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About the Coaching Academy

Established in 1999, The Coaching Academy is the largest life coaching course provider of its kind in the world and we are incredibly proud of the reputation we've developed since opening our doors 23 years ago. As well as life coaching, we also provide courses to enable our coaches to establish their own training niche, by that NLP, business and corporate coaching, or coaching parents and children.

We started when life coaching was a relatively new phenomenon and were one of the first in the UK to provide fully accredited life coaching qualifications. Now we find ourselves at the forefront of coach training and are chosen by more people looking to be a professional life coach than any other UK training provider.

We are rated excellent on trustpilot

Your coach training with us will always be instructive, informative and enjoyable safe in the knowledge that our team of trainers are hand-picked from the cream of the UK’s finest coaches. They are not just excellent coach trainers, but all have a coaching business themselves and bring with them a wealth of experience and qualifications.

Our CEO Bev James, trained with The Coaching Academy herself, attending one of our free sample coaching courses back in 2005. Having experience as a delegate and a student of The Coaching Academy, Bev knows only too well the importance of quality training delivery - there is no one more committed to ensuring our delivery meets the highest standard.

Our head office is based in Chiswick, London but for your convenience and safety, our training takes place live on zoom to enable you to access our world class delivery from the comfort of your own home. We look forward to meeting you soon!

The Coaching Academy Limited, a company registered in England, with registered number 03935541 and with its registered office at Gable House, 18-24 Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, London, W4 1QP

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Bev James

I’m extremely proud of the team of trainers we have at The Coaching Academy. One of the most important things to know is that they are all successful coaches in their own right, working with a wide variety of personal clients, organizations and businesses. This means that apart from being excellent communicators and educators, they are great role models too. You will have the confidence of knowing you are learning from people who can walk the walk as well as talk the talk!

Many of them, myself included, began their coaching journey as students with The Coaching Academy. This means they are able to give really clear examples of how you can develop your career as a professional coach and set up a coaching business, or enhance the career you currently have by implementing your coaching skills once you have trained and qualified with us.

Meet our Trainers

Sharon Lawton

Sharon Lawton is a parent and family lifestyle coach, NLP Practitioner and DISC trainer and is part of our core training team for the Coaching Within Education Diploma and DISC training programmes. Sharon has a huge passion for empowerment and growth and specialises in self-esteem/confidence, parenting skills, anger/conflict management, relationships skills using DISC profiling, emotional wellbeing and managing stress both in the family and in the workplace. Sharon has coached parents, young people and staff working in the education sector since qualifying as a coach with us in 2009. In 2015 she won Parent Coach of The Year at our International Coaching Awards, is the inspiration behind our monthly “Coaching Conversations” sessions and is also our Head of Training and Development here at The Coaching Academy.

Mike Blissett

Mike is a presentation skills coach, trainer, and professional speaker based in London. He trained with The Coaching Academy in 2003 and has been a member of our training team since 2007, delivering our Introduction to Life Coaching workshops. In his business, Mike provides presentation skills coaching and training for people and teams wanting to speak with more confidence, create a bigger impact, and deliver more engaging presentations, including to camera with online meetings and presentations. Mike has delivered programmes in many countries, including Israel, Malaysia and France, and has worked with clients such as Allergan, Brit Insurance, and the Standard Bank.

Rasheed Ogunlaru

Rasheed Ogunlaru is a leading life coach, speaker and business / corporate coach. He is author of Soul Trader - Putting the Heart into Your Business and The Gift of Inner Success. His long list of clients include entrepreneurs, entertainers, Chief Executives, organisations and of course, the general public. Rasheed has delivered a number of programmes for The Coaching Academy, including a Coaching Conversation series in tandem with Ann Skidmore which have been extremely well received by our students and graduates alike.

Adrian Webb

Since 2001 Adrian has successfully coached hundreds of business owners and managers to build great businesses for themselves and their shareholders. He achieves this by helping them focus on their strengths, eliminate their weaknesses, which in turn has helped them become more effective, productive and successful. In addition to running his own coaching business, Adrian also delivers several days on our Business Coaching Diploma programme where he shares his vast practical knowledge, to enable our students to approach their coaching future armed with the confidence they have been extremely well schooled.

Pam Lidford

An incredibly experienced and successful coach in her own right, Pam delivers training as part of our Core Life Coaching Diploma teaching team. Students tell us that she has the ability to captivate and educate, using her extensive knowledge and charisma to the full. As a confidence and holistic coach, Pam loves delivering training and one to one coaching to groups and individuals who are keen to overcome their limiting beliefs in order to lead more fulfilling lives.

Aarti Parmar

Aarti Parmar is a leading brand strategist, coach and designer who educates and empowers businesses to mindfully implement brand-led growth. She believes that a strong brand has the potential to have a positive influence across all areas of a business, enabling business owners to work from the inside out of their business brand. Joining our fantastic team of The Coaching Academy's 'Business in a Box' Trainers, Aarti will support you as you grow and develop your coaching business providing you with tools, templates and training in the art of branding.

Rachel Russell

Rachel empowers business owners and their teams to create their vision of success, increase productivity and go to market effectively while maintaining a work-life balance. Rachel is a Business Coach, DISC Accredited Trainer, Team Trainer and Facilitator. Combining 20 years of practical business experience along with her business and coaching qualifications, Rachel has developed unique training and coaching programmes, inspiring business owners and their teams to grow, thrive and achieve success.

