About Me

Dr Mark Setch MCC

Personal Development & Leadership Coach, Coach Educator, and Mentor

Mark Setch is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).  The MCC is the highest globally recognised credential within the coaching industry.  This credential is held by only a small number of coaches globally and in Australia.  He has mentored  over 500 coaches throughout Australia.  Mark is a Lecturer at the Australian College of Applied Professsions  (ACAP), where he co-ordinates the undergraduate and postgraduate coaching studies.  For  over 30 years Mark also served as a church pastor, and now devotes his time to coaching and coaching education, along with offering mentoring and professional supervision to coaches.

In 2011, after commencing coach training, Mark founded Unleash the Leader (now marksetch.com) as a coaching and training company, in pursuit of his personal vision to enable people to unleash their life and leadership potential.

As a Personal Development and Leadership Coach, Mark has the training, skill, experience and passion to release untapped life and leadership potential within individuals, teams and organisations through individual and group coaching, keynote speaking, and training workshops. Mark’s ability to enable people to discover the root cause of the obstacles to growth and effective leadership have enabled people to step up to a new level of confidence, competence, and fulfillment within their personal and professional life. His clients include managers in business, government, and not-for-profit organisations, small business owners, university lecturers, army officers, ill and injured soldiers, long-term unemployed, pastors, and school chaplains.

This includes almost 1 000 hours of coaching long-term unemployed through The Salvation Army Employment Plus, and over 1 200 hours of coaching ill and injured soldiers within the Australian Army. Complimented by his training in neuro-coaching, Mark has accumulated a wealth of experience in coaching people to be resilient in every aspect of their lives and has applied this with great success when coaching leaders in business and other professional settings.

Mark has served as a Professional Supervisor for Coaches, School Chaplains, and Community Care Workers.

Mark has previously pastored three churches, with the focus of his preaching and teaching being to equip people to live lives of love, grace and hope within their personal and professional lives. He is well-known for his capacity to genuinely relate to people of all ages and walks of life.  For over 30 years he has been sort after as a mentor of emerging young leaders who wish to grow in their ability to live out their faith within their personal and professional life.

Prior to commencing pastoral ministry, Mark worked as an Accountant within the Australian Government, and so all of these expressions of training and experience are part of the fuel that inspired Mark to enable people to unleash their life and leadership potential.

Mark is married to Kerri, his wife of 28 years, and together they have two young adult sons. In his spare time Mark loves to read, walk along the beach, and catch up with friends, especially if good coffee is on the agenda!

Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Bachelor of Theology, a Doctor of Ministry degree, a Diploma of Life Coaching, a Certificate IV in Business, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. He is a Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) & Matrix Therapies.

Combined with his genuine heart for people, Mark’s work has resulted in lasting transformation in people’s lives, which is then positively reflected within in the organisations and communities in which they live, work, and serve.

This is a brief snapshot of Mark’s career. His full CV can be downloaded below.  You can also read Mark’s personal journey below, and the vision and values that inspire him.


My Vision & Values

My Personal Vision – Mark Setch

My personal vision is to enable people to unleash their life and leadership potential.

For me it is an indescribable privilege to serve others, harnessing my training and experience, to enable others to rise up and live out the potential that is within them. Seeing people experience greater fulfillment and leaders experience greater effectiveness and joy – this is what inspires me to get up in the morning!

This vision under-girds and inspires my coaching, training, mentoring, professional supervision and pastoral leadership. Over the last thirty years I have engaged with thousands of people through one or more of these means, and I have consistently discovered that the lack of personal vision or purpose, and/or lack of alignment with that vision, is a key factor in eroding happiness, fulfillment, and effectiveness in one’s career and personal life.

Therefore a key focus of my personal development and leadership coaching is assisting others in discovering and developing their own personal vision or life purpose, and living in alignment with that purpose.


My Values

My key personal values are loving, learning and giving.

Martin Luther King Jr once said “darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  My desire is to relate to all people out of a posture of light and love. I’m certainly not perfect at it – no human being is. Do I mess up at times? For sure! But I genuinely believe that love keeps the light on and the door open and it is reflected through openness, acceptance and respect in a judgment free space

I am a life-long learner. My formal education at graduate and post-graduate level in a variety of disciplines, along with my ongoing informal education, is more than just a hunger for knowledge. The more I know, understand and apply to my own life, the more I can pay it forward to others.

That last statement is a great lead into my next value. I believe that joy and fulfillment come from giving to others. Therefore, it is important for me to take regular time out to re-fill my own tank, so that I am giving to others out of the overflow of my own resources. Giving on an empty tank leads to resentment and burnout. Giving out of the best of who who I am brings joy to me and blessing to others.

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