John Leary-Joyce Founder and CEO of AoEC Academy of Executive Coaching, has worked with his team over 14 years to develop it into a prestigious brand with professional international accreditation ICF, EMCC, & AC as well as academic validation with Middlesex University. Under his dynamic leadership AoEC has become a highly regarded coaching training organisation in UK and Europe with international partners in China, Eastern Europe, Russia, S. America and Africa
Prior to that, he was MD of Gestalt Centre Ltd growing the business fourfold in eight years and gaining a Company Director diploma with the Institute of Directors.
He is Past President of EMCC UK where his focus was on maintaining standards for coaching and mentoring, building collaboration between the different professional bodies and well as supporting research into different aspects of coaching practice.
John’s initial eighteen-year career was in psychology and group facilitation – having a clinical practice, training Masters level psychotherapists and presenting at conferences, on radio and television. This led to being invited by organisations like PwC, Viacom, DeBeers to utilise those skills in team building and consultancy. In parallel he developed an innovative consultancy-training programme that attracted some of the top consultants in the UK.
With this background he became one of the early executive coaches to complete his Masters in Executive Coaching. Now he is highly experienced at coaching leaders and managers in developing their personal competence to lead their businesses more successfully. He is accredited with Association of Professional Executive Coaches & Supervisors (APECS).
More recently he has combined his experience as an inspirational leader, mobilising teams to improve business capability with his coaching expertise to develop a Team Coaching service. This has evolved into providing the first Masters Systemic Team Coach training programme in Europe.
He is an innovative and engaging speaker, presenting at conferences throughout the world and honoured to be back again for the fourth year at the excellent WBEC Summit.