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"Marianne is a fantastic leadership coach, who has a keen understanding of executive challenges. She will gently analyse practical examples, often using a blend of academic principles and anecdotal examples to explore real time scenarios, equipping leaders with both the knowledge and the skillset to improve. Her flexibility in approach means a highly applicable and unique training environment for each individual she works with."

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Jonathan Jorgensen 

Head of Trading Operations


"Marianne is a highly skilled coach who is dedicated, professional, knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She provides a good understanding and has a way of reflecting things back that are logical, that make it easier to grasp, brings out your strengths and helps navigating a direction. I am thankful to have her on my side and for the support she provided during my career transition. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for professional coaching on navigating ambiguity and career transitions."

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Himanshu Chuchra

Director Services Sales, Grid Solutions - Asia Pacific, China and Japan

GE Renewable Energy

“Marianne's substantial management experience has aided a great deal in our coaching sessions. Having acquired a new position in a new city, she has coached me in overcoming various challenges and obstacles. Marianne utilises effective tools and draws on her extensive experience to address any situation. I found the sessions to be effective, yielding great results. I would highly recommend Marianne for anyone who seeks coaching.”


Amr Badawy

Senior Project Manager


“Marianne's extensive experience and understanding of international business has been very beneficial for me in our coaching sessions. She is a great listener who is detail oriented and helped me in a very logical format to visualise and explore outcomes in working through some complex personal and professional goals. Her coaching has resulted in positive outcomes for me in managing my goals. I highly recommend Marianne as a coach and consultant.”


Paul Clark

General Manager

Lexus Asia Pacific Division

“Marianne supported me with intercultural training when I was moving to Australia! I am beyond grateful for her knowledge, professionalism and great coaching skills. Moreover, she was always so kind which made a true difference and was so meaningful in such a significant change when you are moving to new country!"

Anna Taletskaya (Filchagova)

Commercial Quality Head

Janssen Australia and New Zealand

"Marianne was a great resource as a leadership coach, assisting me to develop relevant skills to apply to the projects and situations I encountered while working with her and in the future."


Michael Kahn


DesignInc Sydney 

"Marianne is a committed and realistic trainer and coach. I found a lot value in her advice and the way she gets you to look at what you are trying to achieve. She makes solutions to complicated career situations easy to action and understand with her objective and outcome focused nature.
Her ability to ensure you are closing items out and progressing with your commitments its personable and you feel suitably invested in."


Amy Neal 

WHS Group Manager 

A W Edwards

"I would like to thank Marianne for her support and mentorship for the last few years. Marianne is a consummate professional that has an ability to lead and advise during these unprecedented market conditions."


Brad Howell

General Manager

Summit Open Space Services

“Marianne is exceptional at helping people to reach their goals. Marianne brings to her process a powerful, attentive calm and curiosity. She is also very organised and reliable. Marianne has helped me get real clarity. I’d have no hesitation in recommending Marianne as a coach to an executive wanting to lift their performance or someone wanting to be more effective in their life.”

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John Carruthers

CEO & Programs Director

The Everest Academy

“Marianne has been a great coach. I found the sessions we had helpful and motivating and I have been most appreciative of her time, techniques and suggestions.”


Alan Schwartz


AGS Consulting & Training

"I have enjoyed working wirh Marianne in a for-purpose environment. I felt her systems-focussed approach helped the organisation to steady, set sights and grow toward goal. I admired her intelligent thought process and considered response to problems and their solutions.
I am certain that others who will work with her will benefit from her knowledge, skills and experiences."


Peter Holtmann

Former Chairman of the Board

Realise Business 

"Marianne Bateup was contracted by Realise Business and part of the team engaged in 2018 by the Parramatta Light Rail project to deliver independent advice and business support services to businesses affected by light rail construction. During the initial stages of the service delivery, Marianne developed and successfully presented the Advisory Support Plan based on interviews she conducted with key stakeholders, research, learnings from similar projects as well as information provided by the light rail team including business surveys.


In 2019, Marianne’s role expanded managing all facets of the business support services contract with Parramatta Light Rail including managing and coaching the business advisors, marketing and promotion of the business support service to businesses along the light rail alignment as well as other contractual obligations including the delivery of a monthly newsletter for publication.


I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know and working with Marianne who is a consummate professional, always focussed on delivering results and working with her clients to collaboratively meet their requirements. Marianne would be an asset to any team or project."

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Vanessa Ferreira

Manager Engagement & Business Support

Parramatta Light Rail

"I have worked with Marianne in a professional capacity over several years first as a business advisor and subsequently as the Business Connect manager at Realise Business, one of the service providers who deliver the NSW Government’s Business Connect program.


Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help small businesses start, run, adapt or grow. Marianne provided advice and support for small businesses through the Business Connect program from 2018 as a Business Connect advisor and trainer, successfully working with businesses impacted by industry transitions, such as the Point-to-Point Transport industry (Taxis and hire cars) and businesses impacted by the construction of Sydney Light Rail, as well as small businesses requiring general support. Customer feedback and the annual customer satisfaction survey demonstrated high customer satisfaction ratings for Marianne’s support.


In 2019 Marianne took on the role as manager for Realise Business’ Business Connect contract, managing the delivery of services and the relationship with the Department. Marianne’s responsibilities entailed successful contract delivery of all sub-sections of the Business Connect program, which included general advice and business skills training and support to disrupted industries (Point-to-Point transport industry, Sydney Light Rail and the disability sector).


Marianne’s approach to her role and working with the Department was professional, thoughtful and focussed to achieve the aims and outcomes from the perspective of both Business Connect customers and the Department’s objectives in funding the program. Her detailed and collaborative approach meant that performance across the program improved during this period, resulting in the key performance indicators across all aspects of service delivery being met. Marianne took a diligent approach to the delivery of services, requesting regular feedback from the Department during the program to ensure success.


Marianne is an accomplished business advisor and project manager who achieves results and I look forward to working with her again in the future."


Duncan Connor

Program Manager

NSW Treasury

“Marianne has been supporting me with business, strategy and marketing advisory services for years and I have no hesitation recommending Abilitise to any small business wanting to grow.”

David Bateup

Business Owner

Cptn Dave

"Marianne is a very competent trainer...she used good training techniques to probe the students to think outside the square and pushed students to ask questions and to think critically, [she] really drives participation with the whole group during the session and the activities. She allows enough time for the learners to formulate and express themselves...when answering questions and provided good activities to encourage participation."


Marike Janavicius

Program Manager

International House Business College

"My second session with Marianne today, and I thoroughly enjoyed both. She is a great speaker and great at engaging participants!"

Training Course Participant

"You were so easy to listen to and an amazing presenter. Delivering virtually to such a large audience is difficult but you made it seem easy."

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"Just a quick note to say that I found the trainer, Marianne, to be completely wonderful. She was a wealth of knowledge and her ability to transfer that information was equally exemplary. More than that, though, she was personable and approachable and really made the class feel warm and inviting."  

Training Course Participant

"I've really had such a great year in the class and it's been amazing. I really wish you all the best of luck in teaching the class next year, not that you need it because you're an awesome teacher! :)"  

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