Coaching & Leadership Development

Meet the Team

Learn more about the Integrity Coaching team and our Associates.

Justine Ballard


Justine has been an accredited executive coach with the International Coaching Federation since 2007 and her experience as a coach spans both the private and public sector. She is experienced in helping a wide range of leaders develop their strengths and enhance their performance, personal impact and professional presence.


Her many years as an internal communications specialist working in large organisations such as the Home Office, EDF Energy and RSA means that she understands the array of pressures that people with many stakeholders and many objectives can face.

As well as coaching managers and leaders of all levels on a wide range of business issues, her knowledge of body language enables her to specifically coach and train people to manage the impression they make. Justine helps leaders to easily build rapport with their teams and stakeholders and adapt their communication style as needed.

Her style is warm, fun, supportive and challenging as she works with people to achieve transformational change.

Inspired by…

I am inspired by Susan Jeffers. She was a kind, empowering author who showed that by looking at things in a different way, you can face any challenge. Reading her book many years ago started me on the journey that eventually led me to become a coach.

Mary Evans


Mary Evans has 28 years of management experience in 5 local authorities. Most recently this was as Deputy Director of Children’s Services in Wandsworth Borough Council. She started her career with 10 years of teaching, including time as a Deputy and Acting Headteacher in a new primary school.


Training from Integrity Coaching was Mary’s introduction to coaching and she went on to gain a Certificate and then a Practitioner Diploma from the Academy of Executive Coaching. During her time in Wandsworth she led an internal coaching programme within the Children’s Services Department and worked with a number of internal coachees, as well as external clients on a pro-bono basis.

Since April 2014 Mary works as a freelance Executive Coach. She has an outcome focus which is informed by her professional background. Her style combines challenge with empathy and support. She is clear sighted and pragmatic with a sensitive, intuitive approach.

Mary understands the isolation of many senior managers and the range of challenges and complexity they face. She is particularly interested in working with those facing change or transition, who want to manage better the balance of professional and personal demands.

Inspired by…

Paintings, drama, dance and novels which connect beyond the intellectual level and which draw out creative, emotional and spiritual responses and engage me as a whole person.

Tim Small

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Tim’s deep interest in learning and leadership is grounded in twenty-seven years’ experience of teaching and leading in six comprehensive schools, culminating in a headship in Wiltshire. He has practised for fifteen years as an education consultant, working across the UK and in Australia, Malaysia and the Middle East.

Tim has coached education and business leaders in a range of challenging contexts, working alongside them on improving their own and their organisations’ resilient agency and capacity for transformation.  He runs interactive workshops to prepare teachers and leaders to use the Crick Learning for Resilient Agency profile (CLARA) and Authentic Enquiry, to transform learning for individuals, groups and systems.

He has contributed articles and chapters to prestigious, peer-reviewed publications on leadership, learning and values education and he is passionate about integrating the accountability agenda with a humanity agenda.

Based in the West Country near Bristol, he is an Associate Member of the Governing Body of a village primary school (of which he was a governor for eight years) and he is in advanced training in Transactional Analysis Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Berne Institute, near Nottingham.

Inspired by…

…the words and wisdom of Parker J. Palmer, helping us to ‘re-integrate the inner work with the life-giving outer work’ and found our profession upon identity and integrity.

Maria Ilia


Maria has been with Integrity Coaching on a part time basis since September 2013. From responding to your enquiries to tracking down receipts, she is responsible for keeping Integrity Coaching HQ running with her business and social media support! Maria is a past master of market research and has delivered successful business and marketing development projects in the academic, technology, local government, education, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.  Maria has a PhD in Neurosciences from University College London and Exec MBA from London Business School.  Having escaped the corporate world, she has recently completed her coaching accreditation partly sponsored by Integrity Coaching.

In her free time she is taking flute lessons and adores hiking at the countryside.

Inspired by…

Sharing what is on our hearts, a willingness to be transparent in all our dealings and encouragement, encouragement, encouragement.

Barbara McCleery


Barbara is a commercially focused Chartered Occupational Psychologist and coach with more than seventeen years consultancy experience operating at all levels in an organisation from front line teams to senior management level within the public and blue chip private sectors. She has lived and worked in Asia as an HR Consultant for a multi-national organisation.


Barbara has considerable experience coaching senior managers from a diverse range of backgrounds (business/functional, cultural, age etc). Latterly, spent 6 years working closely with members of a global senior level talent pool within a large multi-national organisation; helping individuals realise their potential and create value for the organisation. She is foten described by clients as someone who demonstrates strong relational skills and a sound understanding of their job challenges with an ability to facilitate resolution of the stated issues.

Barbara is passionate about facilitating another’s development; creating space for reflection and growth of self awareness and ultimately allowing the individual to nurture their aspirations in pursuit of personal goals.

Inspired by…

A quote I read from the writings of George Bernard Shaw: The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.

Kirstie McLachlan


Kirstie McLachlan started her professional life as a Social Worker, later working in the NHS. During her career in the health service Kirstie worked in community health service projects in the West of Scotland before moving to health service management in London. Kirstie has led public consultations on proposed NHS changes, headed up staff consultations and worked with union and patient representatives whilst working to government targets and budget cuts. She understands public sector pressures and considers the breadth and depth of her management experience invaluable to her as a coach.


