Mentors & Coaches

We find the perfect match for every person

Our formal, structured programs offer a confidential independent mentor or coach to discuss issues and test ideas around leadership, performance and careers. Programs are in person or virtual, strategically designed to achieve key outcomes sought.

Our research and experience shows that the match is critical to the success of the program. Which is why each program includes a detailed process to carefully identify and personally connect participants to our unparalleled network of more than 100 mentors and accredited coaches. Our trusted network includes some of the most well-respected professionals in Australia and globally, ranging across industries, experience and sectors. They are executives, qualified coaches, company directors, managing partners, business owners and entrepreneurs. McCarthy Mentoring CEO and Practice Directors are also accredited coaches and mentors in talent and emerging leader development.

All of our mentors and coaches will offer experienced advice, practical tools and frameworks, fresh perspectives and sometimes a reality check. Most importantly we all share a commitment to developing and supporting others to reach their potential.

Contact us now to commence your program.

A sample of our network of advisors are below:

Therese Ryan

Chair of Gippsland Water; Deputy Chair of Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, VicForests’ Trustee; Director of WA Super; Non-Executive Director ASX Listed Bapcor Ltd’ independent member of City of Melbourne Audit and Risk Committee; Former VP and General Counsel, General Motors International Operations

Naomi White

Managing Director, Naomi White Consulting and Advisory; Executive coach, mentor and people strategist; Nominations Committee Member for Netball Queensland and the Queensland Firebirds; former Transformation and Integration Director and Executive General Manager HR for the Suncorp Group

Vicky Papachristos

Non-Executive Director, GMHBA Private Health Insurance, myOwn Health; Managing Director, Currant Marketing Pty Ltd; Former GM Myer One / National Manager Customer Strategy & Loyalty

Sophie McCarthy

Organisational coach and mentor; CEO, McCarthy Mentoring; Company Director, Sydney Community Foundation & Sydney Women’s Fund.

Tessa Sexton

Director, Communications & Leadership Programs, McCarthy Mentoring; Organisational coach and mentor; former General Manager, Marketing & Communications, Leukaemia Foundation Australia

Arancha Alvarez

Director, Talent & Organisational Development Programs, McCarthy Mentoring; Organisational coach and mentor; Advisory Group Member, Master of Applied Leadership, School of Management and Enterprise University of Southern Queensland; former Group Talent Management & Organisational Development Lead, Woolworths Ltd

Lisa Chung AM

Non-executive director of Australian Unity and Artspace and Chairman of The Front Project, formerly non-executive director of APN Outdoor Limited and Australian Institute of Management, Chairman of The Benevolent Society and Urbis, Deputy President of Trustees at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Partner of Blake Dawson and Maddocks.

Melanie Laing

Board, CEO & Executive HR Advisor & Consultant.  Director, MS Laing Pty Ltd.  Former Group Executive, Human Resources for the Commonwealth Bank; Group HR Director for Origin Energy; Regional HR Director for Unisys Corporation Asia Pacific; Regional HR Director for Vodafone Asia Pacific; Regional HR Director for General Re Corporation Europe.  Fellow of the Australian Institute of Directors (FAICD) and the Australian Human Resources Institute (FAHRI); and Member of Chief Executive Women (CEW).  

Thomas Thivierge

Principle, Thivierge HR Services. University of Michigan Ross Business School Executive Education Coach and former Executive Director, Labor Relations/HR at General Motors

Sally Treeby

Director, Evergen; Non-Executive Director, Plan International Australia; Director, Sallyport Pty Ltd family investment; Former Executive General Manager, St James Ethics Centre

Mick Reid AM

Principal, M Reid and Associates; Non-Executive Director, Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia; Director, Royal District Nursing Service; Former Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Health; Former Director General of Health NSW and QLD

Liesel Wett

CEO, Pathology Australia; Chair, Goodwin Aged Care Services; Non-Executive Director, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD); Non-Executive Director, Pathology Awareness Australia; Former Non-Executive Director, Osteoporosis Australia

Patrick Walker

Non-Executive Director, Good Environmental Choice Australia; CEO, Australian Sports Foundation; Former CEO, PwC UK Indirect Taxes; Director, Pathway Coaching & Consulting

Kate Dundas

Non-Executive Director, Sydney Festival; Former Executive Director of Performing Arts, Sydney Opera House; Member Board of Directors, Australia for UNHCR; Council Member, Australian Film Television and Radio School; Former Deputy Secretary Arts and Culture; Former Director, ABC Radio

Carmel McGregor PSM

Adjunct Professor Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra; Non-Executive Director, Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI); Non-Executive Director, ACT/SNSW Rugby (Brumbies); Former Deputy Public Service Commissioner; Former Deputy Secretary, People, Department of Defence.

