GritED Ltd believes that anyone, regardless of their background or circumstances can achieve their full potential and goals in life. All it takes is a willingness to learn from life’s experiences, some support from friends and family, a bit of resilience and transformative coaching that unlocks our curiosity, creativity and courage to explore our own capacity for growth.
Transformative coaching taps into our lived experiences by guiding, encouraging, stretching and at times challenging ourselves in order to learn, live and soar.
Founder and Director
Dr Karla H. Benske (ACC), professional coach and director of GritED Ltd has always been passionate about enabling and supporting others to fulfill their potential.
As a teenager she volunteered to support children of immigrant families with their homework and exam preparation. As an apprentice and young employee she became a youth representative supporting other young workers and apprentices at the workplace. This engagement won her a scholarship to go to university as a mature student. She was the first in her family to go to university and continued her social engagement by joining the student representative council.
Despite the scholarship, Karla had to continue to work throughout her studies to pay the bills. Juggling her studies with work commitments has been an invaluable experience that has allowed her to stay grounded and not forget her roots.
Her social engagement and passion for supporting others led to her securing employment to research the transition into higher education, followed by a position to manage and coordinate an institution-wide initiative that developed strategies and practices to support the transition into university for students from diverse backgrounds. Before starting her own business and working as a professional coach, she was a lecturer in academic development, leading the FAIR Curriculum Project, that included an institution-wide development programme on Unconscious Bias at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Karla is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and a fully certified ICF Coach. As such she adheres to the ICF Code of Ethics. She has a Diploma in Professional Coaching Practice, a Certificate in Executive Coaching Practice , a Certificate in Team Coaching Practice and a Certificate in Career Coaching Practice .