About

Our Team

I recommend Polaris to any organisation who wants to invest in their leaders. The program has had a significant impact on our business, we have a whole new frame of reference regarding leadership and a more constructive corporate perspective.

Alicia Mack

Former Head of Digital Marketing, Virgin Mobile

Our Team

Jennifer Beard

Founder and Director of Polaris Coaching

Jennifer Beard is the Principal consultant at Polaris. 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. Polaris 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

With over 25 years experience, Annie has built an impressive track record for her ability to connect and serve a diverse range of individuals and national/international organisations. 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).

Matthew Wright

Senior Consultant

Matthew has over ten years professional experience in enhancing individual and corporate performance. Executive coaching and facilitation in the realms of leadership and team performance are his key strengths and passion.  Matthew’s work history includes four years as a project engineer in the building industry and fourteen years as a board member, co-ordinator and teacher in a Steiner high school. For the last ten years Matthew has been facilitating, training and coaching in the corporate sector with clients such as Westpac, QANTAS, Railcorp, Tomago Aluminium, Keller Group, John Holland and Heart Foundation.

Matthew holds a degree in Engineering (Mechanical) from the University Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Education from The University of Technology, Sydney. He is also an Accredited Practitioner in the Team Management Profile and Strategic Team Development Profile from Team Management Systems and the Human Synergistics LSI/GSI 360 degree feedback tools.

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.

Tracey Ward

Senior Consultant

Tracey has over 15 years experience in executive coaching and facilitation. Tracey has tremendous flexibility to tailor a message to illicit change in those she connects with, she tackles the tough conversations organizations ought to have, yet so often avoid.  

Tracey’s recent clients include; Macquarie Bank, KPMG, AMP, Telstra, Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services, Salmat and Toll Logistics

With a background of over 10 years sales and management experience across the IT, Telecommunication, Pay Television and Publishing industries, Tracey understands the need to focus on the bottom line and maximize sales growth.

Tracey has successfully lead numerous sales teams and understands the daily pressures of managing corporate demands and the needs of the individual, she sees coaching and the development of the team as paramount in getting the most out of people and keeping them movitated. 

With a degree in Civil Engineering (Hons) Trent University Nottingham, Tracey understands the challenges of working on site; the pressure of deadlines, managing sub-contractors and the difficulty of pricing work to win the job yet being able to build profitably and safely where time is so often the enemy. Tracey also holds a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Sydney University) and is an accredited practitioner in the LSI/GSI 360 degree feedback tools (Human Synergistics).

Jamie Curnow

Senior Consulltant

Jamie is a facilitator, trainer and coach with over 20 years of experience in the design, delivery and coordination of learning and development programs. These programs have largely focused on team and leadership development in a variety of contexts and industries for organisations undergoing organisational and cultural transformation.

Jamie has delivered team and leadership development programs through outdoor experiential activities, group facilitation and training; facilitated numerous small teams and groups through various issues and tasks; coached individuals through their leadership development; presented on a range of content concerning leadership, team development, change, communication, Lean, Six Sigma and coaching; designed and coordinated the delivery of training programs; and designed, written and developed training materials.

In particular, Jamie has been involved, since its inception (2002), in the ‘Leadership Workout’ program (as it is now called) – an experiential leadership program with a multi-day/overnight offsite as its major component. Organisations that have benefited from this program include Qantas, BT, Sanitarium, Westpac, Railcorp, John Holland, UGL, Downer Rail, Australian Paper and Genesis CancerCare.

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Business from Monash University and a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. He is accredited in Team Management Systems TMI and Human Synergistics LSI.

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.