Anthony Grant

Anthony Grant

Associate Scholar

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Anthony Grant is globally recognised as a key pioneer in the area of coaching psychology and evidence-based approaches to coaching.

Anthony left school at the age of 15 with no qualifications and trained as a carpenter. Embarking on a second career in direct sales, he began tertiary studies in 1993 as a mature student, commencing a third career in psychology in his 40s.

He holds a BA (Hons), an MA in Behavioural Science and a PhD in Coaching Psychology. In 2000, Anthony established the world’s first Coaching Psychology Unit at Sydney University, where he is the Director.

Anthony has over 100 coaching-related publications and over 10,000 hours of coaching experience, as well as extensive organisational consulting experience on leadership and coaching issues. He is a visiting professor at Oxford Brookes University and Henley Business School, alongside his role at Saïd Business School.














Anthony’s primary research area is in: 

  • developing evidence-based approaches to coaching psychology by conducing empirical studies on the effectiveness of executive, organisational and personal coaching
  • developing theoretical and teaching frameworks for coaching
  • conducting research into the coaching industry
  • making such knowledge accessible to practitioners in industry and the general public.

His secondary area focuses on self-reflection and self-insight and their relationship to well-being and goal attainment. He has produced highly-cited studies of coaching outcomes and research into the role of self-insight in coaching and goal-focused change.


Anthony has won several major accolades for his teaching over the years (see below). He currently teaches 'Theories and Techniques of Coaching Psychology' and 'Fundamentals of Coaching Practice' at the University of Sydney.

Anthony's accolades include:

  • the Henley Business School Award for his contribution to coaching (2017)
  • the Australian Psychological Society ‘Workplace Excellence Award for Coaching and Leadership’ (2016)
  • the Scientist in Residence for ABC – the Australian national broadcaster (2014)
  • the 'Vision of Excellence Award’ from the Institute of Coaching at Harvard University for his pioneering work in helping to develop a scientific foundation to coaching (2009)
  • the University of Sydney (Faculty of Science) Excellence in Teaching Award (2008)
  • the British Psychological Society Award for his outstanding professional and scientific contribution to coaching psychology (2007)
  • the University of Sydney (Faculty of Science) Excellence in Teaching Award (2002).