Ian Hutchinson

Expert on Self-Driven Employee Engagement, Self-Leadership & Work Life Balance

Ian Hutchinson is one of Australia's leading lifestyle strategists and an expert in self-driven employee engagement. As the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the lifestyle management agency Life By Design he has worked with Australia's most significant and emerging companies to increase engagement and motivation within their employee groups.

With an extensive background in psychology, business management and career development, Ian brings focus and clarity into peoples' lives with training programs and executive coaching. As a result, those who attend Ian's presentations and workshops are equipped with the tools to live happier, more balanced and less stressed lives.

With a background in theatre sport, Ian is a dynamic and entertaining presenter. His unique ability to cut through the hype to the heart and soul of what clients want makes his advice, sure-fire tools, systems and integrated programs invaluable.  His interactive and fun presentations are motivational, relevant and down-to-earth with a real 'take home' value.

Ian's Lifestyle Strategy has been profiled throughout the media, including Today Tonight (Channel 7), The Today Show (Channel 9), People Dimensions (ABC TV), The Business Skills Channel and numerous radio programs and magazines including The New York Times. Ian has a Bachelor of Business Degree in Management and Marketing, a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and is a presenter at the Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney.  He is the author of the Lifestyle-Driven Financial Planner, People Glue - Employee Engagement & Retention Solutions That Stick! and 52 Strategies to Work Life Balance.

Ian Hutchinson has consulted to businesses in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has worked with most of Australia's Top 10 companies, many Best Employers and organisations including Westpac, McDonalds, Coke, PWC, Ernst & Young, MLC, ING, NAB, ANZ, AMP, Macquarie Bank, Perpetual Investments, CBA, BT as well as small dynamic groups such as Boost Juice, Flight Centre and Bakers Delight.

Prior to establishing Life by Design Ian was International Marketing Manager with Thredbo Ski Resort. He is also a three-time Ironman Triathlete. 

Ian Hutchinson talks about:

  • Employee-activated engagement
  • Talent maximisation
  • Self-responsibility approach to employee engagement
  • Leadership development
  • Self-leadership
  • Work/life balance

His two most popular keynotes are:

People Glue: for all people leaders - increasing people leaders' ability to confidently engage and motivate their people, maximising performance and productivity in teams.

Self-Leadership: for all individuals - maximises individuals' ability to take control of their own engagement in work and life, creating a motivated, self-responsible culture.

Client testimonials

Nothing Short of Outstanding... Incredible.


Your presentation at our conference was rated ‘the most useful session’…very impressive, interactive and fun, everyone took something away for themselves and their business.

Randstad (4 times Best Employer)

Life by Design's self-driven approach to engagement has created a real positive buzz throughout our organisation that has increased individuals capability in taking control at a critical time of change for Pfizer.


Highly recommended. 9 out of 10. Provides a different perspective on employee engagement and practical solutions on how to improve it.


Our Hewitt Employee Engagement scores have gone up 9 points in the last 12 months since using meCentral.com - thanks for your continuing help in becoming a genuine Employer of Choice.


Ian's deep insights into self-leadership and individual/team engagement are thought provoking and ideal for leaders looking for practical ways to build empowerment within their teams.


Ian’s work was a critical element in our Hewitt engagement scores moving from 46% to 73%. He combines a deep knowledge of human motivation and behavioural change with real world practical processes to make change simple.

3 Mobile

Ian’s work on the Employee [Activated] Engagement is a new generation philosophy for insightful HR, people leaders and employees.


The highlight of the conference and I am already seeing the results. He is a passionate and engaging speaker with a wealth of knowledge on the subject.

Serco Australia

Your presentation at our conference was rated ‘the most useful session’…very impressive, interactive and fun, everyone took something away for themselves and their business.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia