About Kim Vella


Dr Kim Vella is a highly experienced Professional Certified Coach.

Kim works with CEOs, board members, senior executives, and aspiring leaders across Australia and New Zealand – delivering one-on-one and group leadership courses in person and remotely.

With a PhD in Sociology, Kim specialises in leadership training and is skilled in working with clients from a wide range of cultural and technical backgrounds.

Kim’s training approach is unique and highly effective. She is down-to-earth and nonjudgmental, employing an effective and strengths-based coaching methodology that is driven by client insights.

In an unregulated industry, Kim’s extensive experience and qualifications provide assurance of the high quality of her services. She’s also a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and adheres to the ICF Code of Ethics. She has trained and coached clients from every Commonwealth portfolio, and has 20 years’ experience in leading, coaching and mentoring – particularly within the public sector.

Kim's story

Kim grew up in rural Queensland and had a strong interest in sociology from an early age. She completed her undergraduate degree at James Cook University before moving to Canberra to complete her PhD.

After entering the public service, Kim worked in social policy portfolios across several departments and quickly progressed to the EL and then SES level.

In 2007, Kim completed an Executive Masters in Public Administration which took her all around Australia and to New Zealand, working with peers across different portfolios and strengthening her leadership skills.

Kim became deeply passionate about building effective teams and empowering individuals to reach their full potential – something she considered exploring as an alternate career path to the public service where she had worked for well over a decade.

From 2010 to 2014, Kim suffered a series of life events that forced her to re-think her trajectory in life. Her mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness and passed away, Kim herself was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, and she was also involved in a severe car accident after a driver failed to give way at a stop sign. During recovery, Kim decided to shift her career to focus on what she loves most: helping people believe in themselves and bring out their best. She has since invested in extensive research, training and accreditations to become a highly effective leadership coach.

“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.”


  • 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
  • Australian Institute of Training and Development: Professional Member
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors: Member