About Coughlan & Co

The Consulting Team

Our team of highly experienced professionals work with individuals and teams to help them achieve and measure greater impact. We will equip your people with the tools and strategies they need to develop strategic and operational capacity, leadership capability and personal vitality using strengths-based coaching conversations, facilitated decision-making and action learning.

We also help organisations like yours to analyse their business horizons, and solve strategic and operational problems through facilitated planning, cultural change, investigations, mediation and evaluation.

Our work is underpinned by a keen professional interest in the neuroscience of change, which will help your people to build healthy and resilient habits of mind, put plans into action, continuously improve on results and move steadily towards their goals.

Sharyn Coughlan

Sharyn has a strong reputation for developing and evaluating organisational strategies that are characterised by innovation and results. Her experience includes:

  • 25 years in public sector management, driving strategic planning, operational change and delivering results, including 15 years collaborating across service sectors on community development strategy in urban and regional settings
  • 20 years managing and consulting in organisational development in the public and community sectors.
  • 25 years coaching and developing people across all levels of business and corporate life.

Sharyn also teaches mindfulness techniques that will help your people find focus and calm the nervous system, see more clearly and act with integrity.

Qualifications and affiliations

  • Master of Public Policy (Sydney)
  • Graduate Diploma of Social Ecology (WSU)
  • Master of Wellness (coursework) RMIT
  • Certificate IV Workplace and Business Coaching
  • Certifcate IV Training and Assessment
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC), International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Certificate IV Government Investigations (in progress)
  • Member, Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
  • Member, Australasian Evaluation Society (AES)
  • Chair of Cicada International Limited, founding body of the Australian Women in Music Awards (AMWA).
  • Member Board of Directors, Family Planning NSW

Denny Groth

Denny’s broad career reflects her passion for HR management, advocacy, organisational improvement, industrial relations, communications and conflict resolution. As a consultant, she has worked with State and Federal agencies and not for profits.

A snapshot of her skills and expertise:

  • 25 years as a senior HR manager and consultant helping to achieve transformative change through enterprise bargaining, organisational development and coaching.
  • 18 years’ experience as a part-time and (current) casual member of NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT), including 14 years as a regular mediator
  • 16 years’ experience as a journalist and Ministerial press secretary and policy adviser.

Qualifications and affiliations

    • BA LLB (Sydney University/UNSW)
    • Graduate Diploma in Labour Relations and the Law (Sydney University)
    • Diploma of Investigations (in progress)
    • Associate Member Resolution Institute

Kate Levett

Kate is a post-doctoral researcher, epidemiologist, educator, and acupuncture practitioner with over 20 years experience in education and research. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Sydney School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame Australia, and an adjunct Fellow at NICM Health Research Centre at Western Sydney University. She is currently an NHMRC Early Career Fellow, leading a collaboration of investigators in a large prospective meta-analysis of an educational program.

Kate has expertise in evidence-based practice, as well as implementing and analysing complex quantitative and qualitative research projects. Kate designs survey instruments that capture insights into how a particular workforce is experiencing stress and what types of responses they are willing to explore. Their survey responses will give you the inside edge.

In 2017, Kate and Sharyn co-authored a study into a high demand workplace (Levett, Coughlan et al) which found that absenteeism and stress were reduced and job satisfaction increased after responding to the views of employees.

Qualifications and affiliations

      • PhD (Western Sydney University)
      • Master of Public Health (Epidemiology) (Sydney University)
      • Bachelor of Education (HME, HONS I) (Sydney University)
      • Advanced Diploma Applied Science (Acupuncture) (AIAS Brisbane)
      • Graduate Diploma Japanese Acupuncture

I have worked with Sharyn in many capacities over the last 15 years, including community partner, wellness consultant, program analyst and consulting coach for some of our up and coming managers. Her extensive senior management background informs her insights into the point and potential of any project she accepts, and Sharyn’s involvement inspires my confidence in a quality result.

Violet Roumeliotis

CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2017.

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