Work History

Work History
2000 - Present

Director and Principal Consultant

Emergence International Pty Ltd

Established a successful Executive Coaching, facilitation and organisational change consulting business with Australian Federal public sector agencies as the key clients.

1996 - 1999

Chief Education Officer

NSW Department of Education and Training
  • Led the implementation of mandatory annual reporting and the introduction of annual self-evaluation across a group of 100 schools.
  • Led a team engaged in responding to the Wood Royal Commission.
1994 - 1995

Director of Schools

NSW Department of Education and Training

Managed the performance and development of the Principals of a group of 30 schools to ensure high quality educational outcomes, student welfare and community engagement.

1992 - 1993


NSW Department of Education

Led the re-vitalisation of a secondary school to ensure that its curriculum and teaching practices met the needs of a changing student population and the expectation of parents and the community.

1990 - 1991

Principal Education Officer

NSW Department of Education

Led the planning for and implementation of curriculum and program support services across the north-west region of NSW.



Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training

Enterprise Training Company
1991 - 1992

Postgraduate Bachelor of Education (Distinction)

Charles Sturt University
1976 - 1977

Diploma of Education

Kuringai College of Advanced Education
1971 - 1972

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)



I’m Phillip Bonser I am a coach, facilitator, organisational change consultant, teacher and writer.

I grew up in Sydney, Australia and, somewhat by accident, started my working life as a secondary school teacher. I discovered, after a while, that I liked what I was doing and began my lifelong fascination with how we learn and come to know things. I was fortunate, in the course of my career, to be able to have a go at a diverse range of roles: teaching; managing teachers, consulting,  managing consultants, managing equity programs and organisational change interventions, leading a school and then a school district; creating and implementing new policy and reform. Needless to say I learned a great deal!

After a nearly twenty-five year, though, I decided it was time to take a new direction and, like many others, began coaching, facilitating and consulting, mostly to public sector and not-for-profit clients. To find out more about my work you could have a look at the What I Do page on my website.

I am most interested in helping people in organisations have the conversations they need to in oder to initiate and sustain the changes they want to see in the way they work together and the results they generate.


My goal is to help individuals and organisations  transform their performance and results in the pursuit of significant goals, intentions and visions. At the same time I seek to help them become better prepared to meet the complex and unpredictable challenges of today’s world.





Over the past nine years I have facilitated a large number of strategic and business planning processes, leadership and team development programs and change initiatives in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Recent facilitation clients/projects have included:   AusAid Indonesia Group – Senior Management Meeting 2008. Indonesia Branch - strategic planning and policy development Pakistan and Afghanistan Taskforce – strategic and business planning. Humanitarian and Emergency Branch – senior leadership team/Branch development session. Corporate Enabling Division - three day Corporate Knowledge Sharing Network workshop 2009. Australian Education International Sector Engagement – School Sector Roundtable 2008. Offshore Network – workshop to obtain feedback from overseas based staff re issues, opportunities and challenges. Corporate Unit – team and business relationship development session Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Childcare Programs Branch – Branch planning and policy development Workforce Development Branch – Branch planning and policy development Industry Engagement Branch – Branch planning and policy development Australian Apprenticeships Branch – business re-development and planning Higher Education Quality Branch – exploration and development of policy options Tertiary Group - Policy, Funding and Performance Branch - exploring the current context and high-level strategic planning.

Executive Coaching



The Skilled Facilitator

Roger Schwarz and Associates

Leadership Development Profile

Harthill Consulting

Level 2 Executive Coach

Institute of Executive Coaching (Australia)