Courses manager and Expert Trainer
Noa is our manager and main trainer for the International Coaching Diploma course.
She has been training coaching courses since 2013 and is a liked and highly respected trainer who brings real results to her students. It’s her positive and dynamic approach which makes her teaching interesting and engaging.
Noa is a highly qualified and greatly experienced trainer, she has been teaching adults since 1993. For many years she taught in the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and later on in the Oriental Institute in Oxford University in England.
Having lived in Israel (where she’s originally from), Paris, London and now The Hague, Noa is well travelled and well experienced in being an expat. Since moving to The Netherlands, Noa has been highly involved in the International community in The Hague.
This experience has given her an insightful understanding of the diversity in culture and needs of people who come from different backgrounds, which translates into her work as trainer on the courses.
Noa’s private client work combines both coaching and counselling, which brings depth into her work with her clients.
Although strongly believing in our way of working with the humanistic and Person -Centred approach to coaching, Noa has been interested in many other methods of the profession and is constantly expanding and broadening her professional knowledge.
She’ll be sharing all that with you, the students.
Noa is a popular trainer and lecturer with the international companies and organisations based in The Netherlands. She’s often invited to give training and talks on various topics related to personal and professional development, coaching and leadership. In 2015 she gave her first inspirational TEDx talk.
She does that though her company NBmove.
Find more about her on her website:
Oriana van der Sande
Oriana is a intercultural coach, trainer and storyteller based in Delft.
Born in Romania, she moved as a teenager with her parents to The Netherlands.
She started working in communication and public relations, and together with her husband she worked and moved abroad twice.
After losing her stillborn son in 2011, Oriana worked with a life-coach who helped her realise that she wanted a change: to work with people. Migrating and being an expat herself so many times, she decided to work with international living people. She obtained her specialization as a multicultural coach and in 2015, started her own company as an independent coach and trainer.
In 2019 Oriana also studies to become a professional storyteller. She is performing regularly, has her own show, and she uses the power of sharing stories as the basis of her coaching and trainings.
Oriana was an assistant for two years in a row with the Dutch language courses at the ACC. In 2017 she became a co-trainer with Noa Brume for the English speaking training, and they’re working closely together ever since: creating materials for training, building new courses and training.
Oriana is liked by the students for being approachable, serious yet fun, sharp and very supportive.
Find more about Oriana on her website: www.storiana.nl
Margarita was born in La Floresta, Sant Cugat del Valles, a village that lies behind the mountains of Barcelona to a Dutch mother and a Spanish father. A beautiful combination of two special cultures that are visible in her Dutch appearance and her Spanish temperament and passion. Trilingual raised (Spanish, Catalan and Dutch), she has been living in the Netherlands since she was 23. She is married and is the mother of two beautiful daughters (“95 and” 97).
Margarita enjoyed meeting people since childhood. She considers herself curious and genuinely interested in their motives. She sees the power and talents in people. She loves to contribute to their growth and development. Friendships and relationships are important to her, she pays a lot of attention to that.
Thanks to her eagerness to learn and enthusiasm for growth, she keeps developing herself. She likes to use her knowledge, (life) experience and wisdom to contribute to a better world.
Margarita is a very experienced trainer in the fields of coaching and relationships. She has been training coaches since 2011 through different settings, including courses given by the Dutch government and has trained over 220 students since then.
She owns her own company Strokes since 2006, she is coach/counsellor, intervisor, supervisor and trainer. She works with people individually and couple therapy. Since 2017 she also has her company to work with blended families.
Her vision: Everyone has the right to happiness (joy of life), you can make yourself happy.
Her mission: to guide people in their growth and development, so that they become who they really are and can realise their potential.
Her experience is that if you live from your own strength, in freedom and authenticity, you can be a happy person. Meetings are the common thread in her life.
She is looking forward to meeting you and guiding you.
Fine more about Margarita on her website:
Sharon has a multicultural background and is a Medical Doctor with more than 10 years of work experience. As a doctor she feels that the best part of her job is to help and support her patients through health related challenges in their life.
In her work Sharon was intuitively drawn to coaching techniques and developed herself in this direction, becoming a leader and a teacher for medical doctors focusing on how to better communicate, support and promote change while providing medical care.
Sharon works and lives in the Amsterdam area since 2010. Moving abroad with her family exposed her to the challenges of cultural and midlife career change.
Feeling she wanted to further develop and support her patients, Sharon enrolled and completed Noa’s coaching and counselling course in 2018.
The course gave her confidence to start her own practice offering her expertise in the area of medical coaching while working and volunteering for short periods as a medical doctor abroad.
Her approach is eclectic as she combines medical knowledge and coaching techniques to cater her client’s needs. She sees a bright future as her practice expands and hopes to develop and make this her main line of work in the near future.
Assistant Phase 2 – Gillian McDonnell
Gillian hails from the UK, but moved to the Netherlands back in 1999. Her initial move to Holland was taken as a chance to broaden her horizons and experience a different culture, an idea and a passion which Gillian has continued to pursue throughout her life. Now married with two young boys, Gillian truly enjoys her life in the Netherlands and is keen to pass on her love of people and culture to others.
In her working life, Gillian held numerous office-based positions, choosing roles initially to simply ‘make a living.’ Like many others when young, her focus was on life outside of work but as time wore on, she felt a yearning to find something more meaningful in her career. But what to choose?
Her interest in human behaviour and how the mind works led her to study Psychology in her spare time, which she found very rewarding. Also, after working closely with a mentor in one of her most recent positions, Gillian was able to determine the common thread that repeated through her career. The connecting tissue between all of the working roles she had enjoyed, from Legal Assistant to Customer Service and more besides, had been a desire to help and support people, in one way or another.
It was this realization that spurred Gillian on to want to develop herself as a coach and mentor for other people who are experiencing similar confusion and struggling to find meaning and value in their professional lives.
Gillian sees a light and a flame in everyone and believes firmly that, with the help of a dedicated coach, taking the time to connect with and understand your inner self can be an important first step. Understanding not only the decisions you have made in the past, but the reasons for why you chose to act in a certain way, can help a person gain insight into what truly drives them. Once that passion and drive is understood, then you can begin to harness it and work towards the career and satisfaction you’ve always craved.