Natalie Cunningham

Natalie Cunningham
Natalie Cunningham
Natalie has a passion for Leadership Development. She has run her own consultancy Origo Consultants for the last 29 years. The consultancy has specialised in people and organisational development. She simultaneously held the role of Director of The Leadership Development Centre at Wits Business School for several years (2006-2011) where she was responsible for customising Leadership Programmes for corporates. In that role she developed a 1-year certificate in coaching, a Masters in Management in Business and Executive Coaching and a Coach Supervision Certificate.
The focus of Natalie’s recent work has been primarily leadership development, executive coaching and team development as well as conducting research into learning and coaching. Her recent interest and experience is the use group coaching as a means of contributing to the change in organisational culture. Natalie has worked globally across India, Dubai, South Africa, Turkey, Russia, China, Thailand and the UK. In January 2016, Natalie was nominated for most influential woman leader in Education and Training in South Africa by CEO magazine. In July 2016 she was announced as a finalist in this category. Natalie is currently the lead researcher for The Coaching Landscape research project for PAL.

​Professional Associate

Published Research

​Journal articles

Cunningham, N
., & Carmichael, T. (2018). Finding my intuitive researcher’s voice through reflexivity: An autoethnographic study.   The Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, 16(2), 56-66. Retrieved from

Cunningham, N. (2017). Coaching: Meaning making or goal resolution process. Philosophy of Coaching: An International Journal, 2(2), 86-104. doi: 10.22316/poc/02.2.06

Carmichael, T. & Cunningham, N. (2017). Theoretical data collection and data analysis with gerunds in a constructivist grounded theory study collection. The Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, 15(2), 59-73. Retrieved from


Cunningham, N. (Ed.). (2014). Rethink: Learning and growth through organisational development and coaching. Randburg: Knowres Publishing.

Book chapters

Cunningham, N. (in press). Using grounded theory as a methodology. In P. Jackson & E. Cox (Eds.), Doing coaching research. New York: Sage Publications.

Cunningham, N. & Craig, D. (2014).  Neuroscience of learning. In D. Craig & K. Kohl (Eds.), Accelerated learning for breakthrough results. Randburg: Knowres Publishing.

Cunningham, N. (2014). Learning through coaching. In D. Craig & K. Kohl (Eds.), Accelerated learning for breakthrough results. Randburg: Knowres Publishing.

Stout-Rostron, S., Cunningham, N., & Crous, W. (2013). Leadership development survey. Randburg: Knowres Publishing.

Cunningham, N. (2012). Choosing an executive coach. In J. Herholdt (Ed.), Mentoring and coaching. Randburg: Knowres Publishing.

Conference papers

Cunningham, N. & Carmichael, T. (2017). Sampling, interviewing and coding: Lessons from a constructivist grounded theory study. Paper presented at the 16th European Conference on Research Methods in Business and Management, Dublin, Ireland. 

Cunningham, N. & Carmichael, T. (March 2011). Raising the bar on academic standards for coaching education. Paper presented at the 2011 Conference Board Conference, New York.
Contact Details

Tel: +27 83 3818923


  • ​PhD
  • MBA
  • BA (Hons) Social Work
Fields of Interest
  • Coaching Research 
    • Qualitative research – phenomenology and constructivist grounded theory based on lived experiences.
  • Group coaching and its impact on organisational culture
  • Interpersonal NeuroBiology 
Professional Memberships
  • ​COMENSA – Master Accredited coach (over 2000 hours of coaching)
  • GSAEC (Graduate School Alliance of Education in Coaching) – USA based – Serve as secretary on the Executive

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