Who Is The Leaderpath®?

The Leaderpath’s mission is to coach pioneering leaders and teams for impact and fulfilment. Our clients are pathfinders and change-makers, working in fast-growing, innovative companies that make a difference. Through one-to-one executive coaching, team coaching and group coaching as well as courses and books we help you build stronger clarity and leadership.

We are here to see you succeed by helping you build on your strengths. We know that growth happens through relationships. That is why we use the relational coaching approach and also help you build a powerful team around you. The lonely genius after all is a myth.

Coaching provided me the tools to create clarity about my future pathway, based on my intrinsic passions/goals rather than what my mind is telling me.

Hannah DiddamsData Solutions & Innovation Leader at Google

A world-class group of relational coaches

Proprietary frameworks published by Penguin and Forbes

Deep expertise working with scaling, innovative companies

Meet the Founder

Caterina Kostoula is the founder of The Leaderpath®. Caterina, an executive coach, was previously a Global Business Leader at Google, who is now a client themselves. Caterina has previously been awarded a 5 star rating distinction from her coachees and has since gone on to coach leaders from Google, Amazon, INSEAD, Vodafone, and many startups around the world.

Caterina, a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, now heads The Leaderpath®, along with a handpicked team of Leaderpath coaches, providing executive one-to-one coaching, team coaching, group coaching, and courses helping business leaders choose their own path to success. She holds an INSEAD MBA and an Executive Coaching MSc from Hult Ashridge Business School. She is accredited as a Senior Practitioner by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. 

Meet The Team

David Birch BA, PGCE, MSc, PG Cert Supervision

David Birch is an executive coach, facilitator, and supervisor who brings over 30 years’ international business experience.

David Birch is an executive coach, facilitator, and supervisor who brings over 30 years’ international business experience to helping individuals, groups and organisations make a difference to the world. He began his business career with the Industrial Society in 1986 (now the Work Foundation) and during the 1990s held a variety of internal organisation consulting roles at PwC, becoming a director in 1998. He joined Ashridge business school in 2000, where he is now associate faculty on the internationally renowned Ashridge Masters in Executive Coaching programme. He is also an associate at the King’s Fund.

David’s practice is founded on the understanding that change occurs within and through relationships. He combines expert coaching skills, psychological insight and creative embodied methods to enable a collaborative exploration of the most pressing issues, however tricky and awkward they may be. His business background and training as a psychotherapist means that he is sensitive to the political and psychological dimensions of the work, helping his clients gain insight into their assumptions, motivations, and impact on others. Over time, this builds the self-awareness and resilience needed to make positive choices in what are often highly charged, complex and ambiguous scenarios. He is comfortable working in a wide range of settings, including start-ups, media, luxury goods, retail, technology, financial and professional services, public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

David has extensive experience in designing and facilitating narrative style 360˚ feedback processes for individuals and teams. He will sometimes accompany his clients in their workplace or interview colleagues and other stakeholders to gather rich qualitative feedback.

Examples of recent coaching assignments include:

• The CEO and founder of a technology business
• The founding partner at a private equity firm
• The COO of a challenger bank
• The CFO of an international retailer
• The Dean at a UK university
• The CEO of an NHS Trust

He has provided coaching in numerous organisations including Arup, BBC, BBH, 17 Capital, Diabetes UK, G-Research, Havas, HM Government, Health Foundation, Hobbs, ICAP, Lonely Planet, LVMH, numerous NHS trusts, National Institute for Health Research, Plan International, PwC, RIBA, Starling Bank, several UK universities, Ted Baker, Workable and World Health Organisation.

David holds postgraduate degrees in organisation consulting, integrative psychotherapy and coaching supervision and is accredited as a mediator by the Law Society. He is a trainer, supervisor and accreditor of executive coaches to Masters level at Ashridge and a regular author and conference speaker on the subject of coaching and coaching supervision. He holds British Psychological Society Level A and B certificates of competence in psychometric testing.

