“A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.” Lao Tzu
  • Preparing for a promotion or newly promoted to the next level job?

  • Trying to make the leap from Individual to Manager, or Manager to Leader?

  • Want to be able to flex your leadership style?

  • Feeling over stretched, stressed and not sure what to do?

  • Finding your team and other functions aren’t quite doing what you have asked?

  • Struggling with politics between Head Office and your local organisation?

Engage with a certified executive and leadership coach to unlock your potential, make that next step, and have a fulfilled, successful career. Based in Berkshire, I provide executive career coaching across Ascot, Windsor, Bracknell and the Thames Valley area.

I coach leaders and executives at all levels. From C-Suite to first-line leaders in every size of business globally. I provide executive career and leadership coaching for people in all businesses from start-ups, through medium-sized organisations and on to large corporations. You might be newly promoted, preparing for a next-level move, or an established or new leader. Everybody can benefit from leadership mentoring and coaching to make them more effective in a professional setting, to achieve their goals and to lead a satisfying career.

My executive and leadership coaching is individualised, offering different types of learning to suit your leadership level, specific needs and personality style. I pride myself in helping my clients to lead themselves and others  in a way that combines authenticity with flexibility of style, being future and context aware but mindfully present to the immediate moment

With a bigger coaching agenda in mind, I work with leaders intuitively in the moment, meeting practical challenges as they arise, providing opportunities to find new ways of leading and apply them immediately. Many of my clients report that they feel more empowered and able to face the challenges of leadership after working with me. But don’t just trust me, find out what they have to say.

Here are some examples of my executive coaching work with leaders:

  • Finding purpose, vision and future direction
  • Aligning, engaging, motivating and inspiring teams
  • Leadership presence, gravitas and managing upwards
  • Leading without authority, cross functionally across the enterprise
  • Communicating effectively with impact and influence
  • Moving from Managing to Leading
  • Navigating ambiguity, uncertainty and change
  • Increasing emotional intelligence and personal resilience.
  • Overwhelm, fatigue, stress and energy management

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All leaders are offered the Birkman psychometric profile and EQ behavioural profile.

Each profile provides unique and deep insights into personality, behaviours, response to stress and resilience, all of which help us work together in our executive coaching sessions to ensure you get the most out of them and can make lasting change.


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Having never had a coach before and been advised that “it would be good for me”, my initial engagement must, on reflection have been, to say the least, a tad defensive!

However after our first session I was on board and Gayl’s approach was absolutely perfect. She is incredibly perceptive and drills down into key issues with ease.

Having been with the same management team for quite some time I needed a bit of reconstruction in certain areas and I cannot speak highly enough of the work Gayl put in to support me and ultimately adapt my style and approach to empower me for onward success.

The process is tough at times but ultimately rewarding.

I would consider us to now be firm friends which I think demonstrates what a great judge of character she is!!”

James Burleigh
Divisional Director Conservation, Welfare and Engagement, Merlin Entertainments plc

“I have no hesitation is recommending Gayl as a coach.  She really gets to know you and the goals you are trying to reach from a career and personal perspective.  She challenges you to think and look at the inner you drawing out all the needs that are not being met and gives confidence to build frameworks to achieve these goals.”

Nicola Penfound
Bayer plc

“I’ve been working with Gayl now over the past six years.  In that time my career has taken a number of turns and at each of those I’ve been able to guide my way through with her expert coaching.  Her methods can be adapted to any situation and we’ve specifically found walking and talking to be of particular benefit.  My leadership style has matured during that period and I’ve been able to find coping methods to overcome periods of stress, conflict and where decisions are to be made.  Some of the key areas we’ve covered have been; understanding triggers and seeing flash points before they occur, building relationships and managing those stakeholders who can both help and influence my career, and being able to see beyond the immediate to plan a career path that helps me achieve my goals.  Gayl’s style has been to coach but never lead, encourage where necessary and to always question.  Thanks.”

James Darke
Head of Global Cloud Technologies and Infrastructure Services, Specsavers

I had some very challenging situations and was feeling confused and paralysed.  I was struggling to see how the future would get better.  Through her trust and faith in me I was able to see more positive examples of where I had overcome difficult situations in the past and gradually increase my confidence and courage to face some difficult decisions.  This was a real turning point for me and I feel blessed to have worked with Gayl at this time.  I have worked with other coaches in both personal and professional context before and since and I still believe that this was one of the most powerful relationships I have had.  I found Gayl sensitive, supportive and suitably challenging and I’m pleased to say that life is now looking very good!”

Alison Richie
Owner at Alison Joy Nutrtion, formerly Commercial Academy Director, BP

“As an executive coach, Gayl skilfully helped me to increase self awareness, drawing out my strengths and weaknesses and helping me to develop and focus on goals and strategies for personal and professional improvement and success. Gayl’s coaching was very often challenging, but always useful and worthwhile for its successful and sustainable outcomes. As a team coach, Gayl’s work has had a highly beneficial impact, helping the team to improve trust, communications and effectiveness. Her skill and experience as a facilitator and coach, combined with her friendly and engaging style, really helped us to achieve our desired outcomes.”

Steve Painter
Owner at Painter Public Relations (formerly Head of Bayer Corporate Communications)

“Gayl is an energetic, smart and effective coach. Her sessions are both enjoyable and tiring helping you to learn about yourself and your team. I will definitely be contacting Gayl in the future and would thoroughly recommend her to others.”

Raoul Tiddy
VP Engineering, Sophos

“Gayl worked with us with on leadership and team development, introducing both theoretical and practical elements. She helped us understand both our individual styles and preferences, as well as our team strengths and dynamics and made us think about our leadership roles. I enjoyed Gayl’s thorough and professional approach, finding the sessions interesting, challenging and enjoyable, and we came away with some tangible actions. As a result we are more focussed on leading rather than managing, coaching & developing our reports, and using our individual strengths more cohesively to achieve team goals and the business strategy.”

Isobel Davies
Senior HR Business Partner at Micro Focus

“Gayl, is a professional, compassionate and caring coach. She brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge to make the coaching session meaningful and relevant. Gayl makes it a safe environment where all matter of topics can be discussed. I would recommend Gayl as a personal coach it has helped me develop as a manager/leader and as an individual. “

James Griffiths
Head of Accounting Bayer PLC

“”Working with Gayl has been truly transformational for me. From the first session, I knew she was the coach for me. The right balance of being focused and compassionate, action orientated with allowing our conversation to flow. Every single session has led to insights I did not have previously and clear next steps. Gayl is genuine and has a true desire to help you achieve great things. She will help you explore what is holding you back and then inject a good dose of positive energy to help you achieve it. She takes a holistic approach to supporting you with your goals, using a variety of techniques such as meditation, NLP, visualisation and more. She also takes extra effort to send articles, etc in between sessions which have been really valuable. Gayl, thank you for all you do and for being you.”

Femina Sanghvi
Design Leader, Transformation Consultant and Equality Champion

I've Worked With

With over 25 years of experience in providing career coaching services and working in HR, I’ve helped individuals and businesses of all sizes across the UK to achieve their goals. My range of satisfied clients includes:

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