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Our Coaches

Claire Hall
BSsc Hons, CAM, Grad Dip Counselling, Certified Coach
Head Coach

Claire Hall founded Authentic Empowerment in 2004 with the dream of providing people the opportunity of life coaching to design their unique professional and personal lifestyle.  In 2009, Claire had the privilege of being nominated for the Telstra Business Women's Awards. In 2011, Authentic Empowerment again had the priviledge of being nominated, this time for the Telstra Business Awards.

Having designed her own distinct lifestyle, including a radical change in profession and permanent relocation to Australia, Claire is a passionate advocate of people creating and succeeding in every aspect of their life.

In addition to her corporate experience, Claire brings applied psychology to every session.  After successfully completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (ACAP), she became an Accredited Life Coach with Results Coaching Systems.  Results specialises in neuroleadership and brain based coaching.  These qualifications are recognised by the International Coaching Federation of Australia.  For the past six years Claire has also been an assessor and mentor to new coaches gaining their qualifications.

Claire works with a broad range of successful clients pursuing new goals and achievements. Clients come to coaching for a variety of reasons such as creating a new career, increasing confidence, establishing work/life balance, increasing income or simply because they feel a sense of being ‘stuck in a rut’.

As a motivating and committed coach, Claire stretches her clients beyond their comfort zone whilst ensuring 100% support, understanding and accountability. 

Claire writes a variety of coaching articles and is published in Wellbeing Magazine, Madison Magazine, Good Health Magazine, Empower Magazine, Cleo and Cosmopolitan. Additionally, Claire is the published author of Empowered Fertility, a practical 12 step guide for women and their partners undergoing fertility treatment, written with Dr Devora Lieberman.  Claire also writes and delivers tailored workshops for businesses and specialised groups.

Whatever your goal, Claire can offer you the clarity, direction and motivation you need to achieve it.

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Kendra Strudwick

Kendra is passionate about coaching and has been assisting people to bridge the gap to their potential for over 6 years.  Following a successful career in nursing & clinical education, she is a certified coach, trainer and assessor with Results Coaching Systems.  She holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, has achieved her Master’s Certification in NLP and is a member of the International Coach Federation. 

In addition Kendra volunteers her time as a Coach Development Consultant, assisting new coaches to hone their skills and thereby helping to preserve the integrity of the coaching profession. Her values are; authenticity, growth, contribution & fun.

Kendra's experiences cover many areas of coaching where her skills in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) have moved people towards their desired outcomes at an accelerated pace.  Her direct and enthusiastic approach creates a supportive environment in which clients can explore the underlying thinking that defines their behaviour.  Expect to be challenged, inspired and championed.  Kendra resides in Sydney’s South West with her husband Peter and son Flynn.

Read client testimonials for Kendra here.















Wendy Buckingham

As well as information and skills, Wendy brings to Authentic Empowerment the benefit of a life rich in experience, learning and transformation.  Her clients say she has the innate ability to hone in on the real issues that need to be addressed, whether they be personal, professional or business and support them to clear their path towards success.

Wendy’s career background includes journalism, co-ownership of an audio/video production company, broadcasting, speaking and coaching.  She has over 25 years experience in the media as a feature writer for some of Australia's leading newspapers and magazines.

Wendy is a graduate of the original coaching school, Coach Inc and has been credentialed by the International Coaching Federation.  She also has accreditation with Results Coaching Systems.  She is an experienced group coaching and tele-class leader and holds Certificate IV in workplace Training and Assessment.  As well as working with individuals and groups, Wendy has regularly presented to business organisations and conferences on goal planning and networking.

In 2001 Wendy wrote Ready Set Goal! which brought her work together in a simple format for success.  This and her CD, Secrets of Successful Goal Planning echo the essence of her work which is to enable people to take charge of their lives and make the best possible choices.

Read client testimonials for Wendy here.


Sandra Makdessi

Sandra believes that although we are all capable of creating success, coaching encourages peak performance and contributes to successful positive behavioural change.  Her strengths lie in her ability to help individuals find clarity and purpose while creating a dynamic, yet supportive environment for success and sustainable results.

Using her coaching experience, good humour and belief in each individuals unique potential, Sandra assists her clients in bringing clarity, balance and control into their lives.
With twenty years experience in the corporate sector including business system analyst roles, Sandra has developed a keen understanding of business imperatives and a strong commitment to driving desired outcomes.

Her particular expertise is in communication, training and systems management and Sandra has developed an enviable reputation for being able to work effectively with an organisation’s people regardless of level, status or cultural background.

Sandra is the current vice president of the International Coach Federation Australasia, NSW Chapter and is certified with Results Coaching Systems.  Sandra is also studying towards a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology at the University of Western Sydney and gives back to her community through pro-bono executive coaching within the not for profit sector.

Read client testimonials for Sandra here.