Anne Skipper AM FAICD

Businesswoman, company director and mentor. Managing Director, Anne Skipper and Associates; Chair, The Silver Chain Group; Director, Peoples Choice Credit Union; Director, Plan International Board and Plan International Hong Kong; Director, Tonkin; Consulting Facilitator AICD

James Atkins

Director, Vantage Strategy & Marketing; Non-Executive Director, Circus Oz; Non-Executive Director, Connective Group; Chair, Greening Australia

Gillian Corban

Managing Director, Corban & Blair; Member, Management Committee, Detour House Women’s Shelter; Former Non-Executive Director, TAFE NSW

Richard Spencer

Non Executive Director, Social Ventures Australia; Chair, Coordinare - Primary Health Network for SE NSW; Director, China Committee for Intercultural Education, Beijing

Jane Jose

CEO, Sydney Community Foundation; Author, Places Women Make; Former Deputy Lord Mayor, Adelaide

Jennifer Bott AO

Chair, National Institute of Dramatic Art; Trustee, The Australian Museum Sydney; Director, The Bundanon Trust

Maria Newport

Managing Principal, Newport O’Connor; Non-Executive Director, Coeliac NSW & ACT; Executive Coach, Mentor, Facilitator, Consultant, Lawyer and Mediator

Marg Lennon

Managing Director, Unlimited People Potential Pty Ltd; Former President and Chairman, YMCA NSW; Former VP Human Resources and Organisation Development, Cochlear

Marg O’Donnell AO

Chair, SANE Australia; Chair, Griffith Law School Visiting Committee; Former Chair, National Breast Cancer Network of Australia; Former Director General of several Queensland Departments

Susan Lenehan

Director M & L Management; Former Chair, Principals Australia Institute Board; Former Syndicate Chair, CEO Institute; Minister & Member of Parliament in South Australia

Peter Loxton

Managing Director, Peter Loxton and Associates Pty Ltd; Chair, NSW Health Pathology; Former Chair, Carriageworks; Former Assistant Director General, Department of Premier and Cabinet (NSW); Former Head of ABC Radio

Kathleen Conlon

Non-Executive Director, Aristocrat Leisure; Non-Executive Director, The Benevolent Society; Chair, Lynas Corporation Ltd; Non-Executive Director,

James O’Loghlin

Radio and television broadcaster, author, comedian, and keynote speaker on innovation and work/life balance

Deborah Protter

Founding Partner of The Values Partnership; Chair, The Hunger Project WA Development Board

Jacqui Walters

Director, Jacqui Walters Advisory Pty Ltd; Chair, CleanCo; Chair, City Train Response Unit; Partner, Era Innovation; Former Director, Building Queensland; Former Group Strategy Leader, Evans & Peck Pty Ltd

Alicia Darvall

Chair, Inner South East Partnership - Metropolitan Partnerships; Former Executive Director, B Lab Australia & New Zealand; Marketing Strategy, Gordon Ramsey Holdings; General Manager, Moonlight Cinema

Maree Walk

Former Deputy Secretary of FACS, NSW; Former Chief Executive of Community Services (DoCS); General Manager, Operations, The Benevolent Society;  Policy Manager, Violence, Abuse & Neglect, NSW Health; Former Chair: Implementation Board: Social and Affordable Housing Fund; Association of Child Welfare Agencies; Board Member, Families Australia.

Matt Gaden

Head of Distribution, Janus Henderson Investors.

Pam Dell

Head of Transformational Change, Metcash; Former Chief Executive Officer, Re-Map.

Barry Mann

Non-Executive Director, NSW ALC Housing Ltd; Former CEO, UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation; Director, Property City of Parramatta; Head of Residential Development NSW, Stockland; COO and MD, Lendlease international subsidiaries.

Emma Stein

Non-Executive Director, Alumina Limited; Non-Executive Director, Transpacific Industries; Non-Executive Director, Programmed Maintenance Group; Non-Executive Director, DUET; Non-Executive Director, Todd Corporation; Former Managing Director, Gaz de France Energy and British Fuels

Neil Thompson

Former CEO, Velocity Virgin Australia; Non-Executive Director, Smiling Mind Inc; Advisory Board Member, Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University; Advisor, Booodl; Former Non-Executive Director, Plan International & Horizon Power

Sally Herman

Non-Executive Director, Suncorp; Non-Executive Director, Breville Group; Non-Executive Director, Investec Property Ltd; Non-Executive Director, Premier Investments Ltd; Advisory Board Member, Evans & Partners; Former Chair, Urbis Pty Ltd; Former Westpac General Manager, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability

