Aurora People

The best learning comes from within… when an experience of the world resonates with some internal knowing. This ’knowing’ can be innate, intuitive or the sum of a whole range of life experience. This ‘resonance’ of the inner and outer world is sometimes experienced as an ‘aha’ moment.

Matthew Wright

Founder and Principal, Aurora People

Matthew Wright

Founder and Principal

I moved into education after I had become disillusioned with my role as an engineer in the building industry… though I did learn many things from that experience. One ‘aha’ for me at the time was the different approach and thinking style required in project management to the design process. It was the impact this had on people’s performance, interactions, communication and behaviour that interested me. Inspired by a love of the outdoors I completed a Diploma of Education and through my technical background found a wonderful role teaching physics, science and outdoor education. I had found my calling. I was also fortunate to take on some leadership roles on the school’s governance and educational boards as well as senior college co-ordinator and pastoral carer.

In my latter teaching years, I worked part-time for a company that provided experiential learning activities to consultants and conferences. Again, I was inspired by how much people learned when asked to reflect on their unique experience. Concurrently, I saw the challenges and opportunities in working with the adults on the various boards of the school.

I started Aurora People because I recognized my passion for helping people grow, was becoming more about being a partner in learning, than a teacher or expert in a field. I loved my time leading and learning with young people.  I also recognized how much more they learned when they were in control of their learning through the process of reflection, examination and application.  I also saw that when we coached our students they flourished, far more than in a teacher-centred classroom learning.

From leadership roles in construction companies and educational institutions to running a small business I have great empathy and understanding for the challenges people face in their workplaces. There are a multitude of personalities we can either harness or with whom we can clash. I am optimistic enough to think we can all do it better with less stress and more grace. To complement my role as principal, facilitator and coach I have gained accreditation in various profiling instruments including LSI/GSI from Human Synergistics, TMP from Team Management Systems and HBDI from Herrmann International.

Following teaching I found new colleagues and friends in organizations that provided experiential learning for leaders and teams. I felt inspired to put into practice the learning that I had accumulated through the various roles and experiences I have had in the workplace and in education. So I started Aurora People. That was 14 years ago and I’m still loving it… and learning.

Jennifer Beard

Senior Consultant

Jennifer has over 20 years of professional experience in enhancing individual and corporate performance. Jennifer is passionate about people and her key strength is helping people find their way to their desired destination.

With extensive experience working across private and public sectors to lift leadership capability and embed optimal behaviours, Jennifer is an expert and confident facilitator. She has worked with boards, senior executives and at a team level to drive high-performance and deliver tangible results.

Jennifer’s warm and intuitive approach facilitates a positive environment for honest discussion, while her ability to hold individuals and teams to account gets to the heart of issues and challenges around effective leadership.

Having coached individuals and teams to become high-performing, helped leaders to build employee capability and engagement and helped parents balance work and family, Jennifer has a strong track record helping people make lasting change.

Jennifer’s recent individual and team corporate coaching experience includes clients such as QBE, Virgin Mobile, Sydney Trains, Health Share NSW, Macquarie Bank, Commonwealth Bank, MLC, APRA and Optus SingTel.

Jennifer understands the demands of a busy corporate career. Her own business experience includes establishing and managing a successful Marketing Division within a national corporation. In addition, Jennifer has extensive experience in professional services, having consulted to both the private and public sectors.

Jennifer holds a degree in Behavioural Science (B App Sc OT University Sydney) and a post graduate diploma in human factors at work. (Grad Dip Safety Sc UNSW). She is also an Accredited Practitioner in the MBTI, MRG Leadership Effectiveness Analysis and Human Synergistic LSI/GSI 360-degree feedback tools.

Annie Stewart

Senior Consultant

Annie has built an impressive track record for her ability to connect and serve a diverse range of individuals and organisations in her 25 years plus of experience. Annie grounds her facilitation and coaching firmly in the context of business imperatives whilst applying the latest resources and principles from leadership development, neuroscience, psychology and wellness.

