CV Snapshot - Alan Forsyth

Now a leader, writer and performer, I continue to engage and work with people in achieving outcomes in a variety of domains including business, education and community.

The following highlights some key achievements over the last twenty or so years. Please go to  for a more traditional CV.


  • Five Gifts Flourishing is wrapped up and ready to go, distilling 30 years of transformational work into a practical book that helps people discover their own gifts and transform their own lives. Available late 2019.

  • Eloquent, entertaining serialised literary pieces available for discovery on

  • Achieved several published journalistic pieces in local newspapers and publications facilitating change in community.


  • Secretary of the Scottish Men's Shed Association until 2018, leading, promoting and supporting the development of men's sheds across Scotland.

  • Chairman of The Men of Leith Men's Shed for almost four years, actively reducing social isolation and promoting connection among men in Leith and Edinburgh.

  • Creating the first ever Senior Men's Group in Morningside at the Open Door, developing this valuable resource in record breaking time and on a shoe string budget.  

  • Managing the transformation of the Monash Men's Shed from a men's club to a vital and sustainable community organisation meeting the needs of around 180 men.

  • Playing a leadership role in the inception and creation of Phoenix Park, a children's playground built with 1500 volunteers in less than a week on a meager budget of less than $200,000.00.

  • Working as a Board Member, coach and facilitator to intrinsically support Opening Doors, a potent community leadership development program that continues to produce leaders equipped to create positive change in their communities in pursuit of social inclusion.

  • Brokering community business partnerships for mutual benefit including connecting Monash Men's Shed with Lend Lease, a relationship that has lasted over two years and yielded benefits for both parties


  • Helping underprivileged and homeless youth on the streets of Melbourne as a volunteer on the the Whitelion / Open Family outreach facility, the Chatterbox bus.

  • Facilitating engaging sessions at the inspirational Rotary Youth Leadership Association, RYLA program for over sixteen years.

  • Designing bespoke leadership development programs for students at the prestigious Korowa Anglican Girl's School and for unemployed youth at Banyule City Council.

  • Contributing to the development of young people as a former Scout Leader with the Australian Scouting Movement.


  • Developing a collaborative approach to making change work that resulted in significant performance and productivity improvements.  Examples include the comprehensive shift in culture and practice facilitated in Yellow Pages Australia, particularly Queensland.  Working as an internal and external consultant with many household companies like Bank of Melbourne / Westpac, Wellington Shire Council, Simplot, Telstra, Coles Myer, AXA, Medicare and Thompson Learning International.

  • Founding diyLIFE Pty.Ltd., a unique consultancy providing executive coaching, organisational learning, change and community business partnership solutions to a myriad of household name businesses small companies and community clients.

Academic Qualifications

  • Graduation in the Mindful Life Program, a highly successful and intensive U.S. course in mindfulness, Buddhist psychology and personal transformation. 2019.

  •  Post Graduate Diploma of Education – The University of Melbourne 2005.

  • Graduate Diploma of Ontological Coaching - Newfield Australia.  2003.

  • Master Practitioner in The Art & Science of Neuro Linguistic Programming (N.L.P.) - Neuroads Australia.  Completed 1995.

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Organisation Change & Development.  Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (R.M.I.T.) Completed 1991.

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree (Majors in Psychology & Literature).  Swinburne University. Completed 1981.

 Professional / Community Membership /  Support

The Rock Choir, Edinburgh 

Former Trustee & Member, Braidburn Valley Park, Edinburgh.

Member of the Edinburgh University of the Third Age.

Member of the Australian & Scottish Men’s Shed Associations.

Rotary Australia – Voluntary support of youth leadership from 2000 - 2017.

The Opening Door Community Leadership Program - Board member and active supporter until 2015.

Scouting Association of Australia – Former Scout Leader.

Testimonials and additional references are available on request.