Barbara Walsh

Managing Director / Master Systemic Leadership Team and Executive Coach

Woodmead, Sandton, Johannesburg

011 234 0703

082 454 6241

086 678 3580

9 Kinkel Close, Woodmead, Sandton, 2191, South Africa

I am Managing Director of Metaco, a globally connected consultancy with a strong track record for delivering transformational results across a range of industries and contexts.

Working at the interface between strategy, culture and leadership development, our systemic focus is on enabling high-performing, networked teams and leaders which are aligned with the needs of their stakeholders and deliver significantly more than the sum of their parts within a learning environment.

My clients are predominantly Senior Leadership and Boards (teams and individuals), both in the private and public sectors. With a business background spanning 35 years, I have a solid understanding of what it takes to succeed through the consistent rapid change, uncertainty and complexity that business and leaders face in these times.

As is our philosophy at Metaco, we are moving beyond systemic thinking into eco-systemic thinking, taking into account the systems and nested systems of which our clients are a part, the various contexts in which they engage, the stakeholders with whom they interact and the impact of change, behaviours and actions. We go to great lengths to ensure that our work is congruent, sustainable and aligned with the expressed values of the organisation, the results it seeks, and the expectations of its stakeholders.

I have during my career worked throughout South Africa, across Sub-Saharan Africa and abroad, and best describe my approach as Systemic Relational. I bring the combination of over 10,000 hours of recorded coaching experience, academic study and extensive practitioner training to my coaching, consulting and facilitation.

I have an MSc in Coaching & Behavioural Change through Henley Business School (University of Reading) in the United Kingdom, alongside several recognised practitioner coaching qualifications, including a Master Practitioner Diploma in Systemic Team Coaching. Additionally, I am registered by the SA Board for People Practices as a Master HR Practitioner: Learning and Development.

Besides my corporate work with leaders and leadership teams, I am a qualified coach and team coach trainer. I am accredited as International Senior Faculty on the AoEC/Renewal Associates Systemic Team Coaching Certificate and Master Practitioner Diploma programmes and sit on the Academic Board. I am also Core Faculty for the online Global Team Coaching Institute. Besides this, I train internal coaches within organisations and maintain ongoing development programmes for them.

With a view to contributing wider, I volunteer my work with EthicalCoach™ and am member of the Climate Coaching Alliance. EthicalCoach™ is an international organization bridging world-class coaches and non-profit organizations, enabling widescale impact for organisations who would ordinarily not be able to afford it.

I endeavour to share my learnings from my work and experience and have been widely published in South African and international media including CHRO, SABPP Voice, The HR Director UK and Entrepreneur Magazine.

I place great importance on my own continual personal and professional growth and development and am supervised and mentored by Professor Peter Hawkins (Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School in the UK and author of several best-selling books on the topics of leadership, coaching and culture change). Besides this I annually attend programmes and conferences with international leaders in the fields of coaching and leadership and in this way, ensure that I am always informed by the latest developments in the field.


“Metaco’s methodology to support business with the effectiveness of high performing teams is sound, and the quality of their work is exceptional. They support teams in their ability to connect to each other, as well as to their various stakeholder requirements. They also support leaders to step up to the business challenges of the day through individual coaching… I strongly recommend Metaco’s services and believe that any business will benefit from working with them in developing their leadership and to enhance their organizational effectiveness.”
(OD & Talent Head, Transport Industry)

“My executive coaching experience with Metaco is the most valuable, professional development I have received. The coaching helped me make the leap from being a Senior Manager to being an Executive. Unlike other Executive Coaching Programmes, the Metaco programme was very practical, tailored for my specific needs and relevant to the changing industry in which I work. The take-outs from the programme are all relevant and applied by me daily in my work. The structured format of the Executive Coaching Programme, Barbara’s deep insight into the mind of an Executive in general and the coaching candidate in particular, were extraordinary.”
(Executive Manager, Financial Services Industry)


I have worked with executives, leaders and teams in the following organisations:

  • Accenture
  • AngloGold Ashanti
  • Aon
  • CBi-Electric: African Cables
  • Comair
  • Development Bank of South Africa
  • Ericsson
  • ERM
  • Hewlett Packard (HP) Business Institute •
  • Human Sciences Research Council
  • Industrial Development Corporation
  • Lonmin
  • Mamoth Financial Services
  • Marsh
  • Murray & Roberts Group
  • Nike Africa
  • Road Accident Fund
  • Servest Group
  • Shanta Gold
  • Spectrum Solutions
  • SA Tourism
  • Standard Bank
  • Transnet Freight Rail
  • Urban Dynamics
  • WBHO
  • WorldsView Technologies


Coaching & Behavioural Change

  • Systemic Team Coaching Master Practitioner Diploma – Academy of Executive Coaching, United Kingdom
  • MSc in Coaching & Behavioural Change – Henley Business School, United Kingdom
  • Neuro-Semantic NLP Master Practitioner Certification: Ericksonian Techniques and Advanced Language Patterns – ISNS
  • ACMC – Group and Team Coaching – ISNS
  • Associate Certified Meta-Coach (ACMC) – ISNS
  • Neuro-Semantic NLP Master Practitioner Certification: Business Leadership ISNS
  • NLP Practitioner Certification – ISNS
  • Applied Business Psychology & Human Behaviour – UNISA

Learning & Development

  • Master HR Practitioner: Learning & Development – SA Board for People Practices
  • Foundations in Coaching Supervision – Bath Consulting Group, UK
  • Neuro-Semantics NLP & Coaching Trainer Certification – ISNS USA


  • iEQ9 Enneagram Profiling Level 2: Individuals and Teams
  • Leadership Circle for Individuals and Teams
  • iWAM (Inventory for Work, Attitudes & Motivation)


  • Systemic Team Coaching at Board, Executive, and Senior Leadership levels
  • Executive Transformational and Developmental Coaching / Thinking Partnerships
  • Leadership Developmental Coaching
  • Organizational Culture Optimization and Behavioural Change
  • Internal and Team Coach Training & Certification


  • Climate Coaching Alliance
  • Global Team Coaching Institute – International Core Faculty
  • EthicalCoach: Volunteer Coaching for NPOs
  • Henley Business School, University of Reading, United Kingdom & South Africa
  • International Coach Federation (ICF): Practitioner Member
  • Coaches & Mentors South Africa (COMENSA): Practitioner Member
  • International Society of Neuro-Semantics (ISNS): Accredited Coach and Trainer
  • SA Board for People Practices (SABPP): Registered Master HR Professional
  • Institute for People Management (IPM)