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Di Henning BA, DipEd, DipLib, FACEL

Di Henning has extensive experience as a coach, consultant and facilitator having worked with Growth Coaching International since 2006. Di facilitates several of GCI’s key programs: Coaching Accreditation Program, Peer Coaching: Positive Conversations About Teaching Practice and Introduction to Leadership Coaching and she coaches school leaders. She provides support and development for GCI coaches and within that role she has worked with a colleague to develop the program Reflective Practice, an approach to supervision for all GCI coaches. Di is currently working on the provision of Reflective Practice as a program available for practicing coaches within the education sector.

Di’s background includes an extensive career in the Education Department of Tasmania becoming principal of a secondary school. Since moving to a career in coaching, Di has worked as facilitator, consultant and coach with school and system leaders, leadership teams and teachers in State, Catholic and Independent schools from Tasmania, Victoria, ACT, WA, NSW and QLD. Drawing upon her understanding of teaching and learning and requirements for successful teacher professional learning, Di developed with a colleague Growth Coaching’s much sought-after program Peer Coaching: Positive Conversations About Teaching Practice.

Di has a BA and Graduate Diplomas of Teaching and of Librarianship from the University of Tasmania. She is an Accredited Coach with Growth Coaching International, a Certified Cognitive Coach with the Centre for Cognitive Coaching (USA) and has undertaken study in the Solution Focus approach to coaching. Di is an Accredited Practitioner of the psychometric tools – GENOS Emotional Intelligence Survey and Human Synergistics Life Skills Inventory and she is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Di has attended and presented workshops at a number of ACEL and GCI/CSE national conferences and published articles in the ACEL journal, The Australian Educational Leader.

Special Interest Areas


  • Individual coaching

  • Developing understanding and practice of coaching

  • Supervision of coaches

  • Teacher-to-teacher conversations focusing on professional practice

  • Building effective leadership teams

Education, Qualifications and Memberships


  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Tasmania)

  • Diploma of Education (University of Tasmania)

  • Diploma of Librarianship (University of Tasmania)

  • Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Leaders

  • Certified Cognitive Coach, Centre for Cognitive Coaching (USA)

  • Accredited Practitioner, Human Synergistics Life Skills Inventory

  • Member, International Coach Federation

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Growth Coaching International is an approved coaching services provider with…

  • bastow
  • QELi (Queensland Education Leadership Institute)
  • Centre for Strategic Education (CSE)
  • Institute for Professional Learning, WA
  • Catholic Education Office, WA
  • Department for Education and Child Development
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Upcoming Workshops

Coaching Accreditation Program - 2017 Dates

NT 27 & 28 Feb | QLD 9 & 10 Mar | SA 14 & 15 Mar

Introduction to Leadership Coaching

NSW 1 & 2 Mar | VIC 9 & 10 Mar | SA 28 & 29 Mar

Solution Focus Master Class: Advanced Coaching Skills Program

NT 27 & 28 Feb | WA 20 & 21 Mar | NSW 20 & 21 Mar

What Others Say…

  • Excellent – all around. I can sense the development of my skills from the beginning of the course to the end. This gives me great satisfaction.

    Belinda Emmi Brisbane Catholic Education, QLD
  • Very impressive! Well organised – great framework. Excellent presentation – great resources – well-structured and sequenced activities.

    Carolyn Parsell St Joachim’s Lidcombe, NSW
  • Would love to do this sort of exercise with the other staff in the school so that everyone raised awareness of their selves and others.

    Catherine Kapiteyn Burbridge School, Principal
  • The most inspiring, thought provoking, relevant and common sense program I’ve been part of. I can see immediate implications for improved success in my role and school.

    Damian Lloyd Principal, Yealering Primary School, WA
  • Very helpful on every level – very engaging and energising. The ability to practice with colleagues made it real and taught us to recognise our strengths and weaknesses.

    Deborah Russell Trinity College, Head of Student Care, SA
  • This program was outstanding in reaching my professional learning needs in improving outcomes for individuals and the school.

    Julie Kennedy Girraween High School, NSW
  • The balance of knowledge, activity, humour, music and peer learning was fabulous! Thank you very much. I like the way you do it!

    Karen Dymke Upper Yarra Secondary, Victoria
  • I am inspired to put this in into practice. Thank you. This will make a difference.

    Katrina Otway Nakara, Assistant Principal, Northern Territory
  • A great 2 days. Very specific, pertinent and appropriate to my job. Great structures to practice and follow.

    Kevin Clarke Greenfields Primary School, Principal, Western Australia
  • Great useful simple practices to use immediately to effectively implement at school.

    Kylie Hanson Larapinta Primary School, Northern Territory
  • The GROWTH Coaching experience with gci has been an extremely rewarding one. There is a time to mentor and even a time to direct; however most of the time the leader of a 21st Century school needs to inspire and motivate; they need to COACH. I have found the gci GROWTH model like most things in life valuable because it is effective though simple. Growth coaching gave me the strategies to effectively sustain change not through celebrations or fear but through self-motivation and self-generated achievable goals. Well done.

    Mike Morgan Shenton College, Principal, Western Australia
  • I can’t thank you enough for working with me last year to set me up for what I achieved and many more good outcomes ahead.

    Robert Tomkinson
  • This has been a very inspiring course which has equipped me with very practical ideas to make my interactions more focussed.

    Sadie Brayshaw Hocking Primary School, Teacher, Western Australia
  • Without a doubt this program has been the most valuable professional learning experience I have had throughout my time in education

    Sue Starling Flinders Christian Community College, Principal, Victoria
  • Outstanding in pace, pitch and content that led to full engagement and learning for staff.

    Sue Starling Intro Leadership Flinders Christian Community College, Victoria
  • I was very satisfied that I will be a better leader as a result of this PD.

    Tania Leets Midvale PS, Principal
  • Loved this session, really practical, highly focussed and lots to think about and implement. Brilliant.

    Tanya Cooke Principal, Dandenong Region Network, Victoria
  • "This was a very powerful learning experience balanced with practice and feedback. Confronting yet safe! This was the best leadership experience I've had. Absolutely fabulous!"

    Terry Brown Nyangatjatjara College, NT
  • Extremely relevant to my role and job. This has given me an approach and range of strategies which will enable me to address many of those difficult issues and people which I might otherwise put in the 'too hard basket'.

    Tim Baker CAP Geographe Primary School, Western Australia