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Working Hard,
Working Kind.

We believe in a future where every leader and organisation is committed to creating a sustainable world of equality and opportunity for all

Anna Sheppard
– Founder Bambuddha Group

Bambuddha Group believes in a future where every leader and business is committed to creating a sustainable world of equality and opportunity for everyone.

Bambuddha Group is a social enterprise providing an evidence-based leadership framework that offers coaching and social responsibility programs for businesses big and small.

Each year we select a cohort of executive leadership coaches representing all industries – many from the most respected companies in the world. They donate their time to coach our growing community of business leaders, owners and operators. Bambuddha members can access this different KIND of coaching along with ongoing events and learning opportunities through individual and team-based subscriptions in addition to this Bambuddha provider, a suite of programs designed to empower your business to be kinder to customers, people, community and planet.

Some of the programs we run include:

Leadership Coaching Programs

  • 1-on-1 Game Changer Program: Bambuddha works with you to become a true inspiration, build sustainable growth for your business and exceed your goals. This program provides 1-1 coaching with one of our coaches and access to training and development via an all-inclusive membership subscription.

  • Advisory Board Program Peer to peer coaching group for 8 leaders + 1-1 coaching for each member

  • Team Coaching: Our team packages ensure every member of your team is paired with a coach, they are also able to access training and learning through our member event calendar.

  • Coach Training Programs are delivered in partnership with the Australian Institute of Professional coaches, we offer a wide variety of training including short and diploma courses.

Social Responsibility Programs (Corporate Kindness Programs)

  • Kindness to People (workshops and programs for workplace wellbeing, high performing teams, culture, diversity and inclusion. Our kindness to people programs set your business up to be the best place to work)

  • Kindness to Customers (workshops and programs for Brand Purpose, PR, purpose-driven media) these programs are guaranteed to put your in the hearts and minds of the consumer now and into the future.

  • Kindness to Community (workshops and programs for stakeholder mapping, charity alignment, modern slavery statements,  impact measurement and sustainable development goal alignment.

  • Kindness to Environment (workshops,  programs and strategic frameworks built to help you reduce your impact on the planet.

Businesses who want it all!

Good for Business program: Our most impactful and empowered level of membership, this five-step program uses evidence-based frameworks in alignment with international development goals, helping you measure your impact, own the process and lead the way at working kind.

Bambuddha Values

Balance

If we work as kind as we do hard success is inevitable.

Growth

We care about progress, embrace change and development.

Kindness

We are kind to ourselves and each other. We empower others to do the same.

Mutuality

We work to ensure all our partners and stakeholders have a mutual benefit.

Optimism

We approach life with a positive mindset and a good sense of humour.

Meet The Team

Our core group, experts in their fields, who we bring together to spearhead your leadership journey.

Anna Sheppard

Founder & CEO

(Strengths: Bravery, Creativity, Humour, Kindness, Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence) Anna Sheppard is an inspirational keynote speaker and the founder and CEO of Bambuddha Group.  Bambuddha is a network for dedicated learners who want to make an exceptional impact through leadership in business. Membership provides access to an evidence-based leadership framework that offers industry-leading coaches,…

(Strengths: Bravery, Creativity, Humour, Kindness, Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence)

Anna Sheppard is an inspirational keynote speaker and the founder and CEO of Bambuddha Group.  Bambuddha is a network for dedicated learners who want to make an exceptional impact through leadership in business. Membership provides access to an evidence-based leadership framework that offers industry-leading coaches, community and the resources you need to be the change you want to see in the world. Why? Because Anna believes in a future where every leader is committed to creating a sustainable world of equality and opportunity for everyone.

Every paid membership at Bambuddha Group helps provide scholarships reducing inequalities in leadership and business.

Anna has added value to thousands of companies and inspirational leaders by showing them how to ‘work kinder.’ She is the founder of several other major initiatives including The Corporate Kindness Project, which is an Australian based research study focusing on the business benefits of working kind. The first white paper was released in 2019 and is now a new and feel good podcast show called ‘Project Good Boss’

Members get access to events, learning and like-minded leaders including The Gamechangers Gathering, which is an annual leadership conference founded by Bambuddha Group and which brings together thought leaders and social impact experts dedicated to creating change.

Throughout her career, Anna has raised millions in funds for charities via mutual partnerships created to reduce inequalities.  She is an old hand when it comes to showing the big fish how to give back, and do well while doing so.

