Our People

Since its inception, the AoEC has been committed to maintaining the highest professional standards, becoming the only European coach training company to be accredited by the three top professional bodies, the International Coaching Federation (ICF), European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and the Association for Coaching (AC). We can therefore offer you professional credentials that will be recognised internationally.

Our People

Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor UK

Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor

Alan specialises in working with managers and leadership teams, building both individual and collective capabilities via the application of a systemic coaching focus. Clients experience the benefits of working with a coach who has walked-the-talk, a coach with a unique combination of senior operational management and leadership experience, coupled with a high level of coaching competence and accreditation. Working in the UK and Europe, Alan supports and challenges clients, such that they stretch beyond stakeholder expectations. Alan’s coaching qualifications include: • Master Practitioner Diploma in Systemic Team Coaching • Advanced Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching • Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching • AoEC Gestalt coaching course • NLP Diploma

Ann Cheung

Ann Cheung UK

Ann Cheung

Ann Cheung

Ann is an Executive and Systemic Team Coach who has come from a background of programme and project management consultancy and delivery. She has helped improve the performance of programme and project teams across the infrastructure sector for many years. Ann is a member of the International Coach Federation and has been a MSP Advanced Practitioner for almost ten years. She offers a range of development approaches from consulting to develop bespoke coaching solutions, workshop facilitation, coaching individuals and Systemic Team Coaching. She has a track record in taking the systemic perspective and recognising the wider delivery context which is influencing the cultural and behavioural issues, and coaching teams to achieve the desired results. She is known for her patience, diligence and braveness in teasing out the conversations that are needed for the client to achieve a breakthrough, and her ability to deliver impactful feedback whilst remaining approachable.

Anyima Okundi

Anyima Okundi East Africa

Anyima Okundi

Anyima Okundi

Anyima is a multi-talented entrepreneur who draws her expertise from her education in the UK. As an entrepreneur, Anyima has run a successful design entity for the past 15 years. In addition, she has valuable corporate experience having worked at British Telecom Plc., Standard Chartered Bank, and The House of Commons in the UK. Anyima is a member of the Academy of Executive Coaching’s (AoEC) East Africa faculty, and is passionate about coaching senior executives to become more effective in their leadership. Anyima holds a Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching and a Systemic Team Coaching Certification from the AoEC. She is certified to administer, interpret, and provide feedback using Hogan Assessment Systems and Leadership Versatility Index 360 feedback tools. Anyima earned her Post-Graduate Diploma in International Business from the University of Surrey and a BA in Economics from the University of East Anglia, and is also a trained counsellor.

Ebru Goksu Yildirim

Ebru Goksu Yildirim UAE

Ebru Goksu Yildirim

Ebru Goksu Yildirim

Ebru Goksu Yildirim BEc, PCC, CPCC, ORSC, NLP, STC Executive, Leadership & Systemic Team Coach Trainer, Facilitator, Observer and ICF Mentor Coach Ebru is an empowering, creative, and growth oriented ICF Certified executive, leadership and team coach (PCC, CPCC, ORSC, NLP, STC), facilitator, mentor and a trainer. She’s been coaching and mentoring individuals, executives, and teams since 2011. She has a BA in Economics, and is a Marketing Communications Expert with almost 20 years of experience, which she gained through working in different fields of Advertising and Marketing in the MENAT region. During her corporate experience, she held senior roles in the region where she led large businesses and teams. She works with individuals and teams by staying true to her life-purpose of ‘unlocking potential’. She is enthusiastic, and a high-achiever. One of her key skills is being able to meet her clients exactly where they are, holding them there just long enough to show how resourceful they are, to increase their capacity to grow. She works with her clients on mindset and energy levels by focusing on their ‘being and doing’. She truly believes this is the path to transformation and professional empowerment. Being a bilingual (English & Turkish), intuitive and fierce coach, and facilitator, she blends her coaching and training skills and tools with life and business experience. She has been based in Dubai, UAE since 2005.

