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Catherine Heilemann
Catherine is an experienced Executive Coach who works with board members, CEOs, and senior leaders. Her pragmatic, strategic, calm approach helps the people she works with to gain clarity and insight, which in turn leads to improved outcomes for both themselves and the organisation.

Catherine’s 30+ years’ experience has seen her consult with and work within complex matrix organisations locally, regionally and globally. She has led, influenced and coached virtual and intact multifunctional teams. She has worked across IT, banking, insurance, Government, medical (biotechnology and instruments), mining, infrastructure and media and this depth of commercial experience informs her coaching practice.
Catherine’s approach to coaching blends her deep business experience (strategic, functional and tactical) with her knowledge and understanding of people and human dynamics. She is an accredited 360-leadership feedback and coaching practitioner, and a member of the International Coaching Federation and various psychological interest groups. Her unique capabilities bring about insights and learning that help those she works with to achieve positive change in their lives. Catherine’s style is open, non-judgemental, questioning, brave, and appreciative of organisational and life complexities.
Sydney is now home for Catherine but she originally hails from New Zealand. Raised in a small coastal town in the Bay of Islands she spent several years in Auckland before moving to Sydney. Outside of work her interests include: kayaking, endurance walking, cycling, travelling, live music, growing fruit and, of course, her family and friends.

Professional Summary

Areas of expertise

  • Enterprise Leadership – Supporting leaders to successfully understand, lead, collaborate and operate across their organisational “system” with agility, focus and impact
  • High Performance Teams – Working with teams to optimise their contribution to the organisation and develop their capacity for continuous learning and personal growth
  • Leading Change – supporting individuals and teams to develop and implement change programs that drive business improvement by addressing the key challenges of pace, technology, capability and engagement.
  • Strategic Capacity & Impact – developing in leaders the capacity to work “on the balcony” and with disruption to lead, activate and deliver strategic opportunities for business growth, leverage and accelerated performance.
  • Career Management – Supporting executives to define their career path and effectively navigate opportunities to achieve success with confidence


  • The Salary Coach – Director
  • Allianz Australia – Head of Organisational Development
  • IBM Australia – Global Head of Workforce Performance Measurement, Asia Pacific Head of Skills & Talent.


  • Organisational Coaching (Level 2) – IECL
  • Graduate Certificate of Change Management – AGSM
  • Bachelor of Arts – Communications with sub-major in Social Analysis - UWS.


  • DiSC; The Leadership Circle (TLC).

Director of Human Resources – Medical

Through her explorative approach, I have seen Catherine take people on journeys to build greater insight – into themselves and the issues they are working with. She has a knack for developing people which is achieved with patience, vision, coaching, drive and her real knowledge of how organisations operate and how to get things done. She has a mature approach and people feel safe with her.