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Sally Bernham


Telephone: +44 (0)1604 84758999
Mobile: +44 (0)7773950561 
Email: sally.bernham@idyia.co.uk

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Sally is a respected and experienced leadership and management development consultant and executive coach.  With over 12 years higher education coaching experience and a recent senior HR role as head of staff development at a midlands university, she has a wealth of experience to draw on, sound understanding of the challenges for HR and insight into the opportunities for a business focused HR to create organisational impact. 

Sally’s leadership development work is with both the private and public sector including the university sector and other public sector organisations, working with middle managers and senior leaders. This diversity of client base enables Sally to bring a richness of insight derived from other sectors. Her coaching work in the university sector has included coaching senior academics and professional staff, training coaches and developing managers’ coaching skills, supervising coaches, establishing and managing an internal coaching programme and advising universities developing their own internal coaching capability.

Other recent university work includes working as a consultant for the national Staff Development Forum for whom she has developed a range of accredited programmes for the sector, as an assessor for the Association of University Administrators’ Post Graduate programme, as a tutor on the midlands university regional leadership development programme and as an action learning set facilitator for the midlands universities senior leadership development action learning set programme. Her coaching, therefore, is informed by a sound understanding of the current higher education context and its inherent challenges for senior leaders and managers.

Involvement in a variety of HR/Organisation Development projects in HE includes those arising from the initial RDS initiative included developing a competency based leadership framework and supporting the Pay Framework Agreement. Other recent HR activities has included coaching leaders of organisational restructures and redundancy programmes, coaching newly appointed senior academic leaders, facilitating team development and visioning and developing staff developers and HR colleagues to develop change facilitation skills. This has given Sally a sound understanding of current HR practice and has enabled her to support leaders, teams and individuals in negotiating a way through complex and challenging change programmes.


Dr Ann Bowen-Jones BSc, MSc, PhD


Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Based in mid-Wales, Ann works in English and in Welsh

Telephone: +44(0)1654768123 
Mobile: +44(0)7788 676640
Email: ann@annbowenjones.co.uk

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Ann is a skilled and highly experienced coach, facilitator and consultant with specialist expertise in supporting senior players in taking their performance to the next level and in building the resilience and collaboration needed to thrive in challenging environments.

The newest thinking in leadership and management are made accessible to clients, and they are supported in using different perspectives to get to the heart of their challenges and respond to them in a dynamic way which stimulates learning and renewal. The work blends a rigorous business focus with a celebration of life and spirit in a way which clients find effective, imaginative and enjoyable.

Her areas of expertise include creativity and innovation, managing transitions and complexity, the renewal of motivation and energy, team building and strategy. As a facilitator, she works to create high-performance teams, interactive conferences, and enhanced cross-functional working.

Examples of Assignments:

  • Extensive coaching over many years at senior academic level at Newcastle University, including carrying out 360 degree appraisals
  • Facilitating a workshop for the team running a university business school, who needed to regain their business focus
  • Coaching the Chief Executive of a public agency in bringing together disparate interest groups and in developing a new and more effective leadership style
  • Working with the executive team of a national property company, coaching them individually and as a team to help them undertake major expansion and underpin the growth with the development of a learning culture
  • Coaching 12 recently-appointed Heads of Service at Gateshead Council and developing a leadership programme for them
  • Running a series of 2-day residential events for the Corporate Management team of a city council, involving also the leader of the Council


Judith Cashmore-James


Telephone: +44(0)1785613962
Mobile: +44(0)7779718067067
Email: judith@touchstoneassociates.co.uk

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Judith is a certified and experienced coach and consultant, specialising in leadership coaching and development.  She is particularly skilled in helping people move forward, raising confidence, gaining self esteem and helping them to maximise their potential.  She is known for her pragmatic and flexible approach and is passionate about working with people to lead authentically and inspirationally. 

She has designed an online 360°degree feedback tool specifically for education leadership to underpin leadership coaching and development.

