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Scientific Leadership Mentoring & Coaching

'We offer a personal, individually tailored and educationally focussed journey of excellence.'

The scientific arena is highly competitive and demands from its researchers consistently groundbreaking scientific ideas and research; excellent leadership and communication skills; commitment; dedication; insight; problem solving, strategic awareness; and an ability to successfully manage both a growing team, and maintain a balance in both their personal and professional lives. 

At times, navigating though this can be a monumental task, especially when aspects of the above may not go to plan; challenging situations arise; dynamics change; demands on one's time increases; and/or something unexpected is presented and needs to be attended to or dealt with.

At Whitehorne, we completely understand these challenges placed upon researchers, and offer professional and highly experienced mentoring and coaching to researchers in the areas of:

  • Scientific leadership development

  • Team dynamics and personal leadership skills

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Problem solving

  • Stress management

  • Time management

  • Maintaining life balance

  • Strategy development

  • Managing and maintaining healthy team dynamics

  • Managing a growing team

  • Conflict resolution

  • Scientific and professional counselling 

Feedback from just one of our clients:

'There had been some major changes in my professional environment, where I was struggling with how to move forward from a leadership perspective. Willem was able to help me to look at the situation from a different perspective, and also helped me to better analyse the group dynamics that I was faced with. This led me towards making some significant procedural changes within my group, as well as a change in my own leadership style. I am most grateful for this learning and now look forward to the year ahead with new perspectives and a new freshness.’ Professor, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Individually tailored support


  • A hallmark of our mentoring and coaching support is that it is highly personalised, private and in-depth, where we work with researchers on the challenges and/or issues that they are struggling with, providing them with the ability to view the situation from different perspectives, and work with them towards tangible suggestions and/or options as to how to move forward from this/these.

  • Our support is both educationally and experientially leaning focussed, allowing researchers to better understand their own nature, skills, expertise, and also their limitations and/or areas that need to be further developed and/or nurtured.

  • Individuals that we work with will take away invaluable new skills and competencies that they can further develop and implement over time both in their professional as well as private lives.

  • When any of our clients interact with us, they will find us to be down to earth and approachable professionals, who have a real passion for what we do, and fully understand the demands and challenges of academia.

  • All of our work is based on a strong process-driven foundation.

  • We believe in honesty and transparency, and in building strong and healthy relationships with the individuals that we work with.

Our method of delivery is via personal ‘one-on-one’ online coaching and mentoring sessions.

Our initial session with researchers generally cover the following aspects:

  • In an exploratory way, we firstly discuss the issues, challenges and concerns that the researcher is facing and then look at prioritising these for what is of highest priority. 

  • From here, we then discuss the options with respect to how we can best be of support, and make a tangible forward plan.

You will work directly with with either Fire Sanders or Willem Bouma, both qualified and highly experienced senior trainers, mentors, coaches, facilitators and counsellors. Both Willem and Fire have experience working with researchers from all areas of research, and have worked with numerous applicants and institutions throughout around Europe, Australia and beyond. 

We have over 25 years experience working with leadership development, coaching and mentoring. We specialise in what we do and offer – and Scientific Leadership Mentoring and Coaching is no exception.

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Hello. Thank you so kindly for your message and query. We will respond to you within 24 hours, and most often quicker than this. Kindest of regards, Fire and Willem @ Whitehorne