THE CHANGE ROOM TEAM
The Change Room is built up of a small group of talented individuals who share a common goal and passion for changing lives.
Each member of our humble team brings their expertise, personal attributes and special quirks, contributing to an incredible group of hard-working and inspiring people and result in the all-round unique experience that we offer all participants of our wellbeing programs and coaching packages.
CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
John is a co-founder of the Change Room and focuses on business development and client management at the strategic level. Prior to starting The Change Room with Matt, John spent almost 20 years in Health & Safety recruitment and consulting to a wide range of Australia’s private sector and government agencies. Prompted by client need, John began research into effective wellbeing programs. This, in turn, led to a chance meeting with Matt Elliott in 2016 that changed everything… and shortly thereafter The Change Room was born.
John has a passion for helping people and loves a problem to solve so with these two things in mind, John worked with Matt to create a wellbeing program that is equally effective in improving the wellbeing of those in the workplace or workers recovering from injury and illness. John can talk your ear off about spreadsheets and process if you give him the chance…but at the core is an entrepreneur, so watch this space and look out for further development at The Change Room.
HUMAN RESOURCES &
As the Human Resource and Operations Manager, Teena is the lynchpin between The Changes Room’s Senior Leaders and the members of staff. She provides indispensable wise counsel and consultation on business strategy development. Teena also leads the resulting projects from conception through to completion, ensuring timely deployment of outputs into the business operation. Teena is responsible for attracting, motivating, and retaining talent as well as handling employee-related services, regulatory compliance and employee relations.
Teena is qualified with a Bachelor of Business, a Cert IV in Training & Assessing and a Cert IV in Project Management. She has worked across the Public Service, Finance, Mining and Legal industries providing over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Training & Development and Business Improvement.
LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
Claire has been with The Change Room from the very beginning and has been a key part of its growth and success. She brings a huge amount of energy, work capacity and passion to her varied role which can best be described as ‘bringing The Change Room to life’. Claire leverages 10 years of customer service experience and a ‘newly minted’ Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management, to ensure The Change Room delivers quality programs that are always effective, enjoyable and produce amazing life-changing outcomes for everyone involved.
She believes in making first impressions count whether it be through exceptional participant engagement, business development or facilitating stakeholder learning and development. Claire is your key contact for all things Change Room!
LIFE DESIGN COACH
Philippa is a level 3 accredited Health & Wellbeing Coach through Wellness Coaching Australia, a certified retirement coach and holds a BA (Hons, 1st Class) in Industrial & Organisational Psychology. She is also SIRA certified in Return to Work Co-Ordination.
Philippa has a passion for helping others to realise their potential whether it be their health or career. Philippa’s empathy towards her clientele is born from her own experience in managing anxiety and depression and parking it where it belongs, in the backseat! She has over 20 years’ experience in people development focused roles including recruitment, assessment and selection, corporate talent management, account management and career transition. With work and wellbeing being so closely intertwined, Philippa now focuses on Wellness & Life Design support.
WELLNESS & LIFE DESIGN COACH
Alisa is an accredited Health & Wellness Coach, a member of Health Coaches Australia & New Zealand Association (HCANZA), a trained Gestalt psychotherapist and is currently completing studies in Human Resource Management. She supports others with deep understanding, gentle warmth and empathy, enhanced by her own very recent recovery from serious illness and experience with trauma.
Alisa’s strong advocacy skills have previously been applied within the public service. She has held senior management roles within local government innovating approaches to community service design, disAbility, injury rehabilitation and welfare.
WELLNESS & LIFE DESIGN COACH
Megan holds a Professional Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching through Wellness Coaching Australia. She is a warm, empathetic and caring coach who has a genuine, heartfelt interest in helping people grow and flourish.
Earlier in her career Megan was a successful Environmental Project Manager. It was during this time she saw the impact on individuals and their families, of corporate cultures where consideration for wellness had no place. Leaving this world behind Megan retrained as a Health & Wellness Coach so that she could help others achieve at work without sacrificing their wellness.
As a working mother of three, Megan understands the importance of prioritising our wellbeing to maintain energy levels and show up to be the best version of ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally. It makes us and those around us happy!
Megan also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Management, Certificate IV in Business (Frontline Management) and a Certificate IV in Quality and Assurance.
Matt is the co-founder and creator of The Change Room.