Here’s what one recent senior management client said of working with Judith – "Having coaching sessions with Judith was one of the best things I have done in years. From the sessions, I now know more about who I am and how I can get the best out of life.  Judith has helped me with a number of things including my career, personal life, coping with bereavement and understanding what triggers certain emotions.   I would strongly recommend everyone to have coaching with Judith.  You don't know what you are missing in life until you've been to Judith's sessions!"

She has designed and led coaching, mentoring, and leadership development  programmes both in the UK and Qatar and is an experienced action learning facilitator.

Recent projects in the public sector include FE, HE, Local Government, NHS, Crown Prosecution Service working at senior and middle manager level using coaching, group coaching and action learning.

Prior to becoming a coach/consultant, Judith gained over 20 years  experience in senior management roles in the public sector (including FE & HE), leading and managing major change programmes and service delivery in complex political environments.  Having worked at Chief Executive level she understands at first hand the complex nature of senior management team relationships and the impact on organisations and individuals when people lead ‘inauthentically’ or without confidence.


Richard Da Costa


Telephone: +44 (0)1912131193
Mobile: + 44 (0)7802908978978
Email: richard@rdacosta.co.uk or rdac54@hotmail.com

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Richard has worked in Human Resource management over a 30 year career in both the UK and France. His sector experience includes retailing, manufacturing/distribution and utilities/public services.  He has experienced many major change programmes including participating in two hostile takeovers, two significant mergers and being sold by a parent company. 


Colette Foan


Telephone: +44(0)161941 7431
Mobile: +44(0)7770 466748
Email: cefoan@gmail.com

Colette has been coaching at senior level for over 10 years. Her area of expertise is Project Management. As this involves both technical and people skills Colette is called upon when people need help and support in achieving a particular goal within an agreed timescale, or when people management is proving challenging. She works in both the public and private sector and as well as coaching, she undertakes consultancy and teaching assignments. She is a Visiting Fellow at Manchester Business School and final project supervisor on their MBA programme. Her private clients include, ABB, Siemens, Newcastle University, European Space Agency, Morgan Stanley bank, HP and Cisco. She is an accredited Myers Briggs and SDI assessor.

Here are a couple of comments from recent clients.

“Colette Foan was appointed as a coach for me after I took part on a senior leadership course. I had no idea what to expect, nor what to ‘do’ with a coach. I can honestly say that I found the whole process invaluable. We were able to work flexibly and she is very quick to identify and pickup individual needs. Her approach is highly tailored and utterly practical.”

“Colette is one of the most well organised, communicative, friendly and professional people I know. Her greatest strength though, lies in her ability, through her experience, to understand areas of difficulty or conflict in management situations. She can “untangle the knots” of complex human interactions in many challenging situations, and, importantly, also train people to do this for themselves. Her approach is friendly, firm, disciplined and direct, when it needs to be, but also flexible enough to allow changes to be made where required. This has had an extremely positive effect of my own management of colleagues and also in my interactions with University Staff at all levels.”

Key areas of support:

  • Project Management
  • Clarifying scope
  • Determining objectives
  • Rescuing projects in trouble for example; because of time delays, changes, team issues
  • Conflict resolution and negotiation
  • Team leadership
  • Interpersonal issues


Emma Ford

Mobile: +44(0)79564 82911
Email: emmalford@aol.com
Website: www.Coaching4Careers.co.uk

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Emma is a straightforward and pragmatic coach who asks the simple questions allowing her clients to think and develop their own solutions.

She works mainly in the academic sector coaching, designing and delivering leadership programmes and workshops supporting career management, personal skills and leadership development.

Before becoming independent Emma worked in the corporate sector where she managed BP’s graduate and intern selection.  She developed and managed the tools and processes used to recruit people, ensuring they were in-line with corporate guidelines and was involved in sharing best practice globally.

Emma is keen to ensure her clients have the support and skills they need to deliver and perform at the highest level and also enable them to manage their career and future.


Trevor Foux


Telephone: +44 (0)1462-433484 
Mobile: +44 (0)7770-277235 
Email: trevor@fouxassociates.com

Trevor is a proven executive coach.  He has coached numerous senior managers and executive directors to improve effectiveness and performance, enhance leadership capability, manage change, and develop business opportunities.  He has helped business executives to make effective transitions as they move into new, more demanding roles. 

