Stephen Shepherd

Business Coach


Stephen's focus is strategic facilitation - helping boards and senior leadership teams set their direction, agree their path and execute their plan.

Stephen is often engaged to traverse complex and delicate board or partnership dynamics. His cut-through ability to identify and address core underlying issues and opportunities enables his clients to achieve profound shifts in perspective and attitude.

Typical projects include:

  • Facilitating "vision and strategy" retreats
  • Partnership / senior management alignment
  • Membership of advisory boards
  • CEO coaching
  • Succession planning
  • Leadership development
  • Aligning federated organisations (including not for profit).


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Originally trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, Stephen worked in the corporate recovery and reconstruction area in Australia and the UK, exposing him to a broad range of businesses in varying degrees of distress.

Subsequently he moved into banking and held various senior credit and regional management positions with NAB. Immediately prior to joining AltusQ in 2001 he was Chief Operating Officer for a fast growing firm servicing self-managed superannuation funds.

He has held several board positions including Chair of an international business coaching organisation and Chair of HeartKids Australia, a national charity devoted to helping kids suffering from Congenital Heart Disease.

Stephen is also doting father to Sophie (22) and Samuel (18), married to Jackie (age withheld to help maintain current status), and poopscooper to Buddy.

EMCC Master Practitioner


  • Certified AltusQ coach and coach trainer
  • EMCC Accredited Coach at Master Practitioner level
  • The Leadership Circle (TLC) practitioner
  • Chartered Accountant.


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"I have known and used Shep as a coach and facilitator for over 10 years in a variety of different roles and capacities and I keep coming back because what he does works. No nonsense, simple and effective."

Adam Marshall

General Manager, Sales and Transformation, Service One Mutual

"I am very happy to endorse Stephen as a first class facilitator and coach. In a very short period of time Stephen identified the issues we were grappling with and built a high level of trust among each of the 6 partners. We are a much better firm with Stephen as part of our extended team."

Aaron Lavell

Partner, WMS Chartered Accountants

"Stephen works with us as a Business Coach and sits on our Board. He adds significant value by challenging and guiding us to do what we need to do to grow both as an organisation and as leaders. Stephen is one of the sharpest people I have met in the industry and has a way of delivering a message in a powerful and effective manner."

Raj Mendes

Managing Director at The Customer Experience Company

"Stephen's passion for assisting his clients improve their business is infectious. Always well prepared and very patient, Stephen does not allow the hard questions to be squibbed. His sessions are conducted with a laser focus on setting in train the action required to achieve the agreed goals."

Michael Joseph

Partner at Thomson Geer

Stephen is extremely personable enabling him to facilitate in a focussed, clear manner with our group. He does not work to a prescribed fixed agenda and strives to deliver a result that is relevant to the group. He is a great guy to know.

Robert Southwell

Managing Partner, Pitcher Partners NSW

Stephen is a brilliant facilitator. He seizes on the good things that are happening in your circumstances and helps you use those to see opportunities and to find a way forward. His ability to cut through the clutter and ask the right questions has meant that decision making is easier and more effective.

Paul Michael

Chairman, Weathertex

Stephen has embraced the co-operative model and has been of tremendous value to our business. He is a very engaging, interested and understanding facilitator. His ability to capture the moment has enabled free input from all involved.

John Seccombe

Chaiman, Northern Cooperative Meat Company


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