Arguably best known for his long NRL coaching career, the spotlight has most recently been on Matt as co-founder and creator of The Change Room. Combining both his qualifications (a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science), performance coaching experience and extensive research into wellbeing, Matt has created a best in the market program which is changing hundreds of peoples’ lives for the better.
Matt’s well-honed coaching and presentation skills have broad appeal, whether it be to injured workers in recovery or executives and their teams in the business world. Matt is equally comfortable (and makes others comfortable) presenting live, via TV, webinar, radio or podcasts. His passion drives him to elevate the wellbeing of others so that they can lead their best lives. And like other team members, he has his own wellbeing and recovery story to tell.
“There can be no sustained performance without wellbeing, equally there is no access to wellbeing without performance.”
BUSSINESS DEVELOPMENT & ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
As our Business Development and Account Executive, John spearheads the development of referrer engagement pathways, particularly within the Personal Injury sector. With his background as a clinical Accredited Exercise Physiologist, as well as extensive general and business management experience – notably within healthcare and rehabilitation spheres, John is best placed to ensure that The Change Room expands its reach to assist as many injured or unwell individuals as possible.
John is driven by a steadfast goal to ensure more individuals have access to the right, high-quality recovery and wellbeing services that will support individuals’ recoveries at the right time and in the most optimised and meaningful way.
John is a passionate advocate of a whole-being approach to healthcare and promotion; he has a particular interest in evidence-based lifestyle interventions to address mental health.
LIFE DESIGN COACH
Yela is a Certified IIN Health Coach, Level 1 Wellness Australia Coach, Group Fitness Trainer and a Yoga Instructor. After a successful corporate career that spanned over 25 years, where Yela held various senior management roles in the Travel and Tourism Industry, a serious health issue in 2014 led her to re-evaluate life as she knew it
Yela followed her new passion and embarked on a new career in Health and Wellbeing, working with individuals and organisations delivering healthy lifestyle coaching, workshops, seminars and programs. With a passion for bringing out potential and seeing people at their best, Yela partners with her clients to identify, take action, upgrade behaviours and achieve their goals through on-going support, encouragement and motivation.
Yela is focused on supporting individuals to implement long term sustainable changes to their wellbeing, to enable them to become the best version of themselves.
WELLNESS & LIFE DESIGN COACH
Annie holds a Professional Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching by Wellness Coaching Australia and is NBHWC certified. Prior to working as a coach, she had a successful corporate career with over 15 years of experience in leading, training and mentoring large operations and teams. Additional to her coaching qualifications, Annie also holds a Bachelor and Master of Business –with a major in Change Management. This ties in nicely with her coaching, as Change is what she loves working on with her clients.
Having overcome her own share of injuries, Annie lives and breathes her life motto: “The world belongs to those who set out to conquer it, armed with self-confidence and good humour” and true to this, she supports her clients to rediscover their courage and strengths, helping them to take charge of their own wellbeing. Annie is passionate about helping others to achieve their optimal physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing and loves seeing people progress, regain their confidence and succeed in their own lives.
CORPORATE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Natarsha is a professional Careers Coach with a Graduate Certificate in Career Development and is passionate about helping people realise their careers goals.
Natarsha is the founder of Market My Skills, Careers Coaching business offering career development advice and services to a range of clients and has worked with many of the large recruitment firms such as Hudson and Forsythes Recruitment in Career Development roles.
Natarsha also has 20 years’ experience in corporate business development working with companies such as Telstra and The University of Newcastle. Here at The Change Room, Natarsha works at The Change Room Live Programs as a Wellness & Life Design Coach helping participants to get the most out of their experience with us. She is also responsible for driving corporate business for The Change Room, hosting corporate events and business development activities. Natarsha also has a passion for branding and social media and looks after all our LinkedIn management and overall social media strategy.
Behind every successful, well-run business is a strong support team. Meet Katie, mum of 3, a business owner in her own right and our financial wizard. Katie ensures that the figures balance out day to day, week to week, allowing The Change Room to focus on what it does best, changing peoples’ lives for the better!
Lucky us, we benefit from Katie’s 15+ years’ experience in bookkeeping, accounts, and business management from small sole traders to multi-million dollar SME’. Working autonomously and collaboratively, Katie can quickly and easily apply best practice, complete tasks and be of value to the team.