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Melanie Symes

Coaching Supervisor

Melanie Symes


  • Executive coaching and supervision

A successful HR career in international branded retail businesses saw Melanie at the heart of fast-paced growth, change, mergers and acquisitions at Burger King, the Walt Disney Company and Starbucks. In 2003, Melanie moved into an interim HR career working with BP, Virgin, Henley Business School, QFBA, Jacques Vert – in all roles she helped to bring order out of chaos and stability in times of major change.

Believing passionately that people are the differentiating factor in successful organisations, she added coaching to her portfolio to help leaders develop their understanding of their impact on others and help them reach their full potential. Her commercial understanding of how businesses work and her acknowledged knack for ‘calling it as it is’ enable Melanie to build challenging yet trusting relationships with her clients, leading to successful changes in behaviour and self-understanding.

Melanie achieved the Henley Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching in 2008 and in 2015 completed both the MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change and the Henley Certificate in Supervision. In 2017 she went on to complete the ILM 7 supervision qualification. She has held her APECS Certified Executive Coach status since 2010 and became an APECS Accredited Master Supervisor in 2019.

Melanie runs Curious Coach (, an independent executive coaching and supervision practice.