Momentum First was founded back in 2003 when executive coaching was in its infancy in Australia.   Since then we have had the privilege of coaching thousands of leaders, teams and individuals across a diverse range of industries.  Over that time we have learned what works and what doesn’t work in the field of leadership, high performance and organisational success.   We know how people work and how to get teams playing at their individual and collective best.


The philosophy behind Momentum First is simple. We are the force behind your development as a leader, a business owner, your team, capabilities and personal and organisational effectiveness. Our purpose is to convert your potential into world-class performance in your chosen field and clear the interferences holding you back from success. With unlimited possibilities but finite resources, focusing on your winning mindset has never been more important. We will help you get there.  Your vision + our coaching know how = your success. It’s time to get your momentum going now.

We provide executive coaching, team coaching, leadership development, facilitation, business coaching, parenting programs, corporate wellbeing and mental health first aid.

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Brigitte Johnson

Momentum First Founder and Principal Coach

B.Com, PCC.

Brigitte is an experienced coach, consultant and mentor with a career spanning 26 years in executive management, executive coaching and consulting. She has led large teams and built people and systems capabilities and strategies for many well-known organisations. Brigitte is an inspiring coach with a strategic focus, as well as an exceptional communicator. She is motivated by empowering and developing others.

Brigitte has worked in many private sector and not-for-profit organisations across industries including telecommunications, automotive, aged care, technology, banking and finance, entertainment and publishing.

Brigitte is the Principal Coach and Owner of Momentum First; coaching leaders and teams to optimise their potential and team performance since 2003. Our clients span many industries and disciplines.

Brigitte has facilitated coaching programs for senior executives in banking and finance, oil and gas, transport and aged care, and has also designed and delivered multiple coaching and leadership programs for emerging and senior leaders across a range of organisations targeted at unleashing leadership potential and developing leadership capabilities.

Brigitte created online group coaching program Momentum Platinum for executive and entrepreneurial women to master systems for success in their lives and businesses.

Author of two best-selling books on personal effectiveness, 2006 and 2009, winning the U.S. Small Business Book awards in 2012.

Brigitte is highly motivated to work with individuals and organisations to build their collective leadership and make a positive difference to society.

Brigitte is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC)TM with the International Coach Federation.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

Michael is one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists working in all form of media. He works in private practice in Melbourne. He is a successful author, speaker, broadcaster and mental health advocate.

Michael has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Australian Jaycees Outstanding Young Australian of the Year (1987), the New Zealand Commemoration Medal for Services to the Community (1990), and named Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in recognition of his work in the prevention of youth suicide (1997).

Michael established the teenage cancer patient’s society (Canteen) in 1984 with five teenage cancer patients, for which he was awarded one of 5 Outstanding Young Australians of the Year, the UNSW Alumni Award (1987 and 2007) and became the first Australian psychologist to be featured on “This is Your Life” in 2000.

In 2016, Michael was appointed the Managing Director of the Young and Well CRC, an Australian-based, international research centre that united young people with researchers, practitioners and innovators from over 70 partner organisations, including VicHealth, to explore the role of technology in young people’s lives, and how those technologies can be used to improve their wellbeing. While there, he wrote and launched the world’s first ever Certificate in Young People’s Mental Health and Technology. He became a pioneer in the use of smartphone apps and web-based programs to enhance adolescent mental health, presenting workshops for psychologists in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

In 2017, in collaboration with psychologist and opera singer, Greta Bradman, Michael helped develop (through the Arts Centre Melbourne) a new mental health initiative in the entertainment industry, designed to foster long-term, sector-wide transformation.

In 2018, he worked with Price Waterhouse Cooper to launch the Green Light to Talk initiative in Australia designed to reduce stigma, increase awareness about support options and positively promote the importance of conversations about mental health at work. He also became an accredited trainer in Mental Health First Aid and has subsequently worked with Westpac, AMP and COBA.

In June 2019, the NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes asked Michael to head a review in to the non-educational use of smartphones in schools, the first of its kind in Australia. The resulting report recommendations were taken up by Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.

In 2019, Michael was appointed as the Federal Government’s representative on The Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

For 2020, Michael has collaborated with one of Australia’s leading executive coaches, best selling author, owner of consultancy Momentum First and mother of three, Brigitte Johnson – to co-create Breakfast at Epiphany’s – a talk to help people and organisations build mental and physical wellbeing for 2020. Find out more about Breakfast at Epiphany’s by emailing us here. Michael and Brigitte also provide Mental Health First Aid training for schools and organisations nationally and internationally. We also provide webinars to help school students, staff and parents manage the uncertain times that we live in.


  • Board Member, The Australian Children’s Television Foundation 2019 – present
  • Board Member, Australian Psychological Society 2015- 2017
  • Board Member, Family Peace Foundation 2016 – 2018
  • Board Member, Alannah and Madeline Foundation 2012 – 2015
  • Board Member, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre 2010 – 2015
  • Board Member, Smiling Mind 2012 – 2016
  • Community Ambassador, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia
  • Ambassador, Playgroup Victoria
  • Political Liaison Officer, Australian Psychological Society 2011 – 2014
  • Treasurer, Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne Branch 2009 – 2015


Michael’s extensive ongoing media experience includes:

  • 2005 – Present: Program Psychologist, Sunrise on Seven Channel 7
  • 2005 – Present: Program Psychologist, 3AW Radio Melbourne Southern Cross
  • 2015 – 2018: Columnist, Huffington Post Australia
  • 2005 – 2018: Columnist, New Idea, Girlfriend Magazines

Momentum First is fully committed to the ICF code of conduct

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