About Coughlan & Co

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. 

The Consulting Team

Sharyn Coughlan

Sharyn has a strong reputation for developing and evaluating organisational strategies that are characterised by innovation and results. She has worked at all three levels of government, as well as the NFP and private sectors. 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)
  • Accredited (ACC), International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Accredited Strengthscope® and StrengthscopeTeam® Practitioner
  • Member, Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
  • Member, Australasian Evaluation Society (AES)
  • Chair, Cicada International Limited, producers of the Australian Women in Music Awards (AMWA).
  • Non-Executive Director, Family Planning NSW

Sharyn’s qualifications are complemented by studies in Corporate Wellness, Consulting & Coaching Psychology, and Government Investigations. She holds nationally recognised qualifications in Training & Assessment, and Corporate & Workplace Coaching.

Denny Groth

Denny’s broad career reflects her passion for HR management, advocacy, organisational improvement, industrial relations, communications and conflict resolution. She has worked with State and Federal agencies and Not-For-Profits as a manager and consultant.

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.
  • Member of NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal (now incorporated into NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) (2001-2013) Equal Opportunity and Community Services Divisions
  • Mediator (NCAT and others) on discrimination, workplace and community services
  • 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)

Some recent clients

Alex Long

Sharyn’s facilitation of our planning day has been such a useful process for us and has been the stimulus for a lot of discussion around sustainability and new ways of working.
– Alex Long, CEO, Multicultural Youth Action Network (MYAN) NSW

Warren Johnson

I have learnt so much from Sharyn’s calm and focussed approach to getting the best from people and systems.
– Warren Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Safe

Dr Kate Levett, PhD

Sharyn’s ability to integrate high level research, policy analysis and its practical application is impressive. And collaboration comes easily to her because she delivers on commitments.
Dr Kate Levett, PhD, Research Fellow, University of Notre Dame

Violet Roumeliotis AM

I have worked with Sharyn as a community partner, wellness consultant, program analyst and consulting coach for some of our up and coming managers. Her involvement in a project inspires my confidence in a quality result.
Violet Roumeliotis AM, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2017

Dina Petrakis

Sharyn’s facilitation of our planning activity was key to the expansion of our program. She has provided invaluable services to me and my team.
Dina Petrakis, Global Manager, Ignite Small Business Start-ups

Simone Parsons

Absolutely an all-rounder. We will continue to seek Sharyn’s expertise for both our strategic policy work and our staff coaching and engagement. I highly recommend Sharyn and her team.
Simone Parsons, Chief Operating Officer, Women’s Community Shelters

Kris Neil

The evaluation report is excellent – deft, subtle but firm in its findings. Quite masterful. Best of its kind I have seen.
– Kris Neil, Chair, Women’s Community Shelters

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