Coach Profile

Meet Dr Kirsty Agar-Jacomb 

Kirsty is an Accredited Coaching Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist with 20 years of experience, and over 12,000 face-to-face hours. Over these years she has filled leadership, coaching, facilitation, consulting, clinical, and community roles across public and private sectors. Presently, she is Director of a leadership coaching, and training business and specialises in ‘Women in Leadership’.

Dr Kirsty Agar-Jacomb

Associate Coach

Kirsty brings the worlds of clinical psychology and business together through coaching, consulting, training, and facilitation. Her leadership experience includes governance, strategic planning, workforce development, and leading service development, change, and quality improvement initiatives.

She also has extensive experience in workshop development and facilitation covering workplace wellbeing, team development, leadership, and women in leadership. Coaching clients include senior level managers and high-potential leaders working in a variety of industries including healthcare, law, IT, finance, sport, social enterprise, and professional services.

Kirsty’s key area of focus is leadership development and coaching. As an Accredited Coaching Psychologist her areas of specialty include: productivity & vitality; self-awareness & self-management; relationship management; motivation & engagement; adaptability & creativity; purpose; and psychosocial challenges that emerge in a workplace. Kirsty has a special interest in working with women in leadership and working parents.

Kirsty’s style is collaborative and empowering while holding an expectation that you can learn to draw on skills, strengths, supports, and new ways of understanding yourself, to develop the capacity to thrive and succeed both at work and in life. Kirsty partners with you so that you can consider all stakeholders’ perspectives, add ‘range’ and flexibility to your skillset, experiment with and find solutions, adaptably choose and apply what works best in any given situation, and make the changes that matter to you.

Kirsty helps you find clarity and direction, and then build capacity and confidence to take action. Her work draws from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Focused ACT (FACT), Positive Psychology, mindfulness, neuroscience, Solution-Focused approaches, and more.

Summary of Roles

Summary of Executive & Governance Roles

  • Breakglass - Coaching, consulting, facilitation (2017 - present)
  • Deloitte - Women in Leadership Programme: Facilitator (2020)
  • Waitemata District Health Board
    Quality Improvement Coordinator (2018 - 2019)
    Internal coach (2018 - 2019)
    Professional Lead (2014 - 2018)

Qualifications, Certification & Affiliations

Qualifications, Certification & Affiliations

  • International Coach Federation
    - Associate Certified Coach & Member (current)
  • New Zealand Psychology Board
    - Registered (2004 – current)
  • New Zealand Psychological Society 
    - Member (current) / Coaching Psychology SIG
  • International Society for Coaching Psychology
    - Member (current)
  • International Positive Psychology Association
    Member (current)
  • University of Auckland 
    - Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (2006)
    - Masters of Arts – Psychology 1st (1999)

What Clients Say

This was my first experience with a professional coach and will not be my last. I'm left with an impression of having really sharpened the tools that I was already using to make things happen in my life and career. I've definitely had the chance to add a few new tools to the kit as well. Thank you to Kirsty and Mind Coach!

I really want to again thank you as without your support I would not have found the strength to stand my ground with (seniors and contract partners)

For me, it was very helpful that you understood that DHB context and culture – I felt like you
got the challenges of the power dynamics.

I really enjoyed my sessions with Kirsty. I felt like she had a good understanding of what I needed to get from coaching and tailored our discussions accordingly. I'd highly recommend Mind Coach.

Kylie Williamson

Senior Business Director, Raydar

I’m now in a great role as service development manager at X. Valued, respected, trusted,
managed by one incredible woman and our CEO. Having a great working life and involved in
and leading lots of cool pieces of cross agency and strategic work.

Kirsty was fantastic, highly, highly, highly recommend.

I have found the coaching a valuable tool to guide me on my career pathway and would
recommend it highly to anyone that was offered this.

I got immense value from my coaching experience, I have learnt a great deal about how to processes situations that are tricky to navigate and how to show up in the best way to ensure great outcomes for all.

Chris Thomson

Group Manager, Callaghan Innovation (Coachee)

My team and I really appreciate your ability to get us to focus on what we knew and to see
beyond was blurring or confusing our decision making. (Team Coaching)

It really has been a turning point for me in how to be the leader/manager I want to be,
validating my learning and having someone as a resource or to give guidance through the trickier parts of my role.

Coaching has supported me in developing confidence and guided me to make decisions about
my career.

I really valued my sessions with Kirsty. Her approach to coaching is so relaxed and at the same time so deep and meaningful. She knows how to draw things out of you, and has such a wealth of knowledge to back up all of her observations and advice with resources or examples. We covered everything in my goals and more.

I chose Kirsty because I knew she would push me outside of my comfort zone and that's what I wanted to learn and grow, and the feedback from my boss noting that she can see the impact the sessions had is the icing on the cake. I highly recommend Kirsty as a coach for leaders and managers wanting to continue their personal journey.

Adie Johansen

Community Services Manager, Manawatu District Council (Coachee)

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