Paula Feathers MBA BSc

About me

I am a qualified executive coach, a trained mediator and facilitator with more than 30 years’ experience.

A lifetime ago, I completed a degree in Industrial Technology and briefly considered a career in Engineering. However, it soon became apparent that I was more interested in people rather than things! As a result, I have spent the last 30 odd years trying to figure out how people in the corporate world can work together in a way that is fulfilling, meaningful and has purpose – free from stress, anxiety and burnout. I am convinced that the world of work can be less depressing, more fun; less divisive, more diverse; less exclusive, more accepting. A 2012 Gallup Survey report concluded that only 13% of the workforce was ‘engaged’, meaning that 87% don’t like what they do! There is much work to be done.

To this end I studied an MBA, qualified as both a mediator and an organisational coach and practised group facilitation and team coaching.

I’m told I’m an energising and flexible facilitator, a caring yet challenging coach and fun to work with. I have a particular interest in promoting women in leadership (it’s my belief that the world would be a better place with more women in senior leadership roles) and have specialised in organisational coaching. I also teach a coach qualification programme for the Australian Institute of Organisational Coaching and Leadership. (IECLGrowthops)

While I work mainly in the New Zealand public sector, I also have clients in the banking, construction and insurance industries. My pro bono work with NGOs has taken me to Australia and Nepal. In the past I have lived and worked in Japan and France and had short-term assignments in London, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna, Tonga, The Cook Islands and Samoa.

Outside my paid work I have volunteered at Zealandia (I am crazy about birds – the clue is in the name!); worked with recently arrived refugees and, as a cancer survivor, am a volunteer with the Cancer Society. We also have 3 grown kids, an elderly dog and 2 rescue cats with emotional issues.

I am a Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and have over 600 hours coaching experience. I’m a Senior Executive Coach and qualified Professional Coach Supervisor for the IECL and am accredited to use MBTI, the full suite of TMS instruments and GENOS EI.

Education and Affiliations

1984 MBA: (Industrial Relations) University of Bradford School of Management, UK
1978 BSc: Industrial Technology and Management 2.1 Hons University of Bradford UK
1980 Corporate Member Institute Personnel and Development (MCIPD)
2018  IECL Team Coaching
2008 TMS accreditation (TMI, Leadership Behaviours Profile)
2010 – 2011 Executive Coach Levels 1,2 3 Australian Institute of Executive Coaching (Sydney)
2010 LEADR Mediation Accreditation
2014 Professional Coach Supervision Training
2014 LDC Coaching and facilitation Panel Member
2016 Professional Certified Coach with International Coach Federation (PCC)

Professional Experience

1984 – 1990  Head of Training and Development, Total plc Aberdeen Scotland
1994 – 2008 Consultant (Associate) Tall Poppies Consulting (now Thought Partners) Wellington, New Zealand
2011 – present Senior Executive Coach IECLGrowthops
1998 – present Self employed consultant,  Feathers Consulting Ltd