Anna’s storytelling is relatable, down to earth and fun. She is a real powerhouse who is optimistic and engaging. Anna takes the audience on a journey leaving people feeling educated and inspired to be the change they want to see in the world. Book Anna to speak here.

Laura Gerges

Chief Growth Officer

Strengths (Honesty, Kindness, Humor, Creativity & Gratitude) Our CGO leads growth at Bambuddha Group with a focus on helping our corporate clients build kinder workplaces for people, customers, community & environment, Laura is a passionate, innovative, and highly driven Social Impact Consultant, with over ten years of experience in the human services field, in positions…

Strengths (Honesty, Kindness, Humor, Creativity & Gratitude)

Our CGO leads growth at Bambuddha Group with a focus on helping our corporate clients build kinder workplaces for people, customers, community & environment,

Laura is a passionate, innovative, and highly driven Social Impact Consultant, with over ten years of experience in the human services field, in positions of management and senior leadership.

Laura helps people and organisations design and undertake projects in an efficient and creative way, increasing their social impact. She uses a solution-focused approach that draws upon creativity, analysis, and systemic reasoning, exploring, and building ideas for potential solutions and creating desired outcomes that benefit the organisation.

Laura specialises in project and program management, grant writing, storytelling, business case development, policy development, stakeholder engagement & strategic planning. And she has a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Politics and Public Policy, and a Master of Arts (Creative Writing).

Rachel Mason

Marketing & Relationships

(Strengths: Gratitude, Fairness, Humour, Curiosity, Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence) Originally from the UK Rachel is our creative of the group. With an extensive background in marketing in both the corporate and NFP sector. With a degree in design and communication, she works with Bambuddha members and partners to tell the stories of impact from…

(Strengths: Gratitude, Fairness, Humour, Curiosity, Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence)

Originally from the UK Rachel is our creative of the group. With an extensive background in marketing in both the corporate and NFP sector.

With a degree in design and communication, she works with Bambuddha members and partners to tell the stories of impact from our community and to build impact into every alignment we make.

Rachel set up Aroura Studio to pursue her personal goal of empowering companies to make more social and environmental impact. Her style is very positive and she works with a holistic approach. Rachel is truly interested in supporting businesses behind the scenes, to help accomplish their goals along with working to create a positive social impact, freeing up busy business owners to do what they love to do. Rachel is a trained yoga teacher and meditation devotee, who is passionate about authentic, positive work culture and employee well-being. Rachel works with Bambuddha Group to offer Virtual Assistance including copywriting, FB Ad creation, Pinterest Management, Workshop & Webinar set up, EDMs and more.

Tom Goatly

Community Manager

(Strengths: Love, Humour, Honesty, Kindness, Judgement) Tom is the Community Manager and spends most of his days having impactful and purpose-led conversations with our members. His role is to ensure our community can access the services that will help them on their leadership journey, including creating awesome events built to educate, inspire and create a…

(Strengths: Love, Humour, Honesty, Kindness, Judgement)

Tom is the Community Manager and spends most of his days having impactful and purpose-led conversations with our members. His role is to ensure our community can access the services that will help them on their leadership journey, including creating awesome events built to educate, inspire and create a genuine connection. With varied expertise and a background in sales, hospitality and music production, Tom knows how to create the best KIND of vibes.

Fern Rice

EA to CEO & Board

(Strengths: Kindness, diligence, fairness and love of learning  – with a few others thrown in to the mix when needed) Originally from NZ and with a long and diverse background from IT to customer service and business development, Fern runs her own Virtual Assistant business (Your PA and More). She is the team ‘Mum’, the…

(Strengths: Kindness, diligence, fairness and love of learning  – with a few others thrown in to the mix when needed) Originally from NZ and with a long and diverse background from IT to customer service and business development, Fern runs her own Virtual Assistant business (Your PA and More). She is the team ‘Mum’, the glue that holds us together behind the scenes and assistant to Anna. Fern is passionate about getting things just ‘right’ and making sure procedures run smoothly.

Jason Wong

Programs Coordinator & Programs Committee Member

(Strengths: Kindness, Love, Honesty, Humour, Leadership) Jason is on the Bambuddha Group Programs Committee and is a proven and passionate leader of people, successful in motivating, developing and inspiring others to exceed expectations. He has over 20 years of experience leading, coaching and mentoring technology professionals and managers, after having had an initial career in…

(Strengths: Kindness, Love, Honesty, Humour, Leadership)

Jason is on the Bambuddha Group Programs Committee and is a proven and passionate leader of people, successful in motivating, developing and inspiring others to exceed expectations. He has over 20 years of experience leading, coaching and mentoring technology professionals and managers, after having had an initial career in the hospitality industry in customer-facing roles.  Jason’s senior IT leadership experience includes two global NGOs, two-state cultural institutions, a religion-based benevolent organisation and an educational institution.

