Leadership, Executive and Personal Development Coach
Specialising in the higher education and non-profit sectors
How can coaching help?
Coaching provides you with the time and space to reflect more deeply about your work and personal goals. The process of working with a thinking partner helps to bring greater awareness to the areas that you wish to develop, and encourages you to make the behavioural changes that you seek.
At a work or life transition?
Coaching can help when you are facing a major work or life transition, such as a promotion, a new management role, returning to work after time away or preparing for retirement. Reflecting on what you have learned that you want to take into the next phase or how you want to behave differently in the future will set you up for greater success and fulfilment.
Want to build confidence and self-awareness?
Even the most successful people sometimes suffer from feelings of imposter syndrome or lack confidence in some aspects of their work life. Many people are not aware of how they come across to others. A coaching conversation can build confidence through greater self-awareness and help to shine a light on some aspects of your behaviours that you would like to change.
There may be times when you feel a lack of motivation or a sense of dissatisfaction with your career or current role. This may be caused by many things, such as not living your values or being a perfectionist. The reason for your reduced motivation is often outside of your awareness. Talking this through with a coach can help unlock what is holding you back and enable you to make changes that lead to enhanced self-actualisation.
Find out more about what I offer or get in touch with me to schedule a conversation.
I have spent the majority of my career leading and managing large teams supporting the fundraising enterprise at universities in the UK and US. I started my higher education fundraising career at the University of Bristol, before moving to the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to becoming a full-time coach, I led several teams at the University of Cambridge.
I have benefitted from mentoring and coaching during my career, and have in turn provided mentoring and coaching as a manager and through professional bodies and networks.
I firmly believe that an organisation's most important assets are its people, and I feel my greatest sense of achievement in helping others to reach their potential, feel greater fulfilment and move on and up in their careers.
What I love about coaching is that so much of it comes from within the individual - I am facilitating the client's ability to use their own knowledge, skills and drive to achieve the goals that are important to them.
I primarily work with leaders in the non-profit, higher education and third sector. I also enjoy working with individuals who are earlier in their careers, especially women who aspire to leadership roles.
My Coaching Approach
I offer a deeply-focused person-centred approach to coaching, which balances support and challenge. I draw from a number of coaching techniques, based on what suits the client's need at the time.
My practice is grounded in a knowledge of the research evidence underpinning coaching, which has been developed through studying for the MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change at the Henley Business School.
I am also committed to my own continual development and learning.
I am accredited at senior practitioner level by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and a member of the Association for Coaching (AC).
I adhere to the Global Code of Ethics.
What my clients say
Sarah brings a calm, clear and thoughtful approach to coaching that I found invaluable in my time spent with her. Each session left me with specific actions and I would attribute much of my professional and personal development over the past eighteen months to the time I invested discussing my issues with Sarah. I would highly recommend her as a coach to anyone looking to improve themselves at any level.
Jed, CEO, local charity
Sarah provided regular coaching that enabled me to reflect on my position, set realistic goals and help me identify my way forward and make the changes that I sought. Sarah is thoughtful and generous in approach; always keen to make sure the discussion was at the pace I wanted to set. I would recommend Sarah to support anyone with their thinking.
Chris, Head of Volunteering, Equality and Inclusion, national charity
Sarah’s observant and empathetic coaching style gave me the ability to recognise my own potential. By setting achievable actions and exploring different techniques these coaching sessions really inspired me to achieve my goals. Through these sessions, my confidence has grown and allowed me the space to consider what I want from my career. I highly recommend Sarah as a coach and look forward to working with her in the future!
Siân, Senior Researcher, higher education
Like to know more?
30-minute initial conversation
I offer a free, no obligation 30-minute session to discuss your goals for coaching, for you to understand more about the coaching process and for us to determine how we can best work together.