John Evans

John Evans

“I specialise in leadership and organisational development and executive coaching, serving clients from international, governmental, educational and business sectors. I am passionate about organisational strategy and effectiveness, leadership orientation and the management and coaching of people for success. My coaching frequently focuses on the navigation of individual’s development crossroads.”
john evans


John began his career in recruitment, completing a post-graduate diploma in career development and working with young people in transition. He then became principal adviser in a London council taking leadership of adult learning advisory, curriculum development and management development.  John was a founder member of the team that established Prospects Ltd specialising in assessment and education consultancy services and business development. Moving into financial services, with Bacon & Woodrow, John led partner, associate and consultant professional development practices and leadership coaching including the design/leadership of an innovative post-graduate consulting education programme. John led the Hewitt Associates European Development Centre of Expertise delivering employee learning, talent management, executive coaching, performance management and organisational development services.  Moving to World Vision International in 2009 John introduced global leadership, succession planning and executive coaching to an organisation employing 45,000 people in 100 countries. 


  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Coaching
  • MSc in People & Organisational Development
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Career Guidance
  • BPS Occupational Testing Certificate Level A
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner 
  • Life Styles Inventory Practitioner
  • Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument
  • Insights Accredited Practitioner
  • SHL Qualified in Assessment & Development Centre Design & Implementation

Examples of coaching

John has worked across a diverse range of sectors, nationally and internationally, and at all levels in business, financial services, international NGOs, the voluntary sector and government including:

  • International NGO: International leadership development programme design and leadership
  • UN: Senior leader coaching
  • World Vision: Country Director coaching
  • International Microfinance Institution: Leadership and management assessment and feedback services
  • Higher Education Funding Council: Human resources assessment and consultancy services
  • Department for Education: Development and delivery of accredited managerial education
  • International standards agency: Evaluation of leadership coaching in Africa
  • International Financial Services: Executive assessment and coaching
  • HM Prison Service: Director coaching
  • Royal Veterinary College: Board facilitation
  • The Princes Trust: Leadership development 
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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