Filip Fiers

Filip Fiers Belgium

Filip Fiers

Filip Fiers

Filip is an executive coach with focus on individual and team development within a business context. His main goal is to make managers and their teams collaborate and perform better in a fast moving, constantly changing environment. Clients use the following words to describe Filip’s style: • open, honest, pragmatic • input can be put into practice immediately • no fluff around concepts, down to earth methodology • great reference framework that helps him to tailor interventions to specific needs • very flexible mode (on-the-go), in an authentic way and with a lot of enthusiasm

Gamze Acar Bayraktaroglu

Gamze Acar Bayraktaroglu Turkey

Gamze Acar Bayraktaroglu

Gamze Acar Bayraktaroglu

Gamze Acar Bayraktaroğlu is an experienced leadership trainer of 24 years, internationally accredited EIA Master Coach and has been coaching executives and teams for 15 years. Gamze is also ESIA accredited coach/mentor supervisor, an EMCC's coach assessor and co-author of a book called- MANAGERS AS COACHES. She has deep experience in facilitating leadership, teambuilding, coaching and mentoring skills trainings. Gamze is in the global trainers team of New Haven from NY, USA and Demos-Hemsley Fraser from Germany and Talentis from France. She is one of the global coaches of Human Systems from UK and PeakInsight from USA and part of World Bank’s coach and facilitator pool. Gamze consults organisations for creating leadership and coaching cultures. She facilitates groups, writes articles on related subjects at Harvard Business Review blog and presents in national and international conferences. She is also a mentor coach and mentor trainer with her 3000+ executive coaching hours.

George Warren

George Warren UK

George Warren

George Warren

Based in Wales, George is an ICF accredited executive coach, facilitator and consultant. After a year living in Argentina, George enjoyed nine years in senior management positions in the travel industry. It was here that he noticed that, each time after being coached, he felt unstoppable, that he could tackle any problem. Following up his interest, he studied and practiced coaching, enjoying the challenge of introducing a coaching culture and style to businesses. It was while attending the AoEC’s Practitioner Diploma program that he realised coaching was in his bones. He set up his own practice shortly after graduating, and hasn’t looked back since. An internationalist at heart, George loves nothing more than understanding different cultures and approaches. He has coached clients across Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australasia and Africa. He is deeply passionate about the topics of confidence, potential and enjoying a life and career in line with one’s values.

John Gray

John Gray UK

John Gray

John Gray

“My role as AoEC faculty allows me to combine my experience in coaching with my enthusiasm for supporting people in their professional development and personal awareness and change. I bring empathy and insight to working with those in their learning journeys, for them to find their ideal coaching model and approach.” Originally qualifying and practising as a solicitor, John has also worked at the at the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva, in grassroots peace-building in Burundi, and establishing and leading a community mediation service. Since 2001 he has been freelance offering organisational consultancy and facilitation, non-managerial supervision, and also latterly coaching. He has also developed and developed a number of professional development programmes and initiatives, including supervision kills, effective conflict skills, team building, reflective practice, managing change, and globally responsible leadership skills and practice. His coaching practice is with leaders and leadership teams, in a wide range of local, national and international organisations. In addition to his coaching, and his faculty role with AoEC, John is a part-time lecturer in leadership and management at the University of York’s Centre for Applied Human Rights. John’s qualifications include: · Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching · Diploma in the work of the Change Agent · Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Groupwork Skills) · Certificate in Management and Leadership · Accredited Executive Coach – AoEC

Karen Gervais

Karen Gervais UK

Karen Gervais

Karen Gervais

“I am continually fascinated by the complexity and potential in human systems, whether at an individual or collective level. All my work is about developing powerful ways to free up and channel the energy in them, as a catalyst for sustainable change, where it matters most.” Karen has delivered transformationally at senior and board level in Europe, Asia, Middle East and America over the past 15 years. She previously spent 10 years with EY Management Consultants. Valued for her engaging style and profound insight, she is able to get underneath difficult issues and accelerate results. Being at the forefront excites Karen. She worked with Henley Business School and the BT Global Yacht Race to research emotional intelligence in leadership, and co-created our first advanced coaching diploma. With a framework deeply rooted in neuroscience, psychology and business, Karen has pioneered approaches in creative visioning, personal branding, emotional recycling, boardroom presence, change agency and stakeholder relationships. She has a post-graduate certificate in applied emotional intelligence, is PCC accredited with the ICF and a Cognitive Behavioural Hypno Therapist. Client sectors include professional services, telecoms, management consultancy, property, financial services, energy and pharmaceuticals.

