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Elizabeth Hughes
As an experienced Executive Coach, working with Boards, CEOs and their executive teams, Elizabeth brings a unique combination of experience and capability to her leadership and coaching that sets her apart. With over 25 years’ experience and extensive knowledge in organisational development, leadership and mindfulness, Elizabeth has worked with and coached executives across a range of sectors including resources, construction, retail, professional and financial services, health, education and, more recently, the public sector.

Elizabeth blends a deep personal understanding of leadership in commercial environments with in-depth knowledge of talent development, coaching practices and frameworks, accredited assessment and 360-degree feedback tools. In combining these, she creates an environment in which individuals and teams can build their awareness of their leadership style, operating rhythm and mindset, to develop new insights and successfully navigate the diverse challenges of todays faced paced, disruptive and technologically driven landscape. Her style is engaging, authentic, strategic and pragmatic.

Born in northern Queensland, raised in Toowoomba, several years of living and working in Canada, Elizabeth now calls Brisbane home. She loves all things mindful, travelling with family and friends, and learning voraciously about the future of work and its impact on business and humanity.

Professional Summary

Areas of expertise

  • Strategic Capacity & Impact – Developing in leaders the capacity to gain and embrace multiple perspectives to disrupt, activate and deliver strategic opportunities for organisational growth, leverage and performance
  • Enterprise Leadership – Skilling individuals and teams to integrate values with commercial imperatives to positively impact on bottom line, people, broader stakeholders and community
  • Resilience and Wellbeing – Creating the space for leaders to foster and strengthen their emotional, mental & physical capacity to support their personal sustainability, purpose and values
  • Transition Coaching – Supporting executives to successfully navigate significant career change in the corporate, board or consulting context with confidence, clarity and resilience
  • Women in Leadership – Supporting women to develop their leadership style, navigate their career and successfully operate with confidence and impact, especially in male-dominated industries or positions.


  • The Mindful Executive – Managing Partner
  • Board Member – NFP & Education
  • Hudson – Director, Talent Management
  • Flight Centre – National Manager, Recruitment & HR
  • Downing Teal – Senior Consultant
  • Rio Tinto – Talent Specialist & ER
  • ARCO Coal Australia – HR Advisor.


  • Organisational (Level 3) and Team Coaching – IECL
  • Master of Human Resource Management – Charles Sturt University
  • Bachelor of Business – University of Southern QLD
  • Graduate – Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Mindfulness Teacher (Level 1) – MTIA.


  • SHL Assessments; The Leadership Circle; Talent & Wealth Dynamics (Entrepreneurs Institute).

Senior Talent Development Executive, Public Sector

“Elizabeth brings a unique combination of experience and capability to her leadership and coaching that sets her apart. She has the insight and sensitivity to get right alongside a client and partner with them to make real differences in their life and work. Elizabeth generously shares her extensive experience as an executive and trusted coach in many organisations.”

VP Exploration, Mining Sector

“One of the strong points of my engagement with Elizabeth was her confronting me with some serious questions that needed serious reflection. It forced me to slow down and take a bigger view on many matters.”

CEO, Disability Sector Social Enterprise

“Elizabeth’s high level of knowledge in this area ensured this was a valuable project for our organisation.  Elizabeth’s personable manner ensured the project was an enjoyable process for us. This is a winning, yet sometimes rare, combination.”

Business Development Executive, Technology Sector

“Life is busy, and as we constantly pave forward; sometimes we also need to step back, take stock and round ourselves out. Elizabeth helped me do that. I feel more confident in pursuing my ambitions, but in a more purposeful way.”