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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, Scots, French, Polish, Czech, Filipino all thrown in 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. 

Operations team

Nick Bolton

Founder & CEO

Nick is the founder and CEO of Animas. He sees his role as being like an artist on a never ending quest to create a masterpiece of his school.  Although no longer training within Animas, Nick’s transformational philosophy and principles permeate the Animas approach, acting as the guiding vision for how Animas develops.

Nick Bolton

Robert Stephenson

Director of Training & Coaching

Rob both manages and supports our training teams across the globe ensuring quality training that serves the needs of our coaches-in-training.  He enjoys the opportunity to step back into the training space on occasions and enjoys supporting trainers directly in the classroom. Rob also hosts the regular Animas interviews for our Animas Podcasts. With a background in performance, he brings both creativity and passion to his role.

Robert Stephenson

Karen Conway

Sales Director

As Sales Director, Karen heads up everything we do to attract, nurture 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 make the right choice for themselves.  Outside of Animas, Karen is an avid foodie and traveller!

Karen Conway

Laure Polidori

Head of Special Projects

Laure is our Head of Special Projects, managing a diverse portfolio of work within Animas from international growth to partnerships with coaching bodies and from managing social impact projects to developing educational structures within Animas.  She is a vastly experienced coach, mentor and supervisor with a love for French Bulldogs!

Laure Polidori

Ewelina Bernaciak

Head of Operations & Customer Service

Ewelina manages our customer service, training administration and finance team ensuring that all the systems in the company are in place and work smoothly and that we provide a beautiful experience to our students.  She lives in Poland and outside of work she loves spending time with her family and friends.

Ewelina Bernaciak

Jay Mewes

Head of Content & Brand

Jay works closely with his creative team as well as the Animas community, industry thought-leaders and coaching authors to bring valuable resources, knowledge and insights to all on the coaching journey. Jay is passionate about producing content that is easily accessible and highly engaging such as, the Animas podcast, lectures, interviews and written articles.

Jay Mewes

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 to the coaching world.

Emma Baker

Osman Sabir

Course Consultant

Osman is one of our course consultants and supports people to decide if Animas is the right place to train as a coach.  Relaxed and effortless laid-back, Osman is married with a son and also runs his own part-time coaching practice working with clients struggling with work-related stress and overwhelm.

Osman Sabir

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 spare time, Zoe runs group coaching workshops and has cuddles with her dog.

Zoe Spooner

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 reading a book or watching a documentary.

Joan Caryl

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.

Cecille Ruiz

Eric Muhanji

Digital Marketing Manager

Eric is our Digital Marketing Manager responsible for all things digital and tasked with attracting people interested in coach training and introducing them to the Animas brand. He is passionate about digital marketing and has previously worked as a Business Mentor with Chambers of Commerce.

Eric Muhanji

Sam Chambers

Writer and Reporter

Sam is our 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 Animas book projects. 

Sam Chambers

Harry Chambers

Videographer & Editor

Harry is our produces audio and visual content that captures the journey of the Animas coaches, industry thought-leaders and authors, as well as filming our lectures and events. With a keen eye for film-making and a passion for creative media, Harry aims to produce vibrant content for Animas’ ever-growing community. 

Harry Chambers

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.

Ronna Medillo

Training Faculty

Marcus Stone

Coach Trainer

Marcus is one of our trainers on the DTC. An experienced coach, supervisor and facilitator, Marcus loves working with groups of new coaches and creating a space that empowers each person to grow towards the coach they would like to become.  As a coach, Marcus draws upon person centred practices, focussing to develop a quality of closeness and rapport with his clients. When not working, Marcus is very much a family man and lurcher fan!

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Emily Johnston

Coach Trainer

Emily is a highly experienced trainer on the DTC having originally created and trained the Animas Certificate in Mindfulness for Coaching. She brings a warmth, humour and creativity to her work as a trainer. She is an experienced coach, facilitator and supervisor and runs her own business bringing coaching into schools 1-2-1 and in group work and also works with private clients as a coach, meditation teacher and supervisor of coaches. She also loves cooking and walking her spaniel!

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Bronwyn Nash

Coach Trainer

You’ll meet Bronwyn in the training room, sharing her passion for personal growth and powerful, creative approaches to coaching. Within Animas she leads coaches through face-to-face group elements of the flagship diploma course and offers further support through group supervision. Elsewhere she runs her own coaching and supervision practice and has outdoor adventures with her husband, campervan and scruffy lurcher.

