Barbara Baikie and Dolores Cummins climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, in 2011.
Friends for a lifetime and business partners, Barbara and Dolores are management consultants, group facilitators and executive and leadership coaches who share their diverse and challenging life experiences to help clients make meaningful changes in both workplaces and personal lives.
Barbara is a counsellor, HBDI® certified practitioner and a certified executive coach. She grew up on a farm in rural Australia, attending a school with just nine pupils before becoming a small fish in a very big pond as one of 1500 students at her high school. Barbara worked in a pathology laboratory for six years after school, married young, lived on a farm and had two sons, before returning to study as a mature age student. She holds Bachelor and Master degrees as well as a graduate certificate in management and is working on a doctoral thesis.
Barbara has worked in local, state and federal government spheres, including senior executive positions, leading initiatives in the challenging areas of child protection and juvenile justice and disability services. She lectured in social science at Charles Sturt University for six years.
Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1991, Barbara is healthier than ever today with a level of fitness belying her age. Over the past ten years, Barbara has taken her personal challenges to great heights, scaling the Himalayas, the Andes and most recently, Mt Kilimanjaro.
Barbara lives in Canberra with her second husband, Peter.
Irish-born Dolores brings business acumen, academic perspective and industry experience to clients’ workplaces. She also brings compassion, respect and courage borne of her own life challenges.
Dolores has worked extensively throughout Europe and Australia. Her early career in human resource management exposed Dolores to many organisational requirements. Career highlights include founding a multi-denominational school in Ireland, now part of a fast-growing network across that nation; initiating a new vision and strategic plan as chairman of SIDS; managing litigation proceedings following New South Wales’ Chelmsford Royal Commission into mental health services; and working with the European Parliament and European Union.
A compulsive people watcher, Dolores is tertiary qualified in applied psychology and anthropology and is a qualified Master Practitioner of neuro-linguistics. She is a doctoral candidate exploring the impact of diversity in organisational leadership and a sessional lecturer with the business school of Queensland University of Technology.
Dolores can be found in Brisbane with her family when she’s not trekking or climbing mountains.