Annie has a depth of experience (facilitation and executive coaching) with clients such as IAG Ltd, APRA, USG Boral, Optus, Virgin Mobile, Gadens, Ray White Real Estate Group, Bovis Lend Lease, Genesis Health Care, Deloitte, NSW Gaming Authority, NUIX and Legal Aid NSW. She is an honorary contributor to Career Trackers and UOW Business School. Annie is the author of ‘How to Find and Follow Your Calling’ and ‘Career to Calling’. She is also the founder of The Callings Program, https://careertocalling.com.au/.

Annie has designed and facilitated numerous leadership development programs addressing requirements such as: leadership; manager as coach; executive disposition; emotional intelligence; performance management; change management; team building; diversity; strategy; women’s mentoring; personal brand/profile; presentation and communication skills. She consults on major transformation programs across a range of industries.

Annie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (University of Sydney) and a Masters Degree in Ergonomics (UNSW). Her doctoral research focuses on how leaders find, follow and sustain their purpose. Annie is also a Master Practitioner in NLP. She is an accredited practitioner of Human Synergistics Life Styles Inventory (LSI); Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Management Research Group’s Leadership Effectiveness Analysis (LEA).

Jo Knorr

Senior Consultant

Jo Knorr is passionate about helping people to reach their potential in every aspect of their life and working with organisations towards achieving their purpose and sustainable business results.
Jo has over 25 years’ experience working in partnership with a wide range of organisations in manufacturing, finance, insurance, recruitment, sport, entertainment and government as a highly skilled and trusted program designer, facilitator and executive coach. She specialises in transformational leadership development, communicating to connect and the neuroscience of peak performance.

Jo’s industry leading philanthropic workshop activities provide a direct and deeply memorable experience of the impact of purpose on individual, team and organisational success, while also making an immediate and lasting contribution to people and communities in need throughout the world.

As an Executive Coach, Jo combines her executive leadership experience and her expertise in a range of powerful personal transformation techniques and applied neuroscience to help leaders and aspiring leaders to develop the mindset, skills and behaviours that will help them flourish as purpose driven, exceptional leaders.

Jo’s individual and team corporate experience includes clients such as Boral, USG Boral, Orora Glass Manufacturing, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), International Funds Management (IFM), Genesis Health Care, Australian Sport Hall of Fame, National Australia Bank, ANZ Bank, APRA, and Melbourne Racing Club.

Jo holds a Bachelor of Business from RMIT. She is also an accredited practitioner of the Human Synergistics Lifestyles Inventory™ (LSI) and Leadership Impact™ (LI), a Master Practitioner in NLP and has completed a number of certifications in Energy Psychology including EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). She recently completed a Certificate of Applied Neuroscience and Brain Health.

Chris Mills

Senior Consultant

Chris is a versatile facilitator and coach with over 15 years professional experience facilitating learning and change. He works with teams, executives and individuals to improve performance and satisfaction. His key strengths and passion are uncovering natural abilities, facilitating the process of self-discovery and creating the circumstances for high performance and success. He mostly contributes his expertise and insight through team and leadership development and one-on-one coaching.

Complementing his work in the corporate arena Chris assists ambitious and committed individuals to align their career with their natural abilities and talents resulting in improved performance and sense of fulfillment.

Prior to facilitation and coaching Chris’s career was in the corporate sector where he gained valuable experience in management, high-tech industrial research, projects and as change agent. He has had international experience working in South Africa and UK.

Clients Chris has worked with include: Johnson & Johnson, Rocla Quarry Products, Qantas, Westpac, John Holland, Delta Electricity and Sanitarium.

Chris has extensive training in leadership and communication. He holds a Masters Degree in Physics and is an accredited practitioner of Team Management Profile, Integrity and Values (Leadership) Profile, and Human Synergistics LSI.