Derek Ma

Derek Ma


Derek is an experienced facilitator of effective learning initiatives for groups up to 40 of frontline staff, and middle to senior management on topics including; coaching skills in leadership and managing, team communication & conflict management and navigating introversion & extroversion.  He is a certified executive coach, passionate about leadership development, and maximising effectiveness in Organisational Leadership & Leadership Development, Manager On-Boarding & Team Development and Millennial Engagement.


Derek is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation.  He is also certified in Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and hold a CPP Masters of Divinity (Hons) from Western Seminary.

Examples of recent work

  • AMEX Common Purpose Leadership Academy, Executive Coach – executive coached senior leaders
  • Macao University, Shui Pong College Advanced Student Leadership Program: Mentor Trainer and Executive Coach – Designed leadership development workshops and established mentorship through coaching. 
  • PDX Coaches, Co-Founder & Lead Coach – Co-founded an Executive Coaches Network
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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