Mentors & Coaches

We find the perfect match for every person

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

Our research and experience show that the match is critical to the success of the program. Each program carefully identifies and personally connects participants to an unparalleled network of mentors and accredited coaches. This 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. All McCarthy Mentoring CEO and Practice Directors are also accredited coaches and mentors in talent and emerging leader development.

Together we offer experienced advice, practical tools and frameworks, fresh perspectives and sometimes a reality check. Most importantly we 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:

Garry Baddock

Chief Operating Officer of the HRS Group. Former Executive General Manager of IAG and COO of Graphite Energy. Member of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Melanie Kansil

Chief Strategy Officer, MECCA Brands, Start-up Founder & CEO Alyte, Experienced Executive & Director, Transformation, Growth, Commercial, Consumer and Digital

Helen Darch OAM

Chair of Mackay Hospital and Health Service Board, Ordinary Commissioner of the Crime and Corruption Commission, and Chair of Health and Wellbeing Queensland’s Research Advisory Committee.

Alison Terry

Non Executive Director RAC Insurance, Non Executive Director Bannerman Energy, Non Executive Director UN Women Australia, Non Executive Director Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA. Experienced Senior Executive in ASX, global, multinational organisations,  Sustainability, ESG,  Corporate Affairs, Governance and Legal

Sue West

Director, Flourish after Fifty and Sue West Coaching, Executive Mentor and Coach. Previously Associate Director, Centre for Community Child Health

Amelia Hodge


Cath Ingram

Tamar Balkin

Director, Balkin Coaching. Board Approved Supervisor Organisational Psychology (AHPRA), Registered Organisational Psychologist, Australia (AHPRA).

Melanie Leijer

Senior Consultant Boyce Chartered Accountants, Executive Coach. Former Chief Operating Officer Only About Children and Former Finance and Operations at Lendlease. Previously Chief Operating Officer Vet Partners and Non-Executive Director Link Housing.

Suzanne Storrie

Chair Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Chair Audit and Risk Committee and Nominations Committee; Executive coaching and mentoring, Jarden Investment Bank, Lightning Point Consulting; previously Crisis Director COVID19, IAG and an experienced senior operations and finance executive in ASX, global and multinational organisations (Unisys, Qantas, CBA, IAG); 100 Women of Influence; entrepreneur

Sarah Boucaut

Deputy Chair South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA), Board member LifeEd South Australia, Executive Mentor and coach, Senior strategic business development executive, International executive experienced in mining, telecommunications, medical sector, extensive South East Asian business experience and Board experience.

Kirsten Molloy

Non-Executive Director NRMA, Non-Executive Director Port Authority of NSW, Chair People and Culture Committee; NSW Deputy Chair Hunter New England Health District, Chair Consumer and Patient Partnership Committee; Non-Executive Director WGA, Chair Risk and Opportunities Committee; AICD Northern NSW Advisory Group; President Equal Futures Project; Mentor and Coach; former Chair HunterH2O; former CEO HVCCC; former Orica Executive.

Jane Michie

Non-Executive Director, Chubb; Former Director – Tax Policy and Global Head of Tax, BHP; Former Global Head of Tax, Macquarie Group; Former Director, Greenwoods & Freehills.

Kathleen Townsend

Director, Pacific People; Member Judicial Entitlements Panel; Former Chair, Australian Volunteers International; Former Deputy Chancellor, Swinburne University; Former Director, Melbourne Port Corporation; Former Member of Executive Council, VECCI; Former Managing Director of Kathleen Townsend Executive Solutions Pty Ltd

Megan Corfield

Chair QLD Chapter of Chief Executive Women; Non Executive Director, Unitywater

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, Aussie Broadband, Big River Industries Limited ASX:BRI, GMHBA Health Insurance; and Director, Scale Investors Ltd; Managing Director, Currant Marketing Pty Ltd; Former General Manager, Customer Strategy & Loyalty, Myer.

Sophie McCarthy

CEO, McCarthy Mentoring; Chair, Sydney Community Foundation; Organisational coach and mentor; certified Hogan coach

Tessa Sexton

Director, Leadership & Coaching, McCarthy Mentoring; Level 2 organisational coach and mentor; certified Hogan coach; former General Manager, Marketing & Communications, Leukaemia Foundation Australia

Lisa Chung AM

Chair, Australian Unity and The Front Project, non-executive director of AV Jennings, Warren and Mahoney, Committee for Sydney, Artspace and Sydney Community Foundation. Former Chair of The Benevolent Society and Urbis, Deputy President of Trustees at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Partner of law firms, Blake Dawson and Maddocks.

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

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

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 OAM

CEO, Australian Pathology; Chair, Goodwin Aged Care Services; Non-Executive Director, Pathology Awareness Australia; Former Non-Executive Director, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD); Former Non-Executive Director, Doctors Health Services. Member of Chief Executive Women

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

Chair Sydney Festival Board; Deputy Chair Australia for UNHCR Board: subject matter expert to KPMG on major projects in the arts and creative industries. Former roles include Executive Director Performing Arts, Sydney Opera House,  Director of ABC Radio, Deputy Secretary Arts and Culture NSW Government, along with other roles in state and federal government and advisory Boards.

