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Melanie has helped me to understand what I do best and what I enjoy most and how I combine these to ensure the best results for the firm and for me personally.

Melanie has also been able to act as an effective feedback mechanism and provide the perspective that can be difficult to get when management are in a different time zone. As a result of this coaching I believe I am more of an effective leader for the team in Australia and for my colleagues at head office and that my transition has enabled me to get to a point today where I can focus on getting results.”

Global Finance Group

Melanie Gowlland

Melanie’s business background and exposure to leadership and management across many industry sectors, has given her a passion for executive coaching and a keen understanding of leadership development. She utilises her considerable experience and enthusiasm to assist executives in realising their career goals, broaden individual leadership capabilities and become high performance leaders in their chosen field.

Melanie enjoyed a successful professional career in several sectors within the banking and finance industry for 20 years and during her career she held the position of Associate Director, in both Project & Structured Finance, and in Institutional Banking at ANZ. She started her banking career at Standard Chartered Australia Limited and continued at the State Bank of NSW and developed a successful public/private project development portfolio in the hospital and health sector, gaining major corporate relationships and an integral understanding of the Australian health and infrastructure industries.

In recent years, Melanie has facilitated leadership transformation programs for government departments, major property and manufacturing companies, telecommunication companies, banking corporations and multi-national organizations.


Melanie approaches coaching with a focus firstly on the individual’s background, current needs, and their understanding of current and future personal and organisational development directions and requirements. She has a strong interest in coaching for clarity of purpose and self-leadership, team motivation and developing influencing skills for relationship building. She is particularly keen to assist and motivate her clients to ensure a balance between personal and career objectives. Melanie believes that if leadership behaviours are valued within an organisation, development of leadership through both individual coaching and team programs will provide clarity, motivation and achievement of these goals.


Melanie has a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University. She is an IECL accredited Coach Supervisor, Member of the International Coaching Federation, AAOS, ACCS and ATD member and holds current accreditations in The Leadership Circle 360, LEA 360, Structural Dynamics, Benchmarks & CCL Assessment tools.

Personal Insights

Melanie spends time undertaking pro bono mentoring in FinTech Startups and other technology entrepreneurs to build leadership capability. She is a Stone & Chalk Mentor, is on the MQ Incubator Panel of Mentors (for the Macquarie University incubator organization) and is a qualified RAISE Mentor working with teenagers to develop future opportunities and personal growth.

Melanie enjoys music, film, skiing, reading, netball, learning constantly, family and all aspects of people.