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Vanessa Powell


A psychologist and leadership expert delivering breakthroughs across enterprises.

A master of human progress and relationships, Vanessa has a reputation as the partner that delivers breakthroughs. A psychologist, leadership advisor and executive coach with over two decades of experience transforming people and organisations, Vanessa helps people increase their self-awareness and confidence to step up and drive impact.

A natural grower of people, Vanessa is known within Maximus and across her broad and loyal client-base as the one to unlock talent. A rare combination of deep understanding of human behaviour and commercial acumen positions Vanessa to drive business outcomes across enterprises.

Vanessa has designed, developed, delivered and managed solutions for clients including HCF, NRMA, Sibelco, Telstra, Coca-Cola Amatil, News Digital Media, Taronga Zoo, Australia Post and Nine.

Vanessa grows people. With a remarkable ability to explore mindsets, Vanessa unblocks limiting beliefs and helps people thrive.

Vanessa builds relationships. For over two decades Vanessa has built a loyal client base with Australia’s most consequential executives. Deeply authentic and pragmatic, Vanessa’s advocates across industries keep coming back for more enterprise-wide value.

Vanessa doesn’t give up. A lifetime of overcoming challenges means Vanessa doesn’t give up. Her clients value her tenacity, commitment and accountability to get the job done.

“I’ve worked at Maximus for almost one-third of my life. It’s something of which I am immensely proud. Being a part of Maximus has been a challenging, sometimes overwhelming, and extremely rewarding journey. I feel fortunate to have contributed to the growth of such an amazing organisation.”


  • 20 years’ experience in leadership, coaching & performance psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts Psychology (Honours)
  • Harvard Business School Executive Education
  • Accredited LSI and GSI Practitioner
  • Registered Psychologist

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