Kate Freedman

Kate Freedman UK

Kate Freedman

Kate Freedman

Kate is independent capability consultant, accredited Executive and Careers coach and experienced facilitator, who has helped hundreds of managers and leaders improve their coaching and leadership capabilities. Kate has 20+ years’ commercial experience in Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Retailing and Manufacturing roles. Prior to setting up her own business, Kate led Unilever UK’s commercial capability programme and was an internal executive and career coach. She is also an experienced and accomplished skills trainer and delivered the in-house coaching skills programme at Unilever. Kate has worked on numerous change programmes and leadership interventions in her learning and development role at Unilever. Kate has worked with numerous supplier proposals to design and deploy training that creates a behaviour change and she understands how to make learning stick in organisations

Kay Young

Kay Young Scotland

Kay Young

Kay Young

Kay has a deep interest in Awareness IQ; and how awareness supports a more relational, embodied, creative way of learning, living, and leading. She’s deeply committed to supporting clients through the inner journey of leadership: deepening quality of presence; noticing energy/resistance to change; using creative experimenting to support new choices; and change. Her practice is gestalt orientated. Kay has extensive senior management experience, including: working at NHS Board Director level. She has been professionally coaching since 2003 and is currently a member of the Faculty Team for the AoEC, facilitating the Coaching Skills Certificate, and Practitioner Diploma Programmes, in Edinburgh. She is also an ICF Evaluator and Assessor, on the AoEC’s Advanced Practitioner Diploma. She has achieved the Advanced Practitioner Diploma and the Master Practitioner Diploma, with the AoEC. She is a highly experienced, ICF accredited coach. More recently, she completed her training in gestalt psychotherapy with the Edinburgh Gestalt Institute.

Kirstie McLachlan

Kirstie McLachlan UK

Kirstie McLachlan

Kirstie McLachlan

Kirstie started professional life as a qualified Social Worker which gave her a good understanding of human behaviour and enabled her to develop the interpersonal skills and resilience required for public sector work. After some years in Social Work, Kirstie returned to university to study for a Masters in Public Health. This gave her academic rigor, later complemented with leadership training at the London Business School. Kirstie worked both in the UK and abroad in the public and third sectors, both in commissioning and provider management. In her twenty-two years in the NHS she worked both at field level and at Board level, giving her an unforgettable experience of organizational complexity. Kirstie’s work as an NHS leader gave her a strong commitment to leadership development. She worked part time for four years for the University of Birmingham as a Senior Lecturer on the Masters in Healthcare Leadership before deciding to focus exclusively on coaching as a key tool for leadership development. Kirstie’s brings her understanding of adult learning principles to her work as Faculty for the AoEC on both the Coaching Certificate and Executive Coaching Practitioner Diploma programmes. In her work as an Executive Coach, Kirstie holds the AoEC Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching, and is accredited at ACC level with the International Coaching Federation. In addition, she has trained with the Centre for Supervision Training and Development, Bath and offers coach supervision.

Leila Rezaiguia

Leila Rezaiguia UAE

Leila Rezaiguia

Leila Rezaiguia

Leila Rezaiguia BA (Hons), MA, Chartered MCIPD, PCC, ORSC, NLP, STC Co- Founder & Managing Partner, Kompass/ Head of Academy of Executive Coaching UAE Executive & Systemic Team Coach Trainer, Facilitator, Observer and ICF Mentor Coach Leila is a highly sought-after multi-lingual Executive, Systemic Team Coach and ICF Mentor Coach with over 23 years, in public and private sectors, working with leading organisations and individuals to enhance productivity, maximise performance, and accelerate growth across 5 continents. She is renowned for her high energy, enthusiasm, passion, fun-loving nature, and her love for building connections, empowering and working with people from diverse cultures. She is passionate about 1:1 & Systemic Team Coaching, Coach Training, Coaching Supervision and Women in Leadership. Leila coaches in English, Arabic and French. Leila’s vision is to successfully contribute to the continued growth of the coaching industry in the UAE, GCC and Levant by bringing top notch executive coach training programmes accredited by all major global coach-accrediting bodies: the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Association for Coaching (AC),) The European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and Association for Professional Executive Coaches and Supervisors (APECS).

Lizzie Pawsey

Lizzie Pawsey UK

Lizzie Pawsey

Lizzie Pawsey

Lizzie Pawsey is an ICF accredited coach (PCC level) coach, facilitator, coach supervisor and consultant. She thrives on creating a space where leaders can create personal insights that transform their lives and work. She brings 20 years’ work experience in several global organisations, including Diageo, Britvic and Pernod Ricard, where she worked in a number of senior marketing and HR leadership roles. Lizzie has over 1300 hours of coaching experience and works with board, executive and senior management levels both one to one and in groups. Her clients are drawn from 15+ business sectors in the UK and globally. Lizzie is an experienced facilitator and has worked on global leadership development programmes with several clients. Outside of work Lizzie lives with her family in Twickenham and enjoys running, ski-ing, good wine and travel. She has recently embarked upon a project to complete all the parkruns in Greater London.

Ljupko Kontešić

Ljupko Kontešić Croatia & Serbia

Ljupko Kontešić

Ljupko Kontešić

Ljupo is working as an Executive & Life Coach and Business Trainer. Rich experience from a 20-year professional sports and high business environment he is using as a basis for working towards the body and mind integration in everyday life of leaders. As a business trainer he is working on projects in the region that are the domain of the development of soft skills, basis of personal development and high professional sales skills.

Louise Nicholson

Louise Nicholson Ireland & N. Ireland

Louise Nicholson

Louise Nicholson

Louise is passionate about empowering individuals and teams to reach their full potential, and in using coaching to achieve this. Louise is passionate about empowering individuals and teams to reach their full potential, and in using coaching to achieve this. Louise has a BA (Hons), MSc in International Business & Management, is an AoEC qualified Executive Coach, holds a Certificate in Systemic Team Coaching She is also a member of the Association for Coaching. She undertakes regular professional supervision for her coaching practice. Louise spent several years in London working for an international management consultancy which specialised in the field of human motivation. During this time, she worked closely with the principal behavioural scientist and delivered leadership development programmes for senior executives & management teams in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. After qualifying as an Executive Coach, Louise returned to N.Ireland. She has coached individuals & teams from various industries (including Real Estate, Fund Management, Energy, Executive Search, Recruitment, PR & Education). As part of the AoEC Ireland Faculty she is committed to sharing best practice and helping others to integrate coaching into their daily management.

Madeleine Dunford

Madeleine Dunford East Africa

Madeleine Dunford

Madeleine Dunford

Madeleine is the founding Managing Director of Career Connections and comes from a background of assessing, developing and advising the largest companies in East and Central Africa. With her qualifications from the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), UK, and ICF Accreditation, she has over ten years’ experience as an executive coach. Madeleine is an action oriented, solutions focused coach who believes deeply in the resourcefulness of her clients. As an experienced leader that consults at senior levels, Madeleine’s coaching clients include the region’s largest and multinational FMCG, governmental and financial services organisations. Madeleine earned her first degree at the University of York, UK and her MSc, with Distinction, from the University of Edinburgh, UK. She has multiple specialist qualifications from USA and UK in assessing and coaching leaders for development. In 2017 Madeleine completed a Certificate programme at Harvard University, USA, on the Art & Practice of Leadership Development.

Maja Gabrijan

Maja Gabrijan Croatia & Serbia

Maja Gabrijan

Maja Gabrijan

Maja ima petnaest godina iskustva u radu sa ljudima, razvoju timova, organizacija i postavljanju sistema za ljudske resurse. Sertifikovani je executive coach i predavač AoEC iz Velike Britanije, kao i predavač Londonske škole za odnose s javnošću. Njene ključne teme obuka su iz oblasti razvoja ljudi i komunikacije: lični razvoj menadžera, motivacija, retorika i prezentacijske veštine, coaching edukacija, krizna komunikacija, timski rad. Maja veruje da zdrava i srećna jedinka stvara zdrav i srećan sistem, te da je svesnost ključ da se to toga dodje. Mama je jedne Dunje.

Moira Halliday

Moira Halliday UK

Moira Halliday

Moira Halliday

Moira is our Director of Programmes and joined the AoEC in January 2009. For over twenty years she successfully combined organisational consultancy, executive coaching and psychotherapy. Running her own business, Moira worked with CEOs, senior managers, leaders and leadership teams – focusing on developing effective leadership skills, organisational learning, managing change and enhancing personal effectiveness. Moira is trained in Humanistic Psychology and Process Oriented Psychology as well as being a trained mediator, experienced in conflict resolution and developing mediator training programmes. In addition to delivering across AoEC open programmes, Moira also has responsibility for design, quality assurance, world wide faculty development and supervision.

