Our Team

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we live and work, the Cammeraygal, Wangal, Dharawal and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emergent.

Julie Ahern

“The most meaningful and rewarding ‘work’ I have ever done has brought me in touch with people, organisations and communities that seek to develop and grow in order to have a more positive and lasting impact in their world. I am grateful for the continued opportunity to contribute to this learning and for the learning that I gain in return.”

In her role at Adaptive Leadership Australia, Julie has the privilege of focussing completely on her core purpose: to facilitate the development and growth of individuals, teams, organisations and communities. She is passionate about supporting those who face complex adaptive challenges that require a very different way of thinking and being.

Julie has survived and thrived in large complex systems in the business, government and for purpose sectors. She has held senior business, human resource management and development roles and has led large-scale organisational change and leadership development initiatives. She understands first-hand what working with complexity and ambiguity feels like and what’s required in order to make progress.

An experienced facilitator and accredited coach, Julie delivers transformative learning experiences underpinned by her practical experience and a deep understanding of Adaptive Leadership, Adult Stages of Development, Deep Democracy and Process Oriented Psychology.

She holds a Bachelor of Adult Education, an Associate Diploma in Adult Education, and is a graduate of the Australia and New Zealand Training Faculty for Process Oriented Psychology.

Sophi Bruce

“I love the work I do. I’m so fortunate to work with a diverse range of incredible people and organisations in enabling and co-creating outcomes that are tangible and progressive. I am excited by the innovative work and programs that we continue to develop at Adaptive Leadership Australia.”

Sophi specializes in designing and facilitating experiential learning, offering a wide portfolio of techniques and approaches for thinking differently, handling complexity, and leadership innovation.

As co-founder of a systems thinking think tank in the UK, Sophi previously worked with a range of organisations providing specialist input into holistic change programs. By implementing adaptive leadership and systems thinking methodologies she directly contributed to national initiatives around place shaping, handling complexity, and partnership working.

Here in Australia, Sophi has furthered her practice and impact through her roles as a leadership specialist with the University of Technology Sydney and core faculty with The School of Life, and previously with Social Leadership Australia as co-facilitator on Sydney Leadership. She is an empathetic and challenging facilitator, coach and learner.

Sophi holds a Masters in Communication and a BA in English. Her formative years were spent growing up in a commune learning the basics of collaboration, perspective sharing and tolerance, which has served her well.

Rosamund Christie

“I do this work because it truly brings me joy to watch others grow. When I can provide learning that supports that, and build strong and meaningful relationships with those who want to see their best human qualities expressed in their work, I really am my most fulfilled.”

A specialist in adaptive leadership, Rosamund values the opportunity to engage with the complexity and ambiguity of exercising headship, supporting those who are leading complex human systems, in an effort to create sustained change. She brings intelligence and compassion, trust and insight, and a genuine interest in people to her work. Rosamund draws on her extensive twenty-year career in leadership development, which has spanned program delivery and executive coaching in corporate, government, not-for profit and the university sector. Her 4,000 hours of executive coaching are testimony to her broad and deep experience.

She concurrently holds the role of adjunct faculty at the Australian Graduate School of Management, and previously delivered the adaptive leadership program, Sydney Leadership, at Social Leadership Australia. She has over fifteen years’ experience delivering programs for Women in Leadership, which is another of her passions.

Rosamund completed The Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She holds a Master of Arts (Literature and Psychology) from the University of Sydney, and delights in weaving literature into her work.

Dr Jane Martin

“What motivates me most in my work is the potential to make a positive social impact. I feel privileged to be part of Adaptive Leadership Australia’s purpose in providing the most progressive leadership courses in the country. This aligns with my personal purpose of building our capacity to collaborate on complex social issues. I love working with people to create safe learning forums and relationships that extend where we are at and what we can achieve together.”

Dr Jane Martin is a dedicated facilitator devoted to addressing our most complex social problems. Jane’s focus is on building the capacity of individuals, teams, organisations and communities to collaboratively make progress on our biggest challenges. A clinical psychologist, educator and coach Jane has over twenty-five years’ experience in a variety of roles and industry sectors. A significant part of her experience is in senior executive leadership development. She is a training and development facilitator for the non-government sector, The Australian Federal Public Service, the NSW State Public Service and the corporate sector. She has enjoyed the privilege of supporting hundreds of leadership practitioners involved in creating better Australian leadership.

Jane is particularly passionate about facilitating collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders. She has delivered facilitation training for the Aurora Indigenous Training Initiatives, the Melbourne Indigenous Leadership Group sponsored by the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity Program (AFSE) and the Lost Conversations Group. Jane facilitated and co-authored the book Lost Conversations: Finding New Ways for Black and White Australians to Lead Together.

Jane is currently the Director of Training for the Australian and New Zealand Process Oriented Psychology Training School where she trains practitioners working with complex challenges. She is also a member of the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology and has facilitated conflicts in large group scenarios at Process Oriented Psychology Worldwork Conferences.

Her qualifications and accreditations include: Doctorate of Clinical Psychology; Graduate Diploma of Psychology; Graduate Diploma of Process Oriented Psychology; Graduate Diploma of Education; Bachelor of Social Work; Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture.

Lisa Ryan

“My real passion is social change and, in particular, addressing inequality. I think that leadership has a vital role to play in achieving social change. I’m so proud of the work we do, making space for people to connect with their values and purpose and then giving them skills and tools to step more confidently and effectively into addressing complex social and organisational issues. I love that people leave our programs with both a deeper sense of the challenges they are working with and a deeper sense of the opportunities for effecting change.”

Lisa Ryan is driven by a commitment to social justice and to facilitating collaboration to achieve real, systemic change.

Lisa’s approach to leadership development is informed by her own experience of exercising leadership, as a young person growing up in a disadvantaged community, as a social worker, as a service manager, and as a senior government bureaucrat. Having occupied multiple roles in the system herself, Lisa has an excellent understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing people in those systems.

With over a decade’s experience in adaptive leadership, Lisa is well-recognised for her skills in building a safe and challenging learning environment. She is an outstanding coach and facilitator, and believes whole-heartedly that building leadership skills is critical in achieving social change.

Lisa’s qualifications include Bachelor of Arts (Politics and History), Bachelor of Social Work (First Class Hons), Graduate Certificate Public Sector Management, Alumna Sydney Leadership Program.

Team Accreditations, Certifications and Memberships

Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership, Immunity to Change, Deep Democracy, Diamond Power Index, Leadership Circle 360, Lominger Leadership Voices and Architect 360, Management Research Group 360, Hogan Inventory, Human Synergistics 360, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, LEADR mediation, International Coaching Federation.