Tim Jeffery

Tim Jeffery

“My passion is to see leaders and their organisations flourish and grow into the very best they can be. The heart of my work is about being alongside leaders and their organisations through uncertainty, upheaval and change. In an era of increasing complexity and an epidemic of busy-ness, I love to help leaders make the time and build the habits that help them to flourish in every part of their lives and become catalysts for transformative change in their organisations.”


Tim’s early career was spent in the engineering and project management sectors.  His work became increasingly focused on international development and he spent many years living and working in Africa and Asia for governments and international organisations directly both and as a consultant.  His natural flare for strategy and making organisations work saw him move into senior leadership roles.  For nine years until early 2014, Tim was CEO of national children’s charity Spurgeons, leading a team of up to 750 staff and 500 volunteers.  In 2014 Tim set out on his own as a leadership coach and organisational change consultant; he has worked with a wide variety of organisations including two stints as interim CEO.  As a long-standing client of Waverley, Tim was invited to become an Associate and bring his blend of leadership experience, passion and insight to the Waverley team.


Tim’s first degree was in Engineering Design at Warwick University.  Ten years later he took a year off and went to Manchester University to gain a Masters in Project Management.  In 2003, he studied part time at University of London for a Postgrad Diploma in Change Management.  He is also certified as a Transformational Narrative Coach.

Facilitation approach

Both as a consultant and as a leader, Tim has extensive experience working with individuals, groups and organisations.  He has a successful consulting practice helping organisations become more healthy and life-giving places to work, particularly through developing culture and accompanying leaders and their organisations through significant change.  An experienced mentor and coach – particularly with senior leaders – Tim has a very personable and engaging style, helping people to feel safe, go deep and draw out the best they have to bring.  Creating ‘space’ for people to really think, to notice what’s really going on and have deep conversations are all important elements of the way Tim works.  He has a very creative style of facilitation, using a multitude of ways to get groups to engage, listen to each other and find ways to move forward.

Examples of recent work

Tim has undertaken projects for the British, German and Australian governments and many international organisations.  He has a range of coaching clients in the not-for-profit sector, business community and religious organisations.  Examples of recent consultancy work include; coaching change teams in the NHS; a leadership development programme for a large international charity; culture change projects for a national debt organisation, an international peace building charity and an international renewable energy company.  Tim is currently part time CEO of Torch Trust, alongside his coaching practice giving him ongoing experience of organisational leadership to continue enriching his mentoring of other CEOs.

Waverley Learning are very vested in what they’re doing, very committed. They’re dynamic individually and collectively, they are 100% invested to the learners when they go into a program, it really is a sense of ownership of the experience that I don’t necessarily always see with every other vendor or learning partner that we use.
Lisa Smisek - Director of Learning, Kearney
There’s a credibility and a humility that you just sense when you’re engaging with Waverley Learning. I’m personally very drawn to that.
Karen Brown - Director of People and Talent, Tearfund
It is the extent to which Waverley Learning understood all the requirements, the innovation that they brought, the talent they brought. Their whole style takes the frantic pace at which we work out of the equation, the messages comes through really clearly. They’ve tuned into the challenges of our organization and made observations that have given us added value. It’s always based on our needs.
Alison Maher - Head of Learning, GWR
Their Developing Skills course consistently gets the best feedback of any standard developmental course that we offer. They’re clearly doing something right in terms of engagement, for those individuals to realise their own development within that situation. Waverley Learning listen to what’s going on, the chats that they’re having with my colleagues. They’re able to play that back, this is what’s going on in your business. As an organization, they provide great insight into to us.
John Probert - Director, Mercer
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