Anita van Vlerken (1955),
originally a social scientist and educator, has been active since
1995 in coaching. She is the founder of the Association for Coaching.
Previously she worked as a teacher in secondary and vocational
education as a student counsellor at the University of Groningen. She
gained her management experience as Director of an organisation for
Social Services. In addition, she was twelve years as a member of the
Board of Rabobank Surveillance, including six years as chairman.
Anita is fascinated by the question of how people learn. She has also experienced that the theory is often dry and it costs if there are no interactions with practice. But only experience is also not enough. In essence, it all has to do with the ability to establish a connection between the two. Translating the theory into practice and above all reflecting on your experience ensures that you can learn something. Based on your reflection you are able to adapt your behaviour, broaden your horizons and become a better person and a better professional.
was born in Australia, but completed secondary school in Greece. I
hold a Postgraduate Degree in Teaching
English to Speakers of Other Languages
from Aston University, Birmingham.
I have lived in Australia, London, Lebanon, the Netherlands and have been also enjoying the beauties of Greek nature throughout the years.
I am a 10km runner, a table tennis finalist and a keen traveller.
For many years I delivered empowering and purposeful teaching to young children and Business English tutoring to top company executives.
I am an executive coach and coach assessor specialising in instilling awareness and inner strength to those around me who seek it. Through my “drilling” and challenging coaching I facilitate change by creating an initial profile of my clients and then by helping them tune into their needs, talents and skills. My coaching intervention challenges them to face the music, evolve in a targeted and effective manner, and develop the necessary daily thought patterns to design and implement their personal and professional decisions and turn them into successes.
My coaching assignments and contracts through my British- based company, Coaching Evolution Int'l, has added a breadth of experience to my work since I have travelled to culturally diverse sites such as Venice, Tunisia, Morocco (Casablanca), Algeria (Oran), Istanbul, and the Netherlands (Amsterdam).
My profound interest in the effectiveness of coaching has turned me into a prolific designer of coaching proagrammes and tailor-made coach training events, while positive outcomes during the assignments have led to the creation of the company's highly effective coaching method: Explore, Sculpt, Paint©