About Us

Our Purpose

Humans Who Lead exists to revitalise the deeper wisdom and purpose in organisations so that we all take up our roles to make the world a better place.

Our Values

  • Speak truth – we say what’s on our mind with honesty and compassion
  • Stay grounded – we strive to park the ego
  • Let go of control – we go with, not against obstacles
  • Co-create – we build community and harness collective intelligence
  • Reflect and learn – we see every experience as a step forward

How We Deliver

We work with individuals, communities, and organisations to create, develop, and enable change makers. This looks like:

Individuals – coaching and mentorship

Communities – hosting public community events

Organisations – designing and facilitating bespoke whole system transformation programmes that enable strategy shifts, culture change, and new paradigms of leadership to emerge

Our Point of View

Change is happening all around us, all the time. Most organisations are pursuing ambitious change agendas, leaving people tired, overwhelmed, burnt out, and clinging to certainty. In this state, it is difficult for organisations to be strategic, innovative, and deliver great outcomes.

At the same time, the world around us is calling for more purpose and action. Many organisations are starting to align their strategies with ESG outcomes to answer this call. So what if we could drive change through our organisations – creating purpose and profit?

The answer is – we can. Through applying trans-disciplinary theories and practices that move away from traditional change management models, we apply a human-centric change process called Transformational Change Loops. We leverage complexity science, adult learning, behavioural science, systems thinking, motivational theory, coaching, psychology, ecology, wisdom traditions, and the healing arts. Read our white paper to learn more about our process.

Internally, we also strive to walk our talk by aligning our goals to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) – specifically goals # 3, 4, 5, 10, and 16, living into our values, and partnering with others who share the same intentions.

Our Work

Our work is complex yet simple. We work with CEOs and their executive leaders in a few common scenarios:

  • The organisation is trying to adapt to various external changes (e.g. technology disruption, changing regulations, customer expectations, growth demands, resourcing pressures, etc.)
  • The organisational culture is no longer fit for purpose (e.g. strategy changes, leadership changes, historical behaviours, company has grown or shrunk significantly, etc.)
  • The vision or strategy of the organisation has changed (e.g. new board or leaders, merger or de-merger, societal, market, or resource pressure, etc.)
  • Stakeholder expectations demand a different way of operating (e.g. political environment has changed, demographics shifting, expectations of new talent, social justice movements, climate activism, etc.)

Whatever the scenario, we work in close partnership with our clients to guide the transformational change process.

Our People

Founder, OD Consultant, Coach, and Facilitator

Allison Tsao

Allison Tsao

Curious, Passionate, Courageous

Allison has 15+ years of consulting experience in OD, change, and leadership. She has worked in 4 continents for over 35 global and local organisations on their most pressing strategy and people challenges. Her hope is that through a better understanding of what it means to be human, we can each show up as our whole selves and contribute to more joy, connection, and meaning in the workplace.​

Connect with Allison here.

“Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi
Executive Coach and Facilitator

Lily Cubrilo

Connected, Compassionate, Creative

Lily works alongside senior leaders to help them articulate the strategies, create the structures and tap into the capabilities needed to help them be successful agents of change and respond to their rapidly shifting landscapes. Her aim is always to empower the organisations and people, facilitate learning, and leave them more capable than before.

Lily has worked as a change facilitator, mentor, individual coach, systems designer and developer, trainer and facilitator with a broad variety of public and private companies, domestic and global.

Connect with Lily here.

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love” – Rumi
Executive Coach and Facilitator

Ian Paterson

Ian Paterson

Curious, Insightful, Empathic

Ian’s 25 years of OD, consulting and coaching experience has been gained working across the public, private and consulting sectors. His purpose is to awaken his clients to their untapped capacity for leadership growth and development.

Connect with Ian here.

“What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?” – David Whyte
Executive Coach and Facilitator

Sabine Simmonds

Sabine Simmonds

Grounded, Compassionate, Courageous

Grounded and calm, Sabine creates a safe, compassionate space to have difficult and vulnerable conversations that lead to profound inner transformation, enabling her clients to view challenges from entirely new perspectives. She helps people and teams become unstuck; empowering them to learn critical, adaptive skills and transform their business and bottom line results.

Sabine is a trusted advisor who brings wisdom, understanding and authenticity to her client interactions. She encourages her clients to bring their ‘whole person’ to the business challenges they face, find meaning in their experiences and supports them to make bold, courageous changes.

Connect with Sabine here.

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are.  When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too” – Paulo Coelho
Peter Block

“If there is no transformation inside of us, all the structural change in the world will have no impact on our institutions.”

The rate of change is impacting humanity greatly, and we as humans are struggling to cope.  As the world continues to change, we are increasingly looking for leadership that inspires us to be at our best and helps us thrive rather than merely survive.

Does our purpose resonate with you? Contact us to get involved and explore career options or how to partner with us.

The future of leadership relies on our ability to be more human. Join the movement and help us create a new leadership paradigm.

    HwL is a Leadership Development platform and community dedicated to expanding the idea of leadership and helping people grow into the type of leaders they authentically aspire to be, based on the philosophy of Humanistic Leadership.


    Sydney, Australia


    +61 431 847 327