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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

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”


Anthony Mitchell

Anthony has 27 years’ experience as a leadership coach, facilitator and mediator, working with business leaders and their senior teams in the UK, Europe, Asia and the US.

Following an early career in the theatre and advertising, his work includes executive coaching, the design and delivery of leadership programmes and facilitation of bespoke strategy/team development workshops.

Clients include Allen & Overy, Canon, Colliers International, Dixons Carphone, Deutsche Bank, Ericsson, Herbert Smith Freehills, IHG, Microsoft, Motorola, National Express, UBS, Viasat, White & Case…

Anthony is known in his coaching work for connecting deep listening and creativity; working with experienced clients to find new questions that link their existing perceptions to a renewed understanding of themselves and the challenges they face.

Anthony holds a BA (hons) in Creative Arts (Art & Drama), an MA in Psychological Coaching and is a CEDR accredited mediator.


Jane Maitland

Jane Maitland is an executive coach, writer and facilitator. She draws on extensive psychodynamic and coaching training, coupled with twenty years’ experience as a communication consultant, to help people and organisations to communicate better, and be more effective. She now works increasingly on helping clients to inhabit their lives more fully as well as facilitating leadership teams and others so they can hold better conversations about things that matter. After a career as a researcher (House of Commons and LWT) she moved into consulting with Willis Towers Watson, and set up Maitland Consulting in 1998. Her first coaching assignment was with Unilever in 2000 and since then her clients have included GSK, AstraZeneca, Shell, the British Library and Comic Relief.

Jane holds an MA in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths. She trained as a psychodynamic counsellor at Birkbeck and as a coach with the Coaches Training Institute, Time to Think, Bath Consulting, Tavistock Consulting Services and Leadership Consulting, among others. She edited “Psychodynamic Practice; Individuals, Groups and Organisations" for Routledge/Taylor&Francis and has written articles for the Guardian and a range of magazines. Jane joined APECS in 2015 and has taken a particular interest in helping the Association to build its online/virtual presence.


Anne Bates MBPsS

Business & Transition Coach, Supervisor, Consultant

Anne worked for over 18 years within KPMG as an Executive Coach, Supervisor and held leadership roles in Coaching, Learning & Development, and Recruitment.

Anne works mainly with senior executives on a 1:1 basis and in groups and also has experience in designing development programmes for internal coaches and commissioning the design and delivery of leadership and mentoring programmes.

Anne is an APECS Accredited Executive Coach, and trained as a supervisor with Ashridge Business School. She has a degree in psychology and is committed to continual professional and personal development.

Anne is excited about working with APECS members to raise the profile of supervision and for APECS to been seen as thought-leaders in this space.


Adina Tarry

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

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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