Barbara is Executive Mandala’s founder and Managing Director, and is a widely acknowledged specialist in the field of human change. She has helped many executives to significantly transform the way they operate in their roles, bringing about higher levels of personal performance and organisational success.
Barbara specialises in working with executives – helping them to strengthen both their cognitive capacity as well as their emotional regulating system, thus enabling them to not only reinvigorate themselves, but to learn ways to sustain their physical, mental and emotional energy leading to high levels of performance and productivity.
Her career spans 35 years – and during this time, her business experience has been gained both domestically as well as internationally. In her most recent corporate executive role, Barbara headed up the executive coaching business for an international consulting firm across the Asia Pacific region. She was also a member of the global executive group accountable for managing the quality of delivery of coaching worldwide.
In these positions, Barbara was responsible for developing the expertise of a cadre of coaches across a number of cultures in the region, including India, Greater China and Korea. She also personally delivered coaching to senior level executives throughout these regions – and continues to do so.
Of particular interest to her is risk mitigation and leadership style, and her work with senior leaders often makes a significant contribution to this critical aspect of business operation where the organisation may be at genuine material risk.
Service contribution to the not-for-profit sector forms part of Executive Mandala’s overall strategy, and Barbara and her team currently provide coaching support to executives in one such organisation. She was appointed to the Board of Directors of Disability Services Australia early in 2014, and enjoys being part of the sector at this very important period of political and social change with the implementation of the NDIS.
She is a member of the teaching faculty of PDP (Professional Development People), and teaches mindfulness technique to clinicians in the psychology arena.
She is currently completing her doctorate in philosophy, the key focus of which is looking at the effects of stress and complexity on executive ranks in corporations. Reviewing the provision of a fully integrated approach for dealing effectively with these pressures has formed part of specific elements of her research schedule.
She is a registered Psychotherapist and is a member of the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists, as well as holding membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Barbara has worked with companies such as American Express, AT & T, BHP Billiton, Bupa Australia, Campbell Arnotts, Centennial Coal, Cisco Systems, Citibank, Downer EDI, Dyno Nobel, First Data International, Foxtel, KPMG, O’Brien Glass, Telstra, Pacific Islands Club, Schering Plough, SMEC, Sun Microsystems, Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces Worldwide, UGL.