Di West

Di West

“I absolutely love to create a space with clients where they can do their best, most creative and bold thinking, supporting them to identify barriers and moving forward whilst drawing on their strengths and capabilities to bring about change.”


Di’s first career encompassed thirty years as a teacher, twenty-three of which were at senior leadership level and culminating in eleven years as a headteacher. Di’s extensive experience ranges from leading people early in their careers to middle and senior-leader groups and leadership at strategic board level. Her deep knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning has enabled her to transfer her skills, to thrive both in the online learning environment and through working in person as a coach. Di coaches individuals, groups and teams in the private, charity and public sectors. Her natural and warm style prompts reflection, open communication and high levels of motivation, confidence and engagement. Di delivers highly effective, enjoyable and well-regarded virtual sessions, such that ‘we forget we are online’ as well as high energy, impactful face to face sessions. She brings credibility, authenticity and empathy to her coaching clients.


Di is a Professional Certified Coach, accredited by the International Coach Federation. She is qualified as a Systemic Team Coach (Academy of Executive Coaching), a group coaching trainer with Barefoot Coaching Ltd, a leadership development coach and facilitator and trained as a Positive Intelligence Coach.

Facilitation approach

Di’s approach to working with others whether on a personal, group or organisational level, focuses on ensuring that a clear purpose is underpinned by shared values and vision. Di poses those questions which prompt effective and incisive action planning as well as bringing perspective and accountability. She facilitates progress through insight, positive support and challenge in a psychologically safe environment.  Through her coaching Di champions diversity and inclusion, creative leadership and evidence-led innovation, and wellbeing and high performance.

Examples of recent work

  • Waterwise.org: Team Coaching
  • VA Associates: Leadership Development Training (with a large corporate organisation)
  • Mind Over Mountains: Group Coaching for Wellbeing
  • Anglian Water: Executive 1 to 1 Coaching
  • Leicestershire police: ‘positive action’ 1 to 1 coaching
  • Taylor Wimpey: 1 to 1 personal development coaching (Senior Leader)
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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