He lives in London, is an enthusiastic consumer of the arts and a keen open water swimmer.

Hans Rostrup

A highly experienced Facilitator and Coach with over 30 years of achievement.

A highly experienced Facilitator and Coach with over 30 years of achievement.
His core driver is to do what’s most helpful for the individual or team. Focussed on growth and success Hans uses all his expertise to remove obstacles and enhance creativity. It’s about applying skills, solving problems and exploring the behaviours that impact performance.

Hans has worked with groups from 5 to 50, delivering interactive and engaging interventions to achieve sustainable behavioural change. This includes facilitating Leadership and Manager training at Google, throughout EMEA, for nearly 15 years. As a coach he supports Executive Leaders, Line Managers and Individual Contributors in their pursuit of high performance and fulfillment.
An acknowledged specialist in Leadership and Management, Hans also designs and delivers Team Development interventions and change events. Using his insightful and challenging facilitation he brings success through actionable outcomes.
Characterised by a ‘high challenge/high support’ style, Hans empowers his clients to take control of their own development and inspire them to go beyond even what they thought was possible.

The benefits come from being able to work confidently to:
• Explore sensitive issues around approach.
• Improve communication, and therefore connection, with different styles and cultures.
• Deliver exceptional work through empowerment and the freedom that comes with it.
• Broaden scope and perspective to access new strategies for problem areas.
• Reveal hidden strengths and areas for development to enhance performance.
• Discover new insights and perspectives on everyday responsibilities.

His clients include Google, Virgin Media, CHUBB, Black&Decker, BT, Thriva, GoCardless, Highways England, Punch Pub Company, Cisco, Secure Trust Bank Group, carwow, Wolff Olins, Core Media, Monzo, Distilled SCH, Journal.i.e., CloudNC, Pivotal, Thought Machine.

Angelos G.Derlopas, MSc, PCC, Accredited Coach Supervisor

Angelos is a Global Executive & Team coach and an Accredited Coach Supervisor

Angelos is a Global Executive & Team coach and an Accredited Coach Supervisor with three decades of business experience. Has 20,000 hours experience in coaching and coaching training. Has coached clients in more than 100 countries. Has presented and/or participated in coaching conferences in Europe, N. America, Asia & Africa. Has postgraduate studies in both Business Administration (MBA) and Psychology (MSc). Author and editor of a collective volume called “Coaching guide” in 2019. Author and director of an ICF ACTP accredited coaching training program. Served as subject matter-expert in ICF Global for the Core Coaching Competencies and for the Team Coaching Competencies.

Angelos is a:
• Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) since 2013,
• Team Coach Supervisor (AHA/CSA) since 2016,
• Professional Certified Coach (ICF PCC) since 2014,
• ICF Certified Assessor since 2019,
• Accredited Coach Supervisor (CSA) since 2020,
• Certified Everything DiSC Trainer since 2021,
• Member of the International Coaching Federation ICF,
• Member of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council EMCC,
• Member of the British Psychological Society BPS.

Current clients include C-suite, VPs, First Line managers of multinationals in sectors like Pharma and IT, also executives e.g. from production like Philip Morris International, or food chains like Ahold Delhaize or managers from international not for profit organisations like UN agencies.

Angelos coaching style is:
To coach executives & teams through developmental dialogue to make shifts so their authentic presence will emerge & flourish. Angelos does this by holding a safe space for the client to enable self reflection and free expression and share difficult questions as invitations for exploration of the potential ahead.
Angelos values in coaching include clarity, diversity, intention and action.

Ann Knights BA (Hons), MSc, DipM, BPS Levels A and B

Ann is a Leaderpath coach, an Associate Director at Talik and Co and an associate at Ashridge Business School.

