Deb Barnard MBE


Deb has extensive, early career experience working within the UK creative and third sector industries combining artistic practice with arts/business management at Senior Executive level.

As Director of Relational Dynamics 1st Ltd (established in 2009), she currently works as a Trainer, Supervisor & Coach; specialising in relational dynamics, personal development and leadership. She is regularly commissioned to design bespoke and creative ‘learning journeys’ for organisational and leadership development and, more recently, she has been involved in creatively transforming many of the popular RD1st Coaching Courses to online formats.

She is a Leadership Coach for several UK leadership initiatives and also manages an ongoing, private client base. As well as training coaches, Deb is also an experienced Supervisor for coaches. Most of her international work has been with NGO’s; for example, Ruwwad, the Youth Empowerment Programme for Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt & Palestine, LOYAC; a young people’s leadership initiative in Kuwait and LASeR the Lebanese Assoc. for Scientific Research based in Tripoli, Lebanon. Clients in the UK range from Santander Bank to the Royal Opera House to the Young Women’s Trust to the British Psychological Society and working at a grassroots level locally in Lancaster, UK.

Deb remains passionate about working to shake up human hierarchies and inequalities and sees the philosophy of coaching and many of the skills as ways to engender a kinder, more creative and collaborative world.

She achieved full membership with the Association for Coaching (AC) in 2005, is a BBC Accredited Coach and was shortlisted for the ‘Award for Influence’ at AC in 2010. In 2005, she was awarded an M.B.E for her ‘services to young people’.

Deb holds a B.Ed (Hons) with a specialism in Child Psychology and also holds diplomas in Cognitive Behavioural Psychology (2016), Grief and Bereavement Counselling (2018), Person-Centred Counselling (2019) and is currently studying an M.A. in Psychotherapy with the University of Cumbria (2020/21).