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Business Overview

At PoleVault we assist talented individuals and companies in taking their game to the next level. We’re experts in behaviour change. But we’re different, we’re not like the numerous other ‘experts’ who will simply rehash information you can find in a Google search. We’ll help you make the complex simple, align it with your values and actually deliver behaviour change. We’re here to help you surpass your goals across productivity, success, team confidence and organisation.



Our Directors

Meet our directors, they practice what they preach. They’re experts minus the ego and are genuinely interested in helping you shine and working with you. At PoleVault, our team is all about delivering measurable results in a way that works for you.

Julie Edwards, M.Ed. B.Ed

Meet Julie, as well as topping her masters degree in education and corporate learning at UWA, she is able to combine logic with intuition to solve problems on her feet. Julie also turns complex models in to simple application via her personal mission statement of “growing by sharing and celebrating simplicity, decadence and passion in everything I do.”

But above all, Julie uses her 15 plus years of experience in the business world and deep understanding of human behaviour to solve your problems through a process that’s easy and feels right for you. Julie’s breadth of experience means that within an hour of meeting you she will likely know your personal challenges better than your closest confidant. Her joy comes from bringing to life the best results for you, she genuinely thrives off helping and working with new teams and individuals.

No problem is too small or too big for Julie, she’s by your side each step of the way and can guarantee quick rapport and measurable results, or else your money is handed right back. Or, Julie will be there to celebrate along side you and and your team at each point of success.

Read Julie Edwards, M.Ed. B.Ed's Bio

Ryt Valiukenas, AIPC

Meet Ryt, he’s our motivator. He’s an unbelievably creative thinker, waiting to design a unique, specific learning scenario for you and your team. He loves sharing his knowledge as a key note speaker, and has worked up a reputation for his motivational effect on people.

Ryt has successfully run and owned many a successful business; from pet food distributors to learning and development companies. His experience is vast, and his enthusiasm is endless. Ryt has a knack for making our complex systems simple and takes pride in delivering measurable results, with impactful benefits.

Ryt comes from a counselling background, and doesn’t shy away from ‘tuff nuts’ issues within your organisation. He takes a genuine interest in your problems, and is eager to talk to you about your solutions.

Read Ryt Valiukenas, AIPC's Bio

Our Approach

The concept of coaching within your team can be hard to grasp, one of our directors, Julie, likes to use this analogy to describe our process:

“One of the hardest day-to-day behaviour changes we struggle with is exercise. I absolutely know how important health is and I have functioning legs, running shoes and the know-how to exercise appropriately for my body and fitness goals, but that doesn’t get me out of bed in the mornings. PoleVault is the behaviour change that gets you out of bed each morning for a run, not just once or twice, but so often it becomes a habit as easy as brushing your teeth”

Does this sound like something your team needs? You aren’t alone, 70% of organisations fail to execute strategy and change on an organisational level. We’re here to help you find the strategic changes you need to ‘get out of bed’ each day.



I am happier, confident and settled, and the business is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. This is in no small part thanks to Julie’s coaching and assistance.  Her highly professional approach, credibility and experience are features of her service.  Julie takes the time to draw out the important issue and then helps me decide on the best course of action.  Best of all, she holds me accountable to what actions I have decided upon.  Oh, and she is also a great “third party” sounding board for venting, offloading and pontificating!

Shannon Cooper, Managing Director, Kennard’s Lift and Shift, Victoria

Julie is not a teacher, she does not focus on technical skills, but she did work with me to identify some underlying issues, which were limiting my effectiveness in the office. Julie has a real skill in asking the right questions to unearth the challenges - she then worked with me to identify the best way to overcome them. I liked that fact that Julie did not give me the answers (I probably would not have listened), but she prompted me to find the answers.  This really worked for me and not only did I feel better equipped to manage the work, I had strong and consistent feedback from my team and even my family that I was 'happier' and more effective. With Julie's help I was able to deliver an almost impossible business transformation, which was very well received by the market. I am very happy to recommend Julie.

