About Elaine

Consulting business coach specialising in developing leadership skills and change management… 

Business Coach

Elaine is a professional Human Resources and People Development specialist with experience spanning more than two decades. Her career has seen her optimizing human capital across a range of organisations in the public, private and academic sectors. Highly trained, Elaine is CIPD qualified and holds a number of other qualifications in emotional intelligence, psychometric analysis & feedback and various forms of coaching and development. She has held senior leadership positions at Kimberly Clark, Smith & Nephew, TMP/Monster worldwide, Warwick Business School, Waterstones and Venda E Commerce.  From running a successful HR consultancy business in the UK working with clients such as Metropolitan Police, Specific Media, NW Fire Brigade,  BP and a number of leading business schools, Elaine is now based in South Africa, where she dons many hats; Business Coach, Consultant Training & Development Design & Facilitation, Personal branding specialist, Wellness & Personal Training.

With a holistic approach to all her clients’ requirements, Elaine prides herself on delivering services in a discreet, highly confidential manner. Solutions-focused and passionate about employability, she has a particular understanding and experience of individuals moving into new roles or organisations. Elaine is successful at enabling individuals to reach their fullest potential, by focusing on their strengths. She enjoys working with motivated young talent, especially in fast-paced industry sectors, and understands the need for individuals to develop and the importance of adapting to meet the challenge of environments that are constantly changing.

Working with high-profile corporate clients has given Elaine valuable insight into what it is businesses require of leadership talent in an ever-changing global market. This insight is a key motivator when designing and delivering leadership- and team-development programmes. Drawing on her passion and experience, she supports her corporate clients in delivering on their business strategies through improved people performance.

Elaine provides business coaching to high potential talent at all levels, particularly within the technology sector. Her work with corporate clients includes defining their people development & talent strategies, which are highly important in delivering on overall business strategy. Her knowledge and experience have equipped her with techniques that support business integration, enhance motivation and promote adaptability and employability.

 

Flexible, Intuitive, Tenacious

Elaine’s Leadership Development, Coaching and Facilitation Experience

 

MET Police – Transformational leadership programme:

Consisted of a series of three sets of two day workshops delivered to all officers of four different London Boroughs over a one year period to understand a number of key issues and consider ways of transforming leadership to respond better to these diverse challenges. My role as the facilitator was to adapt content to reflect input and dialogue from the cohorts of approximately 25 individuals all at officer levels.   Workshops were designed to change behaviour and bring about cultural change as well as that of leadership style, adopting a coaching model (GROW), and embedding this into the workplace i.e. managing and influencing up as well as down the reporting line

North West Fire Brigade – Transformational leadership programme:

This programme started with individual 360 degree process and then four x two day workshops covering communication and influence, managing change in a political landscape, leading & motivating others, coaching and continuous learning.  There was a theme running through each of these sessions that change was inevitable if the institution was to survive in a new political environment

Glasgow City Council – Developing a leadership team:

Working with Chief Executive and Top team of the largest council in Europe to look at their individual and collective styles with the remit to improve teamwork and effectiveness across a range of operations

Developed a communication questionnaire that was delivered and completed on line along with individual psychometric assessment, feedback and then group workshops to discuss ideas for improved team work and overall performance

Glasgow City Council – Bulk Uplift Improvement Pilot project:

Working with refuse and recycling teams, call centres and management to understand key issues for the business and propose a number of changes to improve service delivery to clients (i.e. the general public).  Working with diverse socio economic groups often with strong cultural issues added to the complexity of this work

Specific Media – Top team Leadership Development programme:

One of the fastest growing technical media companies with a bright young leadership team who were expected to perform internationally in a highly pressurised environment.

Was contracted as a specialist executive coach by the Managing Director to work with his top team in order to support their growth and delivery of critical strategic objectives.

Succeeded over the year in meeting these objectives as well as promotion of my coachees and all growing their responsibilities

Warwick Business School:

Business & Career Coaching – MBA and Masters Programmes

Supporting individuals in personal and career development.  Giving specific advice with regard to career opportunities available to them and best fit to the market.  Using a strengths approach to understand key skills and how to contract with organisations to reach maximum potential

Using various tools, Career leader (a tool developed specifically for MBA students), and range of psychometric assessments to help this process

Launched new programme and range of on and off line tools which ensured all students had individual coaching sessions to develop a strategic career plan

Henley Business School – Business and Career Coach:

Employed by Henley Business School for over two years offering two days a week business and career coaching to MBA students.  This consisted of the full time, executive programmes and a number of alumni.

Instrumental in understanding individual strengths and marketing these in order to be successful in the job market on leaving the programme.  Was able to utilise contacts to facilitate recruitment into key businesses

Workshop design and delivery:

Executive and full time MBA programmes – Effective communication skills CV and cover letter writing, personal branding, Competency interviews, recruitment and selection processes

Leeds MBA Programme, Leeds University Business School:

Selected as one of a small team of coaches to deliver a new programme of support to international MBA students.  Delivered to students over a two year timespan

Bath Business School:

Design and delivery of various workshops to form part of the career focus weeks within the curriculum included – Understanding the selection process and succeeding at assessment centres, On line updates, recruitment tools and personal branding on and off line, Mock interviews and feedback sessions, communication and marketing

Imperial Business School:

Ran several workshops for both current and alumni MBA students including developing strategic career plan, social media and marketing,

Chicago Business School:

Designed and development of workshops on Competency interviewing, developing personal brand

London Business School:

Designed and delivered Alumni workshop – Taking your brand on line

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