He has applied a ground-breaking “network approach” in several major coaching projects to link individual development to organisational learning. ning.

Trevor has coached and facilitated teams to set agenda, clarify key issues and improve joint working.  He has trained coaches and designed coaching skills programmes in the USA and UK.  He has also run influencing, consulting skills, and change management courses.

He has worked in a wide range of industries including oil & gas, healthcare, manufacturing, chemicals, government, insurance, and media and entertainment. His clients have included Presidents, CEO's, COO's, CFO's, Marketing Directors, Partners in consulting firms, and also senior HR, healthcare and operations executives.

He has worked extensively with multi-cultural teams facing sensitive cross-cultural challenges.  Clients have included Dutch, French, German, Italian, British, and US nationals, and individuals from across the Middle East.

Coaching Examples

  • Coached a senior business development executive in a major oil company to improve the business development capability of his team to enable them to secure multi million pound contracts in the Middle East.
  • Worked with a senior VP of a major TV network to manage the vital process of expanding a series of channel offerings into new European markets.
  • Coached a fund manager at a major investment bank to enhance his deal making capability and to develop further those skills within his team.
  • Guided an IT Director of an international utility company, to make a successful transition from his specialist role into general business management as a Managing Director.


Katherine Long

Mobile: +44(0)7979448815
Email: mail@katherinelong.co.uk
Website: www.katherinelong.co.uk


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Katherine has extensive experience of individual and organisational change - a coach, mentor and coaching supervisor, with over 20 years of experience in people development. An EMCC Master Practitioner, she works across a wide range of contexts, and is particularly effective where individuals and teams are journeying through emergent change and transformation, as well as in supporting leaders in their personal evolution and impact. Her clients include universities, healthcare, manufacturing, professional services, third sector and government. Katherine’s background is in cultural change, cross-cultural communications and intercultural competences for leaders and teams. She brings a holistic and systems perspective to her work; a key value is the health and well-being of the whole system (individual, team, organisation), in addition to addressing specific coaching issues and challenges.

Katherine is a faculty member for the UK branch of the Presencing Institute, and leads on the Masters in Coaching Programme at Warwick University. She’s an international speaker and writer, and author of the Diamond Model, an integrative model of the coach (Bachkirova etc al, 2011, published by Open University Press).

Recent assignments include:

  • Career transition for corporate professional
  • Organisational change for niche consultancy
  • Senior leadership development for global firm
  • Board development and team coaching for NHS trust
  • Building internal coaching and coach supervision capability – to multiple sectors via role as Director of Development and Supervision with OCM

"In my 30 years of corporate life, including 15 years in senior HR roles, I've had mixed experiences of the coaching profession. A few of the coaches I encountered were outstanding, a few, quite frankly, terrible, but the vast majority were decidedly mediocre. I was therefore extremely fortunate to close out the corporate chapter of my life and open a fresh clean page with Katherine's wise and expert support. I think the essence of outstanding coach, beyond of course complete mastery of the fundamental skills and knowledge, is to be able to provoke and steer a dialogue that is both broad and deep, focused and limitless, uncomfortable and secure, fresh and familiar, experimental and structured, and finally reflective and action-oriented. If this was not challenging enough, a great coach keeps the dialogue rooted in the needs of the coachee and is prepared to push themself well beyond their own comfort zone to enable progress. My sense is that given the scale of the challenge it is not at all surprising that many individuals who coach never succeed in real mastery. It was therefore my privilege to work with Katherine who did all of the above, and more, and in doing so led me to an appreciation of the profession that I never previously had."

