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Dugald, also known as The Barefoot Coach™, is Founder and Director of Seventh Wave, a boutique business that specializes in providing bespoke programs designed to maximize the performance of individuals, teams and organizations by unleashing the potential within.

Dugald is known for innovative approaches that deliver extraordinary results.

He is passionate and enthusiastic about helping to unlock the potential in individuals, teams and organisations. He brings enthusiasm, energy, a fresh perspective and a warm sense of humour to his work and loves to inject inspiration to those he connects with.

Dugald utilises a solution-focused approach , drawing on N.L.P. techniques and the fundamental principles of Positive Psychology to create an energetic and uplifting experience for clients.

Coach. Facilitator. Speaker.
Dugald coaches at all levels, from Team Leaders and Frontline staff through to Senior Executives; working with high-flyers through to poor performers. He has logged hundreds of coaching hours, is an Associate Certified Coach of the International Coach Federation, and a former member of the Victorian Chapter’s Leadership Team. Dugald currently sits on the Executive Coaching Panels at several organisations. At ANZ, two of his clients received the CEO’s top 100 performer awards from over 40000 staff in recent years.

Dugald’s coaching experience began at ANZ, where he worked for 7 years. As a Senior Manager, Dugald’s role encompassed coaching, consulting, design & facilitation of high performance programs.

Collaborating with senior teams, Dugald delivered outcomes designed to create inspiring leadership and increased performance. Dugald is an accomplished facilitator, having delivered workshops for thousands of satisfied participants. He specialises in the design and facilitation of workshops, team days and coaching programs tailored to suit the needs of the client.

A consummate speaker, Dugald delivers keynotes designed to inspire, engage and uplift. His most recent topic, “The Barefoot Coach Approach – Balance, Flow and Peak Performance”, has been crafted with fresh thinking. from the unique experiences shared with clients over the last few years.

Seventh Wave provides innovative solutions where clients benefit from programs designed specifically to leverage key strengths, maximize energy, and target growth opportunities.

Founded in May 2008, Seventh Wave provides Extraordinary Leadership Development, Outperformance Coaching, Unique Team Offsites, Dynamic Keynote Speaking, and Skill Development Workshops for Coaching, Leadership and Facilitation – with clients in the corporate, government, health-care, and not-for-profit sectors.

The incredible success of Seventh Wave is largely due to its business model. By partnering with clients that are seeking to develop their business through strategic investment in their people, Seventh Wave is able to utilize strategies rarely seen in the business world.

In 2009, Seventh Wave was nominated for a Business3000 award for innovative work in the field of Peak Performance of individuals and teams in the corporate world (with unique offerings like The BoardMeeting™ and The RoadTrip™ leading the way). In 2011, The BoardMeeting™ was a finalist in the ANZI Coaching Product of the Year awards. Dugald has appeared in articles in the Herald Sun newspaper, Stab magazine, SUPmag and CEO magazine

ANZ, NAB, Bankwest, ME Bank, Caterpillar, Department of Transport (Vic), Ratio Consultants, Queensland Health, Salvation Army, Plan Australia, City West Water, Ambulance Victoria, SCT, Blocks Global, Rip Curl, NSW Local Government, Hail Design, OnePath, Ernst & Young, Olympus, Biggin & Scott, Telstra, Brambles, the Australian College of Optometry, CPA, Medibank, Melbourne City FC, DesignInc. Interbrand, Australia Post, Kids Under Cover, BigSky, Australian Scholastics Group, kikki. K, CHEP, RMIT University, Calvary Care, Crowley Aged Care, Monarch Institute, Harvey Norman, IFEA, Moose, Slater & Gordon, UXC Direct


Bachelor of Science
Diploma in Education
Graduate Certificate Environmental Science
Certificate IV in Business and Personal Coaching
Certified Practitioner, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Erickson University
Associate Certified Coach, International Coach Federation
Accredited Frameworks for Change Coach
Values Centre Consultant (CTT) and Leadership Values Assessment (LVA) Coach
Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner
DiSC accredited (Integer)
Former MCT and MCSE (Microsoft Certified Trainer and Systems Engineer)

Dugald Christie-Johnston
The Barefoot Coach



PO Box 270
VIC 3078

Mobile + 61 425 791 726
Skype: dugald.christie.johnston


Lastly, but by no means least…
Dugald is married to Kellie, father of Soleil and Tore, and is a keen surfer and music lover.

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