About Us

About Us

Coaching Leadership PTY LTD, a specialised coaching practice based in Sydney providing evidence-based developmental coaching to all levels of leadership. Founded by Simon Popley in 2014 who has over 20 years of coaching experience and success in senior leadership roles over a wide range of industry sectors.

Simon has worked in diverse and challenging environments including a clinical background in nursing, mental health, occupational rehabilitation, specialist health care services, work health and safety, mining, injury management, operations, commercial insurance, Government regulation and consulting.

How We Work

We combine research focused coaching psychology, evidence-based assessment tools and strengths based coaching frameworks to facilitate transformation and confidence.

We partner with clients to support them every step of the way with sensitivity and pragmatism whilst confronting whatever elephants are in the room.

Simon coaches either one on one, in groups, or a combination of both. Simon is also a trained coaching supervisor and works with a range of diverse coaches to develop their coaching practice as a commitment to delivering ethical and effective coaching.


Academic Qualifications

  • Professional Certificate of Advanced Study in Coaching Supervision
    – Oxford Brookes University – UK
  • Master of Science in Coaching Psychology
    – University of Sydney
  • Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
    – University of Sydney
  • International Performance and Reward – Loyola Business School
    – Chicago, USA
  • Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership
    – Organisational Coaching
  • Bachelor of Nursing
    – University of Sydney

Accreditations in leadership development tools

  • The Leadership Circle Profile™ 360
  • Leadership Circle Profile™ Manager Edition 360
  • Leadership Culture Survey™
  • The Strengths Profile – Langley Group
  • MTQ48 – Mental Toughness Questionnaire
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Step II™ Instrument (MBTI®)
  • Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey (GLWS)

What is coaching?

A confidential dialogue between a qualified coach and a client where the coach supports the client in becoming more expert in their own life. This outcome is achieved through the skilled use of questioning and specific goal setting, which the client commits too.

The coaching relationship created provides a safe space where the client can use the coach as a sounding board for issues or proposed actions and the coach can challenge and provoke new ways of thinking or being by the client which add value in their professional and private lives.

Our Process



Seeks out feedback to challenge current world view to gain greater insight into self and others


Commits with courage and curiosity in a dialogue to explore self and core assumptions, develops new perspectives, starts to see the ‘system’.


Experiments with new ways of leading and being, notices responses, tailors change to suit the environment.


Identifies and Integrates new ways of leading and being as part of a new self.


Shares learnings and new perspectives to proliferate leadership capability throughout the team and the organisation.

Why Choose Us

One on One, Face to Face Coaching Sessions

We apply the latest evidence-based coaching psychology research

Years of Leadership & Coaching in Senior roles

Experience across multiple industries and sectors

Master of Science in Coaching Psychology

Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Certified Oxford Brookes Coach Supervisor – Oxford Brookes University

Member of the University of Sydney Coaching and Mentoring Alumni

Our Clients

Unlock your leadership potential today!