Mary Jordan


Telephone: +44(0)1913746595
Mobile: +44(0)7849711896
Email: mary@people-centric.co.uk

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Mary has worked in one to one development for over 25 years.  A Chartered Occupational Psychologist concerned with senior leadership and management performance, she has worked closely with HR directors interested in the developing leaders to get results from others.  An expert on changing leadership requirements, Mary is keen to work in partnership with HR professionals intent on driving up the leadership capability in organisations.  As a psychologist, she interested in how characteristics such as values, character, motives, style, and skills, underpin leadership effectiveness and believes that an understanding of self is critical to competence, but she is also convinced of the need to take into account the context in which a person has to work and how this impacts on what can be done quickly and what can be done over the long term.  As well as facilitating an understanding of changing demands, she helps individuals to identify how they can achieve success in the light of their own strengths, style, motivation and experience, enabling them to find their own solutions through self insight, understanding of the challenges they face and thoughtful consideration of context.

A former manager, academic and applied psychologist Mary has coached for over 20 years at senior levels in private and public sector organisations.  She has worked in the past with managers from Jaguar, Leyland-Daf, the Rover Group and Landrover.  More recently in the North East with senior academic and administrative staff at Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Durham University, One North East, Convergys, Voicentric, Northumbria Police, Cummins, Ward Hadaway, North Tyneside Council, Newcastle City Council, and Newcastle Business School. She has designed assessment centres for the selection of managers for Tyne and Wear Fire Service, has led development programmes for the Probation Service, American Air Filters, Ringtons Teas, and Visit County Durham tourism team, to name but a few.  She has coached HR directors, Chief Executives, Deans, Heads of Departments and Professors.


Dr Steve Marshall


Telephone: +44(0)1526323275
Mobile: +44(0)7740776505
Email: info@reflexionconsulting.com

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Steve Marshall has more than 12 years experience as an executive coach, organization consultant and facilitator in the public, private and third sectors.  His practice is informed by inquiry, dialogue and complexity based approaches to change and innovation.

Steve flew fighter jets in the RAF for more than 16 years, before moving onto multi-faceted leadership roles encompassing multi-national, political, and cultural challenges.  As a consequence, he developed a deep interest in decision-making under stress from both a personal and organizational perspective.  His coaching work now translates his ability to understand conflict, shifting environments and requirements, multiple stakeholders, critical time constraints and high stakes into transformational interventions in the workplace. rkplace.

Steve’s work is underpinned by a serious commitment to continued development and personal change. He is a faculty member at a leading UK business school where he supervises PhD students bringing an Action Learning perspective to their own development journey. Through his own radical doctorate in creative identity he brings a variety of visual and digital methods as helps clients to envision their personal view of leadership, innovation and change.

Recent interventions include:

  • Supporting a high-profile public sector leader to develop change leadership skills, manage an increasingly politicised environment and motivate multi-disciplinary teams.  The client directly controls a budget of £240 million and manages a workforce of 3,000 across 9 sites.
  • Provision of reflective conversations for a governmental leader addressing the complexity of her role, which spans multiple government agencies. The conversations have successfully provided a ‘pause for thought’ in a busy diary, a ‘sounding board’ for various relational issues and a leadership advisory role.
  • Developmental coaching of academics and administrative professionals over 5 years at a Russell Group university.  The work continues to cover a range of issues including helping clients to adapt their leadership style following promotion, dealing with complexity and conflict, motivational issues and communication.

Steve works across Europe and the US from rural Lincolnshire base where he lives with his family.  When he is not working he can usually be found either repairing his crumbling Victorian farmhouse or, on nice days, riding his beloved Ducati motorcycle.


Sandra Morson


Telephone: +44(0)1313131183
Mobile: +44(0)7762299611
Email: sandraemorson@me.com

Sandra has 25 years’ experience in Organisation Development, Leadership Consulting and Coaching. For the past 15 years her focus has been in research led Universities in the UK; providing one on one leadership and team coaching for senior strategic leaders within 3 reporting levels of Principal or Vice Chancellor.

Sandra has delivered over 200 interview based 360 degree and coaching interventions to individual executive and senior leaders in research-oriented universities since 2002.  In addition, she has led bespoke leadership programmes for many more. Her work covers both academic and professional services roles. Client feedback is that Sandra is a very insightful, balanced, focussed coach and leadership advisor, able to work well in larger more complex organisations and situations. 

