aligned to your personal areas of passion, skill and pragmatic requirements.


Leadership 360

Providing you with an insightful accessible 360 assessment.

Human Synergistics (LSI and GSI) is the tool of choice if you’re interested in improving your effectiveness as a leader. It offers the ability to compare how you see yourself with how others see you, and to do so within a robust leadership framework. The rich and confidential picture you are provided with transforms self-understanding and acts like a long-term compass for growth and confidence. An invaluable tool for extending performance and growth horizons.

GSI is the tool that helps teams to transform their performance. It provides a real-time insight into where effectiveness is occurring, and what levers a team needs to pull to deliver more for their organisation. With a direct line of sight to culture creation, GSI additionally helps leadership teams to understand how to support not just their team, but whole of organisation shifts.


Interested in leadership profiling?

We offer a range of insightful and effective tools to support you to choose the right candidate for your leadership role, to support effective relationships between leaders and their managers, and to dial up your own self-awareness and growth as a leader.

"Working with Elise as my coach has been transformative. She helped me prepare for the transition to the CEO role and supported me through my first 90 days and beyond.

I felt that I could be vulnerable and open with Elise and she engaged with curiosity and encouragement. This transition was the steepest learning curve of my career and Elise was there to support me through the ups and downs. After every session I walked away with plenty to think about as well as clear actions to put into practice. I would highly recommend this program."

Suzie Riddell

CEO, Social Ventures Australia (SVA)

“I’m so glad I had career coaching when I did. It took a process that would otherwise have been hit and miss and emotionally stressful, and made it focused, supportive and successful."

David Stewart


“It was a crucial part of helping me transition from the corporate world into establishing my own consulting business. It was both practical & visionary at the same time – helping me to articulate my vision and most importantly translate that into ‘what I should do today’ to progress it. I highly recommend this for anyone considering taking the leap.”

Cameron McLean

Founder & CEO, LinkWest Consulting

"It helped me to crystallise my values and sense of purpose, and translate these into a clear picture of what a purposeful, meaningful work and life looked like, with actions. I gained greater self awareness of my skills and expertise and the areas that I wanted to work in, and the confidence to walk this path.

Elise is exceptional at navigating road blocks above and below the waterline – working through internal challenges and resistance to change, while ensuring progress and actions were tracked and delivered. Elise is a powerful coach, she has a huge amount of empathy and ability to connect.  She also has solid business skills, providing practical advice and feedback when needed.  Having trained as a coach myself I set a fairly high bar, and Elise easily surpassed this.  I highly recommend her and would love to work with her again."

Claire McKendrick

NSW Health to independent consultant

“From the moment I started working with Leadership Space, I felt engaged and committed to my goal of a significant career shift. The process provides momentum, ensuring I was moving forward, rather than drifting. Importantly, it opened my mind to new paths and opportunities that I hadn’t previously considered. Once I started interviewing, it proved to be a great resource and gave me a significant edge during what was a highly competitive process. I found the process stimulating, challenging and ultimately rewarding – securing a great role in a new industry. Success!“

Richard Lindell

Director, International CFO Forum

“Elise is an exceptional and intuitive guide for professional transitions. She brought an immense range of knowledge, helpful resources and tools, and a whole-person consideration that enabled me anchor into myself and create a container for transformation. Her amazing ability to listen deeply meant that I felt truly heard, and she challenged me exactly when I needed it most. This combination helped me evolve my goals, strategies and action plans, with a deep sense of accountability, not only to her but also to myself. I would not have been as successful in transitioning without Elise’s guidance. Our work together has been a priceless gift that will surely keep giving.”

Centre for Social Impact, to Nook Studios

Marisa Guber

“I benefited from a solid approach to my first 90 days as CEO. It helped me clarify the job expectations, contributed to me effectively prioritising my work over those first crucial few months, and assisted in decision-making. The other part that I think is highly valuable is the structured approach it brought to developing my rapport with the Chair of the board. Overall, a great way to start out in a new role that was important to both me, and the Foundation, to get right.”

Michael Hornby

CEO, Prince Charles Hospital Foundation

“The First 90 Days program was invaluable because it gave focus to critical areas early in the tenure of our new CEO. Elise has a style that makes it easy to open up about the thorny issues and she facilitates discussions very well, offering good insights. The combination of her skills and the structured approach meant healthy discussions took place. Preparing the KPI’s and assisting guide the suggested allocation of time for the new CEO was very helpful as well. I would highly recommend it.”

Bernard Curran

Chair, Creche & Kindergarten Association & Chair, Prince Charles Hospital Foundation

“During the 3 months I gained perceptive insights and it challenged my thinking around processes. Working together helped clarify my role and the expectations, contributed to stronger and more honest working relationships with the Chairs of the board, and contributed to a stronger vision of what needs to get done.”

Belinda Leonard

CEO, Nordoff Robins Music Therapy Association

“My sessions have been wholly transformative. I find the combined use of behavioural analysis and neuroscience unique in its ability to deliver deep insight into the relationship dynamics across my professional and personal pursuits. I am working, communicating and partnering with far greater intention, effectiveness and impact, and far less heartache and frustration.”

Este Darin-Cooper

State Manager (NSW/ACT), Creative Partnerships Australia and Director, Darin Cooper Foundation

“I came to see Barb at a stage of my life, where I had lost contact with my own business goals. Coaching allowed me to balance the two elements in my working life – giving space to each and eventually being able to lean forward into my own business again.

Barb’s energy, humour, compassion and strength helped me to hold each piece of the jigsaw puzzle in place, get me past some tough spots, and gave me space to re-energise and commit to a renewed business strategy. At the end of our 12 months, everything just seemed to fall effortlessly into place, and I am looking forward with confidence to next stage of my professional and business development.”

Judith Bowtell

founder Albany Lane Consulting

“My coaching has provided me with the impetus to set aside time and head space for working on my own professional development. My sessions are always insightful and enjoyable but above all they give me greater clarity and confidence in the robustness of my leadership decisions. It provides a supportive environment to test my assumptions and reflect on my approach to complex situations and I walk away with a much clearer pathway forward. Invaluable!”

Marnie Karmelita

Head of Programming, New Zealand Festival

“Through a process of reflection coaching helped me learn more about myself and my strengths and gaps as a leader, at a critical time of joining a new organisation and setting the strategy for increasing impact. It assisted me to stay focused on my goals and helped me determine the steps that I could most effectively take to achieve them.

Barb extended this support through a facilitated session with the Policy and Advocacy team, enabling us to clarify as a group how we progress UNICEF Australia’s goals and responsibilities in working with Governments to uphold the United Nations’ conventions on the rights of the child. I would recommend this to anyone seeking to stretch themselves as a social purpose leader.”

Nicole Breeze

Director of Policy and Advocacy, UNICEF Australia


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