About Graeme Cowan

In his earlier career he worked in senior leadership positions with Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and AT Kearney. In 2000 he went through a 5 year episode of depression that his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated.

He emerged from this crisis with a different view about how we can increase our resilience, mood, and performance. He is described by the Australian Financial Review as a “workplace resilience expert”.

He is the author of 5 books, including the internationally acclaimed BACK FROM THE BRINK, which has a testimonial from the former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and which has become a best seller in China.

In 2009, Graeme helped start R U OK? and is an active Board Director. He recently Co-Founded a social enterprise called FactorC which is dedicated to creating digital solutions to build more caring and mentally healthy teams. They have already won SMART100 and 3 top LearnX awards for their programs.

Graeme lives beside Sydney’s Lane Cove National Park with his wife Karen, and enjoys bushwalking around Australia and around the world. He loves spending time with family and friends eating great food.


I’ve used Graeme three times to help my leaders focus on what they can control. We walk away with tools, activities, and stories that we can use for ourselves, our teams, and in our personal lives. He cares and is definitely someone to work if you value your team’s resilience & wellbeing.

Gregg Harris - GM, NAB

Graeme Cowan is at the forefront of research around what is needed to thrive in the rapidly changing world of work. Our clients often engage Graeme beyond the event, to continue the conversation. He has his finger on the pulse of what business needs today.

Peter Jack - Founder, EMG Events

I cannot recommend Graeme Cowan highly enough. All participants felt energized and focused on putting his ideas into action.

David Ploenges, People, Safety, and Culture Director - Serco

Many of our leaders said that your presentation was the best they had seen at a Partner's meeting - and we have had some great speakers - so that says it all. I would recommend you to any CEO who is interested in the sustainable success of their leadership team.

Gary McDiarmid, CEO - Russel McVeagh (New Zealand's largest law firm)

Graeme has a compelling story that should be heard! He was a keynote speaker at a recent series of team forums we held around the country with great feedback from the team. A few quotable quotes... "Very inspiring, and a good reminder of what makes work and life great." "Good tips on helping people you know with mental health issues." "Powerful story, with great reflection points."

Tim Steele, GM - MLC

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