GM, Virgin Australia

Many thanks for your time and effort in helping me through the graduate program.  I have taken many valuable learning’s away from the course and discussions with you and have found your approach particularly effective and beneficial to me.  Once again, thank you.  I would like to thank you personally for listening to the issues that I have faced over the last few months and also sharing your own knowledge and experiences with me on how to tackle certain problems when they arise. It definitely has helped me progress to the stage in my career where I find myself today.  Once again thank you.

BHP Billiton Global Graduate Leadership Program

During this process I found Julie an enormous help due to her skill to encourage you to talk about what you don't understand. Julie will draw you out with her facilitating skills and you find yourself resolving your own problems. A short time after I received a substantial promotion and with Julie's coaching and mentoring skills I was able to prepare myself for the new role.

Robert Ryan, Executive General Manager Works Infrastructure (WA)

Thanks to your very attractive, listening and upbeat style. Well presented, interesting, engaging and informative.

Melbourne Water Leadership Program Facilitation feedback

The most rewarding part of coaching with Julie was the breaking down of complex and incredibly confusing situations into simple frameworks for understanding and response, and to understand why I was reacting rather than effectively responding.  Knowing how to positively and pro-actively respond to such situations in the future as a leader is invaluable. Julie’s ability to listen and not judge my situation enabled me to talk openly and seek honest and true guidance.  Julie’s positive perspective and yet realistic and honest opinion (and expertise) provides clarity and pragmatic direction to such challenging situations!  Her experience in coaching, and her ability to relate to your own experience to that of others and her own is invaluable in providing tools, frameworks and anecdotes relevant to encouraging personal change. I am now speaking to be heard, with authority and self-confidence – resulting in enacting positive response and changes to situations where ‘helplessness’ would normally have taken over my response.  I am utilising honest reflection and capturing this to develop strategic thought and direction

Company Director

Julie Edwards has been working with the senior team at SportingPulse to improve communication and to focus the team so that company goals are achieved.  Julie has been a catalyst to changing the way that people think and operate at SportingPulse.  Julie has also helped me to personally focus and find clarity on taking SportingPulse to the next level, that of the international playing field.

Nick Maywald, CEO, SportingPulse

I could only describe the process as being extremely professional and met our needs in details, particularly in the following areas:

  • Relevant to group and individual needs
  • Business focussed, productive and efficient delivery
  • Demanded accountability of attendees
  • Enjoyable
  • Industry compatible content
  • Personal development catered for at all levels
  • Habit forming.
Management could not speak more highly of the quality of training that was delivered and Polevault will be our provider of choice for future training needs.   

Michael Elliot, Finance and Administration Manager, DeBortoli Wines Pty Ltd, Yarra Valley

I have to say that both the program and Julie's preparedness to work the "Good, Bad and Ugly" has been of enormous benefit. She is always available for both formal and informal interactions and at all times has been open and honest with me. The fact that Julie was prepared to personally interview people I have daily interaction with, rather than rely simply on computer models, has been probably the most creative engagement I have experienced.

Wayne Thomason, Executive General Manager, Suncorp

Excellent, very thought provoking. I received really useful suggestions that have given me confidence to try stepping outside my comfort zone.

DMO Leadership program participants coaching feedback

Ever tried to change a work habit? Procrastinating, getting to meetings late, never having enough time to get everything you promised done in a day, working late to make sure it gets done on time, getting staff to work the way you’d like them to or doing too much of the work yourself, letting the paperwork pile up, forever getting interrupted, having to deal with staff attitude problems... I’ve improved the way I work, but my team members have also improved the way they work. That was a big unexpected bonus.”

Mike Morris Executive Director, Civil Contractors Federation

Julie has a keen understanding of the issues faced by those charged with leading the growth and development of their organisation. She spends time understanding the strengths and weaknesses that each of us exhibit and challenges her subjects to step out of their comfort zone in order to work on their weaknesses with the intent of producing better outcomes within their business. Julie has a personable and non - judgemental approach and is readily available to discuss strategy around upcoming events or just day to day issues in managing personnel within the organisation. I would recommend Julie in the role of personal coach or facilitator of a larger group.

Jeff Gallus, General Manager – Southern Region, BMD Constructions Pty Ltd