We may use fantastic resources and techniques, but just as important are the people delivering it to you. We only work with the best.
We may use fantastic resources and techniques, but just as important are the people delivering it to you. We only work with the best.
Anna is an experienced designer of learning interventions including workshops, programmes and conferences in the private and public sector; for groups from 6 to 300. She is a specialist in talent, leadership, organisation development and engagement; demonstrating empathy, curiosity and a desire to help individuals of all ages and backgrounds achieve their potential.
Anna has 20 years’ experience across a range of sectors including Health, Education, Energy, Retail and Finance, holding Senior HR roles before starting her consultancy 7 years ago. She is a School Governor for a local primary school.
Designing, developing and facilitating individual and group / team interventions, including webinars in the following key areas:
"A chance to breathe, think and self-reflect. The different models Anna shared to inform my thinking were extremely useful. I see myself applying what I have learnt very much, as we are facing large scale change."
Deputy Director of People and OD, North West NHS Foundation Trust
Christine is an experienced CIPD qualified coach, facilitator and HR consultant, who has worked with private and public sector clients and students. Most recently, she has been working as a Leader of Employability within a large Secondary School in Bucks, facilitating and formalising career activities for year 7 to year 13 students, to support the 8 Gatsby Career Benchmarks. The work has involved building relationships with local employers and academic institutions, and also networking closely with schools across Bucks.
As part of Christine’s coaching role, she has also been delivering bespoke programmes into schools, most recently at Eton. These workshops include subjects such as the 'World of Work', interviewing techniques, Assessment Centre processes and Communication/collaboration.
Previous to this role, Christine worked for 18 years within HR for the Energy and Financial Services industries, covering Change Management and Communications, Learning and Development, HR Operations, Relationship Management, Graduate Recruitment and International Mobility.
She has a passion for energising, motivating and building confidence in individuals and teams, through coaching and workshops. She likes to help individuals recognise and believe in their potential and identify their key skills to support their development:
Christine has Certificates in Performance and Stress Management Coaching and is qualified as a BPS Level A and B assessor.
"I have had the good fortune to experience Christine in both group and 1:1 contexts. I was struck by her expertise, positivity and the ability to connect at a personal level with a variety of different people in varying degrees of stress - all in a very short period of time. Her facility to activate people's faith in their ability to address their situations, as well as coach them through various forms of action to make good on this shift, was very much appreciated by myself and others who worked with her."
Consultant Psychiatrist, Southern Health Foundation Trust
David has worked in workplace learning, talent management, and leadership and organisational development for over 30 years. He began his career in Local Government in London, before moving to the RSA Insurance Group. During his time at RSA he held senior roles in L&D, Change Management, and Executive Performance and Development in the UK and US. As an independent consultant and coach, David has worked in many different industry sectors and parts of the world.
"When I first met David I was impressed by his listening skills and then his insights, helping me to make sense of my issues. He built up my trust and confidence that is so valuable in a coach. David's style is a balance of challenge and support. He challenged my perceptions of myself, so I felt empowered to make changes. I can honestly say I learned a huge amount about myself and my motivation yet he didn't actually "tell" me anything. My career has really taken off with David's help, I am now enjoying myself doing what gives me fulfillment and accomplishing so much more with less effort. I would recommend David without hesitation for professionals either with specific issues or just a lack of career focus and direction"
Dane Loosely, Claims Director, Allianz Insurance UK
After starting out as an academic zoologist, Dr. Steve Hutchinson realised he preferred coaching people to observing flies and so switched fields and since has been at the forefront of academic development practice – having led programmes and units at the Universities of York and Leeds. After defecting to set up his own consulting company he has designed and delivered successful leadership, communication and effectiveness development programmes for a range of HE institutions internationally. He's worked on change interventions for several UK HEIs and has led programmes for many other organisations in the public and private sectors. He is a fully accredited executive coach and has worked with many individual academic leaders and professionals from across the world.
He’s published books on Doctoral Supervision, Experiential Learning, Coaching and Mentoring and Educational Leadership.
"Full of energy, ideas and commitment to the client. Listens, acknowledges inputs, and builds on others’ ideas. When you work with Steve Hutchinson the bar is set high and he expects you to deliver the same. Exactly what I like."
