Antoinette Braks

Antoinette Braks is an accomplished Executive Coach with more than 3,500 coaching hours. She has been consulting and coaching in Stage Leadership Development for 15 years and will soon submit her PhD thesis in Executive Coaching and Developmental Psychology. Antoinette researched the dynamics and drivers that enabled high performing Achievers to become inspiring, strategic, collaborative leaders at Strategist.

Antoinette leads the growing SHIFT Coaching Community. She has distilled her proven strategic and holistic development frameworks into annual 8-day SHIFT Leadership Programs augmented by one-on-one SHIFT Coaching. She is dedicated to promoting and overseeing SHIFT Leadership Programs around the world, while encouraging the SHIFT Coaching Community with Certification Programs and Coaching Supervision.

Antoinette utilises the STAGES International Profile for all participants on SHIFT Leadership and Certification Programs. If you are interested in a SHIFT Certification or Leadership Program in addition to a professional Stages Debrief, please contact her. She shares her time between London and Sydney and debriefs on Zoom.

The higher our self-expression and the deeper our self-awareness,
The richer our life experience and the greater our soul evolution.
~ Antoinette J Braks

Antoinette’s extensive coaching, consulting and leadership experience over the last 25 years has been in the energy, infrastructure, business, engineering and financial services sectors e.g. HSBC, QLD Energy and RPS, and across the public sector in NSW: Education, Family & Community Services, Finance, Services & Innovation, Health, Police, Primary Industries and Transport.
Previously she gained valuable executive experience as a Regional HR Manager with Shell for Latin America & Africa based in London; as Head of Leadership Capital Solutions with Korn Ferry Asia Pacific; and as GM People & Culture with innovative energy infrastructure company Vector NZ during the merger of their gas and electricity businesses. While a New Zealander at heart, Antoinette enjoys the lifestyle of a global gypsy.

In addition to her PhD, Antoinette is completing the Professional Certificate of Advanced Study in Coaching Supervision at Oxford Brookes University and the STAGES Certification for Psychotherapy & Coaching with Terri O’Fallon and Kim Barta, the founders of STAGES International. She has previously studied with Susanne Cook-Greuter and William Torbert. All are globally acclaimed stage theorists and practitioners.

Previously she graduated MA in Management Research at the MGSM winning two university prizes; MBA from London Business School; LLB(Hons) BA, from the University of Auckland; and Dip Intl Mktg (Hons).


“Antoinette’s Program is unique in that it takes a holistic approach to transformation. She is a collaborative intuitive whose depth of knowledge in leadership development is unsurpassed. Antoinette has clear insight into what drives workplace behaviours and how to make momentous changes in perspective. Her strong strategic focus, business acumen and gracious understanding of people mean that you will gain far more than you may expect!” ~ Anne Cosgrove Executive Director People & Culture FACS, Services NSW

“I enjoy my coaching meetings with Antoinette principally because I find myself uncomfortable. She continually challenges my normalized way of thinking. The coaching is not a linear process. It’s emergent, disruptive and even disconcerting – that’s where the magic is. Antoinette considers things from a deeper dynamic perspective. Her focus on embracing our uniqueness is inspiring and amazingly effective.”
~ Greg Ellis EGM Opal Transport for NSW

“Antoinette asks the right questions that lead to very thought provoking and at times, confronting decisions, However, this is what really helped me both personally and professionally. She provided me with tips and ideas on how to lead more effectively and strategically. A big thank you to Antoinette for your unwavering support, advice and mentorship. You are a real treasure and I can’t thank you enough!”
~ Elisa Recchi, Head of Risk Business Management HSBC Australia

“Occasionally we meet folks who bring a unique perspective to strategic situations, creating new thoughts, ideas and innovative thinking. Antoinette is one such person drawing on a wonderful knowledge and understanding of so many aspects of life and business.” ~ Richard Boggon, Parsons Brinckerhoff