Aine Watkins

I’m Áine,

Pronounced Awnya, which is Irish for Anne, Irish born and bred. But I’ve spent my entire career outside Ireland based in London, and then relocating  to Sydney, after meeting my Australian husband. 20 years international consulting experience with over 40 organisations, from multinationals to start ups, and qualifications in organizational psychology and psychotherapy, has shown me that when we can bring our whole selves to our role - our intellect and intuition, our deeply felt experience and conceptual models, our vision and wisdom - we give so much more to what we are part of, we feel more alive and fulfilled and the people, organizations and groups we impact benefit, often in unpredictable ways.

I’ve always sought to challenge the status quo – add new perspectives, question assumptions - to create more meaning, more impact. After spending my early career looking for better ways to enliven the human spirit, I bear both the joys and scars of doing that within the boundaries of organisational life.


Much of my work now involves working with cherished clients to expand their perspectives, ways of being and doing,  so that they are free to draw on their considerable experience and skills to change the systems we are part of, ultimately so that they are more life-giving, more just, more human. I work with my clients to dive inside so that they can expand out, and make significant shifts in the way they contribute.

I blend the practical and the soulful. The complex and contradictory.

I am most alive and aligned when we go off piste, off script….and something new arises between us. When we discover a new way over and beyond what we could possibly have imagined or enacted by ourselves - when we touch the mystery.


Partial List of Organisations

Where I have acted as a Consultant and/or Coach


  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Chemical Industries Association
  • Syntex Pharmaceuticals
  • Department of Employment  
  • Royal Air Force
  • IBM
  • Yorkshire Water
  • Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd.
  • Unipart Group
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers -  UK
  • Bass Brewers
  • International Survey Research
  • National Health Service - UK

  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals – Switzerland
  • GEC Alstom - France
  • Telecom Eireann – Ireland


  • Fairfax Media Limited
  • The Promina Group  (now Suncorp-Metway Limited)
  • Origin Energy
  • Zinifex (since merged with Oxiana)
  • BT Financial Group
  • Macquarie Bank
  • Allens Linklaters
  • Simplot Australia
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • National Association of Community Legal Centres
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • MinterEllison
  • GWA Group Limited

South Africa

  • Spoornet (now Transport Freight Rail)
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers