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

John Leary-Joyce

John Leary-Joyce UK

John Leary-Joyce

John Leary-Joyce

John founded the Academy of Executive Coaching in 1999 with one administrator and over the years recruited and collaborated with many talented directors, trainers & administrators to develop AoEC into the prestigious brand it is today. With his tireless entrepreneurial spirit AoEC has become one of the most successful international coaching training organisations with professional accreditation from ICF, EMCC, & AC as well as academic validation with Middlesex University. Previously, he was MD of Gestalt Centre Ltd growing the business fourfold in eight years and gaining a Company Director diploma with the Institute of Directors. John is a highly principled leader, drawing on and applying his experience from a long career as a psychotherapist, team coach, trainer and supervisor. He is Past President of EMCC UK where his focus was on maintaining standards for coaching and mentoring, building collaboration between the different professional bodies as well as supporting research into different aspects of coaching practice. He has an MA in Executive Coaching, accredited coach with APECS and PCC ICF, qualified supervisor and author of Fertile Void, Gestalt Coaching at Work. His other passion is dancing Tango which links with leadership, coaching and Gestalt.

Nick Kitchen

Nick Kitchen UK

Nick Kitchen

Nick Kitchen

‘I am passionate about developing the craft and profession of coaching to support and help individuals and organisations more effectively respond and flourish in the face of increasing volatility and complexity – the world needs great coaches more than ever!’ Previously New Business Director of International Advertising Agency TBWA, Nick is an experienced senior executive and team coach, trainer, facilitator, coach supervisor and engaging event speaker, with more than twenty five years’ experience in supporting the development and success of organisations and leaders throughout many parts of the world. His clients have ranged from SME entrepreneurial organisations to large Multinationals across many sectors including automotive, financial services and banking, IT, media and creative, pharmaceutical, industrial, oil exploration, public sector and charities. He has been developing coaches for over twenty years, drawing particularly on his development of Somatic Cognitive coaching and facilitation which enables coaches and leaders to engage with their deeper embodied experience and thereby impact more effectively that of their groups and wider systems. He has been a member of faculty with the AoEC since 2009, principally on the Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching and the Systemic Team Coaching Diploma. Nick’s professional qualifications include: · Developer of Somatic Cognitive Coaching and facilitation · Developer of IIMAC© sales process · AoEC Diploma in Advanced Executive Coaching (Distinction) · ICF Professional Certified Coach Accredited · Accredited NLP Trainer

Professor Peter Hawkins

Professor Peter Hawkins UK

Professor Peter Hawkins

Professor Peter Hawkins

Peter Hawkins is Honorary President of the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC). For the last 30 years he has been helping organisations in many parts of the world connect their strategic change, their organizational culture and their leadership development. He has written extensively about leadership, leadership teams, coaching and supervision. Currently his major concern is the growing gap between the increasing and changing challenges for individual and collective leadership and how leadership development is failing to evolve at the same speed. The AoEC Systemic Team Coaching suite of programmes, diagnostic tool and coaching are based on Peter’s 5 Disciplines model which in used internationally. He regularly blogs and publishes papers on these and other topics. He also is also Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School University of Reading UK and Emeritus Chairman of Bath Consultancy Group, visiting professor at the universities of Bath and Oxford Brookes, chairs Renewal Associates and is enjoyably kept busy by his wife, three children and their partners, five grandchildren, and numerous hens, sheep, goats, steers and guinea fowl and large gardens where he lives on the edge of Bath in the UK.