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President's Biography

Dr Peter Hawkins (President)

Dr Peter Hawkins, joint founder (1986) and chairman of Bath Consultancy Group, is a leading consultant, writer and researcher in organisational strategy, learning, managing complex change, leadership and Board development. He has worked with many leading organisations in many parts of the world including Europe, South Africa, America and the Far East co-designing and facilitating strategy reviews as well as major change and organisational transformation projects. He has helped a number of Boards and senior executive teams develop their vision, values, leadership and strategy for the future, both in commercial companies, Government, large professional organisations and large and small charities.

He has coached a number of Corporate Executives, Chief Executives and Chairman in both the Public and Private sectors, including: Chief Executives of FTSE 100 companies; Chief Executives of younger growing companies; International Lead Partners in PricewaterhouseCoopers, Local Authority Chief Executives and Chief Executives of international not-for-profit organisations. He is currently team coach of the executive team of one of the largest Government departments.

Peter is a thought leader in Executive Coaching, President of the Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision and a member of the advisory Board of the University of Bath's School of Management. He leads the international modular training programme in the Supervision of Coaches, Mentors and Consultants through Bath Consultancy Group and works with a number of organisations helping them maximise the learning and value they achieve from their coaching activity. (

Peter is the co-author of the best selling "Supervision in the Helping Professions" Open University Press 1989, 2000 and 2006 and "Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consultancy: Supervision and Development" McGraw-Hill/Open University Press 2006 and the CIPD change Agenda "Coaching Supervision". He is also author of "The Wise Fool's Guide to Leadership" O Books 2005.

His current and recent client companies include Ernst & Young, Canon, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Department of Work and Pensions, IBM, Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw and the BBC.

Directors' Biographies

David A Lane, Chairman

David A Lane - As well as contributing to research and the professional development of coaching Professor Lane has coached in a wide range of organisations including major consultancies, multinationals, and public sector and government bodies. He also pioneered the international development of work based masters degrees for experienced coaches. He has published widely on coaching.

He was Chair of the British Psychological Society Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy and convened the European Federation of Psychologists Associations group on Psychotherapy. He has served on committees of the BPS, CIPD, WABC and EMCC, as well as being a founder member of the Global Coaching Community. His contributions to counselling psychology led to the senior award of the BPS for “Outstanding Scientific Contribution”. In 2009 he was honoured by the British Psychological Society for his Distinguished Contribution to Professional Psychology.


Martin Down, Lead director for Corporate Members

Martin is an APECS Accredited Executive Coach, trained as a Coach Supervisor and has run a successful coaching business for over 10 years.

As an Executive Coach he brings:

  • Business and consultancy experience from a business career in the Health Care, Aviation, Food/FMCG and Professional services sectors working as a human resources professional in organisations undergoing major change. He then worked as a consultant with a leading global consultancy, where his focus was the leadership, people and behavioural elements of major change.
  • Good connections with professional organisations supporting ethical and best practice as a Fellow (and accredited consultant) of the Institute of Consulting, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Royal Society of Arts. As well as membership of the EMCC, Association of Business Psychologists and Worshipful Company of Management Consultants
  • A breadth of experience of working with Executives from different sectors, industry, professional and cultural backgrounds from his work with private clients and as a Coach/Tutor on the Executive Programmes of London Business School.
  • An interest in the links between sports and business coaching from participation in ski coaching, sailing the Atlantic on a global challenge yacht and cycling sportives, which will include the 2016 Prudential Ride London event.
  • Experience as an external assessor for master coach qualifications
  • A commitment to thought leadership. He recently co-authored a chapter on the leadership of resilient organisations for the Association of Business Psychologist’s publication ‘Psychology in Action”

Jonathan Males PhD, Lead for Accreditation

Jonathan became a full member of APECS in 2009 and has been a coach and consultant to a wide range of companies in the UK, the US and Australia since 1993. He is founder of Performance1, an executive coaching practice that helps companies to retain and develop top talent, turn around underperforming teams and resolve complex people issues.

He draws on his rich experience at the very highest levels of sport; he represented Australia at four World Canoeing Championships, and coached medal winners on the Australian and British teams across the last six Olympic Games including London 2012.

His coaching clients are senior leaders and teams in companies including Barclays, Network Rail, Pinsent Masons, F&C REIT, Ensco, ArcelorMittal, Virgin Limited Edition, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Assignments include guiding leaders through the transition to CEO, building and integrating multi-cultural teams on complex engineering and construction projects, helping a FTSE10 executive team improve its effectiveness, and helping Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic team leaders perform under pressure.