Working with Sandra supports leaders in understanding and developing their leadership strengths and styles in the context of:

  • Significant challenges
  • Delivery of key areas
  • Leading to create the most effective climate and culture for the organisation
  • Building key relationships and strategic influence
  • Organisation design and change
  • Their own ambition and career. 

This enables them to be confident, working from their strengths in driving through change, managing performance, developing and implementing strategy.  Sandra has worked with a number of leaders over time as they progress through to Head of College, PVC and VC roles.

Sandra has an MBA from London Business School, and her first degree is an MA in History from St Andrews University.  She worked in a leading international human resources consultancy firm and has been MD of her coaching and consulting business for 20 years, working with a number of highly experienced and respected coaches.  Sandra has both in depth research and practical experience of what makes a leader truly effective.  She has a specific coach qualification from Corporate Coach University.  Sandra is a certified PSCI practitioner (2004) and is accredited in the FIRO-B OPP, FIRO-B and teams OPP, Hogan Diagnostics.  Other accreditations include the Official Introduction to Transactional Analysis, Introduction to NLP and Behavioural Competency Coding (Hay Group).  She has recently completed the Time To Think Partnership programme with Nancy Kline.

Sandra was appointed to the National Council of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 2014 where she advises on leadership and since 2016 sits on their Nominations Committee. Sandra lives in Edinburgh and most of her interests are with people and in the outdoors.


Andrew Scott


Telephone: +44(0)1931712955
Mobile: +44(0)7976255145
Email: andrew@ascott.demon.co.uk

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Andrew has coached academics and professional services staff (including senior HR people to director level) at Durham, Newcastle and Northumbria Universities over a period of a decade, as well as people from a range of blue chip commercial organisations, the police, NHS and others.

Andrew has an empathetic yet challenging style. He has a few areas of particular interest:

  • Helping people to apply research-based approaches to leadership, influencing and negotiating to real situations, and to develop an individual style that is both informed by best practice and attuned to their context, personality and values.
  • Helping people to develop their resilience: their ability to perform under pressure. His approach encompasses physical, cognitive, social/emotional, and existential/spiritual dynamics, informed by up-to-date research. He has successfully supported clients operating under severe chronic and acute pressures, including arrest and questioning by the police, loss of employment, rehabilitation after nervous breakdown, sudden discovery of major financial deficits and so on.
  • Helping people to take control of their time, in order to accomplish what they want to both at work and in their life outside work, and to manage a dynamic balance based on their long term priorities.
  • Helping people to explore narrative approaches to both personal and organisational issues, enabling them to construct positive understandings of themselves, other people and their experiences. This approach helps people to create new possibilities of thought and action, transforming both their perceptions and reality. This is the subject of his forthcoming book: Freeing People to Perform - How changing their stories can transform people.’
  • Helping people get their careers back on track following redundancy, or after hitting a plateau or taking a wrong turn.

Andrew finds that walking coaching offers a unique opportunity for a greater depth of reflective conversation for those clients who are prepared to push the boundaries.

“I had one of the most memorable personal development days in my professional life so far. Andrew helped [me] to put things into perspective and work out where I am going and how best to get there. What Andrew sells (so subtly) is hope.” (A Russell Group Research Leader)


Claire Sutherland


Telephone: 01926 411223
Mobile: +44(0)7747 054606
Email: claire.sutherland@catapultconsulting.co.uk

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Claire is a polished, accredited and highly experienced executive coach. She is committed to her own ongoing professional development, and her transformational coaching interventions draw from the fields of positive psychology, sport psychology, transactional analysis and psychometric profiling. She is a practitioner in the field of communicating change effectively, and works with executive teams and board members to help them to engage their people through change programmes, improving performance and employee engagement. She specialises in top team dynamics and post-change recovery.