Now operating his own technology strategy and leadership consultancy, Jason spends much of his time coaching & mentoring tech leaders, building high-performing teams and re-designing service delivery models.  He is passionate about coaching for win-win-win outcomes and is a strong advocate of the philosophy that “…it’s not about getting a bigger piece of the pie but making the pie bigger for everyone”.

Outside of work, Jason has always been active in volunteering roles, having been the president of a university sports club, chair of the social committee of one of his workplaces and youth mentor for a community organisation supporting disadvantaged young people.  He is currently the president of the P&C association of his oldest child’s school, after having been the association’s foundation year treasurer.

Rebecca Dean

Coach Facilitator & Programs Committee Member

Rebecca is on the Bambuddha Group Programs Committee and is a talented community engagement and social sustainability professional with over 25 years’ experience in the Not for Profit, Non-Government, Government and Corporate Sector. Rebecca is the Community and Stakeholder Liaison Manager, Social Sustainability. Prior to joining Lendlease Rebecca has worked in community services, strategic business…

Rebecca is on the Bambuddha Group Programs Committee and is a talented community engagement and social sustainability professional with over 25 years’ experience in the Not for Profit, Non-Government, Government and Corporate Sector.

Rebecca is the Community and Stakeholder Liaison Manager, Social Sustainability. Prior to joining Lendlease Rebecca has worked in community services, strategic business development, marketing and brand management. Her most recent focus has been in Sustainability and First Nations for NSW Government.

Her most recent notable achievement is working for three years as a Principle Communications Manager for Transport for NSW, where Rebecca lead communications and suitability for the Greater Sydney maintenance contracts and other progressive Aboriginal partnership initiatives. Rebecca’s greatest strengths across this project included her creativity, drive and leadership. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand an organisation’s reach and goal setting to support the UN SDGs and Aboriginal procurement and participation.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Swinburne University and is currently studying her MBA at Western Sydney University.

She lives on Darug Country with her husband, their four children and one cranky cat.

Jeremy Mah

Coach Facilitator & Programs Committee Member

(Strengths: Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence, Honesty, Love of Learning, Hope, Prudence) Jeremy is passionate about supporting those working to create change. Specifically, his interests lie in human potential and sustainability, environmental and social issues, transformative learning and coaching, leadership and organisational change, and how our understanding of these fields can help create a more…

(Strengths: Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence, Honesty, Love of Learning, Hope, Prudence)

Jeremy is passionate about supporting those working to create change. Specifically, his interests lie in human potential and sustainability, environmental and social issues, transformative learning and coaching, leadership and organisational change, and how our understanding of these fields can help create a more positive future.

Jeremy recently completed his PhD research, which explored how we can better support the resilience and effectiveness of those working to create change. In particular, how Focusing (a form of inward bodily attention widely used within the humanistic psychotherapy tradition) can be used within coaching to support self-care and help prevent burnout. This research aligns with Jeremy’s experience in transformative learning, sustainability education and leadership development, organisational change management, strategic government policy and program development (in particular, energy efficiency and climate change adaptation), and environmental impact assessment.

It is hoped that this research will help to stimulate dialogue within the transformative learning and coaching, and sustainability leadership and organisational change communities, regarding how embodied ways of learning can support both personal and social change. In other words, how transformation from the individual, micro level to the social, macro level can be viewed as a whole, ongoing process.

Areas of expertise

  • Transformative coaching, whole-person (in particular Focusing) and facilitation techniques
  • Organisational change management, leadership and behavior change for sustainability
  • Education and learning for sustainability and Action Research
  • Energy efficiency and climate change adaptation
  • Project management and public policy development (State and Federal) aimed to achieve market transformation
  • Environmental impact assessment, and related community and stakeholder engagement processes

Focused on Sustainability leadership, Transformative learning and Focusing-oriented coaching.

Simon Popley

Coach Facilitator & Programs Committee Member

Simon redefines leadership from the inside out and apply the latest in coaching psychology research along with evidence based assessment tools to create insights that facilitate development and growth. He walks with his clients to develop greater perspective taking capacity to enable them to lead in complex environments successfully. Simon supports clients every step of…

Simon redefines leadership from the inside out and apply the latest in coaching psychology research along with evidence based assessment tools to create insights that facilitate development and growth. He walks with his clients to develop greater perspective taking capacity to enable them to lead in complex environments successfully.

