Our Team

Meet the Animas team!

We’re a passionate team of coaches and trainers, supported by an international operations and support team. We’re a pretty international bunch with English, Irish, French, Polish, Pakistani, Kenyan and Filipino all thrown into the mix!

We care deeply about coaching and making an impact in the world through creating exceptional coaches and we hope we’ll get to meet you if that inspires you to train with us too.

Training
Faculty

Robert Stephenson

Director of Training & Coaching

As our Director of Training and Coaching, Robert manages and supports our training and mentoring teams across the globe ensuring quality training that serves the needs of our coaches-in-training. With a background that has roots in performance and theatre, Robert's journey to life coaching, and training, has taken him along...

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Marcus Stone

Coach Trainer

Another core member of the Animas training faculty, Marcus is an ICF accredited coach, and delivers a range of our training modules on the Diploma. He has further ICF accredited certificates with Animas in both Group and Existential coaching, and also holds the Diploma in Coaching Supervision, with which he...

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Emily Johnston

Coach Trainer

One of the original Animas training team, Emily is a highly experienced trainer and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the ICF. She qualified with Animas in 2012 and during her Animas journey since, Emily has set up an accredited Certificate in Mindfulness Coaching, which she continues to deliver twice...

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Bronwyn Nash

Coach Trainer

Bronwyn is another of our fantastic coach trainers. She trains the Cognition, Transaction, Presence and Paradigms modules on the Diploma in Transformational Coaching, and also holds the Diploma in Coaching Supervision, meaning that she further supports qualified coaches through both individual and Group Supervision. Sharing her passion for personal growth...

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Matteo Trevisan

Coach Trainer

As an ICF accredited coach Matteo has a wealth of coaching experience, and his background in teaching further adds to his ability to facilitate learning in the training space. With a Masters in Physics (Bath University), a further degree in education (King's College), and a coaching diploma with Animas, Matteo...

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Nishe Patel

Coach Trainer

Having spent almost a decade working in early careers within corporate environments, the combination of a clear realisation that she wanted to transition into learning and development, and an incredibly powerful experience of being coached during the Animas Diploma course led Nishe to what would be a new beginning. And...

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Emma Dempsey

Coach Trainer - Edinburgh

Emma has worked in social development for over twenty years with a focus on empowering individuals and communities. This has included working in community projects, training individuals, leading behaviour change programmes, guest lecturing at university and influencing policy. Emma has contributed to academic articles, bestselling books and several podcasts. She has worked with...

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Nick Thorpe

Coach Trainer - Edinburgh

Nick Thorpe is an award-winning writer, speaker, coach & Animas trainer. A prolific journalist for more than 20 years, he is the author of three books of travel/self-discovery ranging from an expedition to Easter Island by experimental reed raft - Eight Men and a Duck - to his boat-hitching odyssey...

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Natasha Harris

Business Trainer

Natasha trained and qualified with Animas in 2012. At the time she was also running a small, local organic veg box business, but at the end of 2015 Natasha decided to dedicate her time to running her practice full time. A huge step, that has proven to be an exciting...

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Mentoring
Team

Michele Kingston-Malone

Coach Mentor

Michele is an experienced ICF accredited coach and is part of our Animas coach mentor team. She actually had her first taste of coach training using the GROW model in 1998, during a stint of more than twenty years working in the public sector. This work spanned the civil service,...

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Ken Kelling

Coach Mentor

Ken is an ICF credentialed coach and makes up an important part of our Coach Mentoring Team. Graduating with Animas in 2014, and with his 25-year professional background in corporate communications and events, Ken now enjoys combining public relations consultancy with his own executive coaching practice. Having spent more than...

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Ruth Randall

Coach Mentor

Ruth is one of the members of our brilliant Coach Mentoring Team, and is an ICF credentialed Transformational Life Coach. Since qualifying with Animas in 2015, Ruth has completing an accredited certificate in group coaching, as well as completing the ICF's credentialing process earlier this year. Prior to her work...

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Maria Richters

Coach Mentor

Maria is our Berlin-based Coach Mentor, supporting our students through their client work and learning journey towards becoming a coach. Before gaining her Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching with Animas, Maria had a very creative background, working in the fashion industry on her own fashion labels. Whilst in this sector...

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Lilian Flynn

Coach Mentor

Lilian is one of the newest additions to our mentoring team at Animas. An ICF accredited coach, Lilian comes to coaching from a teaching background. She spent almost a decade in the education and the training field, teaching both primary and secondary school students in a teaching career that took...

Operations
Team

Nick Bolton

Founder & Chairman

Nick is the founder and chairman of Animas. An existentially-oriented coach and supervisor, Nick created Animas to embody the qualities of unknowing with an emergent approach to coaching that informs the coach training at every level.

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Laure Polidori

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Laure makes things work! She heads up our operations, education and accreditation and manages a portfolio of additional work including social impact projects. Laure is a vastly experienced coach, mentor and supervisor with a love for French Bulldogs!

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Osman Sabir

Marketing Director

With a background in life coaching and government economics, Osman perfectly fitted the profile to head up our marketing! With a genuine love of coaching but an equal love of how to get our message in to the world, Osman is both numbers and heart, promotion and coaching theory! Relaxed,...

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Karen Conway

Enrolments Director

As Enrolments Director, Karen heads up everything we do to attract and enrol new students into Animas and enable them to begin their journey to become coaches. As a coach for many years herself, she understands the hopes and concerns of our customers and cares passionately about having our students...

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Emma Baker

Course Consultant

Emma is a Course Consultant facilitating people to explore whether becoming a coach is the right journey for them and whether Animas is the right place to take that journey. A coach herself and facilitator of workshops for her own coaching practice, Emma loves the work of bringing people in...

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Tracy Abegg

Course Consultant

Tracy is a Course Consultant supporting those interested to become a coach to explore the Animas programme and decide whether we are the right place to train.

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Sam Chambers

Head of Content

Sam is our Content Manager, Writer, Reporter and Social Media Voice. With a flair for writing and a penchant for story-telling, he works with peers, thought-leaders and the Animas community, to produce a consistent stream of engaging, written content; from researched white papers to student-driven articles, and blog posts to...

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Zoe Spooner

Events Manager

Zoe manages all of our extra curricular Events from Lectures to the Accredited courses. She enjoys engaging with thought leaders in the field and works with them to put together insightful Events. She also manages Animas Connect, to ensure it is kept as a lively and useful platform. In her...

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Joan Caryl

Customer Happiness Creator

Joan is our Customer Happiness Creator and part of our Philippines team. Joan ensures the best possible experience for our customers and gets to know our students individually as she deal with queries and requests. Joan loves learning new things, and in her free time you will find her either...

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Cecille Ruiz

Training Administrator

Cecille is a Training Administrator working responsible for the enrolment process, module transfers, checking the assessment materials submitted for qualification and answering queries related to training. Working from the Philippines, she makes sure that every task is just right but is also completed in a timely manner.

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Ronna Medillo

Finance Assistant

Ronna is our finance assistant and your first port of call for most things invoice and payment related. A qualified bookkeeper, Ronna is part of our team based in the Philippines and works as part of Ewelina's team to provide the very best service.

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