Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Christine Walter 

Christine Walter

Hi there.  I am Christine Walter, founder of the Australia and New Zealand Coaching Alliance. You will probably have already read about the reason the Alliance was started, and no doubt, be curious about the people behind it.  Well, if you are a member or considering to be a member then you are one of those people!

I started coaching a number of years ago. I joined a well known not for profit organisation and found, throughout my 20-year journey with them, that I could actually coach people. I also discovered that I am absolutely passionate about coaching!  My whole purpose then, as it is now, is to help people to discover their sense of purpose, their passion and most of all, their own innate resources that they already have.

I am driven by a mixture of Chaos Theory and ripple effect – neither are poles apart and in fact, I succinctly operate within them both. To my way of thinking the ripple effect may sound more organised than chaos.  Having said that they also say that in chaos regular patterns of order occur, so I stand by my statement – I operate between the two.  What I do know about both, is that the knock-on effect continues long after the movement has been started and that, to me, is coaching!

What I have learnt through my journey of life is that life happens.  Events or people naturally create an impact on our own life (if it isn’t creating an impact, then potentially the person isn’t ‘living’). And it isn’t the event or the person that makes the difference, it is what we permit it to do to us that creates the difference.

Aldus Huxley once said, “experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you.” I like this perspective, it gives us back the control; it gives us that all important choice.

I have my own practice in Auckland.  I also hold my own training courses as well as contract to train.

We are all different and thank goodness for that.  Some people will resonate with what I have just said, others will want to know my credentials. So, for the latter group, here are the main ones:

  • Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming
  • Train the trainer certification in NLP
  • Diploma in Clinical and Advanced Hypnotherapy
  • Breakthrough Life Coaching
  • Abundance Coaching
  • MBIT – Multiple Brain Integration Techniques

I mentioned at the top that you may well be one of the people behind Australia and New Zealand Coaching Alliance.  That is because I consider myself to be part of a team.  Our tag line, ‘realising our potential together’ is exactly the position I am operating from.  Your feedback is important and I have a small team of people that I consult as well.

Through the Alliance, ANZCAL, my aim is to support anyone who coaches people for transformation and breakthroughs.  I want all of you out there assisting others to find their passion, purpose and internal resources to know there is an organisation here who understands.

I look forward to you joining us.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to know more.  Please spread the word so we can really get out there and do great things together.

To contact me you can do so through our website contact us page.

Cheers for now.

Paul Walmsley

Paul WalmsleyThanks for dropping by. My name is Paul Walmsley, joint founder of the Australia and New Zealand Coaching Alliance. Born in a small town in the North West of England  and migrated to New Zealand in 2005 . I am married to Janet  and together we have a beautiful grown up daughter called Alice.

I took a slightly different route to education and work.  Undecided whether to accept a place at University to study Civil Engineering I took on a three year ‘Trainee Scientist’ position at the then Science and Engineering Research Council in the U.K. During this period, I was fortunate enough to also be sponsored by my employer to study Physics at Polytechnic. After my three years I obtained a full-time position working as a Systems Programmer in I.T. and went on to obtain a 1st Class Honours Degree in Applied Computing at University, as well as becoming the mentor for new recruits to the  ‘Trainee Scientist Programme’.  The latter was when I first realised I wanted to  make a difference, by helping and supporting  others on their ‘Life Journey’.

After spending many years as an I.T professional, working in various countries in Europe, I got and took the opportunity to write my first technical book whilst working for IBM.  It was written and published as a joint publication with several other colleagues over an intense six-week period, whilst on an IBM residency in Austin, Texas.  It was an amazing experience and resulted in me self publishing another book a number of years later.

I am an active learner, teacher and coach to many students on computing and business courses. In 2008 I was awarded the position of Senior Fellow Adjunct at the University of Canterbury. Since 2009 I have run several Post Graduate courses on ‘High Performance Computing’ at the University.

For the last four years I have also been doing  professional photography and had the opportunity to capture some wonderful life memories for parents, families and businesses.  (Although I got my wife to take my photo  on her cell phone!!) 

Most recently I have joined St John as a volunteer Ambulance Officer and have now completed my initial training as a First Responder.

I truly believe in  ‘The Law of Cause and Effect‘  which states that whatever you put out  into the universe comes back. This is why I am so passionate about helping and supporting others make a difference in this world.

To contact me you can do so through our website contact us page.


Helen Yerex – ANZCAL Mentor

Helen is a mentor for ANZCAL accredited coaches.

She runs group mentoring sessions as well as 1-2-1 sessions online and/or in person.

Would you enjoy and benefit from attending an ANZCAL mentoring session? Well,  here are some examples of how she can support you:

  • Help you understand  what is going on in the mind of your client from their behaviour and what they do or don’t say.
  • Discuss challenges within the coach/client relationships  in a small group.
  • Support you sharing the “uncomfortable bits of coaching” and have learning opportunities in a safe environment.
  • Review your coaching work in a professional mentoring session.
  • Recognition of attendance as part of your required supervision hours.

Here is some feedback from ANZCAL coaches who attended  Helen’s online mentoring:

“Thanks so much for organising such a useful webinar. It was 100% motivating and relevant. Plus I loved the opportunity to connect with other life coaches.”
– Melanie

“I found the session resourceful. I enjoyed the interaction and  found questions posed by fellow coaches, very insightful and especially pausing before asking or answering a question. “
– Rex

“I found it really interesting and would like another one. The ideas I got for my issues was helpful and it was good to meet other people who were doing the same thing.”
– Lynda

Find out when our next mentoring session is taking place.

Or to engage Helen for a 1-2-1 mentoring session please get in touch through  our website contact us page.

About Helen Yerex

Helen Yerex - Coach and Counsellor
Helen Yerex

Helen is a Psychosynthesis Counsellor who works with Individuals and Couples in her Private Practice in Auckland. She has a keen interest in helping people reach their potential as well as gaining a greater sense of personal awareness and fulfilment.  She explores patterns, behaviours and an individual’s world view to bring about personal growth.

Helen is very warm, understanding and professional. She considers herself privileged to work in the field of supporting people, working within the framework of current psychological theories and models.  She believes in a holistic approach to what is happening in terms of a person’s thoughts, emotions and body and how these are interconnected; awareness of these elements gives rise to change.

Helen has a wide understanding of the many difficulties facing people as well as working with a diverse range of clients.

Helen spent 15 years travelling around the world and has lived in England, Russia, Spain, Argentina and Singapore returning to New Zealand in 2004.

As well as attending Professional Supervision she is also part of several collegial groups who share ideas for growth and development.

Helen has an ongoing interest in the following areas:

  • Somatic Experiencing, Imago Relationship Therapy, Characterological Growth, Dream work, Working with Trauma, Meditation, Mindfulness, Working within the framework of Te Tiriti  o Waitangi, Tihei-wa Mauri Ora, Risk Assessment, Suicide Prevention and Working with Resilience.
  • She has a personal meditation practice and is interested in ways as a therapist to practice ‘self-care’.
  • Registered member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors. MNZAC
  • Panza (Psychosynthesis Aotearoa New Zealand Australia).
  • Imago New Zealand.