Ian Hutchinson

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

Ian Hutchinson is renowned for his no nonsense, ‘self responsibility' approach to employee engagement, which unlocks the potential of employees and motivates them to maximise productivity and performance.

The founder and Chief Engagement Officer (CEO) of Life by Design, he has run employee engagement programs for organisations including Toyota, Westpac, AMP, BT, CBA, NAB, ANZ, Coke, Pepsi, Lend Lease, and Macquarie Bank.

Ian is a Professional Speakers Australia Hall of Fame Speaker and Educator of the Year. Drawing on his background in psychology, business management, career development and theatre sports, he delivers interactive keynote presentations, workshops, training programs and executive coaching that cut through the hype and get straight to the point.

Quickly, simply and effectively, he provides organisations with quick-win tools and systems that simply and easily galvanise employee engagement responsibility across all levels from HR through to people leaders and employees.

Participants are left feeling motivated and engaged with relevant, down-to-earth ‘take home' learnings to put straight into action.

The author of People Glue: Employee Engagement & Retention Solutions That Stick!, Ian has been profiled in the mainstream media by publications including The New York Times, The Australia Financial Review, Business Review Weekly, The Today Show (Channel 9), Today Tonight (Channel 7) and Reality Bites (ABC).
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 to leaders and managers about:

  • People glue: maximising performance and productivity with employee driven engagement
  • Employee engagement and motivation for leaders and managers 
  • The seven key drivers of employee engagement 
  • Unlocking workforce potential 

Ian Hutchinson talks to employees and individuals about:

  • Self leadership: unlocking your potential in work and life
  • Employee driven engagement: the self responsibility approach
  • Engagement and motivation
  • Be happier and more fulfilled @ work and life 
  • Create your life by design

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