General Experience and Background
Ann is a Leaderpath coach, an Associate Director at Talik and Co and an associate at Ashridge Business School. Her particular focus is on working with clients to achieve high levels of personal, team and organisational performance. Ann has particular interest in helping clients to be innovative, creative and positive in their response to the challenges they face in achieving their goals. She has strong experience in creating environments for challenge, experimentation, reflection, and learning and then translating this into daily organisational life.

Ann’s work tends to be highly practical in nature, providing opportunities to integrate learning and genuine improvement in organisational performance.

Ann has worked with a range of clients across the private and public sectors. Clients have included the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, The UK Home Office, BP, NHS London, The International Red Cross, Andersen, Euler Hermes, Danfoss, UBS, Cable and Wireless, BHP Billiton, Calor Gas ltd, London Underground, Transport for London, British Telecommunications, Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank, UK Department for Communities and Local Government, UK Department for Work and Pensions, Her Majesty’s Revenue, and Customs.

Specific Experience of Executive Coaching
Ann has been coaching business leaders for 18 years and supervising and developing coaches for 10 years.

Her coaching experience includes
• Coaching senior leaders wishing to integrate reflection on practical business
challenges with reflection on their own personal development as leaders
• Coaching senior executives in support of their development as leaders and
influencers in their organisations often as part of board development processes
• Coaching aspiring Directors and directors in the NHS across London (from NHS
trusts, mental health trusts and commissioning organizations)
• Working with individual executives and leadership teams as part of major
organisational transformation programmes to optimise their impact and
contribution to change
• Acting as a team coach to executive teams seeking to improve their integration,
proper functioning and performance as a leadership team in the service of
organisational performance
• Coaching senior executives in new roles as part of organisational restructure and
resulting from business as usual appointment
• Group and one to one coaching supervision as part of the Ashridge Masters in
Coaching and for internal coaches
• Running accredited development programmes for internal coaches and
• Facilitating Action Learning Groups, developing optimum learning
environments for individuals and groups to challenge and support each
other in the pursuit of personal and organisational development.
• Providing coaching for individuals as part of talent development programmes
• Telephone and web enabled coaching for clients in globally dispersed locations

Ann is a member of the Ashridge faculty on the Masters in Executive Coaching and the Masters in Team Coaching. She also leads accredited development programmes for internal coaches in organizations. She is the co-author of “Coaching in Organizations”, a significant piece of research into how coaching is and can best be delivered in organizations commissioned by the CIPD.

Ann is an Ashridge accredited coach. She holds the Ashridge Masters in Executive Coaching and has completed the Ashridge programme in Advanced Coaching and Consulting Supervision. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Organizational Gestalt.

Ann graduated in 1991 with a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages and completed an MSc in Organisation Consulting 1999. Ann is an accredited MBTI practitioner and is BPS Level B qualified. She has specialist training in virtual coaching, facilitation, and supervision.

Karen Carmody, MBA, PCC

Karen Carmody has 20+ years of corporate business experience including management consulting, organizational effectiveness, strategic planning, and operations.

Karen Carmody has 20+ years of corporate business experience including management consulting, organizational effectiveness, strategic planning, and operations. Karen has experience coaching C-Suite leaders, senior executives, and emerging leaders. Karen specializes in working with leaders seeking accelerated development for career advancement. Because of her business background, Karen understands the challenges leaders experience. Think of her as your personal trainer for the corporate world.

Karen has experience coaching C-Suite leaders, executive management team members, senior executives, and emerging leaders. Karen helps clients develop improved self-awareness, enhance their strengths, identify blind spots, and uncover derailing behaviors preventing career progression. Previous clients include AdmitHub, Alnylam, Capital One, Cotiviti, Harvard University, Optoro, Pfizer, Takeda, TT Electronics, Turner Construction, and Unidine.

Karen’s coaching engagement specialties include:
• Leadership Development
• Executive Presence
• Emotional Intelligence
• Team Effectiveness
• Change Management
• Mindfulness

Karen is an International Coach Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach (PCC). She has also earned coaching certifications in Positive Psychology and Wellness, Team Coaching, Emotional Intelligence, and Somatics. Karen is certified to administer numerous individual, team, and organizational assessments. Karen holds an MBA from Northeastern University and B.A., Stonehill College.

