About Turning Point Coach

Denise Paech - Leadership and Life Coach and Consultant

Denise Paech, founder  of Turning Point Coach, delights in supporting others to clarify their visions, design solutions and take action that enables them to accomplish whatever they set out to do in their lives. In particular, she often works with women who are stuck with traditional leadership models that don't work for them. She helps them to find their own authentic leadership style so they can be the leader they were always meant to be.

Denise Paech first formed Turning Point Management Consulting in September 1999 in response to a growing need for organisations to access a flexible source of additional skilled management support. Trying to grasp what management consulting was, Denise’s then ten year old daughter concluded it was ‘doing other people’s homework.’ As that really wasn’t far off the mark for many managers, the business grew.

Denise came to recognise that her preferred style was to take a coach approach. Denise’s strength as a consultant was to leverage what people in organisations already knew, challenge their beliefs, explore creative options and support them to find and implement solutions that suited their particular business need and environment. She was not the consultant with a tool-box full of instant solutions and knew the perils of ‘death by a thousand initiatives’. (Doug Stace, 1995, a leading strategist, management author and facilitator of strategic change in Australia).

Turning Point Coach evolved in 2010 after Denise consolidated her foundations as a professional coach, completing initial training with Coach U and continuing her learning journey in Coach U’s Advanced Coaching Program. With strong beliefs in ethics and professionalism, Denise became a member of the International Coach Federation and has worked to achieve professional standing. As an Associate Certified Coach, Denise became the only, and first, ICF credentialed coach in the Northern Territory, and one of only 267 ICF credentialed coaches in Australia. She continues on this path and is working towards attaining Professional Certified Coach standing.

Denise remains in touch with organisations and businesses by continuing to provide practical management consulting support and strategies tailored to meet the individual needs of organisations in the private and public sectors. She uses her ability to think laterally, find creative solutions to long standing and complex issues, align corporate processes to meet today's challenging business environment, and deliver real outcomes and associated changes in organisational cultures. Focussing on clearly linking human resource and corporate initiatives and systems to organisational values and directions in realistic, visible and cost effective ways, Denise has successfully delivered a range of management consulting services including:

  • Developing a coach approach in organisations
  • Staff selection support and training
  • Organisational investigations and process reviews
  • Organisational reviews and program evaluation
  • Human resource management services under Northern Territory Government Panel Contracts
  • Job analysis and associated training
  • Supervision, management and leadership, and human resources training
  • Mediation, team building and personal development
  • MBTI  and MRT-i training
  • Program  evaluation
  • Planning, research and policy projects

 Denise has assisted more than 200 clients in Northern Territory and Commonwealth Government departments, non-government and private sector organisations in a range of varied assignments across the Northern Territory including:

AusIndustry; Department of the Environment and Heritage; AQIS, Department of Planning and Infrastructure; Department of Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts; Department of Education; Commissioner for Public Employment; Territory Insurance Office; Charles Darwin University; NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services; Department of Health; Department of Children and Families Services; Department of the Chief Minister; Department of Business and Employment; Department of Local Government, Housing and Sport; Power and Water; Connell Wagner; Pacific Power International; Imparja Television; NT Area Consultative Council; General Practice Divisions NT; East Arm Shire Council; Darwin Family Day Care; Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority; The Essington School Darwin; Australian Secondary Principals Association; Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education; Charles Darwin University; Casuarina Senior College; Darwin High School; Darwin Port Corporation; Department of Justice; Department of the Legislative Assembly; Department of Resources; Tourism  NT;  Department of Children and Families.

Throughout her life, Denise has balanced the demands of an evolving career, part-time study, volunteer work, parenting and family life as well as the transitions we face as our children, parents and relationships mature and change.

Denise brings leadership and life experience including:

  • Twelve years as a successful solo business manager who partners with other professionals as needed to provide the best support to clients.
  • Fifteen years' senior executive experience in the Northern Territory Public Sector in delivering human resources and other corporate support functions.
  • Experience as a Regional Adviser for the Australian Public Service Commission on an as needs basis from 2007 to 2011.
  • Managing up to thirty staff in a range of corporate support functions and providing agency wide leadership.
  • Working with a wide range of public, private and not-for-profit organisations with executive, professional, technical and administrative staff at all levels.
  • Leading substantial strategic change from writing and implementing ‘Streamlining Recruitment in the Northern Territory Public Sector’ which made recruitment simpler, easier and friendlier for everyone involved, with substantial direct and indirect cost savings.
  • Significant voluntary leadership involvement as President of a community based child care centre for six years, seven years as a Director of The Essington School Darwin, including three years as Chair of the Board, and as an Executive Member of the Association for Independent Schools NT.
  • Mothering two children and watching them grow into delightful adults.


  • Credentialed as an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation
  • Awarded CoachU Graduate on completion of the Advanced Coaching program and working towards achieving Professional Coach standing with the ICF
  • Licensed to deliver The Coaching Clinic®
  • Licensed to administer EQ-I 2.0 Emotional Intelligence instruments in individual and 360 degree contexts
  • Accredited to use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Accredited to use the Management Team Roles Indicator (MTR-i), Bronze and Silver Award
  • Certificate of Mediation from  The Accord Group
  • Completed the 5 day Investigator’s Course at Charles Sturt University (JST409 Investigative Processes)
  • Accredited NTPS Job Evaluator for the Mercer Dell Job Evaluation System
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Executive Management, Charles Darwin University
  • Company Directors Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors 2001
  • Advanced Management Program at the Australian Administrative Staff College, Mt Eliza, Victoria
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training