Simon supports clients every step of the way with sensitivity and pragmatism whilst confronting whatever elephants are in the room. Results are achieved in shorter than standard timeframes thereby reducing cost commitments.

– Individual, Teams, Organisations
– Executive Coaching
– Leadership Team Development
– Accredited assessments & reports
– Supervision of coaches
– Management development programs
– Career Mentoring and Coaching

He has worked for over 20 years in management, coaching and consulting roles in financial services, Government, private and public healthcare, mining and occupational rehabilitation sectors.

A clinical background in mental health and academic qualifications in nursing, HR, IR and coaching psychology. This combination enables a richer understanding of diverse clients and the design of a truly agile coaching plan to meet their needs.

Georgia Denny

Coach Facilitator & Programs Committee Member

(Strengths: Kindness, Perspective, Gratitude, Honesty and Social Intelligence) Georgia is on the Bambuddha Group Programs committee with a background in Leadership Development, Diversity, Recruitment & Talent strategy, Georgia is deeply passionate about workaround mindsets and behaviours, diversity in leadership and supporting leaders to find meaning in what they do and lead as the most authentic…

(Strengths: Kindness, Perspective, Gratitude, Honesty and Social Intelligence)

Georgia is on the Bambuddha Group Programs committee with a background in Leadership Development, Diversity, Recruitment & Talent strategy, Georgia is deeply passionate about workaround mindsets and behaviours, diversity in leadership and supporting leaders to find meaning in what they do and lead as the most authentic versions of themselves.

Georgia has spent the majority of her career within the corporate world bringing about change within organisations by embedding strategic diversity practices and designing and delivering programs that support women to build a deep level of self-insight and an awareness of their own purpose and capability in leadership. This has in turn, supported them to thrive and lead in a powerful, authentic way. Her work looks to instil self-accountability and awareness as a way to build effective relationships through openness, kindness and sustainable impact.

With her early career in recruitment & talent strategy, Georgia has run programs and coached leaders through significant periods of change and career transition and supported them to uncover their ‘why’ as a guide to what they do and how they show up.

With her focus on the ‘inner game’ of leadership, Georgia is fascinated by what drives human behaviour and how this then manifests in the relationships people hold with themselves and others. She is all about supporting leaders to use their potential to make a positive impact in the world, reach their goals and have a really good time in the process of doing so!

 

Shelly McElroy

Leadership Group Chair - Virtual

Shelly hails from Dublin and has been in Australia for over a decade.  Shelly has a Bachelor of Science in Media and Communications, specialising in television production. She also has a Diploma in Leadership and Management. Shelly previously worked as the Training and Development advisor for the Merivale Group which had over 3000 staff. She…

Shelly hails from Dublin and has been in Australia for over a decade.  Shelly has a Bachelor of Science in Media and Communications, specialising in television production. She also has a Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Shelly previously worked as the Training and Development advisor for the Merivale Group which had over 3000 staff. She has managed large teams up to 120 people in her previous roles as General Manager and Licensee. Shelly’s in-depth understanding of people means she can work in a wide range of industries with people from all backgrounds. She is particularly passionate about maximising individuals’ potential which results in a greater contribution to the team.

Rob Lean

Programs Committee Member

(Strengths: Love of learning, Love, Perspective, Curiosity, Social Intelligence) Rob is a management consultant with a passion for performance through trust, courage and vulnerability. His core strengths are facilitation, strategic planning, bringing teams together to achieve a common goal and creating safe spaces for saying what needs to be said. Rob has worked across corporate…

(Strengths: Love of learning, Love, Perspective, Curiosity, Social Intelligence)

Rob is a management consultant with a passion for performance through trust, courage and vulnerability.

His core strengths are facilitation, strategic planning, bringing teams together to achieve a common goal and creating safe spaces for saying what needs to be said.

Rob has worked across corporate and operational strategy roles and have a particular strength in agile program management and team coaching. He is also a 2020 John Monash Scholar and excited to contribute to the Bambuddha community as a Programs Committee Member.