Karen previously held leadership positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Tufts Health Plan, Sun Life Financial, and Circles. She was a management consultant at Bricker & Associates/Keane Consulting Group where she led consulting engagements for clients across various industries and functions.

Karen served on the Board of Directors of the International Coach Federation of New England (ICFNE) as Vice President, Education, and Professional Development. She is a Boston Chamber of Commerce Talent Development & Leadership Retention Council Member. Karen is an Executive Coach on the faculty for the Global Institute of Leadership Development (GILD). She has served as a Coach at the Massachusetts Conference for Women, Executive Mentor for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA), and coach for Babson College.

Irini Nikolaidou, PCC, CMC

Irini is a self-motivated and achievement-oriented Professional Coach and Mentor with an extensive Business-Corporate background.

Irini is a self-motivated and achievement-oriented Professional Coach and Mentor with an extensive Business-Corporate background. She possesses more than 25 years of working experience and professional career in managerial positions of large companies, such as Administrative, Human Resources, Management and Communications.

Irini founded in 2012 her own coach practice at Moving Minds Coaching – Personal & Professional Evolution, specializing in Leadership Development, Coaching Culture Establishment, Coaching Skills for Leaders and Managers, Corporate Trust Establishment, Performance Management for Teams & Executives, Change Management, Personal Empowerment, Self-Esteem Elevation & HRM Mentoring. Her clients are corporate leaders at all levels, including members of the BoD, C-suite/senior executives, mid-level leaders, emerging leaders, and high potentials.

As Corporate Trainer, Change Facilitator and Executive Coach, she provides coaching sessions to executives and teams and participates in training schemes for coaching workshops and seminars. She applies Solution Focused, 4Q Thinking and m-Braining approaches & techniques for organizations and business settings. She has training more than 2.500 executives and having more than 2.000 coaching hours and 700 mentoring hours.

She educates, develops, and improves executives who face challenges and seek self-improvement to achieve HYPER efficiency, utilizing all the available internal resources and dynamics. With Moving Minds© techniques, she supports her customers to realize their reality, their status and the breadth of their choices so they can be redefined in the system, improve their personal performance and open up their own roads of personal success and self-realization.

Irini holds a PgD in International Human Resource Management from the London Metropolitan University, Bachelor in Marketing & Communications from the Business College of Athens, Diploma in Personal & Life Coaching from National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and Diploma in Business Coaching from International e-learning Academy. She is also a Certified Mbit (Multiple Brain Integration Techniques) Professional Coach, a Points of You Certified Practitioner Coach, a Certified Advanced High-Performance Team Coach and 4 Quantum Thinking Coach from Erickson International.

An ICF Greece Chapter Founding Member, President 2018, Immediate Past President 2019, Head of the Ethics & Professional Standards Committee 2020, as well as member of European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), Association For Coaching (AC), Solution Focused Coaching (SOL World), mBraining International (Multi Brain Integration Techniques), Institute of Coaching (IoC), Hellenic Coaching Association (HCA), Greek People Management Association (GPMA) and Mentor for Job Pairs and Women on Top.

Petros Oratis, MSc, PhD Candidate

Petros Oratis is an executive coach and psycho-social researcher on leadership.

Petros Oratis is an executive coach and psycho-social researcher on leadership.

His core belief when coaching Leaders and Teams is that we all have capacity to grow faster, than our challenges, if we create the right conditions for it.

Over the past years he has coached leaders and teams in organizations like Netflix, Philips, IKEA, adidas, Heineken, Tommy Hilfiger, GroupM, Criteo, EndemolShine. Before becoming a coach, he spent 12 years in HR leadership roles in corporate organizations like Nike and Philips.

