Get to know us

More about trust than about us.

Trust doesn’t, and shouldn’t, come easily.

When you consider a resilience program for your family, your students, or your staff, you trust us to look after them. That we’ll do what we say we’ll do.

It’s time to gain a little insight into the resilience experts you’ll work with.

"Each of them are special people, entirely focused on getting the best outcomes..."

Jarrod, Resilience for Teens parent and participant

We practice what we preach.

Our facilitators have extensive experience in resilience training and are all resilience experts. We’ve helped AFL and Olympic athletes reach peak performance, and kids as young as twelve trek to Everest Base Camp.

Of course, professional experience is something you expect. And our team has it in spades.

At a personal level, we’ve each needed to draw on the resilience techniques we teach to cope with difficult times.

These experiences are a source of deep empathy, kindness, and motivation to help others face their own inevitable challenges.

Meet our resilience experts

David Buttifant

Resilience and high-performance guru. Coach to elite AFL and Olympic athletes, Doctor in Exercise Physiology, and founder of the N.I.C.K. Foundation.

Resilience Builders Co-Founder David Buttifant is passionate about helping people set new benchmarks and improving their performance. He has worked with elite athletes for over 25 years both at an Olympic level and in the Australian Football League (AFL). His academic background includes a Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Victoria University, an MBA and he is an Associate Professor at Australian Catholic University. David directed the WADA Sanctioned Essendon F. C. Suspended Players Transition Program back into the AFL for the 2017 season. He was the Sports Science Director at the Collingwood FC for thirteen years, Carlton FC for two and North Melbourne FC during the successful period of the mid 1990’s.

Previous to Collingwood, David worked in Sydney at Homebush, with Australian Olympic Athletes preparing for the 2000 Sydney Olympics as the Senior Sports Scientist and as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. After pioneering Altitude Training into the AFL, David has successfully lead over 20 Altitude Training Camps for Elite Athletes and Teams. He is currently on the AFL Research Board and is a director and co-founder of the NICK Foundation, which helps develop wellbeing programs for our youth.

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Nick Farr

Mt. Everest summiteer, high-altitude guide and accomplished resilience facilitator. One of Australia’s favourite speakers on leadership.

Nick Farr is Co-Founder of Resilience Builders and is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most accomplished high altitude athletes and leadership development coaches. He has climbed many of the world’s highest mountains (including Mt Everest) and he has led and coached more than 1000 people in challenging high altitude environments.

Nick has more than 15 years’ experience delivering leadership and resilience workshops and keynotes to schools, athletes, corporates and teams. With a wealth of experience in the logistics, psychology and management of people in difficult and challenging environments, he teaches a unique approach to leadership, resilience and teamwork. Nick’s business experience includes founding and operating Trek Climb Ski Nepal (since 2006) and The Everest Academy (since 2013). He also served for 20 years as a detective with Victoria Police.

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Tika Tamang

Two-time Mt. Everest summiteer and head of our Nepal team. 25 years in Himalayan guiding. The epitome of resilience and mental strength, humility and patience.

Tika Tamang is a respected, veteran Himalayan guide and high altitude leader. Tika has more than 25 years’ experience leading trekking and climbing groups through Nepal, Tibet and India. He has guided clients on several 8000m mountains including Mt Everest, Cho Oyu and Makalu. Tika has been leading resilience and leadership development programs in Nepal since 2013.

Tika has honed his resilience and leadership in unforgiving environments. He combines mental toughness, physical strength and a determination to succeed. His patience, humility and warmth provide powerful insights into highly effective leadership and resilience traits. Tika leads our hand-picked team of Nepalese mountain leaders and he is fluent in several languages.

Maddy Prowse

Maddy completed her Masters in Educational Psychology at the University of Melbourne. She has a wealth of experience as a psychologist in the public, private and catholic education sectors, working with primary and secondary students in one-on-one counselling, and in groups. In a more clinical setting, Maddy has contributed as part of a multidisciplinary team, conducting comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessments. Her skill set includes; counselling, psychological testing and assessment, report writing, clinical screening, risk assessment, group work, and liaising with health professionals.

Maddy uses evidence-based practice, combining psycho-therapeutical techniques from primarily cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and mindfulness.

She currently splits her time between being a School Psychologist in the private education sector, and being mum to an exuberant, all-consuming infant.