Leadership Development & Career Coaching for Department of Transport

Hi, I’m Rachael Pickworth.

My role is to help leaders maximise their career potential, elevate their capability and provide their greatest value to the business.

I’ve been a leadership and career coach since 2001, working across both private and public sectors, from being a member of the Telstra Top Talent identification team to speaking on leadership at LGPro.

Over the last nine years I have worked with more than 300 VicRoads and Department of Transport (DoT) staff via leadership coaching/training and career coaching, spanning Team Leader, Manager and Director levels.

I was initially engaged as a coach at VicRoads via a HR staff member who had previously been a coaching client of mine, and was then referred across the business.

I provide three key services to DoT:

1. ELEVATE IN 90 DAYS - Customised online training program for DoT team leaders and managers (customised with DoT logo, leadership capabilities framework, weekly reporting etc.).

You can learn more about the program here.


Sessions for individuals (staff and leaders)

Career planning is important for everyone, from a staff member who is feeling stale/lost to a senior manager who wants to make the next 10 years really count. During these strategic career planning sessions we focus on four key outcomes (in addition to any specific individual support required):

  • Consciously owning and driving career development, planning, influencing, managing up and building networks
  • Aligning career and brand with passions and natural strengths for maximum engagement, fulfilment and sense of purpose
  • Building self awareness, clarity and confidence
  • A plan to provide certainty and focus


Leadership Coaching - Many leaders find themselves in leadership roles without formal development preparation. My role is to support them to pause and step back to ensure they lead and manage effectively. As an external coach I support leaders to understand their purpose and that of their team, focus and plan both at strategic and day to day levels and explore key areas including influencing, networking, managing up/across, team and people development, EQ, time management, systems for effective 1-on-1 staff sessions and more. I integrate the VicRoads Leadership Framework and LSI where relevant.  

Team Coaching - Team Coaching supports individuals to come together to create an aligned, united and focused team to maximise performance and drive outcomes.

I'm here to help you thrive

Over many years I've supported thousands of leaders and staff across small and large businesses to build their capability and plan their careers.

"Your combination of coaching, team coaching and coaching skills training over recent months has supported our leadership team to move to the next level. We are more aligned, focused and have a better understanding of how to be effective leaders. Thank you for your support."

Stuart Draffin
GM Planning and Development, City of Stonnington

"Through coaching sessions with Rachael I have been able to quite quickly achieve clarity and a sense of purpose around what my goals are. This has made it a lot easier to make decisions on where I should be focussing my time and what career decisions I should make. The clarity has provided a sense of relief by taking away the ‘noise’. I would not have achieved this without Rachael providing guidance and gently challenging and interrogating my thinking."

Kym Myall
Director Risk Assessment and Intelligence, Australian Tax Office

"Coaching for me is about staying at the top of my game in every aspect of my life. With such a demanding career, whilst being successful at what I do, coaching ensures I prioritise my relationship, my kids, my health and my downtime, in ensuring my life is a success."

Prakash Menon
Director Myer Logistics, Myer Ltd.

"Rachael has worked with a number of colleagues at various organisations for me. Rachael has the ability to take the people ‘out of their comfort zone’. She will ask them to assess, challenge and stretch themselves. By doing this she gets results. I have seen great growth in these colleagues as a result of the sessions they have had with Rachael."

Fleur Delves
Victorian Manager, PKL Recruitment

"The coaching, enthusiasm and insight Rachael provided me throughout my journey, has not only enabled me to discover a great deal about myself but more importantly made me conscious and able to refocus on how I can progress positive change. I have felt comfortable and inspired since our first meeting and the momentum continues today. A motivating learning experience for me – Thank you."

John Karabatsos,
Manager IT Market Interface Solutions, Australian Energy Market Operator Ltd

"You are a legend. Thank you so much for facilitating our goal setting day. I was really pleased with the outcome. I admire the way you ran the day and your perceptiveness to the different personalities. You really do have a gift with people. Thank you again."

Regina McInnes
MD, McInnes Property Management

"As a HR Business Partner I have engaged Rachael’s coaching services periodically over the last 5 years. This has included Rachael coaching individual staff (40), delivering goal setting workshops and facilitating team coaching with great success. Rachael has a unique and vibrant way in which she engages an audience and individuals to set and achieve goals and it is always a pleasure working with her."

Donna Durston-McKenna
HR Business Partner, 
Southern Health

"Rachael opened my mind to possibilities I hadn’t even considered. The sessions helped me explore my values, understand my personal and professional purpose and be confident that I can make the right choices to balance what I initially felt were conflicting aspirations. Thanks Rachael."

Charles Boorman
Program Planning Specialist, VICRoads

"Just a quick note to let you know how much we appreciated and enjoyed your presentations at our recent WCN networking breakfasts. You might be interested to know that at the May breakfast we had a record attendance with over 160 guests and that you are the first speaker we have asked back due to such an overwhelming interest. The response has been phenomenal and the evaluation forms 100% positive! You will be a tough act for others to follow. "

Kate Wilkins
Member Relations Executive, CPA Australia

"We recently engaged Rachael’s services to facilitate a series of interactive workshops held throughout Australia for our Women in Mortgage Broking Network members resulting in tremendous success, positive feedback and delighted workshop participants. Rachael’s warm and energetic style not only engaged our audiences but left them wondering where the time had gone and wanting more! She has an extremely genuine and passionate approach to sharing her insights and encouraging others to reach their true potential – whatever that may be. Rachael comes highly recommended by our Network and PLAN Australia as a business."

Jenny Stewart
Training and HR Manager

"Working with Rachael has been truly fulfilling. Being a bit of a sceptic of coaching and not really enjoying opening up, I was very unsure of what I was letting myself into. My worries were very quickly dismissed. Rachael is analytical, yet warm and she is incredibly real. Her own business acumen and general life experience all make for such well rounded coaching sessions. I always leave our sessions recharged mentally and motivated to succeed in achieving my goals and be the best I can be."

Rachel Stefanovski
National General Manager, PKL Recruitment

"As the organiser it was an absolute pleasure to deal with you – you are both organised and easy-going – a breath of fresh air in this industry! You are professional, friendly and a delight to work with!"

Kym McGuinness
MD, Centrum Events

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