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Coaching for Senior Leaders

Coaching provides a safe, confidential space for individuals or teams to explore the challenges they face and identify the actions needed to build success. 


Individual coaching is a powerful tool for growth and sustainable change. Working with the right coach is often the key to unlocking an individual’s thinking. 

  • It supports individuals to achieve what they want or need in their professional or personal lives.

  • It works for anyone who is open to change and wants to be challenged to explore, articulate and maintain focus on what will really make the difference for them.

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Team coaching supports teams to deliver high performance and business success.

  • It builds understanding of collective strengths and weak spots and raises individual self-awareness of how each member is experienced by others. 

  • Leaders have a unique role to play in this process and following a team coaching event, often engage with individual coaching to support them to be the leader they aspire to be and explore their personal challenges in leading the team’s success.   


Between them the Blue Gnu coaching team have many years’ experience of coaching. 

  • We work with teams and individuals at all levels within an organisation, from new managers and emerging leaders to senior executives. 

  • Our backgrounds are within a diverse range of organisations in the private, public and charity sectors where our unique styles and approaches have supported businesses to achieve success.   

  • We offer free thirty minute ‘chemistry calls’ and recommend you speak to a few different coaches to find one with the right chemistry and fit for you and/or your team.

  • If there is a broader need for coaching support within your organisation, our team can work with you to develop a programme that ensures a range of coaching experiences and styles to suit all needs.



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Kate’s sweet spot is one to one coaching. Her naturally empathetic, intuitive personality allows people to open-up to her quickly and easily and get to the nitty gritty about what’s really going on.

With more than 20 years’ experience of personal development, she has a very wide range of tools, techniques and skills to bring to the table, and approaches each client individually, tailoring a programme to suit their needs. She is a stickler for results, and as such insists (where appropriate) on pre, midway and post coaching assessments, incorporating three-way face to face sessions between coach, coachee and sponsor, something she has learned makes a huge difference to the success of coaching programmes.

Kate approaches coaching sessions creatively, recognising that the relationship and the environment is key, she will often invite her clients to parks or museums for their sessions to encourage them to think outside the box. Her core values in life include authenticity, curiosity, growth, compassion, forgiveness & inner harmony. Her strengths include empathising, individualisation and helping others to learn and grow, so it's really no wonder she adores the one-to-one coaching space.

Kate is a licensed practitioner of Insights Discovery, Motivational Maps, and Liberating Leadership. She holds a basic qualification in counselling and is also a senior yoga instructor.

“Kate has supported me in my leadership journey - a role which is demanding and at times isolating. The quality of coaching, support and care has been second to none. The one-to-one time with her has given me time to stop, pause and reflect on myself as a leader and the impact I am having. Kate is kind, calm and totally humble. She is professional and highly emotionally intelligent to ensure she makes a difference to the person she is working with. Kate leads with vulnerability which gives those she serves permission to be vulnerable without fear of judgment. She is a gem!”
Coaching client of 5 years

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Stephen combines more than ten years of executive coaching with 20+ years in international business consulting and blue-chip leadership. He has the presence, energy and acumen to partner senior leaders and executives as they navigate the growing complexity and uncertainty of today’s environment and stakeholder demands.

When it comes to Stephen’s areas of expertise, he is very confident when coaching senior leaders and executives through change. Working with them to develop their authentic leadership style, inspire self and others and their approach and presence. He also enjoys transition coaching, including international transitions and leading across cultures, plus leading virtual and matrix teams. Stephen works with his coachees at a mindset level to help get clarity on behaviours and desired impact on self, others and the business.

Some of Stephen’s recent work has included coaching a newly appointed Exec at a UK Bio Pharma organisation. The client’s transition from a senior leader to being part of the Exec team was particularly challenging due to large scale internal change and CEO moving on. As a result of Stephens coaching, the client shifted their perspective from tactical issues to those of medium and long-term strategy. They gained the trust of the Exco and led his team towards achieving strategic imperatives with high double-digit growth.

Stephen is a licensed practitioner of Insights Discovery, ORSC trained, and an accredited MBTI practitioner. He holds a certificate in coaching from Henley Business School and is ICF trained (International Coach Federation)

“You delivered this brilliantly, made it interactive and fun and the energy kept flowing the entire day that the leadership team spent together. The material and tools provided were just right and it felt more of a team bonding experience rather than “training” in the strict sense. Everyone was buzzing about this experience until the late hours of the night!”
Senior leader at Gilead following a team coaching day

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Lorraine has over 20 years senior leadership and coaching experience within a range of sectors including Financial Services and Publishing. She believes passionately in the power of coaching to support individuals to be the best version of themselves in all areas of their professional and personal lives. She has an energetic and inspiring personal style and looks to quickly build rapport and trust, creating a confidential and safe space. She supports her clients to explore their goal, challenging them to articulate and maintain focus on what will really make the difference – to take the action that will ensure they achieve high performance and/or sustained change. 

As well as coaching individuals, Lorraine is also a team coach who works with leaders and their teams to explore how their collective dynamic can support improved team working and increase business performance. 

Lorraine is an accredited Senior Coaching Practitioner with the European Coaching and Mentoring Council (EMCC) and a Licensed Insights Discovery Practitioner.  She can draw on a range of approaches, tools, psychometrics and 360 Feedback to support her clients on their coaching journey.

“Lorraine created an atmosphere that made me feel safe to explore ideas without fear of being judged. She asked questions that really cut through the layers of what is going on and helped me to pay attention to and identify my blind spots.”
Coaching client


Toby combines his interest and passion in understanding how our minds work with 27 years of experience working in academic, industry and consultancy sectors.


Toby's approach is to listen without judgement so as to gain an understanding of the person he is coaching, and then to take the conversation 'upstream' at some point to view things from a different perspective.


Toby is interested in what brings people to life, what they really want, as well as which of the stories we tell ourselves are genuinely true versus those that strangle our life energy and stop us from fulfilling our potential. Gaining this clarity can help transform how a coachee sees their situation and their mind habits, as well as identify what action is required (if at all).


Toby is accredited in this type of transformative coaching after attending the Genius Catalyst course for coaches by Michael Neill. Toby is also a licensed practitioner of Insights Discovery, which can be used alongside other tools within the coaching sessions to help raise self-awareness. Self-awareness is key to understanding and allowing ourselves without judgement and therefore harnessing our full personal power.

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I had the pleasure of being coached directly by Elaine, and Will, on our Institute of Leadership and Management Development Programme. Elaine encouraged to me express myself, and reflect positively on my actions and decisions. She gave honest, and explicit, feedback - encouraging me to work with ‘positive regard’ and recognise unconscious bias both in myself and others. My suggestion when working with Blue Gnu is to approach with an open mind and blank notebook.

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