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.
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.
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.
Olivia Powell is passionate about three things; fun, adventure and growth. Over the past 12 years, she has spent her time mastering the skill of facilitation, beginning with her time working with the Reach Foundation, where she delivered workshops for over 16,500 young people, and created and delivered more than 30 weekend camps and retreats. When she wasn’t in workshops creating spaces for people to explore their own greatness, she was on an adventure trying to discover her own. Spending her time volunteering in India, solo backpacking through South America, scuba diving in Honduras or training Muay Thai in Thailand.
Olivia has a unique gift of creativity, emotional intelligence and people connection. She has mastered the skills of content creation, team enrolment and leadership development and flourishes in building relationships with people from all walks of life. Walking the Everest Base Camp Trek for the first time in 2017 with Resilience for Teens, awoke an excitement in Olivia to continue to bring together her love for travel and adventure with the search for greatness.
Sanduk has been a Himalayan climbing guide most of his life. He began climbing Mt Everest at 16 years of age and at 33 he has successfully climbed the world’s highest mountain 11 times. Sanduk is renowned as one of the world’s most elite high altitude performers.
He has survived unimaginable hardship and tragedy on some of the world’s highest and most challenging peaks. Sanduk is now a leader and facilitator on our Resilience for Teens programs. His humility, empathy, courage and determination form the backdrop to a unique character that never fails to inspire and motivate.