What clients say:
"It is clear that Sara’s coaching work with us has been a game changer. Bringing the learnings from our individual work with Sara into our Executive Team meetings has ensured that despite challenges, we have remained a cohesive and upbeat leadership team and this has been very important in providing our staff team (400+) with a sense of positivity in the face of uncertainty."
Nick Horne, CEO, Knightstone Housing Group
“Sara coaches with energy and pragmatism making a real difference to the people she coaches. Supportive and challenging, she accelerates performance improvement in individuals that directly impacts organisational performance. And she does it with real warmth and commitment making her a pleasure to work with."
Penny de Valk, MD, Penna Talent Practice
"At a time of significant change in our business, Sara coached one of our female executives and we saw a measurable difference in her performance as a result. Sara tells it as it is, quickly inspires trust and creates the desire for leaders to want to change their behaviours. She’s the type of warm yet results-driven coach we needed and will have no hesitation in working with again."
Nicola Hurst, CEO, MyCSP Pensions Mutual Company
"Sara is a rare combination of having extremely commercially focused Leadership skills with a passion for developing others. Coaching at the highest levels in organisations she contributes to increasing performance with her extensive knowledge and her personal approach. She is comfortable working in complex, regulatory environments both at the individual level and with teams where she brings challenge, support and fun!!
If you need help to see performance improvements in your people and organisation I can't recommend Sara more highly as a coach, thought leader and team developer. You will see results"
Helen Sweeney, Business Services Director, Electricity North West
"Sara is a brilliant leadership coach. She worked closely with me during 2017 to really understand my strengths and motivations and, more importantly, the things holding me back from taking that next step. She helped me to show myself that as a senior leader I can make a distinct difference, whatever I turn my hand to. This increased self confidence has made a palpable positive difference both to my leadership skills and to my career progression."
Dr Nicki Clegg, Chief Technology Officer, Irwin Mitchell
"Sara chooses to work with talented, ambitious leaders who want to increase their impact and make a serious difference in their personal and organisational effectiveness. Her ability to add constructive challenge is a significant differentiator as sadly at a senior level you can be removed from “real” feedback. Sara faces this off in a grounded authentic way and that’s a recommendation for any Leader to embrace."
Chief Relationships Officer, Customer Experience Businesses
"Sara is a great coach and mentor. She is very empathetic and insightful but consistently challenging too! She quickly identified my learning style and adapted her approach to fit so we were able to focus on achieving results from the start of the programme. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Sara – her constant patience and humour helped to build a good rapport from the outset. I would thoroughly recommend Sara."
Sharon Crosland, Head of Corporate Affairs, MyCSP
"Sara is fantastic to work with. She has a natural style that challenges you to become a better leader."
Operations Director, ENWL
"Sara's coaching style was thought provoking with a brilliant mix of theoretical models, Sara's personal experience and her challenging hypothesis of my thought process and approach.
As importantly Sara has a fantastic personality she is professional at all times but great fun. I genuinely looked forward to our sessions and really benefited from them. I would definitely recommend Sara, especially to senior business leaders looking for a different perspective."
Marketing Director, Regional Airport UK
"Thanks Sara, as ever it was great to catch up with you. Who’d have ever imagined that coaching would be so much fun. I'm really pleased with my development in the last 12 months."
Mark Williamson, Operations Director (South) Electricity North West
"Sara is passionate about developing people to maximise their potential and achieves this through her very natural ability to coach. She always seems to strike the right balance between support and challenge and creates an environment where her teams and those around her want to achieve and excel."
Alexandra Seddon, Head of Regional Sales, Consulting
"Sara‘s coaching sessions made quite an impact on me at a time when I really needed support, direction and guidance. What I liked and appreciated was that we were able to swiftly get to the point of my issues without going through the motions.
Sara’s energy, enthusiasm and congruence were the right style for me as a coach and to be honest I cannot imagine making as much progress with a different coach. Sara’s extensive commercial background also shone through for me and I valued her opinion and expertise on some issues as we occasionally dipped into more of a mentoring role."
Ann Shields, Training Delivery Manager , MyCSP
“As someone who was new to coaching, and to being coached, I was reticent about going through the process that was being provided by my company. However the support that I received in the early stages from my coach allowed me to fully understand the opportunity and to maximise the benefit from the sessions. I believe I was very fortunate to be given the chance to work with Sara as my coach, and would certainly recommend the process to those who are initially uncertain.”
Director, Regional Airport UK
"Sara has a keen passion for developing people with absolute integrity and commitment. She finds a way to challenge you, ask the hard questions, but get the best out of you, making you believe that success is a likely outcome and making you proud of the work you do."
Kate Kennard, Client Account Director, Manpower Group
"Just a note to say a big thank you for the wise counsel you have provided over the past 9 months (is it really that long?). I’ve learned a lot from the Coaching and really enjoyed it. Doing something that is thought proving and still good fun is a precious combination. I now need to keep applying my new found skills."
Peter Thompson, Head of Commercial, Electricity North West
"Sara is passionate about people development - staff at all levels in the business will attest to her ongoing guidance, counseling and general support."
Chris Taylor, Sales Director, Consulting
"Sara combines her strong interpersonal skills with a natural ability to coach and mentor individuals, motivating them to achieve their very best. These rare abilities combined allow her to build and develop business winning teams. She always demonstrates, and strikes a balance between, an in-depth understanding of what is critical for success for both the business and the individuals."
Angela Brewer-Miller, Head of Bids & Partner Management, Career Transition & Talent Development Company
"Sara’s skills cannot be underestimated; she is constructively challenging, thought-provoking and results-focused. She quickly gained the trust of my Executive team and made a very positive impact in a short space of time, delivering innovative, insightful recommendations that moved our strategic thinking to a new level."
Nicola Hurst, CEO, MyCSP
"CHANGE was privileged to benefit from Sara's expert support and guidance at its Board Away Day. Sara combined an engagingly personable and friendly style with impressive focus and sense of purpose. The outcomes of the day surpassed all our expectations – a renewed and shared sense of direction, greater clarity about the Board’s strategic and leadership roles, and a shared understanding of next steps and the importance of collaborative working throughout the organisation. Whilst this undoubtedly was a very productive day, thanks to Sara, it was stress-free and (yes!) very enjoyable! Thank you Sara – we will definitely be seeking your help again in the future, now we know just what a difference it makes!"
Professor Anna Lawson, Chair, CHANGE Charity
"Sara has a natural ability to gel individuals and teams together. Strategic at all times but with an ability to communicate and get buy in at any level. She is someone who you always want to listen to and always has something useful to say, bringing a fun outlook to work with her energy and drive".
Mark Richardson, Client Director, Right Management
"We worked with Sara to design and facilite a significant senior leadership development programme. She draws on a vast knowledge of theories, models and indeed practical experiences, bringing learning to life. Sara has also provided Coaching Skills training, which was talked about as a real 'eye opener'. Her encouraging yet challenging approach to 1-2-1 Coaching also enables Coachees to consider both people and commercial impacts. In my experience Sara is a great coach and developer of leaders."
Sally McGuire, Head of Talent & Resourcing, Electricity North West
"Sara empowers individuals and coaches them forward in their careers. A fantastic team builder with a natural ability to pull people together to create powerful, high performing teams. Sara motivates individuals to achieve their full potential"
Helen Kelly, Regional Co-ordinator, Penna
“As a key member of the senior leadership team Sara brought gravitas, deep industry experience, commitment to clients and people as well as a warm and engaging style to significantly enhance the performance of the business.”
Penny de Valk, CEO, Fairplace Cedar