The GCI story
The GCI story has its beginnings in the first years of the 21st Century when executive coaching was still in its infancy. Early pioneer Mandy O’Bree was touched by the impact of coaching and started to see it as a critical element of professional learning.
Mandy established Australian Growth Coaching in 2002 after developing the GROWTH model with a colleague. John Campbell joined Mandy as a partner in 2004.
Responding to requests from clients for an in-depth coach training course, the first Coaching Accreditation Program was launched in 2005. Tragically, Mandy’s involvement in the organisation was cut short in 2008 after being diagnosed with a serious illness that led to her passing two years later.
Soon afterward, we changed our name from Australian Growth Coaching to Growth Coaching International (GCI). We expanded our international aspirations following a meeting in 2012 between John Campbell and Dr. Christian van Nieuwerburgh, a leading UK-based academic and practitioner in coaching in education. The close alignment in our approaches to coaching in education led to several joint publications and conferences. Christian’s involvement intensified our commitment to the ‘research-informed – practitioner-focused' principle that continues to underpin our work.
From a team of three, working around a kitchen table, we’re now an international organisation with a network of 70+ professionals delivering coaching, consultancy, and training across four continents. While GCI has grown rapidly, we remain committed to providing high-quality, research-informed, and immediately implementable professional development opportunities. We hope to continue empowering educators, educational leaders, and students in a way that demonstrates the “coaching way of being” that is at the heart of the work we do.