Natalia Zalesinska

Natalia Zalesinska Poland

Natalia Zalesinska

Natalia Zalesinska

Masters Degrees in Occupational Psychology and Human Resources Management, NLP Master Practitioner,Integrative and Generative Coach, Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching (AoEC), Founder of Metta Coaching. Natalia is fascinated by the mystery of human nature and potential, trying to understand and find the key to unlock people’s ability to blossom and thrive. Natalia was working in London for over a decade as an HR business partner and consultant for international banks and financial institutions. The understanding she gained from this experience has afforded her a unique insight into, and an understanding of, the challenges and complexities faced by leaders as well as what is required for exceptional leadership. She has coached both corporate leaders and entrepreneurs, with a particular interest in those driven to inspire and make positive impact. Natalia extends executive coaching beyond the usual; also delivering transformational coaching programmes to those seeking to connect with their inner wisdom, to express their unique individuality and to create an extraordinary and meaningful life.

Neil Atkinson

Neil Atkinson UK

Neil Atkinson

Neil Atkinson

Neil worked in the business world as a digital communications and marketing expert for three decades before moving into coaching and leadership development. An ICF PCC-accredited Advanced Coach, he’s passionate about supporting people to develop themselves, their careers and their potential, as well as helping teams become more effective. Neil has studied positive psychology and mindfulness/meditation and created training programmes in wellbeing and resilience. He brings these interests to his coaching practice and his role as a facilitator on many coaching training programmes.

Pat Passaro

Pat Passaro UK

Pat Passaro

Pat Passaro

Pat is an executive coach, organisation and leadership development consultant. She has worked for high profile organisations as head of professional services, HR Director and head of corporate talent management. Highly experienced as an organisation design and development consultant, business/executive, team, and career coach as well as being a Human Resources specialist, she has coached many individuals and teams including Board and business owners within organisations across all sectors.

Paul Van Geyt

Paul Van Geyt Belgium

Paul Van Geyt

Paul Van Geyt

Paul is an ICF accredited Master Certified Coach and a trained ICF assessor. For the past 15 years, Paul has been coaching clients across all levels of seniority in a variety of industries, including professional services, FMCG, banking, energy distribution, real estate and industrial production. During a quality audit, the following characteristics are pointed out about Paul: “patient, honest, listening and understanding. His empathic ability is considered to be a remarkable quality”. Further coaching strengths that are mentioned by clients are expertise, knowledge and analytical capacity. Paul can operate comfortably in the heart of a group and is adept at building teams, integrating groups and creating consistency and alignment.

Peep Aaviksoo

Peep Aaviksoo Estonia

Peep Aaviksoo

Peep Aaviksoo

Peep has more than twenty five years of experience managing stock listed companies in Estonia and sitting in the supervisory boards of different public and state owned companies. He has also served as Vice Mayor of Tallinn. Peep has more than twenty five years of experience managing stock listed companies in Estonia and sitting in the supervisory boards of different public and state owned companies. He has also served as Vice Mayor of Tallinn. He has graduated from Tartu University as a basketball coach, got MBA in Estonian Business School and passed Senior Executive Program in London Business School. Today he is managing the Executive Education of Estonian Business School that is a license holder of AoEC in Estonia. He has also done mentoring for Enterprise Estonia. Peep is a graduate of the AoEC Senior Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching and is faculty on the AoEC’s Coaching Skills Certificate and Practitioner Diploma programmes. Peep is an Professional Certified Coach with the ICF.

Pippa Edwards

Pippa Edwards UK

Pippa Edwards

Pippa Edwards

I am passionate about the value that coaching can bring – first and foremost to the individual, and therefore also to the organisation. I have spent 20 years working in large corporates across different industries including retail, financial services and technology both in the UK and the Middle East. Beginning with commercial management within retail, I then moved into a number of different HR specialisms including business partnering, learning, talent and diversity & inclusion. My last corporate role was Director of Learning at Visa. My coaching experience ranges from coaching young graduates through to corporate mid-level and senior leaders, business owners and CEO’s of charities. Regardless of who I am coaching, what I want most for all my clients is for them to be heard, to be the person they truly are and therefore to thrive, both personally and professionally. I am a mother to four children and when not working or looking after my children, I love cooking and adventure, having completed several ultra-marathons and now currently training to row the Atlantic!