Carmel McGregor PSM

Adjunct Professor Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra; Non-Executive Director, Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI); former 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, Renewal SA; Director, The Himalayan Development Foundation  

James Atkins

Director, Vantage Strategy; Chair, Greening Australia; Chair BIG4 Holiday Parks; Non-Executive Director, Melbourne Water; Non-Executive Director, Connective Group; Non-Executive Director, .au Domain Administration

Gillian Corban

Partner and co-founder, Corban & Blair; Artistic editor, IdeaSpies, Mentor with Mentor Walks; Member, Management Committee, Detour House Women’s Shelter; Former Non-Executive Director, TAFE NSW

Richard Spencer

Former Commissioner (Social Policy) with the Australian Government’s Productivity Commission. Former CEO roles including The Benevolent Society, Cerebral Palsy Alliance and AFS Intercultural Programs in NY. Commercial background with Rio Tinto and Clayton Utz.

Jane Jose OAM

Former CEO of Sydney Community Foundation; Author, Places Women Make; Former Deputy Lord Mayor, Adelaide; Founding CEO of Be Kind Sydney  

Jennifer Bott AO

Trustee of the Australian Museum, a Director of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), the Southern Highlands Foundation and the Sydney Orthopedic Research Institute (SORI)

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

Peter Loxton

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

Kathleen Conlon

Chair, Lynas Corporation Ltd; Non-Executive Director, Bluescope and Aristocrat Leisure;  Former Non-Executive Director,; CSR, AICD National Board and The Benevolent Society. 19 years with Boston Consulting Group -Director and Partner.

James O’Loghlin

Innovation speaker and author. ABC Radio and television presenter including host of 'The New Inventors'. Formerly a criminal lawyer and stand up comedian.

Deborah Protter

Founding Partner of The Values Partnership; Certified Gallup Strengths Coach, Member of The Hunger Project Development Board; philanthropist and retreat leader in France and Western Australia.

Jacqui Walters

Chair, CleanCo Queensland; Board member, Development Victoria; Non-Executive Director, Slater and Gordon Lawyers, Pathways to Resilience and SecondBite, a leading national food rescue organisation; Former Chair of City Train Response Unit, Qld Premier Appointment and board member of Building Queensland; Former Group Strategy Leader, Evans & Peck Pty Ltd

Maree Walk

Principal Consultant, Storyroad; Former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Family and Community Services (NSW); Former Chief Executive of Community Services NSW (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

Coach and Change Management Consultant; Former 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, On Point Loyaltly; Advisory Board Member, Loyalty Republic;  Industry Advisory Panel Member,  Opal HealthCare ; Former Non-Executive Director, Plan International & Horizon Power;  Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)

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

Non-Executive Director, Chubb, Venues NSW and Destination NSW; Advisory Board Member, Orizontas; Director, PanKind, The Australia Pancreatic Cancer Foundation; Member Board of Trustees, Anzac War Memorial; Former Chief Executive Officer, Financial Services Council; Former Non-Executive Director, Waratahs Rugby (First woman on the board in the 135-year history of the company)

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.  

Arun Abey AM

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

Noel Landry

General Manager- Buller Ski Lifts, Director- Australian Ski Area Association, Former CEO Summernats, Out There Productions, Beef Australia; Project Director of Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix

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), Trustee and Guardians (NSW), Chair Department Communities (WA)

Sara Watts

Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, Syrah Resources Ltd ASX:SYR and Trajan Scientific and Medical ASX:TRJ, Non- Executive Director, Uniting which provides services in aged care, disability, community and early learning in NSW & ACT; Former Trustee, Australian Museum; Former CFO, IBM A/NZ and COO, University of Sydney.

Louise Walsh

Louise is the founder and CEO of Walsh Capital and Trustee of the Snow Foundation. Board Non-Executive Director, St Vincent’s Curran Foundation. Previously CEO Future Generation Investment Company & Future Generation Global Investment Company; Board Member the City Recital Hall in Sydney.

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

Non-executive director Premonition (Shippit); Australasian Medical Publishing Company (AMPCo) and chair of the People and Remuneration Committee; Advisory Board member of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Australia. Former CEO of the McGrath Foundation; CEO of pay TV industry body ASTRA; a digital start-up co-founder; VP Marketing, Unisys Asia Pacific; VP Corporate Affairs, Discovery Channel internationally. Petra is a business leader, mentor, and advisor with marketing expertise in diverse industries, including technology and media.

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

CEO Screen Queensland. Previously Director, Zinn & Co Consultancy; Non-Executive Director: NSW State Archives & Records Authority; Fishburners – Australia’s largest start-up community. Prior executive roles as CEO Kencom Entertainment; Managing Director, Fox Networks Group & National Geographic Partners; Head of Foxtel, SVOD & Content Partnerships; Past non-executive directorships with Documentary Australia Foundation, Nickelodeon, ASTRA and Sydney Film Festival.  

Kylie Sprott

Non-Executive Director, Winson Group; Advisory Board Member COREMATIC Engineering; 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

Chair at The Executive Connection (TEC), Consultant, Executive Coach, Non-Executive Director BankVic and Identitii, and Accredited Advisory Board Chair. Previously Director, InterFinancial Corporate Finance Ltd and Advisory Board Chair

Sarah Zeljko

Chair, Energy Queensland; Chair, Stockyard Beef; Non-Executive Director, Powerlink, LGIASuper, Unitywater, Verbrec (ASX:VBC), Venlo and Intellidesign; Governance Consultant; Former General Counsel and Company Secretary of G8 Education (ASX:GEM), the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET), and Cement Australia.
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