The NR team

The team at New River includes individuals with diverse experience, however we all share a passion for growing leadership capacity in individuals and fostering positive organisations that effectively achieve their goals.

Peter Kaldor | Sophie Paterson | Ben Weir | Naomi Nash | Susan Kaldor | Paula Taylor Stephen Healey 

Peter Kaldor | Director and Senior Researcher

Peter Kaldor Experience:  Founder of New River Peter is a writer, researcher, partnership-builder, innovator and experience-based educator. He was founding director of NCLS Research, and is an honorary research fellow of the School of Psychology and Social Science at Edith Cowan University. He has been involved in research into personal and community wellbeing, values, spirituality, social capital, community development as well as patterns of effective leadership and the importance of working with our strengths. He has written a range of publications including “Building Stronger Communities” and “Lead with your Strengths“. He has spent a lifetime synthesising learning from different disciplines and ways of thinking. Peter has carried out extensive research into effective and sustainable leadership drawing on large scale survey research, insights from a range of leadership theorists, positive psychology, asset-based planning, community development and personal development. It is on this work that the theoretical foundations of New River are based.

Specialties: Designing custom leadership programs for organisations, presentation of theory, writing, facilitation, fostering new partnerships and initiatives
Interests: An avid walker in wilderness Tasmania and traveller in remote desert areas, Peter is concerned about the environment and social justice, and has always loved being in small, committed teams.

Core purposes: Peter is concerned to help people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the leadership strengths they bring and to make a positive and sustainable difference wherever they are. Also assisting organisations to become more effective in engaging change, navigating complexity and implementing strengths-based capacity building for staff.

Ph: 0419 279 745  | Email:  LinkedIn:Peter Kaldor

Naomi Nash | CEO

Experience: Naomi has been associated with New River since 2008, participating in the Rethinking Leadership course and then later coming on board as a  technology assistant, facilitator and into her current role. Naomi has worked with social welfare agencies, schools, executives and individuals to explore leadership and cultural change. Naomi Nash Specialties: Listening deeply to organisational story, encouraging individuals, workshop facilitation, fostering positivity and building partnerships.

Qualifications: B. Info Tech, B. Teaching (Secondary), Professional Certificate in ProccessWork(Current), Cert IV TAE
Interests: Guitar, surfing, creative writing, remote Australian travel, friends, food & wine
Core purposes: Creating experiences that unlock potential
Ph: 0407 908 748 | Email: | LinkedIn: Naomi Nash

Sue Kaldor | Director. Facilitator Experience: Community development, counselling in mental health and relationships, consulting with large and small organisations for problem solving and growing leadership capacity, Leadership Intensives for people from many different backgrounds.Meet the team - Sue Kaldor
Specialties: Workshop facilitation, empowering groups and individuals to find hope and to grow their capacity to work together. Counselling and coaching.
Qualifications: B/Arts Social Work (UNSW), Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Jansen Newman Institute)
Interests:Lover of people in general, family and her two dogs. Sue is in her element in the bush, the desert, the beach or the snow – anything natural.
Core purposes: Growing a sense of community where all flourish, making spaces for reflection, discovering the stories of resilience within.
Ph: 0425 209 231 | Email: |LinkedIn: Sue Kaldor

Paula Taylor | FacilitatorPaula Taylor Experience:  Paula is a qualified professional with a diverse wealth of experience combining corporate management, consulting, recruitment, training and small business management from which to draw. Originally trained as a teacher, Paula spent 12 years working in  corporate HR management roles. She then worked as a consultant in marketing, recruitment and training before taking on the running of her own small importing business. In the last 5 years Paula has pursued her passion for people and to help them help themselves.  Facilitating with New River, alongside coaching individuals allows her to see more people people happier, more empowered, more resilient and energised.
Specialities: Facilitation, positivity, business development, marketing and coaching
Qualifications: B/Arts (Communications and Psychology), Dip Education Macquarie (Macquarie University), Level 3 Accreditation Executive Coach – Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership
Interests: Loves people, walking, writing, reading, travelling, cooking, pilates and tennis
Core Purposes: Helping people grow and learn and to realise their true potential.
Ph: 0412 073 584 | Email: | LinkedIn: | Paula Taylor

Ben Weir | FacilitatorMeet the team  - Ben Weir Experience: Ben has been involved with New River since its inception, helping groups, students, teachers and schools explore reflective learning that grows and develops both individuals and the larger group. Ben is a qualified counsellor and qualified teacher and enjoys bringing these two worlds of knowledge and practice together
Specialities: Curating learning experiences, asking questions that ignite reflection, working with schools (students and teachers) integrating different streams of knowledge and practice, teaching any body to do a handstand   Qualifications: B. Teaching (Uni Western Sydney) , Masters of Counselling (Jansen Newman Institute)
Interests: Ben loves yoga, learning circus skills, visual arts, trees and cheese. Core Purposes: Helping people explore who they are, so they can make the most of what they bring to every moment.
Ph: 0401 077 404 | Email: | LinkedIn: Ben Weir

Sophie Paterson | Facilitator Experience: Sophie is one of our newest additions, joining our schools team having worked in NSW public schools as a teacher, leader, mentor and curriculum coordinator.  Sophie has a passion for educational leadership and 21st century pedagogy and is accredited as a Lead teacher with the NSW BOSTES. Sophie brings her experience to our schools team, who partner with students, staff, school executive and community members to explore leadership and change in a school context. Meet the team - Sophie Paterson
Specialties: Exploring system change, coaching, creating positive teams, AITSL teaching and principal standards.
Interests: When she isn’t running with her dog or planning her next bushwalk, Sophie can be found playing trivia at the pub and creating edible gluten free meals.
Qualifications: B/Arts Dip Education (Macquarie University), Coach (Masters of Coaching Psych. Sydney Uni, Growth Coaching International), Cert IV Training & Assessment Core purposes: Creating learning moments for individuals that unlock potential and purpose for people to make a difference where they are.
Ph: 0416 040 786 | Email: | LinkedIn: Sophie Paterson

Stephen Healey | Facilitator

Experience: Stephen has extensive experience in the human resources field including, training design, delivery and evaluation, facilitation, complex project management, leadership capability development and change management. As a keen researcher and learner he continues to bring new insights into the challenges of connecting strategic and operational business needs with people capability and learning.

Stephen has project managed, designed and delivered large-scale integrated leadership capability development programs including business coaching, accelerated learning workshops, action learning and facilitated cultural immersion experiences.

Specialties: Leadership development and agility, business coaching, strategy health, writing, learning design.

Interests: Loves listening to and playing music, bush walking, kayaking, and advocating for those on the margins of our society

Qualifications:  BTheology, Grad Dip Applied Science, Grad Dip Missiology, ADip Project Management, Senior Coach-Action Learning (WIAL), CertIV TAE

Core purposes: To create safe, surprising and generative learning communities and experiences