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Matteo Trevisan

Coach Trainer

Matteo’s deepest drives are curiosity and growth. As one of the lead trainers on the DTC he brings a great amount of energy, depth, and excitement. His creative style was shaped by an eclectic international life and past careers in both Physics and Education. He also works as a leadership trainer in the corporate sector and his nicheless private coaching practice has helped a range of clients - Entrepreneurs, Executives, Schools, Charities…Humans!

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Emma Dempsey

Coach Trainer - Edinburgh

Emma has worked in wellbeing and development for over twenty years, facilitating change in people and communities and enabling others to live to their true potential. Alongside her training role in Edinburgh and Dublin she is founder of Forth Coaching and works with people who want to create change for themselves or others and want to enhance the world somehow. When not working she can be found either near or in the sea.

Emma Dempsey

Nick Thorpe

Coach Trainer - Edinburgh

Nick has an inbuilt passion for journeys of discovery, whether literally rafting across the Pacific as an award-winning travel writer or getting curious with Animas students about what takes great coaching deeper. A trainer on our live modules in Scotland, he leans towards the person-centred, existential realms of coaching, often attracting private clients undergoing midlife transition. A devoted dad, he lives by the sea and loves meandering in his kayak.

Nick Thorpe

Liz Goodchild

Coach Trainer - Berlin 

Liz trained and qualified with Animas in 2013 and since then, has grown a thriving, full-time coaching practice from her home in Germany. Her writing has been featured in Psychologies Magazine, The Independent, Tiny Buddha and Thought Catalog, she also regularly contributes opinion pieces for large publications and podcasts. As a coach and trainer, Liz’s warm, encouraging and down-to-earth personality helps put people at ease, yet she’s also known for her challenging, thought-provoking questions, to help people see “outside of the box” and shift their perspectives in a way they never imagined.

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Michele Kingston-Malone

Coach Mentor

Michele is a coach mentor and supports our students through their client work and learning journey towards becoming a coach.  In her own practice, she specialises in wellbeing coaching, combining mindfulness and coaching to help individuals deal with stress, overwhelm and health issues.  Michele lives in Brighton with her husband, loving the relaxed pace of life after escaping London!

Michele Kingston-Malone

Ken Kelling

Coach Mentor

Ken graduated with Animas in 2014 and with his 25-year professional background in corporate communications and events, now enjoys combining public relations consultancy with his own executive coaching practice.  Outside of his practice and his Animas mentoring, Ken volunteers as a Samaritan and enjoy walking his dog Bailey

Ken Kelling

Ruth Randall

Coach Mentor

As well as her individual life coaching clients, Ruth works with teams to help them get along with each other better and be happier at work. Along with her mentoring and coaching, Ruth's background is in person-centred health and social care, and she has recently joined forces with a physiotherapist opening a new wellness centre in Hertfordshire.

Ruth Randall

Natasha Harris

Business Trainer

Natasha is a trainer on the Kickstart your Coaching Practice workshop. Having trained in 2012 she loves to support newly qualified coaches in their journey to starting their own practice. In her own successful business she works with people who have a deeper sense that there is more to life that what they are experiencing and takes them on a deeper journey to rediscover themselves and their life purpose.

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Maria Richters

COACH MENTOR

Maria is a coach mentor and supports our students through their client work and learning journey towards becoming a coach. In her own practice, she specializes in art therapy coaching. Coming from a creative background, she combines creativity, spirituality and art therapy tools with coaching to help individuals who want to form a better relationship with themselves to gain confidence and self awareness, and realize their inner creative power facilitating a self determined entrepreneurial life. Maria recently moved from London to Hamburg in Germany with her partner and three dogs, enjoying the freedom to carry her work wherever she goes.

Maria Richters

Nishe Patel

Nishe Patel is an Integrative Coach and Therapist who works with her clients to embrace their inner critic. She believes that by listening and engaging with our inner speech, we are able to develop a better understanding of ourselves and become more authentic in our interactions. She is a person-centred practitioner, appreciating that each client is unique and tailoring treatments specifically to them. Finally, Nishe feels that although personal development will consistently push our boundaries, it can be a fun and enjoyable experience, and therefore she encourages her clients to be creative in their work together.

Nishe Patel
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