Meeting me in person

You will quickly find me to be an intensely curious and engaging coach. My coaching style has been described as calm and insightful, yet challenging.

As a Chartered Coaching Psychologist, specialising in Positive Leadership Coaching, I incorporate my knowledge of positive psychology, leadership practice and coaching psychology to enable my clients to overcome their individual barriers to success, for example a feeling of overwhelm, lacking confidence or that you are undergoing a transition.

“The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life”

Dweck, 2006

On our journey together, we will take the time to understand your personal context: your values, beliefs, mindset and strengths, where your challenges lie, and how your social and organizational networks affect you. Together we will examine how these systems and beliefs affect your goals and wellbeing while working towards the vision you have of a future you.

Petra Walker


I am a BPS Chartered Coaching Psychologist, hold the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) accreditation at Senior Practitioner level and am an International Coach Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

My coaching journey started in 2004, while I was living in Hong Kong. From there, I have lived and worked in several Asian, European and Middle Eastern countries before I returned home to Devon in the UK in 2022. Before leaving the UK, I ran a successful Garden Design Consultancy, and  was also a judge at the Blenheim Palace Flower Show two years running. 

I have a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP), graduating in 2020 with distinction. I also have MSc Psychology and an MA from Oxford University, where I originally studied Zoology.  

Ethics, Insurance and Supervision

I adhere to the Code of Ethics of the BPS, ICF and the EMCC. I hold professional liability insurance and participate in regular supervision sessions.

The British Psycological Society
European Mentoring & Coaching Council
International Coaching Federation
Professional Certified Council


My clients include individuals and organisations across the globe. They tend to be middle or senior management or board directors in companies such as major financial institutions, the energy sector, engineering firms, educational institutions, small start-ups and government institutions.  I love working one-to-one. 


General Authority for Military Industries
Zurich Insurance
Schneider Electric


I have developed close working relationships with:


NEO Leaders

I have worked closely with NEO Leaders since 2019, coaching hundreds of leaders and executives on several INSEAD Leadership courses. 

I consistently score highly on client satisfaction. 


Institute of Positive Psychology Coaching


I have been working with the IPPC since its inception in 2020. I am the Programme and Assessment Coordinator, delivering advanced coach training in Positive Psychology Coaching. I am also the Course Leader for their online course of The Science of Wellbeing for Positive Psychology Coaches.

The Art of Perception

The Art of Perception

Creating bespoke coaching and mentoring programmes for individuals and businesses tailored to their wants, needs and aspirations.



Love of learning is one of my signature strengths and my curiosity about the world is endless. Currently my main research interests are scuba diving, adventure, and positive psychology.

My most recent publications

  • Walker, P. A. & Kampman, H. (2021). ‘It didn’t bring back the old me but helped me on the path to the new me’: Exploring posttraumatic growth in British veterans with PTSD. Disability and Rehabilitation. DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2021.1995056
  • Kampman, H. & Walker. P. A. (2022). Adventure, Posttraumatic Growth and Wisdom. In P. Reid & P. Brymer, (Eds.), Adventure Psychology: Going Knowingly into the Unknown. Oxford: Routledge.

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