OUR MENTORS

Our mentors have helped thousands of people overcome

poor health and injury through life-changing improvements.

They're experts at bouncing back, whether it's helping people they've just met, or recovering from their own physical trauma and illness.

Their healing and resilience techniques are backed by science and formulated following successes with world champions and business leaders. 

Lucky for you, they're sharing their knowledge. 

THE CHANGE ROOM MENTORS CHANGE LIVES.

FACT.

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MATT ELLIOTT

NRL COACH. 

UK SUPER LEAGUE COACH OF THE YEAR.

Founder of the Change Room, Matt is passionate about giving participants confidence, hope and a fresh start.

 

He draws on his 28-year NRL career as a coach and player to motivate people into finding a new lease on life. 

Matt developed The Change Room after overcoming a serious condition doctors said he'd be stuck with for the rest of his life. After a year of suffering, he turned to cutting-edge techniques his mates used to beat their injuries and illnesses.

 

Six weeks later he was cured. His doctors were stunned. Now he spends his days helping others recover and repair. 

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DR ALI WALKER

SOCIAL SCIENTIST.

BESTSELLING AUTHOR.

With a PhD in human behaviour and Masters' Degrees in criminal law and international relations, Ali is the resident expert on behaviour and social connection. 

Ali developed a special personality assessment tool, which helps The Change Room participants develop stronger communication skills and better relationships. The science behind this is amazing, but more important is the impact this has on our life expectancy. 

Ali's session includes practical tools to improve group connection and communication, increase the effectiveness of leadership and elevate group dynamics. 

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MARK HUGHES

TWO-TIME NRL PREMIERSHIP WINNER.

BRAIN CANCER SURVIVOR.

Mark is an Australian former professional Rugby League footballer of the 1990s and 2000s for the Newcastle Nights. 

After being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013, Mark along with his wife Kirralee decided to help find a cure and established the remarkable Mark Hughes Foundation for brain cancer. Mark is a true inspiration and pioneer, finding a better way for so many facing challenges. 

As a Mentor, Mark shares the importance of being present, the value of having fun and not sweating the small stuff, sharing key learnings on how to create a new purpose. 

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JEFF HARDY

MENTOR FOR YOUNG INDIGENOUS PEOPLE.

FORMER NRL STAR.

A proud Ualaroi man, Jeff's passion is to share the teachings that have been passed down through generations of Indigenous Australians. Over the past 15 years, Jeff has helped thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to improve their lives and reconnect with the teachings of the indigenous culture. The results of this have been life-changing. 

As a mentor for The Change Room, Jeff would like to share with you the wisdom and knowledge from his culture that enabled indigenous Australians to exist in harmony with the land and in amazing health over tens of thousands of years. These timeless practices have stood the test of time and are sure to have an impact with you. 

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ANGELA LOCKWOOD

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, SPEAKER, ADVISOR AUTHOR,&  PODCAST HOST.

Angela Lockwood is Australia’s leading authority on finding calm from chaos. She is the author of two books on finding calm and emotional regulation, The Power of Conscious Choice and Switch Off and Find Calm. She is the host of the A Kid’s Life podcast where she helps adults better understand the complexities of life as a kid. 

As a qualified occupational therapist, Angela fully embraces the limitless power of simplification and positive energy. Practising what she preaches, she spends as much time as possible in nature taking the time to look up and around, forever thankful. 

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PAUL HARRAGON

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS CAPTAIN.

"FOOTY SHOW" PRESENTER.

Paul captained the Knights to an ARL Premiership win in 1997 and represented Australia on an international level.

 

After ten years in the game he transitioned to a role on the beloved program The Footy Show, and topped the pop charts with a Spandau Ballet parody, "That's Gold".

A successful commentator and brand ambassador, Paul supports our participants with tips and tricks in self-belief, confidence and knowing one's value. 

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ALLAN SPARKES

CROSS OF VALOUR RECIPIENT.

BESTSELLING AUTHOR.

Allan is a bona fide hero. 

