Meet the ICF Faculty
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Dr Sally Vanson
Executive Chair, Coach, Consultant
Sally brings grounded, commercial insight into all her work and her pragmatic style ensures early translation into business environments and ensures transformational results. Client assignments include various parts of the European Commission, The London Stock Exchange, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Astra Zeneca, Glaxo, Johnson & Johnson, HMRC, Bevan Brittan LLP, Harlequin, Mills & Boon, Kenyan Institute of Human Resource Management, Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Kuwait Ministry of Education, Blackburn with Darwen Council, various NHS Trusts, and Avon and Somerset Police.
Sally has enjoyed a broad career spanning the hospitality and retail industries, management consulting and automotive, having worked for Hanson PLC and Mazda Cars. Having completed her Doctorate and with a Masters degree in Organisational Development, she is also a Chartered Member of the IPD, has a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Direction and is a Master Trainer of NLP, Professional Certified Coach, Coach Mentor and Supervisor and an mBIT certified coach. She is the author of three books and designed and now directs the first NLP based Masters degree in the world. Sally speaks regularly at international conferences and is also a Visiting Fellow at Kingston University and University of Derby Corporate. Sally is qualified in numerous psychometric questionnaires including SHL OPQ, MBTI, EQi, iWAM and Extended DISC.
His unique approach enables organisations to maximise their productivity and performance. Current client assignments include GSK, Bevan Brittan LLP, Universities of Warwick and Bristol, and the IEE.
Allan has followed an international career, living and working in Texas for five years and latterly as a Director of Lucas. He has a PhD from London University, is a Chartered Engineer and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Coaching Skills, is a Professional Certified Coach with ICF, a coach supervisor and an mBIT certified coach. Allan’s clients include The Body Shop, New Look, Black&Decker, NatMags, Linkage International, Johnson & Johnson, Outward Bound Professional, Bourton Consulting Group, Second Sight and NatCen.
Dr Allan Parker
Lisa de Rijk (nee Wake)
Psychotherpist and Research Supervisor
After starting her career in NHS clinical practice as a nurse, Lisa moved into NHS management in 1992, where she was employed as a Senior Manager until she left to commence her own shared business in 1997. Using NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) as a launch pad, Lisa has developed extensive experience as a Coach, Facilitator, Change Agent, Trainer, Supervisor and Mentor. Now a Master Trainer of NLP, Lisa is also accredited by the UKCP as a neurolinguistic psychotherapist. Lisa continues to work with Organisations as diverse as the Home Office, Fox’s Biscuits, Northern Foods Group, Napp Pharmaceuticals, Mundipharma Research, Macmillan Nurses, Keepmoat PLC, as well as NHS and Local Authority organisations. Lisa is advisor to Association of NLP and was also on the steering committee of the first International NLP research conference at Surrey University. Renowned for her track record of ethics, training and standards in NLP, Lisa is one of the few academically published researchers and writers within the field of NLP, with her recent publication providing an evidence base to the US Military for their work with veterans. She has recently commenced doctoral research at Surrey University. Lisa trains both Coaching and NLP modules and supervises dissertations on the MA. Lisa is a published author.
Rabiya has always been passionate about reducing health inequalities, improving individual’s quality of life, learning, developing herself and others. It is these passions that have been the steer of her career.
For almost a decade, Rabiya has worked in Health Policy mainly Drug and Alcohol Policy for various London Authorities. She has experience working directly with service users, parents, communities, police, social services, NHS, Central Government and a host of voluntary partner agencies. Her most recent role was as Training and Workforce Development Manager at Lambeth DAT. She championed the use of Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards, rolling out a learning programme for practitioners working with the largest and most complex drug using community in London. It was during this time as workforce lead where she started to consciously pursue developing her coaching and NLP skills. Rabiya completed an MA in Applied Coaching with distinction focusing on the use of Coaching and NLP to accelerate recovery from substance misuse.
Since then, Rabiya has started focusing her skills and experience into coaching women particularly those returning back to work after maternity leave via one to one coaching and a series of personal development workshops. Her aim is to make this transition in life easier for mums and help organisations support and retain their maternity female staff.
Partner, TPS programmes in The Netherlands
Wilbert’s unbridled enthusiasm for people, their opportunities and the way people create their realities combined with his ability to not just work with the individual but with the whole system, has enabled him to work with individuals and groups and transform their way of being. Wilbert has worked with Top Fortune 500 businesses. His light-heartedness combined with his pragmatic and spellbinding approach have reached more than 10,000 people from all over the world through training and coaching in NLP, Leadership Programmes and Coaching Programmes. He is a Master Trainer of NLP, a Professional Certified Coach, an mBIT Certified Trainer and is currently researching into emotionally intelligent leadership traits. Wilbert is very passionate about human potential and possibilities, and is fuelled by the conviction that every person has a right and an obligation to use their full potential; he values integrity, flexibility and authenticity and demonstrates commitment in all his endeavours.