Rachael Waldinger

Rachael Waldinger Switzerland

Rachael Waldinger

Rachael Waldinger

Rachael has significant business consulting experience in healthcare technology, gained whilst working with a number of different medical device corporations and medical insurance providers and from running her family business. She utilised her skills and intuition for coaching for more than 12 years in business before becoming an AoEC Accredited Associate Executive Coach. Rachael believes that people develop professionally as they learn about themselves personally. She has a natural and engaging style and loves learning and improving. She is a graduate of the AoEC’s Advanced Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching and has a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development & Minor in Leadership and Organisational Effectiveness from Vanderbilt University, USA.

Riina Varts

Riina Varts Estonia

Riina Varts

Riina Varts

Riina has been dealing with people management issues, managing people, consulting and developing managers for more than two decades. Riina has been dealing with people management issues, managing people, consulting and developing managers for more than two decades. She’s worked as an assistant to foreign and prime ministers, managed HR functions in Hansabank and in Eesti Energia. She has experience in mergers and acquisitions, re-branding, performance- and talent management, leadership development programmes. She is a member of Estonian Association for Personnel Development, having been closely connected to its management board for 6 years. Since 2005 she has her own consultancy business. She has delivered a range of training programmes both at home and abroad. Riina is a graduate of the AoEC Advanced Practitioner Diploma programme and is faculty on the AoEC’s Coaching Skills Certificate and Practitioner Diploma programmes. She is an Professional Certified Coach with the ICF and is a President of ICF Estonia.

Sarah Carrington

Sarah Carrington UK

Sarah Carrington

Sarah Carrington

Sarah is an ICF Accredited Executive Coach, working with leaders and leadership teams to strengthen their performance and achieve competitive advantage for them, for their stakeholders and for their organization. She has extensive experience of leading teams in complex, dynamic environments from many years at one of the top FTSE 100 companies. Sarah is a member of Faculty for the Practitioner Diploma and a coach supervisor. She supports and challenges people to discover how they are holding themselves back and how they can drive themselves forward. Sarah’s coaching qualifications include the Master Practitioner Diploma in Systemic Team Coaching and the Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching.

Sarah Henbrey

Sarah Henbrey UK

Sarah Henbrey

Sarah Henbrey

With over 27 years of corporate experience across consumer electronics, telecoms, retail and the public sector, Sarah’s approach combines high level coaching, facilitation and OD expertise with a pragmatic attitude that recognises the realities of corporate life today. She takes a systemic viewpoint, always considering the impact of the organisational environment on the individual, and vice versa.

Sophie Bruas

Sophie Bruas East Africa

Sophie Bruas

Sophie Bruas

Sophie is an accredited Executive Coach, Coach training faculty member with the Academy of Executive Coaching, Coach Supervisor, and Mentor Coach. Sophie has developed a number of executive coaches and contributed to ensuring high standards of coaching practice. Sophie has been coaching for more than seven years with domestic and international clients. Before making a career in Executive Coaching, Sophie worked as Country Director in various countries across Africa for Action Against Hunger. Sophie’s coaching is influenced by the Co-active Model, which emphasizes the systemic perspective of coaching, highlighting that various facets of the client’s life interact in motion and impact decisions. She looks for lasting solutions that impact her clients by using a direct style of coaching. Sophie earned her Accredited Coach Supervision diploma from the International Coaching Community (ICC), UK. Sophie holds an MSc from the University of Manchester and a degree in Logistics Management from the University of Paris XIII.

Stephen Murphy

Stephen Murphy Poland

Stephen Murphy

Stephen Murphy

Stephen is accredited at Master Practitioner level by the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC). Stephen is accredited at Master Practitioner level by the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC). He has a multi-cultural and multi-functional background. British, living in Poland with a 30-year career spanning P&G, Reckitt Benckiser, Coca-Cola Bottlers and PZ Cussons; on-the-ground in UK, Greece, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, Russia and Poland; with assignments in Sales, Marketing and Country/ Regional General Management. He has led and been responsible for international start-up operations, in developed and hardship locations; significant organisational change projects; business turnaround assignments and re-shaping leadership teams into effective operating units. Stephen is an active Coach Supervisor and currently coaches and mentors in China and Europe. His work is with senior management, individually and in teams, to build greater self-awareness and operational impact. Sectors include FMCG, Insurance, Banking, Software, Legal, Engineering, Logistics and Chemicals.

