Dr Kim Vella
Dr. Kim Vella is an accredited executive coach with over two decades of experience in people leadership, signficiantly in the Australian National University and the Australian Public Service. She holds a PhD in Sociology and an Executive Master of Public Administration. Before her transition into coaching, she managed significant financial outlays, comprising around one-quarter of the Australian Government’s budget.
Kim specialises in topics such as leadership transitions, organisational transformation, culture change, and emotional intelligence. She has advised leaders across a range of industries including the public sector, defence and national security, legal, engineering, and medical research. Her client base predominantly includes C-suite members, senior executives, and senior academics and researchers.
Over the years, she has been engaged by high-profile clients including the Department of Defence, Australian Government Solicitor, Attorney General’s Department, Griffith University, Australian National University, and DLA Piper. Her methodologies include Conversational Intelligence and strengths-based coaching.
She is an Accredited Conversational Intelligence Coach, an ICF Professional Certified Coach, and a Smart Collaboration Accredited Partner. She is also a Team Management Systems Accredited Facilitator for both Team Management Profile and the Linking Leader Profile (360). Kim is a graduate and professional member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Kim’s approach combines tailored coaching and evidence-based leadership programs to facilitate both individual and organisational development. She has been commended for her personable and robust coaching style, effectively helping clients navigate complex challenges and meet their strategic goals.
Her professional contributions and other credentials are underpinned by her affiliation as a Fellow at the Harvard/McLean Hospital Institute of Coaching. This enables her to stay at the forefront of the latest research in leadership and organisational development.