About Dr Kim Vella


“There are so many constraints at every turn it’s difficult to achieve your full potential without support. If you have a sense that your potential is greater than what you think it is, or what other people think it is, it probably is. You have to start backing yourself, and I can guarantee I will back you too.”

Kim Vella is a highly experienced executive coach with an impressive track record of empowering individuals, teams, and organisations to unlock their full potential.

Since launching Kim Vella Coaching a decade ago, Kim has worked with thousands of leaders in both the public and private sectors through:

  • 1:1 executive coaching
  • group coaching
  • workshops
  • team building

She supports her clients in everything from preparing for interviews at an SES level to co-designing major organisational and culture change programs – drawing from diverse experience gained over nearly 30 years in leadership development to deliver refined and effective methods and practices.

Kim’s clients range from major federal government departments to government regulators, consulting firms, technology companies, and more. She enjoys building lasting relationships with clients and is widely acknowledged for her practical, genuine, empathic, and engaging coaching style.

Supported by an exceptional team with unique talents in strategic leadership, psychology and change management, Kim selectively collaborates to provide targeted programs and workshops that produce tangible results.

A former Senior Executive within the public service, Kim has a PhD in Sociology and is an ICF Professional Certified Coach with accreditations in:

  • Conversational Intelligence
  • Smart Collaboration
  • Team Management Systems (Team Management Profile and Linking Leader Profile)
  • Centre for Creative Leadership (Skillscope and Keys)
  • EQi 2.0 and EQ360

Kim is also a Fellow at the Harvard/McLean Hospital Institute of Coaching, a graduate and professional member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a selected associate of the global CoachAdviser network.


  • PhD (Sociology)
  • Executive Master of Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours: Sociology)
  • Diploma Workplace and Business Coaching
  • Conversational Intelligence Coach: Certified Practitioner
  • International Coaching Federation: Professional Certified Coach
  • Centre for Creative Leadership Qualified Facilitator: Skillscope and Keys
  • Team Management Systems Accredited Facilitator: Team Management Profile and the Linking Leader Profile (360)
  • Smart Collaboration Accelerator: Accredited Accelerator Coach
  • EQi 2.0 and EQ360 Accredited Practitioner
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors: Member