In addition to being an APECS accredited executive coach Jonathan is also an accredited Sport Psychologist. He gained a first class degree in Psychology from the University of Tasmania, and completed a PhD on the psychology of elite performance at Aberystwyth University.

Jonathan believes that APECS has a critical role to play in bringing together high calibre coaches to create a community that can have a significant positive impact on business and society.

Gary Palmer, Lead for Strategy

Gary Palmer has 20 years’ experience within the IT industry; concluding as a board director of Mitel Networks and an interim at Cable & Wireless.

In 2003, he founded an executive coaching practice and has worked with executives and senior managers across a wide range of organisations. He an associate of Ashridge Management College and the Lancaster University Management School. His work has taken him around the globe with assignments in Europe, United States, the Far East (including China) and Australasia; working within sectors such as Automotive, Banking, Finance, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Media, Oil, Power Generation, Pharmaceutical and Telecommunications.

Gary co-founded an innovative skiing based leadership programme, Parallel Performance, which explored the relationship between sport and business performance and leadership and learning organisations. Gary is qualified to Master Practitioner level by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) with a coaching log in excess of 8000 hours. He holds a post graduate diploma and masters level (M.A. 1st Class) degree in Executive Coaching. I am registered at levels A & B by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Gary lives in Chester with his wife and son where, equidistant from the mountains of North Wales and the Fells of Cumbria, I maintain a keen active interest in mountain sports – mountain biking and ski-mountaineering in particular.

Adina Tarry, Lead for Communications, PR and Branding

Adina Tarry joined APECS as an accredited executive coach in 2006 and became active in special interest groups including the development of the Team Coaching Accreditation Framework since 2010. Adina is also a member of the ABP, EMCC, BPS, SGCP, RSM and AC, which affords her an exceptional overview of the coaching industry of the last 15 years, since she transitioned to management consulting. Adina is registered with the BPS for the use of some 16 psychometric tools, holds certificates in NLP and the Brief method, a Diploma in Executive Coaching and her MSc dissertation was on a complex evolving systems perspective in executive coaching. Educated internationally, Adina has lived and worked in six countries and is multilingual. An avid learner, she uses her extensive CPPD and work as a Visiting Lecturer in Business Psychology and HR Strategy & Consulting since 2002, to share knowledge on subjects of interest that connect executive coaching with complex evolving systems, psychology, cultural complexity, quality management, HR strategy and career management.

Based on her previous international experience with IBM, Alcatel, Johnson&Johnson and Bristol Myers Squibb as a manager and subject matter specialist in supply chain, manufacturing, international trade and quality management, Adina combines in her work with executives, extensive business knowledge, cross cultural savvy and qualifications in psychology (clinical and business), to enable change and performance. Her coaching style has been described as client centric, empowering, inspiring and pragmatic.

In recent years Adina has also worked with “Millennials” in start-ups and SMEs, delivering a combination of coaching, mentoring and consulting to develop the organizational system by blending corporate know-how, entrepreneurial energy and inter-generational complementarity, to enable an effective and appropriate 21st century leadership style.

Sophie Turner, Lead for Members Matters

Sophie Turner has a successful career working with international law firms, as Head of Learning and Development. In this capacity she has designed and delivered leadership development programs for lawyers. Since 2000 she has also taken a special interest in delivering coaching and developing the internal coaching capability in her organisation. Her achievements include Introducing a business focussed Coaching programme now established and recognised by the board and partners globally: Working with partners as part of a merger to manage the integration process. Working with partner teams to manage better collaboration, set-up and integration of new offices, as part of European and international expansion.

Sophie is an accredited Meyler Campbell Business coach and Accredited Thinking Partner coach with Nancy Kline’s ‘Thinking Environment’®

As an experienced coach, Sophie enables her clients; individual and teams - to develop as leaders, by better accessing their abilities and potential. Recognised for energy and insightfulness, Sophie's coaching style has been described as high energy, high impact, goal-oriented. Direct, upbeat, and with a sense of humour, Sophie has been recognised as having made a great impact by finding new ways to motivate the senior workforce, to improve their contributions to business goals. Sophie is interested and committed to increasing the role and impact of the coaching on business goals and outcomes.


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