Sally Loane

CEO, Financial Services Council; Former Director of Media & Public Affairs, Coca Cola Amatil; Journalist, Media, print & radio

Sam Weiss

Chairman, Altium Limited; Chairman, 3PLearning Limited; Chairman, SurfStitch Limited; Former Chairman, The Benevolent Society and The Sydney Festival; Former Non-Executive Director, Breville Group Limited and Oroton Group

Wendy McCarthy AO

Managing Director, McCarthy Management; Former Non-Executive Director, Goodstart Early Learning; Non-Executive Director, IMF Bentham; Chair of Circus Oz; Headspace and Plan Australia; Former Deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  

Andrew Buchanan

Vice President & Vice Chair, Cerebral Palsy Alliance; Board member, Cerebral Palsy Research Alliance Foundation (USA); Member of NSW Trustee & Guardian Independent Financial Advisory Committee; Deputy Chair, NSW Accessible Arts.

Arun Abey AM

Chair & Co-founder, ipac securities limited; Chair & Co-founder, Walsh Bay Partners; Director, The Smith Family

Noel Landry

Chief Executive Officer, Out There Productions

Elizabeth Carr AM

Non-Executive Director, St Mary’s Anglican Girls School (WA), icare (NSW), Kokoda Track Foundation; Member, Environmental Protection Authority (WA); President, Harvard Club of Australia; Chair, South Metropolitan Tafe (WA), St Catherine’s Aged Care Services (NSW); Former Chair, Seton Villa Disabilities (NSW), Family and Community Services A&R (NSW)  

Martin Smith

Director, Mansewood Consulting Pty Ltd; Former Non-Executive Director, ALH Group (Australian Leisure & Hospitality); Formerly Managing Director, Endeavour Drinks Group also known as the Woolworths Liquor Group; Former General Manager, Dan Murphy's

Sara Watts

Non-Executive Director, Syrah Resources Ltd; Non-Executive Director, Vision Australia; Non-Executive Director, Literacy Planet; Non-Executive Director, BagTrans; Trustee, Australian Museum; Former CFO, IBM A/NZ and COO, University of Sydney

Louise Walsh

Chief Executive Officer, Future Generation Investment Company & Future Generation Global Investment Company; Non-Executive Director, St Vincent’s Curran Foundation, the City Recital Hall in Sydney and the Snow Foundation

Penny Moyle

Former CEO, OPP Ltd (now The Myers-Briggs Company); Executive Advisor, Race Against Dementia, Meyler Campbell Faculty; Consultant, Said Business School, Oxford University; Director, Highview Insights

Charles Shiplee

Director, BRANDGP London, Fetch Digital London and Business Networking International; Non-Executive Director, Roehampton Club London; Trustee, Friends of Queen Mary’s Hospital London; Member of the Institute of Directors London; Former Director, George Patterson Australia, Bates/141 Worldwide and Publicis Dialog Worldwide

Petra Buchanan

Director, PSB Ventures; Former CEO, McGrath Foundation and Pay TV industry body ASTRA in Australia

Kay Veitch FAICD

Non-Executive Director, Evolve Housing, Local Land Services; Chair of Governance, Nominations & People Committee, ASPECT Studios Pty Ltd, Member Remuneration Committee; Chair, Keep Australia Beautiful NSW

Jacqueline Feeney

Director, Zinn & Co Consultancy; Non-Executive Director, Documentary Australia Foundation; Former Managing Director, Fox Networks Group & National Geographic Partners; Head of Foxtel, SVOD & Content Partnerships; Directorships with Nickelodeon, ASTRA and Sydney Film Festival

Ian Elliot

Chairman, Elliot Enterprises; Chairman, Dry July Foundation; Former Non-Executive Director and Chairman, Salmat, Hills Industries, Impelus; Former CEO, George Patterson Advertising; International speaker and best-selling author

Kylie Sprott

Chief Transformation Officer, QANTM IP; Former Chief Transformation Officer, Xenith IP Group Ltd; Non-Executive Director, Position Partners; Director, The Oranges Toolkit, Leader of the Corporate Champions, The Smith Family; Ambassador, Rainbow House Iligan Orphanage, Philippines

Rhyll Gardner

Director, InterFinancial Corporate Finance Ltd; Non Executive Director, Community 21 Banking; Chair Finance, Audit & Risk Committee, Innovation & Business Skills Australia; Member of People and Performance Committee, Foodbank Queensland

Sarah Zeljko

Non-Executive Director, Powerlink, Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Energy Super; Chair of the Investment Committee, Member of the Governance Remuneration and Nomination Committee
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