Partners & Associates

Ruth Rochelle

“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.

My journey into coaching was rather unintentional. Back in the early 90s, I was leading an intensive 5-day transformational development seminar for 100 members of the general public when a participant – a CEO of a leading London advertising agency – asked if I did a similar thing for companies. He found my seminar far more impactful (and more fun) than any management training he had experienced.

I was invited to design and lead a senior management coaching programme (one-to-one sessions, team coaching, and a 2.5-day team retreat). At the time, it was well beyond my comfort zone. However, it was a roaring success – for them, and also for me. I found it very inspiring and exciting working with such creative, intelligent people who were in a position to collectively positively influence their organisation and their people … and I never looked back!

Today, I draw on a hybrid of coaching techniques. These include developmental (used to expand leaders’ capacity to navigate greater complexity), integral (or whole person coaching), spiritual (elevating perspectives, accessing greater wisdom, compassion and possibility, especially when things feel stuck and polarised), and even just seeing the funny side – embracing being ‘adorably human’.

Many people say I make it very safe to be brave. That’s wonderful, isn’t it!

I love working with start-ups, founders, and young leaders who need to grow fast alongside the business. I also enjoy coaching individuals and teams at a growth edge who need or want to be effective and successful at their next level of business, career or life.

When not coaching, I love to be by the sea, walking with my rescue dog Luca, drinking coffee with friends, and laughing. My guilty pleasures include binging on boxsets (who doesn’t!), eating peanut butter with a spoon and drinking milky Yorkshire Tea with sugar.

Certifications and qualifications

  • 25+ years’ experience as an executive and team coach, and workshop facilitator, Master Practitioner Diploma in Systemic Team Coaching with the Academy of Executive Coaching
  • Integral Development Coach with New Ventures West
  • Diploma in NLP
  • Diploma in Psychosynthesis
  • Experienced in R2 Strengths Profiler
  • Certified in The Leadership Circle and MBTI profiling tools
  • APECS Accredited Executive Coach
  • Masters-level degree equivalent in spiritual science

Ruth is one of a small global team of facilitators presenting transformational development seminars around the world to groups of up to 200 people. She has coached over 10,000 people in this dynamic format.

She is a faculty member for Psychosynthesis Coaching’s ‘Certificate in Psychosynthesis Leadership Coaching’, and has served on the board of APECS (Association of Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision).

Our Coaches

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 Parashar

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...

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Sue Hartley

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…

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Dr. Lucy Ryan

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 today

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Mia Kennedy

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.

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Jackee Holder

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Sharon Charlton-Thomson

If you feel ready to work at depth, Sharon may be the coach for you. Sharon is a Coach/Therapist and has worn both hats for 25 years. She helps clients who want to explore and reshape their leadership ready to meet the challenges of today’s transforming world.

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Sandra Visser

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.

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Jim Godfrey

“There’s no point beating about the bush!” This informal but direct approach pretty much sums up Jim’s’s style of coaching. And it’s a tack appreciated by clients who want to shake things up. Here, he shares what he loves about coaching…

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