Kirstie’s training as an Executive Coach enabled the formal skill development of her natural coaching style and she now coaches leaders and senior managers on a one to one and team basis. She has a particular interest in wellbeing and enjoys introducing quick and simple mindfulness practices into her coaching.

Inspired by…

I’m inspired by people who live in alignment with their values, particularly when they do it with grace and humour; happily there are many.

Steve Russell


Steve has never lost his belief in education as a powerful vehicle to promote growth, both for children and young people and also for those working with them. His involvement in and commitment to education has seen him hold a variety of roles,including classteacher, behaviour support teacher and leading a school improvement team. Throughout this time he has focused on developing his knowledge and understanding of what makes people ‘tick’ and finding creative ways to share this with hardpressed school staff and leaders. He has a particular interest in helping leaders and leadership teams to gain a greater appreciation of what they do well/well enough, and to use this as a basis for planning and supporting further growth.

The testimony that perhaps best encapsulates how Steve works comes from the principal of a school that was in special measures who spoke of how “(Steve’s) way of working with colleagues is subtle and takes people from where they currently are as a starting point. He has an excellent pedagogical knowledge and brings considerable expertise …. He forms excellent relationships with staff and students and staff and students enjoy working with him. He connects things together – whether this is people with people or people with ideas. He is very modest and enjoys seeing people succeed.”

Inspired by…

Parker J Palmer’s words: ‘Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique. Good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.’ I believe there is a pressing need to help teachers and leaders to connect with who they are and find ways to hold this in the face of so many pressures that can encourage disconnect. And I see many challenges for myself when I replace ‘ ‘teacher’ with ‘coach’, ‘leader’ and ‘parent’!

Judi Stewart


Judi is a leadership and personal development coach. She has had three careers including teaching, working in the not-for-profit sector and more recently coaching. Her career choices are linked by a passion to help others. Over the years she learnt that leadership starts with self-leadership and that the most effective way to work with others is to be open, authentic and objective.

Her time in the not-for-profit sector included being CEO of the British Dyslexia Association as well as the CEO of a consultancy that worked into the not-for-profit sector.  During this time she completed an MBA and later MA in Psychological Coaching.

Over the years Judi has worked closely with government, especially the former DCSF.  She was also seconded into Barclays to become Head of Community Affairs and later spent a year in Tanzania volunteering at a school for deaf children.  She is the Chair of The Mulberry Centre; a SW London charity that supports anyone affected by cancer.  Judi values diversity, including embracing difference and diversity of experience.   She relishes working with a variety of clients who include teachers, actors, artists, CEOs and even a space scientist. She sees herself as a facilitator providing a space for the client to explore and discover for themselves.  Typical client comments include: –

  • “I feel my boundaries have been pushed out”.
  • “My expectations were for a course, a series of steps, but it was much better, as I’m not sure I would have stuck to the rules and principles”.
  • “I have built up a tool kit based upon a new understanding of how I work and where I can improve”.
  • “It feels as if the shackles have been removed”

Inspired by…

Nelson Mandela: As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.


Giles Barrow

Giles has a background as a teacher in mainstream and specialist contexts. He spent most of his leadership experience as head of support services in a south London authority. This involved establishing provision for children excluded from schools and in-school practice for students with additional and special educational needs.  Fifteen years ago he began training in transactional analysis. He is now a training and supervising transactional analyst in the field of education.


Giles is especially interested in the relational aspects of leading in learning and developing values-based approaches to creating school culture. He enjoys teaching, spends much of his time training school staff and getting alongside teachers in classrooms. Giles writes on a range of themes about learning, schooling and what it’s like to teach.  Outside of working in schools he runs a small farm in east Suffolk.

Inspired by…

Some great teachers both past and present. I continue to be astonished at just how powerful educators can be in touching the lives of their students.

Michael Hanoman

Mike is a an experienced education professional, and former Deputy Headteacher who applies a 30 year teaching career to the provision of a range of consultancy services at school and Local Authority (LA) level. He has worked in range of schools, from the “leafy” suburbs to the most challenging. Mike has been successful in moving challenging schools out of special measures to become good and outstanding.


Mike has employed an engaging, collaborative leadership style to support staff across the education sector in areas such as strategic education improvement programmes, ICT programme design and pre / post OFSTED support. He has complimented this with the operational experience to implement national and LA initiatives from the ground up and throughout all projects and demonstrates a true passion and commitment to improving educational standards for all, importantly, for our young people.

For a number of years, Mike has worked with schools and local authorities to raise the attainment of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and enabled many to achieve their goals and more. Importantly, through training, professional development, local and national conferences, to raise staff awareness and understanding of students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Hence, his publication “Equality in Action – The Pimlico Way” distributed nationally by the DFE and NCSL.

As a facilitator, Mike is described as engaging, “carries the group with him” and humorous, at all times ensuring the outcomes and the learning are addressed.

Inspired by…

Xenophon described the required qualities of the elected general as: ingenious, energetic, careful, full of stamina and presence of mind…loving and tough, straightforward and crafty, ready to gamble everything and wishing to have everything, generous and greedy, trusting and suspicious.

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