Career Coaching

Alison has extensive experience of supporting clients who want to progress or reinvigorate their career.  ‘Coaching’ essentially consists of a series of really useful conversations.  During these career focused conversations, Alison helps clients identify clients’ strengths as a platform for growth and fulfilment.  Typically 3-6 coaching sessions of 1-2 hours are required.  Face to face sessions are preferable, at a mutually agreeable location.

Alison is an Ashridge Accredited Coach, recognised at Master Practitioner Level by the EMCC (European Mentoring & Coaching Council).  Over the past 19 years she has regularly coached leaders and business executives who wish to develop their career.  Before becoming a professional Coach, Alison achieved high levels of operational success at John Lewis, a major award-winning UK retail business.  She understands, therefore, the challenges and opportunities that clients face in shaping their future. .

Alison achieved a Masters in Executive Coaching, with Distinction, and regularly participates in Supervision to ensure she is providing her clients with the best possible support.

Alison’s coaching and Mindmapping skills help clients identify their strengths and clarify their thinking, helping them see the wood for the trees.  Alison builds and maintains strong relationships, creating a climate of trust and support in which clients can be totally honest about their aspirations and concerns.  Alison’s Person Centred approach means that she considers each coaching client to have great potential.  Alison helps raise clients’ self-awareness and challenges any unhelpful assumptions or thinking.  As part of her Relational approach, Alison reflects back how she is experiencing a client during the coaching relationship, providing insight into how others may perceive them.

Alison has enjoyed working with a wide spectrum of clients, from Graduate trainees, newly appointed managers and business owners through to Chief Executives.  Alison considers each client to be unique but the topics outlined below regularly feature in her career coaching work.


Alison has a wealth of experience coaching clients who want support or inspiration with the topics outlined below. Feedback from some of Alison’s current clients appears to the right.


Because they believe they are capable of more or because they are being encouraged to take the next step but feel hesitant

“Alison asked questions that really made me consider my answers/ choices/ decisions, which in turn led me to either reconsider some of the thoughts I had about my career plan, or strengthen how I felt about other elements of it.”

Gaining practical experience; getting ready to attend a Development Centre; preparing for interview; working through personal feedback

“The build up to and time after the assessment was really useful, being able to talk freely, and without prejudice was hugely beneficial.”

Excited to have won the post but knowing they now need to ‘perform’

“I found particularly useful Alison’s use of Mindmaps to unravel my thoughts – she has always given me a copy when I’ve asked and this helps me reflect and move forward.”


Driven by a personal desire or because this has been set as an objective

“I think about the impact on others more so now and have started to build more meaningful relationships as a consequence.”

Heightening their effectiveness or happiness in their role in addition to accessing support, expertise and new ideas

“I have started to network, both internally and externally, which I have never had the desire to do beforehand, let alone take action.”

Communicating more clearly, engaging key stakeholders and delivering lasting results

“I have learnt a lot about myself as a person and how to manage the way I interact with others and relate to situations, helping me in my work and personal life!”


To understand the benefits and consequences of their impact on others, adjusting their approach as necessary

“Several people actually said they couldn’t believe I was the same person they saw last year!  It’s mind blowing really…”

Having received a knock to their confidence or because they lack self-belief or are overly self-critical

“The biggest impact that Alison has had on me is that I now recognise the ‘beat up’ session…where it comes from, why I do it and how I can try to stop it happening in the first place. That has been nothing short of ‘ground breaking’ for me.”