DR Angélique du Toit


Tel: +44(0)1332 704806

Mobile: +44(0)7920 462697
Email: angelique.daviesdutoit@gmail.com

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I have been an international executive coach for 18 years, supporting the leadership capacity and development of executives in both public and private organisations. My career has included the unique combination as an academic, coupled with experience as an international manager within industry. The theme of applied research and knowledge transfer has influenced most of the activities within my career. The organisations I have worked with over the years have included IBM, Harley-Davidson, Asda, Diageo, McBride, Norgren, Nissan, BT, GlaxoSmithKline, Astra Zeneca, Police Forces, NHS, Politicians, Local Authorities and the newly formed Clinical Commission Groups (CCGs), and increasingly the leadership development of Pro Vice Chancellors and other leaders within Universities.

I am also on the National preferred suppliers list as Executive Coach for the NHS Leadership Academy for the purpose of developing the leadership capabilities of the Executive Boards and Chairs of Boards. It also includes the support of the Chief Operating Officers of the recently created Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

I have been a member of both the Executive as well as the Advisory Boards of the European and Mentoring Coaching Council (EMCC) for five years. I was also the Editor for the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching published by the EMCC for three years until recently and I am on the Editorial Board of a number of International Journals. I am widely published in academic and non-academic literature as well as being the author of a number of books.

I would describe my coaching style as both challenging and supportive for the purpose of developing interpersonal skills and lasting behavioural changes in my clients. My approach works less well with individuals who are mainly focused on the achievement of goals and performance without imbedding it in a framework of personal development.


Rob Watling


Telephone: +44(0)1159129583
Mobile: +44(0)7711917017
Email: rob.watling@momentumassociates.co.uk

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Rob is an Accredited Executive Coach with Ashridge – one of the UK’s leading business colleges. He first trained as a Coach with the BBC’s highly acclaimed Coaching Service, and at the Centre for Coaching and Stress Management (accredited by Middlesex University). He studied Leadership and Management at Ashridge where he has recently completed an MSc in Executive Coaching and is now training as a coach supervisor.

Rob specialises in coaching leaders and senior managers in the public and voluntary sectors. He is a member of the executive coaching teams for the University of Nottingham, University of Newcastle, LSE and King’s College London, as well as for the BBC, NHS Institute, Clore Leadership Programme, and LSIS. He also facilitates 360 feedback sessions for a range of public sector clients, linking this to coaching where appropriate. riate.

His style is supportive and non-judgmental, and informed by 30 years’ experience as a leader and project manager in these sectors. Using a broadly humanist and relational approach, he helps individuals and teams to meet the objectives of their organisation at the same time as they address their own strengths and development.

Rob has worked as an academic and practitioner and has supervised educational and clinical leaders to PhD level. He has worked at the Universities of Leicester, Nottingham, and Nottingham Trent; with European, National and Local Government departments; for community groups and Trade Unions; on panels for Southern Arts and the Welsh Arts Council; as a Learning Executive at the BBC; and as a consultant for the BBC World Service Trust.

He now runs Momentum Associates which is based in Nottingham, Glasgow and London. Momentum provides coaching, supervision and evaluation services to major public sector clients across the UK.


Neville Wharton


Telephone: +44(0)1912064065
Mobile: +44(0)7813096225
Email: ndw@nevillewharton.com 

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Neville, 48, is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist.  Neville graduated in Psychology with a 2i honours degree in 1984 from the University of York.  He gained Chartered status in 1999.  He is a member of the Occupational Division of the British Psychological Society, a member also of the Association of British Psychologists.  He has over 25 years’ consultancy experience. 

Neville’s work as a coach effectively started on joining Northumbrian Water in 1990.  Here, as part of a psychology team, he initiated 360 development programmes as well as individual and team development programmes using the outdoors [Kielder] throughout the 90’s. This was an exciting environment as it was a recently privatised industry, hence the massive culture change and organisational development.  His work as a coach within HE dates back to the late 90’s, working particularly with Northumbria University on selection and development, becoming one of Northumbria’s preferred coaches throughout the decade 2000 onwards.  Neville started working with Newcastle University in 2003.  All the clients listed above have had extensive individual and team development coaching throughout the period of Neville Wharton Business Psychology Group’s existence.  stence. 

