Some comments on Coachwell Australia 

"John's presentation of what could have been a dry subject, was great - very interactive. Each of the sessions of the Coaching Clinic was personalised to suit what I needed, gave me lots of new techniques to better guide my Team and an insight into my own style ."   Tracee Rushton WHK

"John at Coachwell Australia was instrumental in the positive direction my career has gone in the past three years.  I had completed my MBA and I still hadn’t reached the management position I was seeking so I thought I would try leadership coaching to work out what the obstacles were.  Interestingly, I found the obstacle was me.  John helped me to focus on five areas that I was only just tolerating and in hindsight, were holding me back.  That in itself was liberating when you know it is safe to be totally honest.  The most poignant moment was doing the Enneagram and knowing what my personality number was – it all started to make sense.
The process was subtle and non-descript but the outcome was diabolical.  I thoroughly recommend Coachwell Australia and have embarked on a Coaching program for my team so they too can realise their full potential."  

Linda Christof - Dubbo NSW

"I'd recommend anyone in a management role or aspiring to a management role to try to attend the Coaching Clinic. The tools I have gained have given me more confidence in my own ability to work with and manage a Team."Pip Conn WHK


Running an organisation can be both demanding, challenging and lonely. The buck stops with me. Having regular contact with John Southwell has improved my outlook and my decision making. John does not solve my issues bur rather nurtures, moulds, challenges and supports my thinking so that I make the best decision. I value John as a confidant and recommend him to anyone prepared to be challenged and wanting to be the most they can be.”


Michael Brennan – Managing Director Brennan's Mitre 10 Home & Trade Dubbo 


The greatest benefit I have received from Coachwell Australia is gaining the confidence to improve my business through reinforcement of my own ideas.

Robert Cox – Principal Eclipse Transport Capalaba Queensland


As Wellington Council’s General Manager I head an organisation of approximately 150 employees. Communication with all levels of the community as well as other levels of government, politicians, community leaders, staff, etc is a key part of my role.

The coaching training that John Southwell has provided is proving to be of great benefit. It has given me further techniques which result in listening, exploring and focusing on issues with the people I deal with and to co-operatively find solutions to these issues.

John is very approachable and his training techniques are light hearted and provide a pleasant yet informative training forum. 

Allan Dive - General Manager Wellington Council


We obtained and built on many strengths and skills whilst John Southwell was our business coach.

John made us accountable and did not accept excuses in place of action.  He taught us about boundaries, both in business and on a personal level, and how allowing our boundaries to be broken, or bent was affecting us. 

He made us look at our own strengths and weaknesses, as individuals, a couple and business partners and helped us to use our strengths to our advantage. 

We had some difficult times whilst in business, with hard decisions to make – John took the emotions out of the situations and cleared the way for us to make informed decisions.  Having an independent, confidential third party involved made the process much easier.  Once we’d made those difficult decisions, he helped us to plan out our strategy to put the changes into place or have those ‘hard to have’ meetings with staff etc. 

On the whole, our involvement with John enabled us to run our business (and personal lives) more effectively, with less stress and more positive actions. 

Tony and Sheri Dunn - Explore Outdoors Dubbo

As I moved from a technical to a management role I found it a difficult change.

John's assistance was invaluable in making my transition successful. I found his coaching style relaxed while at the same time very focussed on helping me identify my strengths and weakness while all the time encouraging me towards achieving my goals.

I found the coaching sessions with John both challenging and friendly with usable outcomes a part of every session.

Paul Miller - Manager Information Services Wellington Council

"I had the pleasure of working with John from Coachwell Australia for just over 12 months.  During this time John and I had regular coaching sessions over the phone and via email at times that suited me and my business.  John gave me the tools to identify areas of my work and home life that I wanted to improve upon.  He provided me with as much information as I needed to reflect on my practice and analyse the different personalities of my team, which helped me enormously. The thing that sets John apart from other coaches is that he got me to think.  By posing the right questions, he challenged me to work out the answers I needed in a safe and supportive manner.  John was also available at short notice to talk through emergency situations that cropped up.  I always left our conversations feeling empowered and confident in my ability to tackle any task."

Justine Richards - Director, Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre, Dubbo NSW