Before becoming an independent consultant, Emma’s background was in the corporate sector where she managed BP’s graduate and intern selection. She is now a qualified coach in the academic and corporate sectors.
Her aim is to enable individuals to manage their own development and future and perform to the best of their ability. Clients include: Warwick Business School, London School of Economics, London College of Communication, Centrica and the Helmholtz Association in Germany.
"In her coaching Emma blends the ideal qualities of professional, practical and friendly and I very much value her insightful perspectives. I really appreciate being able to bring a difficult management issue to each session and with Emma’s guidance work through the problem and potential actions, with many a useful handout to outline where and why conflicts might be occurring. When I was looking for coaching Emma was the only person I contacted who didn’t just want me to rely on her account of what she could offer – she immediately put me in touch with someone she was currently coaching so I could speak to them too. Over the years Emma has also drawn on her international network to offer valuable insights in other areas of my work. I recommend Emma without hesitation - and have already done so to colleagues!"
Karen Lowton, University of Sussex
Fiona is a globally experienced executive having worked for over 20 years in Finance, Strategy and New Product Development with organisations such as Shell, Diageo, Thomas Cook and Marakon Associates. She has held director-level positions in both the UK and Internationally. The emphasis throughout her career has been on helping organisations and individuals develop strategies and then supporting their implementation. Fiona draws on her wide and diverse breadth of experiences to coach aspiring Leaders to achieve their goals.
"Fiona hones in on key issues very quickly, and is brilliant at reflecting back what she has observed – for example, mentioning my energy level when discussing different jobs. I hadn’t realised this until Fiona reflected this back to me. Fiona has extremely polished communication skills. She has a way of expressing things that is likely to achieve the desired result. (In fact I think Fiona’s sentence about consolidating my skills helped to get me the job and it also gave me an understanding about how to field more awkward questions)”
Lewis is an experienced Executive and Career Coach and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.
He spent most of his 33 year career with BP progressing to become an Exploration and Appraisal Manager in the Exploration division. Throughout this period, he also actively pursued his other keen interest in developing people. Roles included leading BP’s geoscience recruitment in Europe, the early development of BP’s European graduates and more recently the global development and delivery of the company’s technical leadership programme.
In 2011, to develop his people facing skills more formally, Lewis started to train at the Institute of Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy in Hendon and qualified as psychotherapeutic counsellor in 2017.
Upon leaving BP in 2015 he set up his own private practice. Most recently he has worked as a coach and counsellor at several oil companies, at Eton College and several prestigious universities, (Imperial, Southampton, and the Helmholtz Institute in Germany). As well as seeing private clients at home, he also has experience as a therapist at a Counselling Centre in Ealing. Lewis also considers himself a very committed member of the C4C associates.
Lewis enjoys working with people facing big transitions in their lives - individually or collectively in teams. This might involve offering career advice and support to an individual at any point in their career, helping them to understand for themselves what best suits them, practically and emotionally - and how to achieve it. Alternatively, somebody in a large organisation on the cusp of management may require help to develop their own leadership voice, to ensure they retain their authenticity and play from their natural strengths.
Lewis’s blend of corporate and psychotherapeutic experience provides him with the skills and empathy to guide clients through these challenging periods.
"We brought Lewis into our organisation to help our employees at a difficult time. The staff he worked with were from very diverse international backgrounds and from all levels within the company. Nevertheless, he was able to flex his style and meet his clients and their needs just where they were at that moment. As a result his impact was very positive, particularly in view of the circumstances"
HR Manager, Energy Sector
Before launching her own business, Linda led teams in the Public Sector and Higher Education. She worked as a careers consultant in Australia and ran the MBA career development programme at Warwick Business School.
As a Career & Professional Development Consultant Linda has assisted clients into a wide range of sectors. Linda has an MA Coaching, a degree in Management, a Diploma in coaching and is a certified trainer and assessor.
