Executive Coaching Experience

Yvonne Coburn is an experienced human resource professional with a background in the delivery of executive leadership programs designed to achieve cultural transformation for client organisations.

Yvonne has worked and continues to work from time to time for Melbourne Business School as a feedback facilitator in executive education programs focussing on leadership and management (with emphasis on applied leadership in the workplace). She provides career coaching to postgraduate students at Sydney University Business School.

Yvonne has also participated in delivering executive coaching at leadership programs for Leadership Victoria, an organisation that provides leadership consulting services to the government, semi government and not for profit sectors in Australia. She was instrumental in the development of their Women in Leadership Program and recently coached and presented on that program.

Executive Coaching Style

Yvonne brings to any program her warmth, energy and enthusiasm for engagement with others, and a deep desire to assist individuals to advance their performance and their careers.

Client Organisations

Clients have included a wide range of companies and organisations from Australia, New Zealand and neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

Yvonne has coached individuals from Australian Commonwealth and State Government Departments (such as Transport, Treasury, Attorney General, Ombudsman and Health departments) as well as state owned enterprises of foreign countries.  She has also coached senior executives from a wide variety of private sector companies in industries as diverse as funds management, insurance and other financial services, legal services, travel and tourism, retail, education, manufacturing, and defence.

Career Background

Yvonne’s varied career experience qualifies her with a deep understanding of a range of industry sectors. That experience has included a period as a lawyer in private practice, a senior manager in human resources for a large law firm (now Herbert Smith Freehills), a period as a consultant with Morgan & Banks, a founder of Crowe Legal (a recruitment firm), experience as an Executive Search Consultant with A T Kearney & Associates, working as an executive and later advisory board member of Emissary Partners, service on a number of charity and pro bono boards (for example, Moriah College and Woodleigh School), service as a government appointee to the board of the Bondi Baths Trust, and serving as an elected Councillor on Waverley Council in Sydney.

She was also an ambassador for the NFP Fitted for Work, assisting women back into the workforce after a period of absence.

Yvonne was a regular contributor for a number of years to the Australian Newspaper with her column called “Legal Affairs”. She regularly commented on gender related issues in management and leadership.

Qualifications and Training

Yvonne holds a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (UNSW) and a Master of Laws (International Law) (UNSW). She has completed a Graduate Diploma from the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, entitled “Leadership for the 21st century”.

Yvonne is accredited to deliver a range of psychometric instruments. These include MBTI, FIRO B, Benchmarks/Skillscope 360 Learning by Design, Genos Emotional Intelligence, Management Research Group Leadership Effectiveness Analysis, Conversational Intelligence, Strategic Leadership Management, and the I4 About My Brain Instrument.