Kathryn Winterburn - Executive Coach and OD Practitioner

Key Skills:

  • Executive Coaching
  • Organisation Development
  • Culture/Behavioural Change
  • Leadership Development
  • Action Learning Facilitation & Education
  • Group Facilitation
  • Board Development

Professional Qualifications & Training

  • Diploma in Executive Coaching
  • Masters Degree in Management Learning and Leadership
  • MBTI Facilitator


  • ‘A mirror in which to practise; using action learning to change end of life care’,Journal of Action Learning: Research & Practice, 2012
  • National inquiry for NHS Employers Do OD into OD capability within the NHS, 2015

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Member of ODN Europe



Kathryn is an inspiring and accomplished organisation and leadership development consultant.  Her work helps people see the context of their systems from different perspectives.  She is skilled at challenging norms and behaviours, generating new possibilities for lasting change.  She possesses a rare mix of international, public and private sector experience gained over 30 years including 16 years in highly complex and fluid NHS environments.

She works with individuals, teams, boards and other diverse groups supporting their development and learning with a range of approaches. Kathryn has designed and delivered a broad range of leadership programmes including clinical leadership development, board development and aspiring director programmes.  She formalised her role as a developer on completion of a Masters Degree in Management Learning and Leadership from Lancaster University in 2006. Her academic interests continue and she is passionate about how theory is applied in practice. 

She is a Co-Associate Editor of the international Journal of Action Learning Research and Practice.   She is also a Trustee of Forget Me Not,a West Yorkshire based children’s hospice.


Kathryn is a strong advocate of experiential and reflexive practice. Her coaching style is challenging but empathetic, working holistically with you to create ideas and craft new ways of thinking, seeing and being.  Using penetrating questions as well as a range of creative methods, working with Kathryn is a rich client-centred and supportive experience.

Client Organisations 

·      Executive coach for Senior Leaders/Directors and Doctors in a variety of NHS organisations.

·      Executive coach with a variety of clients within education and the private sector.

Career Background

Before establishing herself as an independent consultant, Kathryn worked in a senior leadership position as head of the NHS Yorkshire and the Humber Leadership Academy, a regional resource providing leadership development and OD for senior leaders within health and care across the substantial geography.  Prior to this, Kathryn held a range of OD & HR positions in the NHS at a regional and local level across sectors.

Kathryn’s early career began in British Telecom where she worked as an HR specialist on a major process re-engineering project delivering service transformation. Her work in the USA included operational management in the publishing industry and HR roles within chemical and manufacturing environments.

Kathryn is a seasoned professional with a deep understanding of the dynamics of organisations and systems.  Her consultancy practice is built on a strong theoretical base and academic research grounded in the real work of people in organisations.  At the centre of her work is the power of reflexive practice and learning situated in the challenges of today’s complex world.

Latest Testimonial

Kathryn is warm and easy to talk to.  She asks incisive questions in a encouraging way that really challenged my thinking and took me to new levels of understanding.