"Having worked with Linda as part of a recent leadership training programme at the University of Warwick, I feel much more self-aware following the coaching sessions. I'm really looking forward to putting more of what we discussed into practice, but the things I have already tried, such as 'giving the monkey back' have had a big impact on lowering my stress levels already! I feel much more able to approach difficult conversations and I'm much more equipped to deal with my self-doubt next time it rears its head! I would love to work with Linda again in the future and I would highly recommend her to others."
Russ Kitson – Director of Education at University of Warwick, Department of Chemistry
Mark is an experienced Executive and Career Coach and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT). His work is grounded in psychological principles and is focused on helping people thrive. Over the past 14 years he has coached mid to senior level executives in a diverse range of organisations and fields, from large PLC’s such as BP, Hammerson, Allianz Global Investors, to Universities and start-ups. As a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist he addresses a broad range of psychological issues in his private practice and delivers Trauma Focused CBT for the NHS. Mark’s earlier professional life includes consulting and operational management experience in the retail and leisure sectors as well as eight years as a Partner in an executive search firm where he delivered mandates across Europe. Mark completed his coach training in 2002 with an International Coach Federation accredited training programme and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT from the University of South Wales.
As a Coach Mark works 1:1 and specializes in two core areas: points of transition and developing and sustaining resilience. His style is facilitative and supportive, geared towards stimulating thought and action that is practical and aligned to achieving desired goals. As part of this process Mark helps clients to explore what they value, what works best for them and addresses the barriers and derailers that may hinder change.
"Through Coaching4Careers, I was introduced to Mark Thompson. Not only was he very professional, he was also everything that I needed. Despite having had only one coaching session with him, it was of immense help. Before our session, he called me on the phone for a quick assessment, and based on it, he came extremely well-prepared to put me on the right track. He ensured I was well-equipped to prepare for upcoming interviews, and also gave me the confidence needed to succeed. The very next medical school interview I had was at University of Western Australia. I am pleased to say that I was amongst the first candidates to get an offer from them for entry in 2018. I wholeheartedly recommend the service, and am immensely grateful to Mark for all the help."
Jee Hwan Kim, Australia
Sarah is an experienced executive coach, trainer and facilitator, working with businesses, universities, schools and charities to provide one-to-one executive coaching, group training workshops, team away days and learning and development consultancy in the UK and internationally. Sarah successfully coaches individuals in personal, leadership and career development, and she designs and facilitates impactful workshops and webinars for groups and teams, specialising in soft skills / interpersonal skills.
Sarah’s coaching and training is set apart by her previous experience of working in business for over 12 years at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Here she managed teams, and realised her flair for coaching and developing others, designing training workshops that reached over 20,000 delegates from more than 40 countries.
She is an Associate Member of the Association for Coaching, holds a Diploma in Coaching from the University of Warwick, a BSc in Biological Sciences and an MSc in Science Communication. Sarah regularly attends continuing professional development training from the Association for Coaching including recently: Emotional Intelligence for Leadership, Coaching with Motivational Interviewing, Fostering Collaborative Leadership, Recovery and Wellness Coaching, and Coaching for Resilience.
"Wow, after just the first coaching session with Sarah Alexander I had a clearer idea of the direction for my new business and what I needed to do next. Suddenly it all seemed clear and I knew the answers."
Suzanna is an accredited executive coach with a 25 year financial services career in various senior management roles across stockbroking, retail banking and accountancy. Her corporate experience includes research, sales, marketing, events management, diversity and inclusion, commercial product management and business development; and over the last ten years she has been a facilitator and coach. Clients value her business acumen coupled with her straight-talking and focused style, because her supportively-challenging approach motivates results quickly.
Suzanna’s clients are organisations passionate about supporting the development of their people; middle/senior managers working on career planning, improving skills, promotions or job changes; and international Chinese students requiring support with settling in and career planning. She also works with universities providing coaching, and developing and facilitating workshops for Post Graduate students. Specialist areas:
"People always want to work with Suzanna because she cares and is passionately focused on driving you to be the best you can be. I’ve used her for coaching during critical times and found her approach just what I need to challenge me to think and work things through. She’s been an invaluable coach and support to me and my team. My team has had a number of sessions with her on many different areas and they always come away better than before. If you want to grow, develop and build a happy team, I highly recommend that you contact Suzanna to help you."
Managing Director, Barclays