About Brava coaching Sydney business executive teams leader

At Brava Coaching, we support Executives, Teams and Organisations to connect to what’s important to you and help you stay on purpose to fulfil your potential.

Barbara Barkley, our lead coach is a professionally accredited PCC coach, with a business and accounting background, a Masters in Sports Management and a senior social purpose career.  As CEO of Womensport Queensland, National Manager of the Telstra Foundation and through her executive coaching portfolio of work, Barb has created partnerships, developed strategies and delivered programs across sport, the social purpose and community sectors, corporates and government.

Barb empowers people and organisations to clarify their vision of where they want to go and supports them to stay on track to get there while remaining true to their values and purpose.

Barb’s coaching and facilitation style is underpinned in neuroscience theory with her work further informed by Conversational Intelligence (CIQ) principles and her accreditation in Human Synergistics’ LSI and GSI organisational tools.

Coaching in the Social Purpose Sector

Brava Coaching has a deep and trusted working relationship with Leadership Space, providing coaching and facilitation services to leaders, teams and organisations in the social purpose sector.

Leadership Space’s vision is a strong and thriving social purpose economy, achieved through supporting leaders, teams and organisations to leverage their own potential, which in turn increases the capacity to have profound social impact in the communities they support.

What our clients say...

Barb Barkley has supported me through Executive coaching in my leadership roles at Athletics NSW and now Surf Life Saving Australia. In my current role as GM – Membership and Community, I have led change throughout Surf Life Saving Australia and developed teams and volunteer committees nationally to achieve participation, educational and sport outcomes. Barb has supported me to firstly clarify my goals and focus on the key issues that required the most attention within the team and the organisation which enabled me to achieve outstanding results. I would thoroughly recommend Barb as a coach to any leader wanting to make a difference in their community.

Greg Meagher

General Manager, Surf Life Saving Australia 


Barb is my executive and leadership coach and has been fantastic for me both on a professional and personal level. Everything from career and self development, effective communication, finding solutions to team dynamic issues or assisting with strategic matters, her approach enables me to work through each challenge and new experience with complete confidence and clarity. Barb’s approach is personalized, and her methods are tailored. I find myself doing most of the talking, with Barb listening and leading me with her expertise to determine the best way forward.

The tools, strategies and experience that Barb draws on in our sessions are incredibly effective and practical. I am able to integrate what I have learnt directly into the work setting.

I would highly recommend her for anyone who is seeking professional guidance or strategies on becoming a more effective leader.

General Manager

Brand and Communications, Sports Sector