Neville’s interests lie predominantly in coaching and development, particularly in the areas of leadership, team working and decision making.  He likes to use an extensive array of psychometrics to enhance self-awareness, takes a person-centred approach to coaching and coaches against the framework of 67 managerial behaviours as defined by the Centre for Creative Leadership.  There is a special learning section on the company’s website solely for the use of coachees.  He has many years experience of managing, coaching and mentoring subordinates and peers within those organisations for whom he has worked.  As Managing Director of his own business he has acquired relevant business experience in achieving challenging growth targets.


Gwen Wileman MA BA FCIPD


Mobile: +44(0)754396806
Email: gwenwileman@googlemail.com

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Gwen is an experienced Executive Coach and Leadership Developer and a former HR Director in three culturally diverse organisations, Higher Education, the NHS and Royal Mail. She has specialist expertise working with HE Academics, Professionals and teams to enhance their skills and maximise their contribution to the success of the organisation.  She has a passion for enabling others to achieve their potential through leadership development and coaching.  Her style is practical, supportive, challenging and fun!


She has over 30 years experience and has particular expertise in organisational change, leadership development, coaching and strategic human resource management.  She was Director of HR at De Montfort University until 2009, a post she held for eight years. Gwen was awarded a Fellowship by the Leadership Foundation in 2005 in recognition of her work on HR transformation.  She is a skilled and experienced coach and has a particular knowledge and interest in the HE sector, its culture and associated people management challenges.   

Examples of current assignments:

  • Executive Coach for senior managers and academics at Universities of Aston, Salford and Wolverhampton.
  • Programme Director - HR Business Partners Leadership Programme. 160 participants and  60 Universities represented over 9 cohorts. (UHR/LFHE)
  • Key Associate: Strategic HRM. LFHE Top Management Programme.
  • Associate Senior Executive Coach: Xenonex Talent Coaching. Coach and coach trainer.
  • Key Associate: Line manager as Coach, improving the performance of individuals and teams. (LFHE Essentials Skills workshops)
  • Facilitation of team away days in areas such as team development, conflict resolution, goal setting and performance improvement.
  • Top team 360 degree feedback and coaching support. Midlands University.
  • Organisational change projects at Universities of Wolverhampton, Hull and Aston.

Author and regular conference contributor. 


Kay Young


Mobile: +44(0)7785354932
Email: kay.young@lineone.net

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Kay is a highly experienced, professional, and accredited executive coach.

Kay supports leaders to engage in meaningful, purposeful work, and life; fully stepping into their authentic leadership power, presence and potential, to deliver highly effective performance and results. Her coaching is client centred. She builds trust and lasting relationships, listens deeply, asks congruent questions, speaks her own truth and invites her clients to do likewise. do likewise.

Kay supports clients to identify what is true for them (awareness), to expand their range of choices (insights, reframes), develop their inner resources, and explore ways forward, and commit to learning, change, growth, action. She works in an emergent, creative, action-orientated, transformational way.

In her coaching work with senior leaders she draws from her work experience, across private, public and voluntary sectors, including operating as an NHS Executive Board Director. She has previously tutored for 15 years on a range of MBA programmes for the OU Business School; and has worked internationally.

An important aspect of Kay’s work is her interest in leadership well-being and resilience, and its contribution to personal and organisational effectiveness. She enjoys spending time in the wilderness, wandering over high hills in remote places, or wandering wild deserted coastlines. She also enjoys practicing qigong, yoga, and meditation. All of which bring a different perspective and depth to her work with others.

Kay is passionate about highly effective leadership: leadership with backbone, heart and spirit. She has a particular interest in leadership coaching; and in coaching senior women. Her clients include: CEOs, directors, senior leaders, clinical leaders, and academic leaders.

One client’s experience:

“For me, our relationship inspired instant trust and confidence.  I felt we gelled very quickly and as a result, were able to explore a variety of issues in a safe and supportive environment.  We also had fun, with laughter and personal stories emerging along the way, which made for an extremely enjoyable and rounded experience.  I have found our coaching relationship life changing, really powerful and enabling and am so glad to have had this experience…”