Anthony Howard | Our Founder

Anthony is passionate about building a more human world one leader at a time. As a mentor and coach he helps leaders navigate complex, demanding environments so they can perform and lead at their best. He is a CEO, entrepreneur, thought leader, philosopher and author who has made a life out of questions.

People call him the ‘CEO Whisperer.’ He is a confidant to senior leaders in large publicly traded companies across four continents and almost every sector of industry.

Anthony has been privileged to spend time capturing insights from people who shape and influence history and applying those insights with leaders at the strategic apex of organisations. During a 10-year global dialogue he has spoken to more than 150 influencers from the business, academic, military and social sectors. A constant theme is a concern about the quality of leadership for the 21st century. This was the impetus for his 2015 book: Humanise. Why Human-Centred Leadership is the Key to the 21st Century.

He writes and speaks extensively on Human-Centred Leadership. He is guest lecturer at the School of Business (Sydney), The University of Notre Dame Australia, where he is completing a PhD researching leadership. He speaks on radio, at conferences and in boardrooms. He has been quoted in a wide range of business media, write for the popular press and been published in the Journal of Management Development. 


Bharti Sharma

Bharti is a deep thinker and observant global citizen with several years’ experience as a lawyer in the capital markets team at Linklaters, based in the London and Singapore offices. She has a deep founded desire to improve the quality of leadership in order to build a better world and helps people and organisations respond to emerging issues that leaders, boards and corporate cultures face in the 21st century.

During her time as a lawyer, she advised some of the world’s leading corporate and financial institutions on debt and equity financing, where she has acted for both issuers and underwriters on a range of deals and transactions across a number of different jurisdictions.

Bharti led the board of directors of ActivateUTS for four years as president and vice-president and represented Australia internationally at The Hague International Model United Nations in the Netherlands.  She also represented Australia at international debating competitions in Ireland and Malaysia.

With her global exposure and innate passion for leadership strategy, Bharti brings a distinct skill set to our clients.


So-Young Kang

Experienced advisor, speaker and transformation designer with 20 years of experience across US, Asia, Middle East & Europe

So-Young is Catalyst & Founder of multi-disciplinary Transformation Design (TD) firm Awaken Group that focuses on aligning people to strategy through taking organisations on a transformational journey to drive innovation and creativity. Pioneer of practice of Transformation Design (TD) globally. TD is the application of Design Thinking into larger purpose and values-driven transformations across companies, governments, and nations.

So-Young is an expert in experience design and one of the original Design Thinking facilitators since 2010. She has led multiple projects on values-based organisational design, customer experience design, service engagement strategy, process design, and space/messages globally for MNCs, SMEs and governments.

An expert in ‘human’ needs, organisational design, strategy and innovation, So-Young has served more than 30 clients (government, MNC, SME) in Singapore alone in the past 3 years requiring deep understanding of user needs and motivations to design innovative solutions and drive organisational change. She has ~20 years of experience advising business and government leaders globally for companies such as Microsoft, IMD, Seagate, Khazanah, SingTel and Housing Development Board.

In 2014, she was selected by the World Economic Forum to be a Young Global Leader. Previously, she was a Senior Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company and was formerly Assistant Vice President at Citigroup (one of youngest in her batch).

So-Young has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.


Rebecca McGrath

Rebecca is an internationally experienced business leader. She is Chairman of Oz Minerals Ltd (ASX), Investa Office Management Pty Ltd and Scania Australia. Rebecca is also Non-Executive Director of ASX listed companies: Incitec Pivot Ltd and Goodman Group. She is a member of the Advisory Council for JP Morgan in Australia.

Since 2016 Rebecca has been a member of the Victorian Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rebecca is involved with several-not-for-profit organisations: she is Chairman of Kilfinan Australia and recently retired as Chairman of Project New Dawn Ltd (a homelessness/unemployment initiative). She is a member of Chief Executive Women and is an ambassador for the National Association of Women in Operations.

Rebecca is a speaker, mentor and advisor in a range of industry and professional forums.
Prior to her non-executive career, Rebecca spent more than 23 years as an executive in the oil industry. She held business line and functional leadership roles with BP in Australasia, Europe and the United Kingdom. Her most recent two positions were: Executive Director & Vice President - Operations Australia & Pacific, and Chief Financial Officer - Australasia.

Rebecca holds the degrees of Bachelor of Town Planning (Hons.) & Master of Applied Science (Project Management). She has attended executive management programmes at Harvard Business School, Cambridge University and MIT in Boston. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rebecca was recognised as one of the AFR/Westpac “Australian 100 Women of Influence” in 2014.


Bronek Karcz

Bronek is a confidant at The Confidere Group, which drives better results and enhances company value by helping people become better leaders who do the right thing at the right time. The combination of a strong educational base, with multiple degrees, and solid business experience with several international companies operating in challenging and varied environments, provides an exceptional skill set to support and work with the most senior business leaders.

Bronek is a proven leader who has led companies, businesses and management teams. He has managed across international boundaries; started new country operations and has a deep understanding of managing diverse cultures in complex regulatory regimes. He has developed and implemented strategic market plans in various industries. He is a proven change manager who has successfully led company re-organisation, profit improvement and business integration projects. Through a long career he established a reputation for developing strong and motivated management teams and businesses that once organised continued on a path of success.

Bronek has served on 14 Company Boards as Director or Chairman of companies in Australia, China, India, Chile, Brazil and Thailand. He has held several major business roles including:

  • Member of Orica Limited Executive Management team.
  • Group GM (CEO) of the Orica Chemnet Group, the largest distributor and trader of chemicals and related services in Australia, NZ, Asia and Latin America.
  • GM of Orica Mining Services Australia/Asia.
  • Managing Director of ERS Limited (an ASX listed industrial company that operated in Australia, NZ and Asia).
  • CEO and Director of the Castrol Limited Industrial business in Australia, NZ, Asia and Southern Africa.


Kellie Stirling

Kellie is an accomplished Executive Coach, Leadership and Organisational Development Consultant, who is passionate about helping individuals continue to grow and learn in all aspects of their life and to learn to work more effectively with others. She loves change and is particularly fascinated by disruption and emergence in organisational life. Kellie loves to help organisations transform their Leadership and Culture so that they are customer focussed and may continue to thrive.

Kellie is an intuitive and skilled relationship builder with a flair for aligning people and culture to business strategy.  Her depth of knowledge about the challenges facing leaders today is underpinned by 20 years of professional experience with leading Australian and global organisations across a variety of industries including Financial Services, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Higher Education and FMCG.  Kellie’s current clients are in the corporate, government, professional services and not for profit sectors.

As a coach, Kellie focuses on helping leaders transform their leadership to work more effectively with greater levels of complexity and to drive delivery.  She uses a strengths based approach to help individuals understand how their behaviour shows up in the environment they work in and how others experience them so that they may learn strategies to adapt their behaviour to drive greater business effectiveness.  Kellie has a deep theoretical understanding of how adults develop and she implements this practice in a very pragmatic way.

An environmentally astute and collaborative performer, Kellie understands the demands and diversity of needs within senior executive teams and stakeholder groups. Both dynamic and authentic, her wealth of experience across multiple industries makes her a passionate and unique expert in her professional field.  She holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Applied Commerce - Organisational Change.