We deliver measurable improvements to both individual effectiveness and business results

A little about Transitional Executive

Transitional Executive, founded in 2008, has successfully developed over 1,000 executives in the past three years alone and facilitated over 100 workshops in the past year around the globe. We are driven by helping organisations develop their executives both personally (in general) and professionally (specifically) and thereby boost the organisations bottom line results.

We develop people through customised programs, emphasising leadership behaviour. Through targeted executive coaching and our programs we identify interferences to individual and collective success and help develop the individuals and organisation define strategies and action plans for success – usually by shifting thinking and leadership behaviours.
Our executive coaches are International Coach Federation (ICF) credentialed coaches and most come from very senior corporate leadership roles themselves – so they know how to relate to today’s senior executives as they understand the challenges of leadership and organisational expectations.

Our Team

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Karen Barker
Managing Director and Senior Executive Coach (Sydney based)

As founder of Transitional Executive, Karen’s bespoke and collaborative approach to one-to-one and group leadership programs ensures leaders realise that they have the power and the tools to better lead their people. This includes helping leaders to better understand the impact they have on their people and the direct correlation this has to their business results. Karen’s passion is to help executives at all levels see themselves as a whole person so that they can bring the best version of themselves to work and positively influence the team they lead. Karen draws on her extensive senior executive business experience (including general management of global companies), coaching experience (including c-suite executives) and academic knowledge to inspire current and future leaders to unlock and deliver their full potential within a business.

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  • Associate Certified Coach: International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Accredited Levels 1, 2 & 3 Executive and Organisational Coach: Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL)
  • Certificate in Team Coaching: Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL)
  • International Graduate School of Coaching
  • Graduate Diploma in Business: Auckland University of Technology
  • Graduate Public Speaking and Presentation Skills Training: National Institute of Dramatic Art
  • Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership: NeuroLeadership Institute
  • Executive Certificate in Retail Business: Monash University
  • Governance and Financial Analysis for Directors: New Zealand Institute of Directors
  • Meikle Files Black Leadership Program
  • Institute of Coaching Affiliate: Harvard University
  • Over 8 years of c-suite and senior executive coaching experience
  • Over 20 years of senior management and global organisational experience, including general management
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Sarit Vandegraaff
Head of Executive Coaching and Executive Coach (Sydney based)

A seasoned executive coach and coach supervisor working with leaders through powerful, challenging questions and exploration. Sarit empowers leaders to reduce external and/or internal interference/s to reach their full potential.

As a facilitator of our leadership programs, Sarit encourages self-reflection and self-awareness amongst leaders through dynamic questioning and idea generation. This creates a challenging yet supportive environment for optimum learning.

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  • Associate Certified Coach: International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Accredited Levels 1, 2 & 3 Executive and Organisational Coach: Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL)
  • Accredited Coach Supervisor and Mentor: Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL))
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE 40110
  • Bachelor of International Business: Flinders University, Adelaide
  • Over 10 years of senior organisational coaching experience
  • Over 15 years of leadership experience – retail and finance industries
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Charity Becker
Executive Coach (Melbourne based)

Charity facilitates the executive to draw upon their own strengths and personal resources to create solutions and learnings that best work for them, their teams and their organisation. With influences from areas including ontological coaching, solutions-focus, positive psychology, Gestalt and Psychodynamic Systems Theory and narrative, Charity is skilled in building trusting coaching relationships in a respectful, warm, challenging and effective manner. Charity’s background provides a strong ethical imperative to ensure coaching is results and business oriented, as well as personally challenging and rewarding for the executive.

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  • Professional Certified Coach: International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Accredited Levels 1, 2 & 3 Executive and Organisational Coach: Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL)
  • Accredited Coach Supervisor and Mentor: Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL)
  • Organisational Coaching Accreditation: Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL)
  • Diploma of Applied Social Science (Psychology): Australian College of Applied Psychology
  • PACFA Accredited Psychotherapist: The Centre of Effective Therapy, Melbourne
  • Over 10 years of senior organisational coaching experience
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Eliza Till
Executive Coach (Sydney based)

Eliza’s coaching style takes a fresh approach that is distinctively passionate, reflective, empathetic yet challenging; to inspire leaders to deliver on their full potential. Drawing from her portfolio in counselling and leadership experience within the retail and finance sectors, Eliza brings about clarity and confidence for leaders to move them into cognitive and behavioural change for the future.

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  • Associate Certified Coach: International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Accredited Levels 1, 2 & 3 Executive and Organisational Coach: Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL)
  • Masters in Social Health and Counselling: Macquarie University, Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Social Inquiry): University of Technology, Sydney
  • Over 3 years of organisational coaching experience
  • Over 10 years strategic management and leadership experience – retail and finance industries
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Jake James
Coach (Sydney based)

Jake’s coaching style is unique, energetic and passionate – based on his total belief that everyone has greatness within them waiting to be realised and a business’ success lies within its people. Jake leverages his experience working with leaders in the finance and hospitality industries to build strong coaching relationships based on thought-provoking conversations. Jake challenges leaders to move outside of their comfort zone to grow personally and professionally.

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  • Over 6 years leadership experience in finance and hospitality industries
  • Leadership experience includes 3 years strategic management and 3 years people management
  • Winner: 2015 Best Large Contact Centre – Contact Centre World APAC Region
  • Winner: 2015 BT Financial Group Ltd – Leadership Development Program
  • Over 6 years leadership experience in finance and hospitality industries
  • Leadership experience includes 3 years strategic management and 3 years people management
  • Winner: 2015 Best Large Contact Centre – Contact Centre World APAC Region
  • Winner: 2015 BT Financial Group Ltd – Leadership Development Program
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Jo Broughton
Coach (London based)

Jo’s coaching style is solution focused and forward thinking. She firmly believes that a coaching relationship is a collaborative partnership which enables individuals to make conscious decisions and empowers them to maximise their potential. Described by clients as calmly authoritative, perceptive and supportive, and with a particular interest in neuroscience, Jo also brings 20 years’ experience in corporate life to her executive coaching skills.

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  • Member: International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching: University of Chester
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies: University of Westminster, London
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) Food Science and Associate of King’s College (AKC): King’s College, University of London
  • Experienced in coaching leaders and senior executives in both regional and global businesses across many diverse sectors – automotive, government, retail, manufacture and design
  • Over 20 years of leadership experience, mainly within FMCG and including leading teams at Board level – retail and manufacturing industries

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What others say about us

Owing to the confidential nature of what we do and the competitive advantage our services provide to our clients, we are unable to publish client testimonials with organisation and/or individual’s names – however, we are able to provide testimonials with full client details on an individual basis upon request.

What some of our group coaching participants have said:

“Loved it, inspirational, knowledgeable and really powerful”

“Has helped me develop as a leader”

“… life changing… the best thing I have ever done!!”

What some of our clients have said:

“Attrition has almost halved as a result of Transitional Executive’s Group Coaching Program”

“We have empowered our leaders, strengthened our progressive culture and inspired team collaboration and productivity… the teams that have undertaken the Transitional Executive program are achieving strong sales and KPI growth for this reason”

“The Transitional Executive programs have helped us to accelerate the performance and emotional intelligence of our leaders, break down silos and enhance team relationships”