Being selected to train as an Executive Coach at the BBC in 2009 was what set Barbara on her coaching path and she has never looked back. At the BBC I focused on coaching people stepping into leadership roles and, in the eight years that followed, extended my portfolio to include mentoring, workplace mediation, supervising other coaches and mentoring student coaches through their initial training programme.
After leaving the BBC I gained career coaching certification through ‘Careershifters’ and since then have worked with groups and individuals, helping them make significant changes in their careers. I underwent my own shift, leaving London and a career in digital technology in 2019 and relocating to South Devon to focus solely on my coaching practice. I now thrive in 4.5 acres with my husband, 3 dogs, 3 hens, 3 Shetland ponies, and a retired rooster. Oh, and an orchard and a very productive veggie patch.
More and more of my coaching clients are seeking, as I was, to re-find their purpose, motivation and energy following years, often very successfully, in a career that just no longer suits who they have become.
My favourite questions to ask my clients include “What makes your heart sing ?”; ”What are your natural talents?”; and ‘What do you know already?”
As Howard Thurman says:
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Causes close to my heart include sustainability, literacy, and walking for health.
‘Careershifters’ advanced career coaching certificate
Leadership Coaching Vision Day Certificate
Licenced Heal Your Life workshop leader and coach
OCN accredited Workplace mediator
BBC Executive Coaching Certificate
BBC Mentoring Certificate
BBC Coach Supervisor Certificate
APMG Accredited Change Manager
MSc Information Technology
State Registered Nurse
Our diverse team is united by the values that underpin positive psychology. We’ve worked alongside each other for many years, drawing on a wealth of industry experience, skills, compassion and strength.
Together, we are committed to coaching leaders to realise their full potential. In the first instance, you will have an initial matching call with our Founder and CEO Fiona Parashar, who will determine you coaching needs – and the right coach for you.
Fiona set up Leadership Coaching in 2000, driven to use her corporate experience and academic background to make a positive difference to leaders, executives and women in business. Here, she shares her coaching journey, her favourite type of client, and even a few of her guilty pleasures...Learn More
A child is walking along a beach. She sees a star fish washed up on the shore, picks it up, throws it back into the sea and says “I made a difference to that one”.
Making a positive difference, albeit on an individual basis, is what inspired Sue to become a coach. Here, she shares more about her work and approach…
Twenty-five years ago, when she was still acting and singing, Lucy suffered from acute stage fright. A coach saved her, guiding her through the fear. It left her intrigued to learn more and marked the start of a long journey into coaching that still inspires her todayLearn More
How did Mia become a coach? After being promoted into a big important job and receiving coaching, she thought – ‘man, this is helpful’. And then – ‘this is the job I was made to do’. Here, she shares how her career change has impacted her life – and the lives of her clients.Learn More
An interaction with a brilliant coach in her early career was what set Jackee Holder on her journey to becoming a coach. The mix of questions, and the quality of her listening and presence took her breath away. She realised she wanted to be that person for others. Here, she shares her own coaching pathLearn More
If you think to yourself, ‘I ended up here’ rather than ‘I want to be here’, Sharon may be the coach for you. By exploring the relationship you have to yourself and others, she helps navigate the inner critic and helps those needing to claim their position, role or even life. Here, she shares what – or rather who – inspired her to become a coachLearn More
“She doesn’t judge or tell you what the answer should be, but she opens up your mind to the range of possibilities”. This wonderful feedback gives just a glimpse into Ruth’s coaching style. Here, she shares what got her into coaching, and her favourite client to work with.Learn More
Sandra worked as one of my closest associates for about a decade before moving to Boulder, Colorado. Now she travels back a few times a year to deliver the Coaching Intensive training with me. She also offers Vision Days for the lucky few who can catch her whilst she is in the UK.Learn More