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About Culture Zone

Culture Zone is a boutique people and culture consultancy.
We support leaders and teams in creating companies renowned for being great places to work.

Nancy sitting at a table, smiling and talking with Kate

What to expect from us

Empathy

Fulfil your leadership potential, transition to your next brilliant career. Be a more balanced, emotionally intelligent human. Infuse everything you do with purpose and joy.

Curiosity

We are genuinely interested in you and curious about how you tick - your values, hopes, motivations, needs, and dreams.

Authenticity 

You’ll find a safe space to be you – just as you are. We’re us; what you see is what you get. No hidden agendas and no barriers to progress. 

Action

That spark you need to get motivated and emotionally fit to act and change and grow; we provide that. The follow-through to stay on track and do amazing things, you’ll get that too. 

Kate Chaffer, Co-Founder and Director of Culture Zone

Kate Chaffer

Co-Founder and Director

I’ve been helping humans build positive, purpose-driven workplace cultures for over twenty years. 

Before I joined forces with Nancy (best mates since we were eighteen) to found Culture Zone, I managed a myriad of organisational change initiatives and programs for global management consultants Kearney.
Before joining Kearney, I supported people and culture development for top-tier accountants PwC and Capita Financial Group. 

In short, in a long and fruitful career in people and culture and leadership development across the Asia Pacific region, I’ve seen and supported leaders and teams to rise to every imaginable professional challenge. 


I’ve had the privilege of helping numerous leaders fulfil their responsibility for building thriving cultures that promote purpose, meaning, and joy.  

My practice is grounded in the science and principles underpinning positive psychology and emotional intelligence. Work with me, and we’ll develop your strengths and self-awareness. You’ll learn to tap your talent and potential by doing practical, transformational work so you can grow on every level.

Outside of doing the work I love, you’ll find me in the ocean, at Pilates, planning the next adventure with my family of avid travellers or stretching my budget to support another of our amazing emerging artists.  

All the cred

  • Bachelor in Adult Education, University of Technology Sydney 

  • Graduate Diploma in Counseling, Sydney University

  • Professional Development Certificate in Executive Coaching Institute of Coaching and Consulting Psychology (ICCP) University of Sydney 

  • Advanced Emotional Intelligence training, with Dr Susan David, Evidence Psychology, Melbourne University

  • Certificate in Positive Psychology, Harvard University

  • Certified Mental Health First Aider 

  • Accredited NLP Practitioner 

  • Professional Member - Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA)

Accredited to deliver 

  • Emotional Intelligence Ability Testing (MSCEIT)  

  • Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI)

  • Gallup Clifton Strengths practitioner

  • Langley Strengths Profile Diagnostic

  • DiSC/MBTI/HBDI personality diagnostics

  • 360 feedback diagnostics LSI and The Leadership Circle (TLC) 

Nancy Hromin, Co-Founder and Director of Culture Zone

Nancy Hromin

Co-Founder and Director

I’ve always been insatiably curious about what makes us tick. So, armed with a psych degree and a Masters in Business, I began my career in organisational and leadership development. 

A career-defining role as the Head of Transformation and Discovery at Murdoch Magazines opened my eyes to the power of a great culture.

Our CEO described his job as ‘10% financials and 90% culture.’ His leadership helped build a purpose-driven company. Murdoch Magazines was THE place where everyone wanted to work.

Supporting entire organisations or targeted teams to realise their collective potential satisfied my penchant for purposeful, difference-making work.  

But over time, I was more and more drawn to one-on-one coaching. The process is bespoke, the transformations remarkable and enduring. Few things are satisfying or humbling as being stopped in the street by former clients who attribute some significant part of their success to our work together.  

Kate and I founded Culture Zone to create an ethos and a working environment defined by freedom, flexibility and fun. We can do whatever it takes to meet your brief. If being agile, adaptive and simply downright awesome are the attributes you’re keen to develop, we can help.

Besides being immersed in Culture Zone, I’m also an adviser to The Sydney Festival CEO and Executive Director of the creative agency and Culture Zone partner company, Misfit Media Company.

All the cred

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New South Wales

  • Masters in Business, University of Technology Sydney 

  • Certificate in Positive Psychology, Harvard University 

Suzanne Biollo, Senior Consultant at Culture Zone

Suzanne Biollo

Senior Consultant

I'm a fan of measurable, immediate, high-impact change. Executive and leadership coaching delivers transformative change for my clients and everyone connected to them. That's why I love it. 

My career in organisational learning and development spans twenty years and three continents.  Sample clients include 3P Learning, Prudential Insurance (Asia), Central World Group (Thailand), AMP, Commonwealth Bank, Avant Insurance, NSW Police, and Ernst and Young.

Before my passion for people and culture leadership took hold, I did everything imaginable in human resources, and I still have my HR edge. If attracting and retaining top talent is among your organisation's challenges, I can help. 

Coaching is my jam. But, I also lectured MBA and postgraduate business students in P&C and leadership at the University of Technology, Sydney Graduate School of Business, for 12 years.

If you need engaging, effective training modules designed and delivered for leaders of all levels and every ilk, I do that too. 

I'm a work in progress. Outside of work, you'll find me being a wife, parent, friend and mentor planning my next travel adventure, enjoying art or music or dancing for fitness and fun.  

All the cred

  • Master of Business Administration, University of Technology, Sydney

  • Couples and Families Counselling Certificate, UNIFAM

  • Personnel Management Certificate, TAFE

  • Zonta University of Technology MBA Woman Graduate of the Year Award for Excellence

Accredited to deliver 

  • Lominger Voice Competency Tool

  • MSCEIT Emotional Intelligence Ability Test 

  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator 

  • DISC Leadership Tools 

  • Hogan Personality Inventory, Values and Derailers 

  • Certified NLP Practitioner

"Working with Kate is always a pleasure.

She takes the time to understand our issues, our culture and our team and then guides us to challenge our assumptions to arrive at outcomes that actually work and have the buy-in of all involved. She is entirely trusted by our senior team when it comes to any profiling or coaching, which allows thought-provoking conversations to take place at that level."

- Allana Burns, Senior HR Consultant, Harrison Human Resources

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