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ABOUT

Founded in 2008, the Adapt Group represents the belief that we don't need to fundamentally change to be successful in life and leadership, but can utilise our strengths to adapt to the circumstances around us. This takes awareness, but also courageous authenticity to be yourself and the deliberate intent to find the confident leader within and build the skills you need. 

 

We adapt what we've learnt in big business for small and medium sized organisations and love working with people who are doing great things in the world.

The Adapt 'Group' refers to the group of practitioners who bring their skills sets together and work flexibly in our areas of specialisation for the benefit of our clients. 

 

We love to partner with our clients - we want to help our clients thrive, do their best and enjoy their work.  

Meet The Team

Sophie Graves - Director

 

With over 20 years of experience across Organisational, Leadership, Strategy Development and Human Resources, I'm a seasoned Executive Coach and Facilitator. 

 

I have worked with small, large and global organisations in both the public and private sectors, across most industries.  This includes 6 years with KPMG and many years representing leading-edge consulting firms.

Throughout this time I have designed and led numerous leadership, culture and strategy programs with Executive teams and Boards.  I have coached hundreds of leaders, including CEO's, executives, business founders and specialists of all levels.

Over the last 14 years, I have grown 'Adapt' into a successful coaching, leadership and organisational development business. 

My qualifications are in Psychology, Business and HR.  I’m also a certified Executive Coach and seasoned facilitator with accreditations in several psychometric tools that build awareness of leadership and personality skills and styles.

 

My unique skill is being to distil relevant business, people and team insights into simple, practical and fit for purpose solutions.

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Rachel Bloom - Senior Consultant

 

Rachel is a practical organisational coach and consultant who works with people and organisations on their “perfect imperfections”, to see what else is possible and realise their potential. Having managed the complex operations of a retail/ wholesale business, consulted in Organisational Development to both global and SMEs and held Senior People & Culture leadership roles, she adapts her style to suit her clients and apply commercial pragmatism to enable real transformational change.

Her expertise spans professional services, education, not-for-profit, wholesale and retail sectors. Working in Australia, the USA and Latin America she embraces cultural diversity, leveraging it to communicate effectively to become a trusted advisor to her clients and customers. In addition, Rachel has consulted through Deloitte Private and Lonsdale Group across numerous coaching, team, culture, change and organisational development programs.

Previously, Rachel successfully managed the day-to-day operations of her family-owned wholesale and retail fabric business for five years, overseeing all aspects of business operations, staffing, operations management, financial management, business development, supplier & customer relationship management and product sourcing/range development.

Rachel is an ACC Accredited Coach, a LEGO Serious Play Facilitator and holds an Occupational Personality Questionnaire Certification.  She also completed an Assessment of Informal Learning and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Monash University) and Bachelor of Commerce (Deakin University), majoring in Psychology and Human Resource Management.

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Amanda Van Gils - Senior Consultant

 

Amanda is a passionate leadership coach, facilitator and strategic HR practitioner, with over 25 years of experience in HR, consulting and corporate roles.  Amanda provides effective advice and counsel for leaders looking to improve their communication, impact, effectiveness, productivity and self-leadership.

Amanda has experience leading largescale, cross-functional projects and implementing change, all while building trust and influence.  Having worked with multinational retail firms through to small online start-ups, Amanda is well versed in the demands and challenges faced by leaders in a responsive, fast-paced environments.

Understanding that competent and confident leaders determine the well-being of any organisation, Amanda embraces a coaching style that incorporates 'Mindset, Skillset and Toolset', so that leaders are supported to develop in the areas they need to succeed in their roles.

Amanda is accredited in Hogan 360 and psychometric assessments, Leadership Toolkit, Change Coach - SRG internal , LSI / GSI - Human Synergistics, DISC and SHL.  She holds a Postgraduate Degree in Industrial Relations and HR Management; a Postgraduate in Visual Arts; and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts.

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