Our Story

Our Story

Meet the team

Nurture Change is brought to you by a team of business leaders who understand the demands and challenges of running a business and share a passion for helping people reach their potential. Nurture Change is a retreat for business people like no other, bringing together the finest business minds to share, connect and grow.
Zac de Silva

Winner of International Coach of the Year two years running, Zac de Silva is the principal of Business Changing. As a leading business coach, Zac advises and works with companies of all sizes and industries, from start-ups to multinationals.

Before he ventured out on his own to help others achieve success, Zac worked for several very successful and well- known businesses (at 28 he was CFO of Flight Centre and at 30 he was running FCM Travel), learning the business from the ground up. During that time both Zac personally and the companies he led won a host of notable awards including the MYOB Customer Experience NZ Award and Best Workplace in NZ.

Over 500 NZ and Australian businesses have completed one of Zac’s popular business planning workshops, where he shares his invaluable IP from years of growth and profit mentorship to help business owners and managers.

Zac is across big picture strategy at Nurture Change and the numbers, as our unofficial CFO.

Sip de Silva

Sip’s passion lies in bringing people together and working with people from across different industries to make a difference. She’s an innovation nut and dedicated to finding smarter and better solutions to make businesses thrive.

Sip runs Nurture Change, Nurture Her, Nurture 360 and is a co-director of Business Changing – catch-all corporate wellness and performance enterprises that get alongside everyday entrepreneurs and help turn their business into gold. Since her early 20s, she’s owned several award-winning companies – The Chiller, Bolaven Restaurant and successful property development ventures. With a background in design, paired with her flair as an innovator, she’s able to confidently balance the big picture while never losing sight of the finer details.

Sip is at the forefront of activating Nurture Change, taking the reins on everything from design thinking and customer journey, to crafting brand identity, event content and sponsor relationships.

Libby Babet

For Libby, what began as a life-changing diagnosis of malignant hypertension in her early 20s turned into a life-long mission to inspire a new generation of happy, healthy, empowered and of course, active women.

As a former Queensland state representative runner, Libby has been in health, fitness and wellbeing for 20 years and is now focused on unleashing your best body and mind.

Libby is a best selling author, speaker, qualified journalist, TV presenter and entrepreneur. She was recently the trainer on Channel TEN’s "The Biggest Loser: Transformed" and is the resident personal trainer for Women’s Fitness Magazine and the HIT Network. She is the founder of two fitness businesses - female-only training community BUF Girls and athletic performance studio AGOGA in Bondi. She is also co-founder of healthy snack brands Chief Bar and Beauty Bite, and health food distributor This Natural Life. Libby and her husband Justin are proud new parents of daughter Izzy.

Libby uses her expertise to bring wellness to life at Nurture Change through a specifically designed wellness and health programme, as well as taking the lead on content creation and social media from experience gained through her extensive social following.

Paul Roos

A legendary career saw Paul achieve success as both an AFL player and coach. Beginning at Fitzroy F.C., Paul eventually finished his playing career at Sydney Swans with 356 senior games, five Best and Fairest awards, seven All Australian selections and the 1986 Leigh Matthews Medal under his belt.

Paul’s love for high-performance dialogue was instrumental to his coaching career at the Sydney Swans. His revolutionary approach to player feedback and recognition was pivotal in building the much-revered ‘Bloods Culture’. In 2005, Paul coached the Swans to their first premiership in 72 years. In 2013, Paul was appointed head coach of the Melbourne Football Club, and his performance model saw Melbourne resurrected from an underperforming club to a competitive team pushing for finals.

Beyond his regular television appearances as an AFL commentator, Paul also runs a successful leadership company called Performance by Design.

Paul shares his extensive network and influence with Nurture Change, as well as curating our company culture and leadership content.

Justin Babet

Justin Babet has over 15 years' experience across health, technology and human capital. He's currently director of Chief Nutrition, a health food business which produces Chief Bar and Beauty Bite.

He's also non executive director for Next Realm which operates two fitness brands, AGOGA and BUF Girls. Previously he was the founder and CEO of two tech start-ups in the human capital sector - JobAdvisor and Jobvibe. He was also managing director of a multi-award winning, mid-sized recruitment business Xpand Group.

Justin puts his IT experience to use at Nurture Change, in charge of our back-end processes and logistics, enabling us to have our systems run smoothly.

Tami Roos

Tami Roos is an author, instructor and highly sought-after public speaker on the topics of wellness and mindfulness. A PhD graduate in Parapsychic Science with her dissertation on meditation, Tami looks to embrace the connection between influence and impact – assisting those who want to access the potential that mindfulness can have in corporate and sporting club performance.

‘Presence to Power: I AM the Gift’ by Tami Roos was published in January 2019 and is a blueprint for anyone looking to find ways to relax, reconnect and empower their lives.

Tami has led programs for the Melbourne Demons and Sydney Swans to improve mental states of players and boost team performance through the power of meditation.

Our lucky attendees will benefit from a custom mindfulness meditation programme she’s designing in collaboration with Libby. Tami is also using her extensive global network to help curate impactful speakers.

Thomas Maharaj

Thomas has been at the cross sector of business, recruitment and charitable trust work in New Zealand and Australia. His primary focus is to create better outcomes for all New Zealanders, ensuring every young person gets off to a flying start.

He is most passionate about recruiting and the managing of millennials, building social enterprise and alleviating poverty from our regions.

Walking the talk, Thomas has been a part of organisations ranging from grass-roots to a level of national significance, founded a charitable trust and piloted a social enterprise.

Thomas takes your application calls and guides you through the approval and booking process.

Peta Christie

Peta is obsessed with wellness and is fascinated by anything that nourishes wellbeing and infuses joy and satisfaction into life. She has spent over 15 years in marketing management roles across a broad range of industries including leading brands like Diagio (Guinness), Tabcorp (TAB Wagering) and Johnson Health Tech.

Being a passionate traveller, Peta’s career took her to London and Sydney before she eventually moved home to Melbourne to manage the Sponsorship department at the Melbourne Football Club (AFL).

Her passion for health and wellbeing has recently inspired her to become a Health Coach, where she mentors clients to create and maintain long-term lifestyle changes to enhance their overall wellness.

Phieng Phongsa

Phieng (pronounced pea-young) has worked across a multitude of industries, using each role to hone her skills in customer experience and fine-tune her logistics and processes expertise.

When she’s not busy being our Nurture Her all-rounder and customer experience superstar, you can find Phieng at her local Body Balance class.

Spirit of Sharing

Nurturing more change...

One of our key values is to share knowledge to create better people – it's why we bring in industry leaders and inspiring individuals to share their tips, tools and best practice ways of increasing their performance. We felt it was extremely important to find an organisation that shares similar values and works hard with helping the less fortunate in the Fijian community we are visiting, so we’ve partnered with Spirit of Sharing.

Spirit of Sharing is a fantastic foundation committed to empowering youth through sports equipment, resources and education. Over the past ten years, Spirit of Sharing has donated over $3,000,000 to the Pacific region including Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga and PNG.

To date we have raised over $50,000 for the foundation and we’re excited to contribute in 2020 and beyond.