James Donald

(B.Ec, MA, PhD – continuing)


James is an experienced coach and facilitator of resilience programs, with a particular interest in mindfulness-based approaches to building workplace resilience and well-being. Since 2007, he has delivered over 250 mindfulness and well-being workshops in the community sector. James has also worked with private and public sector organisations, including IBM, the World Bank, the Commonwealth Treasury, the Family Court of Australia and Swisse Vitamins, leading mindfulness-based resilience programs to enhance staff well-being and performance.

James is currently undertaking a PhD in Organisational Behaviour at the Institute of Positive Psychology & Education at the Australian Catholic University, Sydney. His research explores the impacts of mindfulness-based approaches in reducing stress and building resilience in high stress workplaces. James is a member of the Association of Contextual Behavioural Science, a global network of researchers and clinicians focused on mindfulness-based approaches to behaviour change.

As well as research, James teaches organisational psychologya nd management at the University of Sydney Business School. He also has 5 years’ experience facilitating leadership programs with Living Leadership Australia. Prior to undertaking his PhD, James worked with the Commonwealth Treasury and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Atousa Khadem

(B.A., LLB.)


Atousa is a skilled and experienced conflict management and conflict resolution practitioner. She was admitted in 1990 as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and Supreme Court of NSW and has over 25 years of experience working in a range of legal roles as a litigator, policy adviser, legal management consultant and conflict resolution professional.

Atousa is accredited to provide conflict management and conflict coaching services, is a LEADR and nationally accredited mediator and is a graduate of Harvard Law School in Advanced Negotiation. Atousa specialises in helping organisations to manage and resolve workplace dispute and dysfunction to create positive, resilient and strong workplace relationships and culture. She is also highly proficient at managing a range of non-workplace disputes. Additionally, Atousa provides training in conflict resolution to MBA students.

As a consultant Atousa has assisted agencies to investigate allegations of misconduct, manage grievances and performance issues. Additionally Atousa is very experienced at formulating and conducting quality reviews for teams and organisations. She has also assisted in the implementation of recommendations arising from such reviews, providing support to management to ensure the success of the recommendations made. This support includes providing management mentoring and coaching, team building, training, reviewing and drafting policies and legal instruments.

Atousa has been passionately studying and teaching philosophy and mindfulness for well over a decade and brings this valuable knowledge and practice to all of the work she does.


Alison Christie

(B.Psych., M.Psych., PhD – continuing)


Alison is a provisional psychologist with a specific interest in positive psychology, mindfulness and meaning as a motivation for change. She is currently undertaking a PhD in the Research School of Psychology at ANU which focuses on the application of mindfulness to daily life, with a particular focus on linking mindfulness to behavioural change based on individual values.

Alison has been facilitating group based interventions for 7 years in diverse settings including the public service, non-government organisations, and higher education.

She has personally been practising mindfulness for 16 years and prior to retraining as a psychologist, Alison worked as a journalist, television producer and instructional designer.