Petros teaches unconscious group dynamics in various academic and coaching development programs. His academic and field research focuses on the Dynamics of Lateral Collaboration. It has uncovered the deep psychological and social root-causes, that bind us to operate within the hierarchical structures and has pioneered the conditions that foster lateral collaboration in senior executive teams.

• Doctoral candidate on Organizational Dynamics with research focus: “The Dynamics of Lateral Collaboration in Senior Leadership Teams” (University of Essex)
• Executive Masters on Systems-Psychodynamic coaching (Utrecht University)

“Petros has a sharp eye for group dynamics, delivering such awareness that directly impacts the performance leaders and leadership teams.” - Liesbeth de Kruif, Global Deputy People & Culture, IKEA Group

Simon Palmer, MSc

Simon is a career coach working mainly with leaders in challenging times.

Simon is a career coach working mainly with leaders in challenging times.

With over twenty years experience as a partner in a “Big Four” accounting firm, he worked with businesses of all shapes and sizes, from owner-managed to FTSE 100. He developed an excellent understanding of organisations and how to lead them. His approach to coaching is experimental. You try things out together and find what works for
you. As an Ashridge-accredited coach, he is trained to create an environment which is challenging enough to help you develop and supportive enough to help you find new ways of working. He develops a trusting relationship with his coaching clients. He offers complete confidentiality and a focus on your agenda.

MSc Executive Coaching — 2017-2018
He studied for his MSc at Ashridge Business School and as part of this obtained his coaching accreditation. The Ashridge approach, which he follows, is relational (working in relationship with his coaching client) and integrated (blending a number of different approaches).

KPMG Partner — 1994-2017
As a partner leading KPMG’s tax work on corporate clients, he gained a wide variety of experience including on M&A transactions. In later years he worked primarily on listed clients particularly in the Technology, Media and Telecoms sectors. He also held a number of management roles and was a leading champion of business skills in the tax
practice. A particular focus was coaching potential partners through the admission process as well as working with new partners, and those new to management roles.

KPMG Client Council — 2012-2016
The Client Council was responsible for championing the client perspective within KPMG. Whilst a member of the Council he led a two-year project to develop and implement a new client feedback system for the whole of KPMG in the UK. This required him to manage the change process including getting sign-off from the UK Executive Committee as well as managing the partners affected.

Prior to joining KPMG, he worked in hotel management and obtained his degree in that from the University of Surrey. This gave him a broad education in management skills.

Other Interests
He cycles regularly including on trips abroad and he is also a keen cook. He has a developing passion for portrait photography but so far have not combined this with his coaching!

Lawrence Stubbings PGDip PGCE BAHons

Larry specialises in the transformative power of storytelling.

Larry specialises in the transformative power of storytelling. He draws on Transactional Analysis, Adaptive Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry methods to help clients identify and understand their motives, their blind-spots and their self-induced handicaps. Larry helps leaders to communicate with free, confident voices that resonate beyond spoken words, and enables them to recognize their power, their presence and their impact.

An experienced and sought-after coach, facilitator and professional actor, he has facilitated large-group, transformational change processes and workshops for clients such as the UK Green Building Council, Edie Conferences, Google-for-Education, Rockefeller Foundation and Sir Robert McAlpine – for whom he was both presentation-coach and facilitator in their business-wide conferences for three years, regularly working with groups of over 150 participants.

Larry spent 16 years in the trenches of the UK’s education sector before capitalising on both his teaching and extensive theatrical experience with a shift into Personal Impact Coaching and Facilitation. He works at executive and board level in international business, non-profits and foundations, facilitates at all levels and coaches groups and individuals to develop resilience, self-awareness and engagement. He equips speakers to present to their peers, the board room and the professional conference circuit.

Larry is a certified facilitator in the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY method and holds Postgraduate qualifications in both teaching and acting. He is an Associate Director of Talik & Company, a social-purpose focused organisation development consultancy.

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