Wilbert has created the Dynamic Creation Foundation that supports projects in Africa, Cameroon and Australia that have their roots in education.
She began her career as a teacher working in the UK and the Middle East before moving into management roles and eventually the world of corporate training and coaching.
As a trainer Julia works across a variety of sectors most recently in the renewable energy field where she has been carrying out behavioural change coaching and performance improvement coaching with middle and senior managers as well as providing training courses for managers to develop their coaching skills as part of their management portfolio.
Julia has trained managers and practitioners across all organisational levels. Her training and facilitation experience ranges from the design and delivery of training and self-assessment to the facilitation of the further professional development. She has worked with governing bodies and senior management teams on strategic planning and supports Master Trainers in the quality development of their programmes.
Building on her education experiences, her involvement in quality improvement initiatives includes process improvement and team development projects together with work with key partners to facilitate post course evaluation. Julia’s research into learning practices at Masters level is being developed as part of a PhD programme.
Julia tutors on the Performance Solution MA in Coaching and the Professional Coaching Skills Certificate. She attends regular coach supervision and is about to submit her portfolio for upgrading her Coach Accreditation through the International Coach Federation.
Lead Consultant on Educational Applications
Dr Hani Ba Hwireth
Partner; Middle East programmes, Arab Coaching and Training
His background in counselling and leadership works hand in hand with his NLP and coaching skills and this generates exceptional feedback from his clients. Hani’s own Arabic background ensures a full understanding of cultural issues, allowing his learning to empower clients in an appropriate way.
As a result of his passion for the field, Dr Hani Ba Hwireth, completed his PhD at University of Bristol, UK, by undertaking an explorative research study into Solution Focused Leadership. He completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Research and Masters degree in Counselling from the University of Bristol, as well.
He has chosen to partner with The Performance Solution so that we can contribute to the coaching practices, education and literature in the Middle East by building on the insights and exploration from differing cultures.
ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC), a full member of Association for Coaching, and Certified by OPP to administer and feedback a variety of psychometrics such as Strong Interest and Abilities Assessment in addition to Extended DISC and iWAM. He is working for a Saudi Holding Company as a Human Performance Consultant & Coach. The website www.arabcoaching.com is the first Arabic website to spread coaching in the middle east and our training programme is the first coach-training programme in Arabic.
Throughout his career, he has worked at all levels of the supply chain from direct sales, all the way up to procurement and data management. This gives him a unique skill set and a very practical perspective in the supply chain processes and management.
Denis has a variety of professional qualifications which include Practitioner and Master Practitioner in NLP, Diploma in Executive & Life Coaching, Special award (Master Degree level) in Emotional Intelligence, FETAC Train the Trainer Certification and Extended DISC & iWAM Trainer & Test Assessor. He is an mBIT certified coach and has a Masters degree in Coaching and NLP.
Denis is a firm believer in professional development. He is very interested in Non-verbal Communication and has delivered unique programmes in communication-based around the area of NVC. He is driven to developing ways to link hard business processes with the cognitive skills required to run them.
He also believes in the academic needs of the Coaching and NLP fields and is a vocal advocate for the formal training and accreditation of professional coaches.
Partner, TPS programmes in Ireland
Partner, TPS programmes in Perth, Australia
Grace offers a strong combination of capabilities in workplace research, analysis, and design of organisational development solutions. Grace is qualified in the delivery of various psychometrics, is an NLP Trainer, a certified coach and qualified as a Coach Supervisor on the first ever Coach Supervision Diploma to be run in Perth. Her current research is focused on the role of emotion in Coaching.
As a consultant, Grace brings insight into the value of the alignment of individual and organisational needs, as well as the power of leadership and good management systems for enabling organisational outcomes.
As a coach, Grace brings a focus on clear outcomes and an ability to facilitate a person in their choice to be more flexible in patterns of behaviour and emotion.
Outside of work, Grace enjoys the creative arts and is a Board member of the Community Arts Association of WA.
