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, 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

Crystal Small

Head of Coach Development

Crystal is our Head of Coach Development and qualified with Animas as a Transformational & Corporate Coach in 2018. With a keen interest in Mental Health Awareness, her love for leading and learning has resulted in a passion for well-being and person-centred development. Prior to Animas Crystal has a wealth...

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Marcus Stone

Coach Trainer

Marcus is an ICF accredited coach who farms part of our brilliant training faculty. He also holds the Diploma in Coaching Supervision and his other passion, aside from training, is helping other coaches to reflect on their own practices to see how they address the challenges they have and continually...

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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

During a decade of working in HR within corporate environments, Nishe was dedicated to supporting recent graduates and school leavers as they began their careers.  Although she loved working with these individuals, particularly as they transitioned to new environments and different ways of operating, she recognised that it wasn't enough for her...

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Emma Dempsey

Coach Trainer

Emma is an ICF accredited Coach with a background in social development, focusing on empowering individuals and communities. Her work has included coordinating community projects, leading behaviour change programmes, guest lecturing at university and influencing policy. Emma loves writing and has contributed to academic articles, blogs (men’s wellbeing) and bestselling books....

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Nick Thorpe

Coach Trainer

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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Lilian Flynn

Coach Trainer

Lilian is one of the newest additions to our training and mentoring teams 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...

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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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Todd Roache

Coach Trainer

Todd is an ICF Certified Coach (ACC), with a rich background in music, mental health, teaching and leadership development. Prior to coaching Todd spent the early part of his career in the music industry as an award winning singer/songwriter and producer. Eventually realising that what he had defined as success...

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Nisha Vyas

Coach Trainer

Nisha is an ICF certified coach, trainer and mentor, she is passionate about helping coaches and leaders with high aspirations to step up to their full potential. As a member of the Animas training team, she delivers the Foundations and Cognitions modules – and is currently working towards her EMCC accredited...

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Marta Abramska

Business Trainer

Prior to qualifying with Animas and setting up her own leadership and career coaching practice in 2018, Marta spent 15 years in the City, including working in a Big Four consultancy where she led projects for dozens of financial services firms around the globe, working for and closely with C-suit...

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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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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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Nathalie Roth

Coach Mentor

Nathalie is an ICF credentialed coach and is part of our Coach Mentoring Team. She trained and qualified with Animas in 2015. With a 20-year professional background in Corporate communications and events, Nathalie arrived at a point where she felt that her path was not resonating with her anymore. She...

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Niki Misokefalou

Coach Mentor

Niki is a new addition to the Animas mentoring team. She qualified with Animas in 2017 and hasn't stopped coaching since then! Niki comes from a teaching background and spent most of her life teaching Ancient and Modern Greek Language and Literature to secondary school age children in Greece. When...

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Hattie Voelcker

Coach Mentor

Hattie is an ICF accredited coach who trained with Animas in 2015 and has run her own coaching business since then. Prior to retraining as a coach, Hattie was a barrister for 10 years, specialising in Family Law. This was a great foundation for her coaching career, as barristers spends...

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Operations
Team

Nick Bolton

Founder & CEO

Nick is the founder and CEO of Animas responsible for the philosophy, vision and aims of Animas and the wider Animas Group. An existentially-oriented coach and supervisor, his aim is to create a shift in the purpose and scope of coaching through the philosophy and methods of transformational coaching. Nick...

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Robert Stephenson

Centre Director

As our Centre Director, Robert's burning desire is to ensure Animas provides high-quality training and a learning journey that serves the needs of our coaches-in-training. With a background that has roots in performance, theatre and education, Robert’s journey to the helm of Animas is as varied as it is fascinating....

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Osman Sabir

Commercial Director

With a background in life coaching and government economics, Osman perfectly fitted the profile of Commercial Director! 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, laid-back but...

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Karen Conway

Head of Enrolments

As Head of Enrolments, 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...

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Ruth Randall

Head of Operations and Finance

Ruth is our brilliant Head of Operations and Finance, 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 as a coach,...

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Sam Chambers

Content Manager

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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Kat Feliciano

Advertising Manager

Kat is responsible for making sure that Animas navigates the world of online advertising so we can get our name out there and let prospective coaches know who we are! She is a voracious reader and loves technology. When she isn't working with Animas, she focuses on empowering people in...

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Annabel Gemino

Social Media Manager

Annabel is our innovative and creative Social Media Manager responsible for creating amazing content, telling engaging stories and managing the online presence of Animas. She's passionate about combining creativity with social media marketing. Annabel is a problem solver at heart, a nature lover and a mum to two amazing children....

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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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Adie Pascual

Course Consultant

Adie is one of our Course Consultants here at Animas. She comes from an education background having taught hundreds of children ages 4-16 for 7 years. Although her first passion is teaching, she discovered the power of coaching after overcoming a hard few years of anxiety. She embarked on a...

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Joan Caryl

Senior Sales Administrator

Joan prides herself in making sure our Introduction to Transformational Coaching sessions are running smoothly and that our new students have the best possible start to their Animas journey. Joan loves learning new things, and in her free time you will find her either reading a book or watching a...

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Joan

Miqi Elshafei

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Miqi supports the CEO in a range of projects ranging from new schools, international expansion, specialist developments and more.  Miqi brings order to chaos and clarity to the madness of ideas the CEO creates!

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Cecille Ruiz

Training Administrator

Cecille is a Training Administrator and is 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

Senior Finance Officer

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 Ruth's team to provide the very best service.

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Catherine Noble

Senior Training Administrator

Catherine oversees the administrative processes relating to the delivery of all training associated course elements, and qualification including people logistics. She is in charge of all the projects relating to our venues and major system changes as required and leads on the projects with the support of the Head of...

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Catherine Noble

Leny Lopez

Training Administrator

Leny is our International Training Administrator who handles international enrolments and student administration. She, together with the rest of the operations team makes sure everything at Animas runs smoothly behind the scenes! She has a huge passion for reading and also loves writing in her spare time!

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Patricia Zabala

Customer Service Administrator

Patricia is our Customer Service Administrator and is part of our Philippines team. She ensures that all your queries and concerns are taken care of as quickly as possible. Patricia is in charge of incoming calls, emails from our website and our live chat agent along with collecting overdue payments...

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Krish Gonzales

Student Administrator

Krish is our Student Administrator and is another key member of our Philippines team. Krish is the point of contact through email for all urgent training queries and one of the people you will speak with when you call Animas. She assists with key tasks supervised by the Training Administrators...

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Stephanie Gallardo

International Finance Administrator

Stephanie is based in the Philippines and is working with the Finance Team under the supervision of Ruth. She handles all finance related concerns with the international students outside the UK as our International Finance Administrator and ensures that the student's finance queries are handled in a timely and efficient...

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Jazel Gonzales

Training Administrator

Jazel is one of our Training Administrators based in the Philippines and is responsible for the enrolment process, module transfers, checking the assessment materials submitted for qualification and answering any queries related to training. Jazel is a mom of two amazing kids and she is always looking for new ways...

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