As Executive Director of Growth Coaching International (GCI), Chris has responsibility for GCI operations globally.

He is passionate about teacher growth and leadership, and the powerful role that coaching and coaching approaches can play. An educator first and foremost, Chris has extensive experience in supporting and leading the development of teachers and school leaders, drawn from almost 30 years in Government and Independent schools, and in Higher Education. Over the past 10 years, Chris has applied his experience to the leadership of teacher professional learning strategy and the development of school coaching models in Australia.

Chris continues to coach education leaders and is an accredited Senior Practitioner with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). He contributes to the conversational capacity of education communities across Australia and internationally through his role in the design and delivery of coaching and mentoring training courses and consultancy projects. Chris led the development and delivery of The Impact Cycle Instructional Coaching program in Australia and New Zealand and has been instrumental in the development of GCI’s online learning provision.

He regularly writes and speaks about coaching and mentoring in education and is an active contributor on social media. Chris has co-authored book chapters on coaching cultures for learning (Munro et al., 2020) and coaching for teacher agency (Andrews & Munro, 2019), and he is currently working on a new book about coaching as a leadership stance with John Campbell. Chris was also a co-designer and author of a recent research study investigating school leaders’ experiences of coaching as part of leadership development programs in Victoria, Australia (van Nieuwerburgh et al., 2020).

An experienced facilitator, Chris has presented at major conferences in the UK, Australia and the USA.

Special Interest Areas

  • Leadership coaching & mentoring
  • Instructional Coaching
  • Instructional leadership & coaching
  • Teacher agency
  • Coaching as a leadership stance
  • Coaching cultures for learning

Education, Qualifications and Memberships

  • Master of Research (Social and Educational Research)
  • Bachelor of Technological Education (Honours)
  • EMCC Accredited Coach at Senior Practitioner Level
  • Accredited Genos EI Practitioner (Genos International)
  • Everything DiSC Accredited Facilitator
  • Member of Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL)


Andrews, J. & Munro, C. (2018). Coaching for Agency: The Power of Professionally Respectful Dialogue. In: Netolicky, D. M., Andrews, J. & Paterson, C. (Eds), Flip the System Australia: What Matters in Education. Abingdon: Routledge.