about me

positive | rigorous | empowering
evidence based | strengths based


In addition to providing change management and business coaching and performance improvement consulting in Byron Bay, Sydney and Brisbane, Kimmaree Thompson is the Founder, Director and Company Secretary for SANAS Australia Pty Ltd trading as SANAS International.

SANAS International invests in business activities with a focus on online platforms for innovation, problem solving and performance improvement.

SANAS International projects include: Byron Bay Vibe, Byron Bay Publishing and REASON® Root Cause Analysis

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Kimmaree Thompson was born in Tasmania, her Dad was involved with mining at Mt Lyall Mine – on the wild and beautiful west coast of Tasmania.  Drawn by the big mining contracts in Western Australia during the 70’s, Kimmaree’s Dad moved the family to West Australia to live in the mining towns of Kalgoorlie, Kambalda, Windarra, Karratha and Cue.  Living in the outback, often with groceries only being delivered once or twice a week to the only local store – gave Kimmaree an appreciation of the resilience Australian rural people and an appreciation of the value in finding innovative solutions to solve problems; along with the insight that each individual has a role to play if regional communities are to be sustainable places to work and live.

While appreciating the outback lifestyle, realising there were limited opportunities for women in mining (at that time) Kimmaree headed off to the big smoke of Melbourne and Perth; then relocated to Sydney and now lives most of the year in Byron Bay.

Prior to launching her own business, Kimmaree worked for the WA Government State Treasury and what was then SECWA (energy utility) initially on the Domestic Debt Desk and then moved onto the Foreign Currency Trading desk before transferring into operational roles and then a Senior Executive in the West Australian Government.  Her State Government roles included Director within the Prisons division of the Department of Justice and Corporate Services Director for the WA State Sports Centre during the staging of the World Swimming Championships, The Masters Games and the Asian Games- Kimmaree presented in Estimate Committee Hearings for State Parliament while in these roles.

Kimmaree initially studied Government Accounting and now has post graduate business qualifications from Sydney University – the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).

Kimmaree also holds certification level qualifications for the specialisation areas of Appreciative Inquiry, Root Cause Analysis and Positive Psychology Foundations.


Kimmaree Thompson’s professional expertise is organisation development and behavioural change, she has specialised technical skills in the area of structured and creative problem-solving methodologies and systemic performance improvement for multi-site or enterprise size organisations.

Since 2000 Kimmaree has been the Lead Consultant in the Asia Pacific Region for REASON® root cause analysis. Kimmaree has consulted to many major corporations and regulators as part of major fatality and high-cost incidents and accidents investigation team.

As a self-employed project manager, advisor and consultant; Kimmaree has worked on many large government and corporate restructures and change management projects including a Joint venture between the Clinical Excellence Commission and eHealth to deploy an incident management system across NSW Health, restructuring of Human Services Departments following the Wood Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services.



As an organisation development specialist, Kimmaree has a passion for the human systems within organisations, automation, innovation and technology, with a particular interest in fostering entrepreneurship for business owners living in regional areas and advocating for infrastructure to allow sustainable regional enterprise to flourish.

Kimmaree is a passionate convert to strengths based approaches for evolving the human systems within organisations and for engaging individuals and stakeholder communities in the the change process.  Kimmaree is an experienced Appreciative Inquiry workshop facilitator and has conducted strategy, planning and community consultation using strengths based approaches and the positive psychology tools that include Appreciative Inquiry.

Kimmaree’s passion for supporting small, medium business owners, particularly in regional Australia, led to her contracting with Regional Development Australia in a role that included being the Association’s Public Officer for the Board of Management.  Over many years Kimmaree has supported small and medium businesses owners to grow, automate and flourish as a business mentor for the Sydney and Belmont Business Enterprise Centres.

Kimmaree is also National eClub President for Business and Professional Women (BPW) Australia and has previously served on the Sydney Board for UNWomen and Chaired the United Nations Global Compact Committee for Business and Professional Women (BPW) International.

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Organisations Kimmaree Has Worked With

public assignment case studies

Affiliation & Membership

Member: Australasian Institute of Business and Enterprise Facilitators Inc.
| Post-nominal M.A.I.B.E.F

Member: Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce Inc.


Australian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPWA)

| Director Finance, National BPWA Board of Management [2018 – 2019]

| President, National eClub [2018]

| President, Sydney Club [2010 – 2011]

| Club Membership Director

International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPWI)

| Chair, United Nations Global Compact Taskforce [2011]

Web Site www.bpw-international.org

UN Women: Current Member

2013 | Sydney Chapter Board Member
United Nations Women (UN Women)

Web Site https://unwomen.org.au/

In The Media

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