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 eight 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!!) 

I joined St John in 2018 as a volunteer Ambulance Officer and now lead a small team of St John First Responders in my village.

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.


Jordan Shearer-Grimmett

Jordan Shearer-GrimmettKia ora.   I’m Jordan.   I am delighted to be the Wellington Representative for ANZCAL.  I am looking forward to working with our members to advance the field of professional coaching and to promote the many ways in which we can help people to realise their purpose and their potential.

A Life, Career Coach and NLP Practitioner with a private practice in Lower Hutt, Wellington, I work with individuals, couples, and businesses.

I believe that every individual should have the support and opportunity to celebrate their unique talents. They should be able to have confidence in their pathway forward, live with purpose, and have the skills and knowledge to build a foundation that enhances their well-being, in life, at home, at work and at play.

While my passion for working with people to enable them to navigate the up, down and sideways rides of life has always been there, my pathway to professional coaching has been far from conventional.

After completing a Fine Arts degree at University of Canterbury where I graduated with honours, I worked in a Private Training Establishment in Lower Hutt for seven years.   In that role I worked with at-risk youth, solo mothers, and long–term unemployed to help them gain their NCEA levels and move forward in education or employment.

With a change in government and funding regimes, I took the opportunity to build my own business that allowed me to gather all of my passions together and to have flexibility to do all the things I love doing! And… consequentially I get to work with amazing people that can in turn change the world one ripple at a time.

Experienced and knowledgeable in the mental health sector and a passionate trainer and Adult Education Tutor, I also currently hold a role with St John as the Mental Health First Aid Tutor for the Wellington Region and a trainer for New Zealand Life Coaching School.

I am a serial learner and like pushing myself out of my comfort zone, which resulted in competing in MasterChef NZ Duos with my mother in 2014 (gaining 3rd place in the competition), photographing food and writing food columns for three magazines, and helping create and write online courses for St John. Most recently I have attended a meditation course and have absolutely loved adding that to my daily routine and my coaching practice.

I am a mother to two gorgeous daughters and I love watching and being part of their own personal growth and development.

I truly believe in the magic of the courage to ‘be” yourself.  Whether that’s being able to be in the present, being in a dream job, being part of an enabling relationship, being a team leader, or a great friend or being at peace in the middle of nowhere.  There is power in the being and let’s celebrate that!

Courage is being yourself, in a world of great change, in a world of challenge, in a world of unknown and known expectations, in a world of opportunity.