Credentials and Background

Supporting enduring, effective, extraordinary & ethical leadership

As an accredited coach and member with the ICF, holding a Master Certified Coach (MCC) Credential, Eileen subscribes to the ICF Code of Ethics; and the ICF Core Coaching Competencies


Eileen Thayser is a coaching psychologist with many years experience as coach and therapist. She started her combined practice in 2002. Eileen has a unique combination of qualifications, skills and experience, as she has a long business background, operating as finance director of M&R Plastics and Fedstone (Firestone Tyres) before a major career change.

Eileen is an associate professional at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (which is part of the University of Pretoria). She works at GIBS lead faculty for the GIBS Professional Business Coaching Programme, and also as a coach on various leadership programmes. She is also an active mentor-coach and supervisor for many coaches, especially those wanting to go the ICF path.

Apart from her coaching and therapy practices, Eileen is also involved in training coaches and in supporting the professionalization of coaching, and a strong desire to see organisations developing coaching cultures. To support this work, Eileen created a dedicated coaching programme, (CoachTrax Business Coaching Course), which is an approved ICF course (now taken over by GIBS & renamed). In addition, she consults on organisational coaching and coaching panel management. She has a special interest in narrative coaching, and recently contributed a chapter on narrative coaching to a book called Rethink.

Leadership Experience

With early leadership experience from a young age, Eileen’s past career at director level gives her acute insight into the working lives of executives and leaders in organisations.

Psychology Qualifications


MA Clinical Psychology (UJ)
With a particular interest in positive psychology & narrative coaching

Business Background & Qualifications

Finance and HR director & many years experience in financial roles in mostly manufacturing businesses.

During this time Eileen led, or was actively involved in, mergers and acquisitions; business disposals; turnaround management; strategic planning; conflict resolution; union negotiations; and organisational–and people–change initiatives.

Executive education highlights:

  • MAP (Managerial Advancement Programme, WBS)
  • PMD (Programme for Management Development, UCT GSB)
  • Certificate Programme in Marketing Management (WBS)

Coaching Qualifications


  • Certificate in Career & Executive Coaching (Unisa)
  • Certificate in Coaching (Core Essentials Programme) (CoachU/CoachInc)
  • Certificate Programme in Executive Coaching Skills for Psychologists (Resolve)
  • New Coach Orientation (Center for Creative Leadership)
  • Executive Coaching On-Boarding (Center for Creative Leadership)
  • Organisation & Relationship Systems at Work
  • Narrative Coaching (David Drake)
  • Gestalt Coaching (Baobab, Chantelle Wyley)
  • Conversational Intelligence Coaching (Judith Glaser)