He is one of only 5 Australians to ever be awarded Australia's highest bravery decorations, The Cross of Valour, along with other significant awards for bravery and service. 

An Australia Day and Beyond Blue Ambassador and former Deputy Commissioner of the Mental Health Commission of NSW, Allan capitalises on his extensive lived experience of trauma-related mental illness and recovery to assist those who may be experiencing the anguish of psychological ill-health along with providing guidance to rebuild the foundation stones of positive wellbeing 

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ANTHONY 
MINICHIELLO

HEALTH & FITNESS COACH.

BEST RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYER IN THE WORLD.

As a professional athlete, Mini suffered serious spinal injuries on the field. He was told by doctors he'd never play again. 

Determined to find a solution and extend his playing career, Mini developed ground-breaking nutrition and exercise techniques to heal himself. He played a further 300 games for the NRL, taking his team to Premiership victory in 2013.

 

Mini now shares his incredible philosophies with participants, giving them new tools to accelerate their own recovery.

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NAM BALDWIN

BREATH-TRAINING GURU.

HIGH-PERFORMANCE COACH. 

Nam has over 22 years of experience in the health, fitness & wellbeing industry focusing his skills in emotional and physiological intelligence & peak performance. Nam's session covers the power of the breath and how it impacts the overall health and wellbeing of your mind and body. 

A former martial artist and expert free diver who can hold his breath for 7 minutes, Nam is one of the world's most in-demand performance coaches. 

Nam has turned his scientific research in physiological intelligence into practical information, sharing the same secrets that turn athletes into world champions and executives into business leaders. 

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ANDREW RYAN

NRL AMBASSADOR. 

BULLDOGS MENTOR.

Andrew captained the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs to their 2004 Grand Final win and represented Australia internationally 11 times. 

As the Player Welfare Officer for the NRL, he's focused on managing the health and wellbeing of their star players. A recent appointment to the Australian Government as a national career's ambassador provides hands-on opportunities to motivate and encourage. 

Andrew's an expert in career transitioning and goal-setting, using his own examples of life- after-sport to motivate. 

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NIC BEVERIDGE

PARALYMPIAN. 

2019 PARATRIATHLON PERFORMER OF THE YEAR. 

Nic became paralysed from the waist down at age 17, after contracting a rare neurological condition. 

Since then, he has risen to the top of his field in paratriathlon - swimming, recumbent handcycling and wheelchair racing. 

 

A Paralympic champion and gold medallist, Nic shares powerful messages around starting new chapters and finding inspiration, even when your tank is empty. 

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MATT GRIGGS

PRO-SURFER AND COACH.

KELEE MEDITATION EXPERT.

A former pro-surfer, Matt helps participants achieve success using methods he uses with world champions. 

A key element of Matt's teaching is Kelee Meditation - the five-minute "free your mind" practice that brings calm, focus and increased clarity. 

Matt has enhanced the lives of surfing professionals such as Mick Fanning, Owen Wright, first grade NRL players and Australian Business leaders by helping them discover how to increase mental focus, improve communication and work efficiency. 

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BRETT ROBINSON

PERFORMANCE THERAPIST.

PARALYMPIANS COACH.

Brett is a high-performance coach to Olympic level track and field athletes. He has travelled the world as a Performance Therapist for Olympic and Paralympic Athletes, the NRL, AFL & ARU. 

Awarded the Coach of the Year after coaching his para-athletes to Gold Medals and World records and the World Championships.

Robbo's session focuses on how to optimise your physical, mental and emotional capacities to get the most out of life. 

OUR EVENT HOSTS

KATE GRIGGS

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TEENA MARTIN

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CLAIRE ELLIOTT

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The Change Room event hosts run all our sessions - online and offline - making sure participants are settled-in comfortably and plugged-in correctly.

They're experts in alleviating any concerns or fears that participants may have. If you're shy, overwhelmed by injuries, feeling the effects of self-isolation or just plain nervous, rest assured - you're in safe, warm and friendly hands with Kate, Teena and Claire.