Partners & Associates

Sharon Charlton-Thomson

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 coach

It was two amazing women who crossed my path – and have remained true inspirations – who paved my own way into coaching. One was a planner at a London agency I worked at in the late 90s. She was into Jungian analysis and would share her therapy sessions with me – it opened my eyes into my inner weather and how influenced we are by it. The second influence was a lady I worked with for a year on a quid pro quo scheme – I had left advertising and the BIG job and helped her build her coaching brand. It was the best training I have ever had! 

My own coaching style is based on all-things relationships – to ourselves and the other. My clients can expect a deep dive with fun and warmth, best described as mindful and pragmatic. Great questions that never fail to make the client dig that little bit deeper are ‘so what?’, ‘what does your team/organisation/planet most need you to learn right now?’ and ‘what lets you know that you’re fundamentally OK?’. 

My clients say lots of lovely things about me, but one of the best has to be: ‘this is like no other coaching I’ve ever had. It has changed my life!’. 

My guilty pleasure has to be any programmes about houses, such as A Place in the Sun, Grand Designs, and Location Location Location. I love walking and hiking, eating any salad as long as it comes with fries (hot and cold food together), and I practice regular meditation and breath work. 

I support a number of causes, including the Alzheimer’s society – I try to do at least one fundraiser event for the charity every year in my dad’s memory. Last year it was the Jurassic Coastal Path charity challenge. I also support women in the workplace, gender equality, and working parents and families. I’m a trustee of a national adoption agency, something very close to my heart. 

Certifications and qualifications

  • MA in Executive Coaching Oxford Brookes
  • MBTi Practitioner
  • Diploma Emotional Intelligence and Group Therapy
  • MSc Family & Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Master Practitioner NLPPractitioner Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
  • MA in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy (final year)
  • Accredited Couples psychotherapist

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

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 path

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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.

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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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