Our Training Faculty

Meet the Animas Training and Mentoring 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, German, French, Greek and Polish all thrown into the mix!

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 forms 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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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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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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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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