Trudy Arthurs

Trudy Arthurs Ireland & N. Ireland

Trudy Arthurs

Trudy Arthurs

As faculty member of the AoEC, I’ve been delivering the Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching for eight years in London, Dublin and Northern Ireland. I am currently working with a local charity to support them in developing Coaching and Mentoring Skills (ILM accredited). In 2016-2019 I co-facilitated seven Training-as-Mentor workshops to senior Earth Science academics and practitioners in London, Manchester and Dublin, accredited by the Geological Society of London. I consistently find that once clients have become familiar with the benefits of coaching, they are keen to adapt their own management and leadership styles to include a coaching approach. Reflective, mindful practice is really important to me. I strongly encourage all my clients and students to develop journaling and reflection habits. My own daily meditation, reading and journaling practices have helped me through the peaks and troughs of life, especially the Covid-19 times, and my clients have told me how much they now appreciate these few quiet moments that they have learned to give themselves in the hustle of life as senior leaders in organisations.

Valérie Weston

Valérie Weston UK

Valérie Weston

Valérie Weston

Valérie is a member of faculty for the Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching. She is an ICF certified executive coach, coach mentor and leadership consultant, and has over 20 years of experience in the field of people development. Committed to helping individuals and teams make the most of their talents, Valérie believes in mixing lightness and depth to create a supportive yet challenging environment where people can explore, reflect and grow. She has coached and trained executives at all levels from junior managers to managing directors and her clients include DuPont, PwC, HSBC, the World Health Organisation, Smiths Group, Forum for the Future, Concern Universal, Ardagh and Buckingham Palace. Valérie previously held senior leadership and global commercial management roles at a FTSE 100 company and was a volunteer with VSO in Africa. Her coaching roles and qualifications include: - Practitioner Diploma in Executive coaching (AoEC) -Team coaching certificate (AoEC) -Master trainer in coaching / management programmes (HSBC) -Co-active Coach (Coaches Training Institute) -Executive coach and member of faculty for HSBC University, the CIPD and the Leadership Trust. A dual French and British citizen, Valérie is happy to work in French or English.

Wendy Robinson

Wendy Robinson Ireland & N. Ireland

Wendy Robinson

Wendy Robinson

Wendy grew up in N Ireland and has spent most of her 25 year career working in the UK. She now heads up AoEC Ireland and lives in Cork. She has consulted to many tens of organisations spanning the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She has worked internationally, running intensive leadership programmes and providing executive coaching in the U.S., Australia, Africa and UAE. She is a Principal Consultant with Taylor Clarke, and heads up their Coaching function. Wendy has been coaching since the late ‘90’s, and training and supervising coaches for nearly 10 years. Wendy has a BSc, MSc applied psychology, is a chartered and registered psychologist, (HPC) occupational psychologist, an accredited coach and an accredited coaching supervisor. Trudy and Wendy are currently running their 13th Practitioner Programme together – most have been in Belfast/Co Armagh with two in Dublin (and are currently being run virtually). The programme is offered as a public course as well as an inhouse programme.

Zia Manji

Zia Manji East Africa

Zia Manji

Zia Manji

Zia is the Director and Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry’s East Africa alliance, Career Connections, where he heads the firm’s executive search practice. Zia brings in excess of 18 years’ experience of leading senior level searches in East Africa and also has extensive experience in executive coaching, leadership assessments and development. Zia is an accredited executive coach and faculty of the Academy of Executive Coaching. Zia’s experience spans across financial services, consumer goods, telecommunications, agriculture and media sectors. Prior to joining Career Connections, Zia was Managing Director at a large Kenyan food and consumer goods manufacturing company. Zia holds a business degree from the University of Edinburgh where he earned the John MacFarlane Award for Leadership. He also holds an Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change from INSEAD, with Distinction, and is a founder member of the Africa Executive Coaching Council, developing the profession on the continent.