Dr. Natasha Budd

Senior Associate

“At the heart of my practice is the belief that people construct knowledge rather than merely consume it. I love the creativity involved in crafting experiences that engage participants socially, emotionally, and cognitively, to build understanding that is meaningful and sustained.”

Natasha is a highly regarded senior facilitator at PF, currently leading one of our long-running cultural transformation initiatives. She combines deep human and team insights with a warm, grounded demeanour, enabling her to read and lead the room, to guide positive group outcomes.

Natasha’s approach to learning is experimental and constructivist: where people learn through experience and interaction with their environment. Underpinning all her work is the desire to initiate lasting positive change through collaborative and creative processes. Her way of thinking and working is an application of her deep expertise in education, the arts, collaborative discovery, and community development.

Before joining our team, Natasha led a rich career at the intersection of education and the Arts. Through her PhD, she investigated directorial and design strategies for working with non-actors which won the Phillip Parson’s Prize . She has held positions with Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), and University of Sunshine Coast (USC), where she won the Advance Award for Learning and Teaching . Her interests have led her into work as a lecturer, researcher, stage director, learning designer, writer, performer, and coach.

In her down time, Natasha is still actively involved in performance writing and direction.


  • Arts-based practice
  • Community and Cultural Development
  • Theatre Direction and Design
  • Immersive Experience Design
  • Group Facilitation
  • Learning Design
  • Writing and Research
  • Leadership Development
  • Executive Coaching and Mentoring


Queensland University of Technology

PhD Performance Studies

Queensland University of Technology

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Queensland University of Technology

Bachelor of Arts (Drama)

Human Synergistics

Life Styles Inventory™/Group Styles Inventory™ Accredited Practitioner

Human Synergistics

Leadership/Impact® (L/I) Leadership Assessment Accredited Practitioner


Global Leadership Profile certificate


Trained in Cynefin: 101 Cognitive Edge

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Articles by Dr. Natasha Budd

Amping your Somatic Intelligence

By NOT taking the emotion out of it Image credit: Midjourney To remain relevant, competitive, and buoyant, organisations need to change the frequency of their actions into increasingly shorter cycles. This perpetual change demands new processes, systems and behaviours that can...
Dr. Natasha Budd
Conscious leadership Creative Thinking Development Insights Leadership Leadership Leadership skills Storytelling Teams

Behavioural Synchrony in a Virtual World

​Have you ever wondered why we love to clap in unison with a group of people? Why parents and children will often synchronise their expressions and noises during play? Or why, on a night out, we might find ourselves unconsciously...
Dr. Natasha Budd & Marcus de Courtenay
Innovation Insights Leadership Learning and Development Strategy Teams

Leadership on the Stage

Have you ever felt as though you are performing?   Sometimes our clients say to us just that – it feels like they are on a stage when “being” a leader.   In fact, the connection between leader and actor is...
Dr. Natasha Budd & Marcus de Courtenay
Innovation Insights Leadership Learning and Development