Claire Quigley

Leadership Group Chair - Newcastle & Hunter

Claire Quigley has a practical, fun, no-nonsense approach to helping leaders, innovators and educators to stretch thinking, unify communications and push through everyday challenges to fast-track the path to meaningful, sustainable growth. Her specialty is in helping businesses design and embed innovation practices that produce predictable outcomes, inspire cultural change and move clients toward best…

Claire Quigley has a practical, fun, no-nonsense approach to helping leaders, innovators and educators to stretch thinking, unify communications and push through everyday challenges to fast-track the path to meaningful, sustainable growth.

Her specialty is in helping businesses design and embed innovation practices that produce predictable outcomes, inspire cultural change and move clients toward best practice.

“We all want to make a difference in our business, our community and our lives. Let’s work together to get you there faster.”

Claire holds local and international experience in the B2B space ranging across multiple industries including professional services, technology and traditional industries.

Her roles in several high tech startups helped set the foundation for their future success, the most notable of these being mobile cloud software company Feedhenry which was acquired by Red Hat in 2014 for $82 million.

Having been involved in the design and build of a number of strategic business units and direction changing Go-to-Market strategies for medium and large businesses, she understands what to look for when creating business success, including in people, strategic direction and execution.

Current services include: breakthrough workshop delivery, tailored client consultancy and in-house facilitation. Claire also provides insights as a public speaker on the topic of innovation for small to medium sized business.

Our Members

Our members and the wider community of partners contribute knowledge and resources to ensure our members can access a wide range of workshops, education, programs and events.

Nicole Done

Xceptional Testing

Dominique Antarakis
Dominique Antarakis

Heart For Causes

Mahza Ahadiwand, CFRE

Childrens Cancer Institute

Victoria Edghill

Relievables

Adam Blatch

Organisational Design

Ness Song

YEmpower

Fiona Vale

Humanico

Paul Rush
Paul Rush

Humanico

Simon Hall

The Hive

Amanda Mandell

Citizen Music

Oscar McMahon

Young Henrys

Prof Debbie Haski-Leventhal, MA, PhD

Macquarie Business School

Hiam Sakakini

The Culture Equation

Claire Quigley

Launchpad9

Carolyn Butler-Madden
Carolyn Butler-Madden

The Cause Effect

Jo O’Brien

Platinum Pre School

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What are people saying about us?

Bambuddha worked with SDMF on recasting our events fundraising strategy. They got it grasped our requirements quickly and shaped a workshop for a time poor and diverse stakeholder group wrestling with a thorny problem. We found it particularly valuable that they draw upon their own deep and broad experience and can quickly cut to the heart of the issue.

Alex Green, General Manager - Sir David Martin Foundation

Bambuddha creative is a dynamic and refreshing team of marketing guru's. Very quickly they identified what our target market would respond to in order to create conversions. They helped to identify and add the "heart" to our product and showed us how to use this in the marketing plan for our target market. They have boundless energy, work within your budget, are incredibly understanding & supportive and do not know the word 'obstacle' We only have one wish.... that Bambuddha would join our team permanently. Thank you.

Pam Burnett, Cream Workwear

Contributing some of our profits to fundraising and charities has always been part of our business. But Bambuddha helped us streamline our fundraising efforts and align with one charity to create more of an impact and allow more ways for the whole team to be involved. This created a more meaningful charity partnership for the business and a clear fundraising plan.

Annabelle Davidson, Director - Social Playground

Bambuddha worked with us to develop our marketing strategy during a period of growth for the company, the advice and solutions they provided enabled us to take the next steps. We have gone on to see significant growth, a big thanks to Anna and the team.

Oliver Sheer, Managing Director - Be Challenged

Working with Bambuddha Group has helped me define a vision for the business and create a blue print for our CSR, sustainability and employee corporate kindness initiatives, whereby our team is empowered to contribute as part of their overall KPI's and contribution

Gabrielle Browne, Alpha Vet Tech

Working kinder adds an additional layer of strength in business, which has been an important aspect for me. Bambuddha Group allows like minded people to come together to create strong and conscious businesses with lots of heart and soul

Doreen Brown SEO

By sharing their expertise Bambuddha helped us effectively connect our culture to service strategy in a way that truly engaged our staff. The program ensured our people were happy, motivated and armed with materials created to build efficiency and excellence within their teams. We would endorse Bambuddha to any like-minded company looking to develop an empowered culture for their people.

Merivale, 2017

Bambuddha introduced us to the B Corp assessment tool so we could benchmark our practices across governance, transparency, environment and social impact. By doing this we were able to go for certification. The team continue to work with us to deepen our impact for our stakeholders and the community.

Clovelly Community Bank - Branch of Bendigo Bank