Meet Kim Vella, executive coach

I am an accredited executive coach, with a down-to-earth and non-judgmental approach. I have a broad-minded outlook on life. I am here to listen and support you (or your team) in developing and refining your leadership capabilities to align with your core values. It works because I use an effective strengths-based coaching methodology and a collaborative mindset when delivering both one-on-one sessions and workshops.

Why I am an executive coach

I transitioned to executive coaching following two decades in roles leading people and in at the Australian Public Service, and at the Australian National University. My motivation is a deep belief that everyone should feel valued, respected and supported.

Here’s how I am taking committed action to helping others:

  • Developing and providing evidence-based leadership training and executive coaching
  • Providing access to pro bono leadership and career insight through International Coach Federation (ICF) community outreach programs
  • Connecting and supporting others in our community through the Network of Possibility.

Making it happen

Life has shown me to expect the unexpected, starting with my mother's diagnosis of terminal cancer when she was only 57 years old. I put every other priority I had at the time on hold while I cared for my mother 24x7 until she passed away.

It was the most precious thing I’ve ever done and the hardest at the same time. Soon after I was diagnosed with an unruptured brain aneurysm, which I’m still living with thanks to some significant lifestyle changes.

My final "wake up" call came when the car I was driving was hit when the driver of the other car failed to give way at a Give Way sign. This happened just around the corner from my home. I thought I was going to die. I didn't!

I now try to focus on what really matters.

Ethics are important to me

I have taken the ICF’s Pledge of Ethics and invest in continuing professional development:

  • Conversational Intelligence® for Coaches Enhanced Skills Practitioner
  • Diploma Workplace and Business Coaching
  • PhD (Sociology), Australian National University (ANU)
  • Executive Master of Public Administration, ANU and the Australian and New Zealand School of Government
  • Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours: Sociology), James Cook University