- Extensive experience in training of coaches
- Extensive experience in training of leaders
- Working with visions, strategic processing and organisational development
- Facilitating groups becoming real teams
- Processing personal development
- Extensive experience in coaching, being a MCC with ICF since 2005
- Extensive managerial experience
- Extensive administrative experience
- International experience in recruiting
Partner; Norway, Accredited Coach Programmes
Partner; Kenya, Accredited Coach Programmes
Recognised as having excellent interpersonal skills and a warm personality, she has the ability to build great rapport with her clients. She is an experienced coach, trainer and facilitator and well conversant with adult learning methodologies. She specialises in Leadership and executive team development where she has recently successfully managed executive team 360 degree feedback projects combined with individual and team coaching, and facilitating unique leadership and team building programmes using psychometrics and experiential learning techniques. She has on many occasions taken her client leadership teams on outward bound experiential learning retreats which have proven to be transformational.
With her background in the corporate world and combined with her qualifications in coaching, NLP and psychology, she is able to bring about unique insights for her clients who through self-discovery are able to see themselves from different lenses to become the best they can be.
She has consulted for industries as diverse as Energy, Banking, Insurance, Information Technology, Airlines, Health Care and FMCG.
The context can include personal and professional life with topics chosen by the coachee. Heba’s ability to listen enables individuals to take time out of their busy schedules to reflect and to achieve a higher quality of decision making with a strong ecological check.
Having started her career in the arena of Communications and Psychology, Heba has become a professional coach with a strategic, commercial background. Having committed to developing her skills and gaining accreditation with the International Coach Federation she has joined The Performance Solution to lead coaching programmes in Kuwait. These will include short courses for HR specialists, line managers and interested professionals as well as the ICF Accredited Coach Training Programme for which The Performance Solution has gained a global reputation.
ICF ACTP programmes, as well as certificated short courses run regularly throughout the year in English and in Arabic, and interested parties should contact the Harmony International Coaching Offices for more information.
- DBA, Strategic Management
- MBA, Strategic Management
- Bachelor (Major: Mass Communication, Minor : Psychology)
- Member of Technical Office (Consultant) in Assistant Undersecretary office at State Audit Bureau of Kuwait.
- Business owner of Harmony International Coaching firm (HIC)
- Executive Manager -Strategic Brand Company.
- Founder and Chief of AlFalah Coaching Club (the first social and nonprofit club specialist for coaching in Kuwait).
- ICF Associate Credentialled Coach
- Life Coaching Skills and Practice (QSF), Person-BTEC level 3 Certificate.
- Certified Life Coaching Tools Trainer-Approved centre by ILM.
- Coaching Skills course (Concepts, skills & Features-By Canada Global Center),(20 Hours).
- CTI’s Fundamentals of Co-Active Coaching, (18.75 Hours). ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)
- Professional Coaching Practitioner, by TPS. (25 Hours of ICF Approved Coach Specific Training Hours(ACSTH).
- CTI’s Coach Training Program, (104 Hours ICF (ACTP)
OTHER PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES
- IInstructor of Hypnotherapy, Certified by American Board or Hypnotherapy (ABH).
- INLP Master Practitioner, Certified by American Board of NLP (ABNLP).
- IMaster Practitioner Time Line Therapy(TLT), Certified by Time Line Therapy Association.
- ICertified Human Resources Expert, Certified by Training and & career Development centre of Canadian International College.
- ICharted Certified Consultant, Certified by Chartered Association of Business Administrators.
- ICertified Professional Trainor by (IAO) & (IATC)
Dr Heba Alghareeb
Partner; Gulf States and Kuwait, Accredited Coach Programmes
Director of Coaching
She is effective in working deeply with clients, offering them space and structure to achieve their goals and unleash their potential as well as managing change effectively, so that both individual and organisation benefit from directly building roadmaps to excellence. Her clients include CEOs, Directors, management teams and customer service and sales employees in Italy, Europe, Asia and North America. She works fluently in English and Italian.
Flaminia comes from a diverse early background in as PR, sales, employee in an insurance company, actress, teacher and event organiser. Since she started working in the organizational development sector she has been developing significant skills as presenter and change facilitator and trainer, as well as directing her attention and focus to coaching and mentoring. Throughout the last 20 years she has been intensely committed to her personal and professional development specializing in the different tools and techniques of modern psychology and neuroscience applied to personal and professional development. She has intensive experience in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and counselling, holding trainer qualifications in both disciplines and in mBraining.
Since 1999 she has solely worked as business and executive coach and facilitator in the corporate sector, funding the first coaching company in Italy – U2COACH – and working with individuals and teams to help express their full potential and put vision into action. She is a skilled facilitator, recognised for her ability to maintain empathy and inspire people in their development process, building their confidence and influencing skills. Flaminia runs the coveted ICF ACTP professional coach training certification courses and assessments.