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Coaching psychologist, coach supervisor and Chartered/Registered Occupational Psychologist. Expertise includes executive coaching for senior managers and top teams, coaching to support health and wellbeing in the workplace, and supervising coaches and in-house coaching teams. Also a mindfulness and interpersonal mindfulness teacher and expert in workplace health and wellbeing, leadership and people management. Website:, email

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Emma Donaldson-Feilder is a coaching psychologist, coach supervisor and Occupational Psychologist. She is Director of Affinity Coaching and Supervision, a coaching psychology consultancy providing executive and workplace coaching, supervision for coaches and in-house coaching teams, plus supervision/mentoring for other professionals on projects such as organisation development and workplace health and wellbeing activities.

Recent/current coaching and supervision projects

  • Executive and leadership coaching for senior managers in a range of sectors including retail, banking and technology.
  • Transition coaching with a charitable organisation, supporting the CEO, Deputy CEO and Board of Trustees to change the structure and culture of the organisation.
  • Resilience coaching for senior managers, including the CEO, in a large IT consultancy, to improve wellbeing and support high performance.
  • Career transition coaching for individuals looking to make changes at key points in their career/life.
  • Group and 1:1 supervision for a team of in-house coaches in a large investment bank.
  • Face-to-face and Skype/phone 1:1 supervision for both experienced coaches and coaches who are at an early stage in their coaching career.
  • Supervision for a consultant working on an organisational development project in a large client organisation.

Coaching and supervision approach

My coaching and supervision is based on a fundamental belief in people's ability to find their own solutions, with my role being to facilitate and catalyse the development process. My intention for coaching and supervision is to provide a non-judgemental, congruent, empathetic and compassionate space, in which clients can develop and transform with the help of my mindful presence, listening, reflecting, clarifying and questioning. My approach to coaching and supervision is integrative and responsive to client needs, drawing on systemic, person-centred, solution-focussed, mindfulness-based and other psychological models as appropriate.

In order to have the best possible evidence-base for my work, I am actively involved in research; and, conversely, my coaching and consultancy with a range of organisations ensures that the research is of genuine use in real-world settings. I am passionate about taking an evidence-based approach to all my work and understand the benefits of drawing on a range of types of evidence, including practitioner expertise and local understanding of the context, as well as practitioner and academic research. I am currently undertaking doctoral research that brings together my wish to support leaders to manage people well and my love of interpersonal/relational mindfulness.

I also draw on the breadth of my experience to inform my coaching and supervision practice. In addition to my work as a coach and supervisor, I am Director of Affinity Health at Work, a specialist consultancy that works with organisations to achieve sustainable business performance through improvements in employee health, wellbeing and engagement. I am an author, conference speaker and media commentator: my writing and presenting includes sharing freely available, online guidance and tools, developed through my and my colleagues' research. I am also active in the public policy domain, as a member of the Health and Safety Executive's Workplace Health Expert Committee. I build on my 12 years' previous experience of working in international relations and communications in a variety of organisations in the UK and overseas.


  • Occupational Psychologist Chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Registered with the Health and Care Professional Council
  • Associate Fellow and on the Register of Coaching Psychologists of the BPS
  • Accredited Executive Coach with APECS
  • Bath Consultancy Group Accredited Certificate in the supervision of coaches, mentors and consultants (near completion)
  • Trained Mindfulness teacher and Interpersonal Mindfulness teacher
  • MSc with distinction in Organisational Psychology
  • Psychometric testing qualifications: MBTI, Hogan suite (HPI, HDS, MVPI), 16PF
  • Diploma in Coaching
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • MA (Cantab) in Natural Sciences/Psychology

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