Andy Roberts – coach, workshop facilitator, keynote speaker, lecturer
Andy Roberts is a former corporate finance specialist with twelve years of experience at KPMG in London and Sydney. In 2004 he began a new and exciting career in leadership coaching and wellbeing.
In 2006 he took a masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of East London. In 2007 he became an accredited emotional intelligence coach using the Mayer Salovey Caruso MSCEIT abilities based assessment model.
In 2004 he set up Breathe London, which has grown to become a forty-practitioner integrated mind and body business operating from Covent Garden and Waterloo sites. He was also chairman of youth development charity Yourstory between 2010 and 2018.
In the UK he has run positive psychology workshops in the House of Commons and worked with oil company Amerada Hess, introducing mindfulness programs to their engineering teams. His business partners manage the UK business, and he spends most of the year in Australia.
Global wellbeing programs
He set up Breathe Australia in 2014 and in the last seven years has created emotional intelligence, team engagement and resilience programs for the Sydney Fish Market, Wilmar, Queensland Health, South 32, AECOM, James Cook University, CQ University, HAYS Recruitment, PwC, the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences, the Australian Pork Association, CanTeen and many others.
He lectures in mindfulness and resilience to year one medicine, pharmacy and dentistry students at James Cook University. A recent piece of research, with over one thousand medical students, found that resilience and mindfulness techniques had increased significantly after attending his program, and there was also a reduction in stigma associated with mental health. He has also created online transition programs for students in the College of Medicine and Dentistry moving into their working roles and an eight module emotional intelligence program for Mater Health hospital.
He divides his time between his home in Sydney, North Queensland and his business in London.
“Back in 1999, I worked as a senior manager in corporate finance with KPG in Sydney. It was a role I enjoyed. I worked with good people, and it was a joy to be living in Sydney at the time of the Olympics. I was drawn to learning more about the mind and body connection. Whilst working at KPMG, I trained as a massage therapist and subsequently travelled to India to learn to become a yoga teacher.
I’ve been fascinated with yoga and Buddhist mindfulness practices since they form a vital part of my wellbeing practices. Whilst learning to become a yoga teacher, something clicked. It felt so right to learn and to teach. I’ve devoted the last twenty years to learn more about neuroscience and how in many ways modern science is playing catch up these ancient wellbeing systems.
My current role enables me to weave together my consulting experience, knowledge of ancient wellbeing systems, and psychology. "
“Andy is an excellent practitioner and manages to combine his holistic skills with his commercial background in an interesting way. Not only does he have a warm and engaging personality, but he has a very clear concept of how to provide wellbeing and coaching services in the commercial sector.”
The Hon. Richard Alston Australian High Commissioner to the UK (2005 to 2008)