Barb Howard

Barb Howard2024-07-04T13:58:36+08:00
For over three decades I have immersed myself in cultural and creative community development, working and studying in Australia and internationally. Most recently I worked with Regional Arts WA and introduced a network of hubs and a leadership development framework to promote and build regional community capacity.

Over four years I supported more than 50 emerging leaders in the Goldfields, Kimberley, South West and Perth regions of WA to unlock their potential and bring creative projects to fruition. Joining my husband in our coaching and consulting business in mid 2019, I now work with people from a range of sectors across Australia.

Emanating from a long line of farmers, my formative years were spent growing up on a farm on the east coast of Aotearoa, New Zealand’s South Island. I organically farmed our own small holding for seven years before permanently moving to Australia. In 2020, I circled back to my roots and reconnected with the social soil of an agrarian life. I am a committed advocate for regenerating the planet’s life support system and I love to work with people who are passionate about growing healthy food and healthy communities.

I love learning and have undergraduate degrees in politics & public policy and sustainability & community development and a post graduate certificate in regenerative agriculture. I also have a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing and I am training to be a Holistic Management educator. I qualified as a coach in 2020 and I draw on ontology (being) and positive psychology (behaviour) to support my clients create teams of people who are courageous and confident and want to make a local difference that has a global impact.

I am a co-director of the Institute of Regenerative Leadership and Be Exceptional Consulting and Coaching.

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“Bernard’s coaching was insightful, supportive and at times confronting, which was just what I needed to continue my journey of personal and professional growth. While working with him, I was able to look more deeply at areas of my life where I was not performing or being fully authentic, and he empowered me to make some hard decisions aimed at moving things forward.”

Caroline New, Executive Leadership Coach, Sydney, NSW

“One of the most insightful courses I have ever done because it covered the professional and the personal. I would like to have ongoing stages of the Local Leadership Program to continue learning, growing, sharing and connecting with Australia and the world through networks.”

Dawn Thompson, Broome, WA

“I engaged Barb in 2020 as a leadership coach to assist me with the new business direction to help women get a seat on a board. What’s great about Barb is her ability to listen deeply and hear what is not being said. She challenged me to lift my game to a whole new level. She’s smart, fast and she’s on my team. Highly recommend her as a partner to lift your game to the next level.”

Helen Robinet, Leadership & Confidence Coach, Melbourne

“I have loved that our facilitator has been precise with the delivery… A program like this requires a ‘’real human’’ to deliver this. If one pretends their life is perfect, I think I would have seen this as fake and not learned as much as I have…my facilitator was open, honest and real.”

Robin Naylor, Williams, WA

“Bernard provided me with coaching when I was setting up an architect office partnership with a senior mentor.  The office workload was increasing rapidly. Bernard’s coaching assisted me to expand our team from 2 – 4 architects, to improve office communication and to establish effective time structures contributing to the delivery of projects of high quality, within budget and on time.”

Ally Mackenzie, Architect, Northam, WA

“Before coaching with Bernard, I lacked the courage to ask the difficult questions in my personal and business life. I tended to avoid confrontation and I used to pretend I didn’t need the help, or I would ignore the issue and hope it would just go away. Bernard’s coaching supported me to develop my courage and assertiveness and crack through my numbness and fears. I’m now open to contribution from my business partners.”

Nathan Adams, Entrepreneur, Augusta, WA

“Working with Bernard I learnt to face up to my fears, building my confidence, commitment, courage, and purpose to step from the known into the less familiar. With Bernard’s coaching I developed my assertiveness and put in place new agreements with my husband that gave me time and space to pursue things that are important to me. This created a greater partnership with my husband as we move into our next phase of life.”

Katrina Butler, Teacher and Trainer, Perenjori, WA

“Bernard helped me grapple with everything from self-doubt to recreating my future direction. He brings his unique way of looking at the issue under discussion never failing to have the courage to speak his mind. This is something I find refreshing and very valuable when grappling with my own self-doubts and concerns.”

John Williams, Coach and Big Picture Thinker, Brisbane, QLD

“I engaged Bernard to coach me around the difficult aspects of my business that I would prefer to shove under the rug. One session at a time he was able to see where I was hesitating and honed in to recommend swift and clever action. It was action that made all the difference. Bernard has an insightful and creative thinking style. He asks really smart questions, the kind that challenge and get results with great clarity.”

Helen Robinet, Leadership and Confidence Coach, Melbourne, Victoria
“Late in 2020, we participated in the leadership development program offered by the Institute of Regenerative Leadership. Since then I have worked with Barb and this has given me the confidence I needed to move forward. Barb’s guidance has helped me clear the blockages as they have come up and kept me moving forward toward what I am committed to.”

Rod Butler, Regenerative Farmer

“Bernard’s coaching supported me to clarify the direction of my leadership development, conquer my struggle with goal setting and allowed me to regain my power over my own success. Bernard asked direct questions that needed to be asked and that challenged my perspectives. I will return to my session notes time and time again and have no doubt they will continue to inspire me to be a better leader.”

Paula Johnston, Chief Financial Officer, Newcastle, NSW

“I have gained friends who, like me, are actively pursuing goals that add great value to the community. Knowing I have ongoing support and encouragement from inspirational people who are visionary, courageous and at the cutting edge empowers me immensely in my own pursuits to realise my vision.”

Craig Mathieson, Margaret River, WA

“Barb is an insightful and masterful coach who can hold the space for a deep conversation. Working with Barb has allowed me to safely release trauma which helped me to transform an area of my life for good. Now I can move on and start a new phase of life with freedom and joy. I can highly recommend Barb as a coach.”

Jacqueline Hofste, Principle Leadership Coach, Sydney

“In my personal capacity, it is with confidence that I highly recommend Barb and Bernard. Thank you Barb, for helping me step into my authentic style of gentle leadership from which I can more powerfully bring societal, environmental and economic healing to our world.”

Fiona West, Shire of Broome Councillor
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