Executive Coach - UK
Karen knows from her corporate experience that more is demanded of leaders for less. She understands the need for support, whether you are leading a programme of change, building a more cohesive team, or stepping up to get the results you want. She helps her clients find clarity and recognises when they need direction.
Karen has more than 25 years’ experience in corporate life. Her early career was spent in retail, where she enjoyed UK&I leadership roles with M&S before moving into outsourcing and offshoring as Client Services Director. She specialised in client development and employee transition, delivering business change programmes to international and global businesses within the legal and professional services marketplace for more than a decade.
Karen has an integrated coaching style which draws on a number of theories and models. She is a client-centred coach with a preference to work at the level of awareness and insight. Her clients describe her as pragmatic and her coaching style is driven by compassion and deep listening. She is objective, balanced, trustworthy and knowledgeable. Karen has a particular interest in group dynamics and believes that the power of the collective (groups and teams) has never been more important. Her approach with groups combines schools of thought that have roots in Transactional Analysis (TA) Gestalt therapy, and Systems Psychodynamics.
Karen has been coaching for over 6 years and has more than 2000 coaching hours. She has worked with clients from culturally diverse backgrounds and from a range of disciplines, industries and geographies. Her clients span professional services, education, pharma, financial services, construction and retail. They are often in consulting, finance or senior technical roles and ate typically moving into main Board where their span of control and role complexity has changed. Her work with teams is focussed on the quality of interpersonal relationships, role (official and unofficial) and the distribution of power.
MSc Coaching & Behavioural Change – Henley Business School
Licensed practitioner: NLP Practitioner; Transactional Analysis TA101; MBTI (Type II) and FIRO-B; NEO Personality Inventory; My360plus; Capp Strengths Profiling; POsitive Intelligence – Saboteur Assessment
“I have been lucky enough to have been able to work with Karen for the past couple of years. During that time Karen’s coaching has helped me to develop my confidence and unlock new experiences. She asks the right questions to lead me to decisions whilst helping me focus and prioritise. Karen’s coaching style is open, supportive and very effective. She is incredibly intuitive and a wonderful listener whilst keeping an eye on actions. After each session with Karen I always come away feeling ‘lighter’ and more energised – for me, this is because I have space, time and Karen’s attention which help me sort through my thoughts and feelings. Thank you Karen.” – Learning and Talent Design solutions, Ernst & Young