Sarah Urquhart

Sarah has been training coaches with us since 2002 and continues to help us create and maintain our Personal Performance and Corporate and Executive Diplomas to reflect what’s happening in the ‘real world’. As Head of our NLP Training, Sarah designed our Practitioner course both for students’ personal development and to enhance their coaching skills. With her experience supported by qualifications in Business, NLP, Psychology and Supervision you will find Sarah’s training to be engaging and pragmatic, sharing her knowledge & experience in her unique way that makes you laugh whilst you learn.

Merete Langler

Merete is a fully qualified Master Coach, DISC Certified trainer and NLP Practitioner with her own successful coaching company. In her work with small business owners, she helps them develop their plans, ideas and strategies, from managing change, time management all the way through to handling staff issues and major business decisions. Merete is also a valued and experienced trainer on our Life Coaching and Small Business Diplomas. In addition to this, Merete is also an integral part of the Coaching Academy mentoring, supervision and assessment team, working closely with our qualifications & accreditation team.

Gordon Urquhart

Gordon gained his NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner qualifications in the 1990s and has been using his NLP skills ever since; during his 22 years as a Registered Nurse and for the last 7 years in his second career as a Contemporary Psychotherapist (UKCP Registered). He was accredited as an NLP Trainer in 2011 by INLPTA. He’s been on The Coaching Academy’s NLP training team since we launched the Practitioner course, sharing his expertise and assessing students on their final module of their Practitioner journey.

Kris Robertson

Kris has almost certainly mentored, supervised and assessed more students of coaching skills than anyone else in the world. Having joined TCA as a mentor in 2004 he is now Director of The Coaching Academy and continues to help students become the best coach they can be though his training, webinar series and mentoring groups Kris delivers coach training on our core Life Coaching Diploma and is a DISC personality profiling expert. His entertaining delivery style leaves delegates wanting more. (So he tells us).

Rafael Pompeo

As a teacher of English as a foreign language, I consider education to be one of the most important things to help people thrive in life. In Brazil, my goal is to help individuals improve their written and spoken English. I qualified as a coach with TCA in 2016 and received an arsenal of tools which helped me add more quality to help fulfil my goal. In 2017, The Coaching Academy selected me as The International Coach of that year at a life changing ceremony in London. Such acknowledgment gave me the boost to really believe in myself and go for it! I now run my own online language school, FlyHi’s, with 4 English courses that focus on the use of coaching to help Brazilian English students become confident whilst communicating in English. I am now an Ambassador for TCA in Brazil, helping Brazilians access the courses and the opportunities that the Academy offers.

Krush Makwana

As an Executive Coach, Mentor and Facilitator, providing performance coaching to C-suite level, Directors, Managers and those looking to progress their career. Krush brings a wealth of experience and psychology to her coaching sessions and training sessions. Krush’s career has spanned operational roles in investment banking (Citi Bank and Deutsche Bank) then Learning and Development roles at Goldman Sachs, Hayes, L’Oréal and MBDA giving her first-hand experience of managing teams, working in high-pressure environments, and dealing with the impact change and stress has on Individuals, teams and management. Krush was recognised as a Finalist in the 2018 Best Business Women Awards. She is currently coaching individuals and teams at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, EDF, Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, in addition to a variety of private clients.

Simon Drury

Simon Drury is a Business Psychologist, Corporate Mentor, Coach & Trainer, Speaker. He has a depth and diversity of experience in the field of business and personal development that ranges from working with corporate and private for over 26 years. Simon also specialises in working with clients who are approaching a major change in their work situation such as retirement, redundancy and career transition. Using his extensive corporate experience, Simon helps his clients develop deeper insight into the psychology of 'reinvention' and what it means to the individual.

Dave Pill

Dave is a DISC Personality Profiling Master trainer and has delivered DISC training sessions throughout the world. A qualified Teacher, Lecturer, Coach, NLP Practitioner, Dave has amassed a phenomenal amount of hands-on experience including; 10 years in teaching and lecturing followed by 15 years as a business owner and a further 6 years working as a consultant with a string of large successful Organisations including First Leisure PLC, Whitbread PLC and Bourne Leisure.

Lisa Read

Lisa Read is an award-winning coach and qualified teacher with 15 years’ experience in learning and education. She has led a successful coaching practice since 2006 and is a qualified DISC personality profiler and HeartMath mentor. Lisa is co-founder of Real Clear, a coaching and training company that works with socially-minded organisations, specialising in leadership programmes, resilience and mental toughness. She is also leader of Sheffield Coaching Exchange - a continuing professional development group for coaching professionals and master member of the EMCC.

Kris Thorne

Kris is a professional trainer and TCA qualified coach in Personal Performance, NLP, and DISC, specialising in behaviour and culture change. She has supported private clients as well as leaders and teams from global Fortune 500 companies for 15 years to implement and embrace change, new behaviours and better ways of working. Her mission is to create great company cultures by equipping employees with the resilient mindset and skills to navigate change with confidence and be more creative, collaborative and productive in the new world of work.

Jacky Leonard

Jacky Leonard is a well-respected inspirational trainer, performance coach and author, specialising in the design and delivery of behaviour change interventions. She has a proven track record in facilitating cost effective, engaging and sustainable solutions for her clients. Described by her clients, as ‘a consummate professional’ and ‘charismatic trainer, she is noted for her dynamic and engaging style believing learning should be fun, with a serious intent. Jacky Delivers training on the Academy’s Small Business Coaching Diploma where she brings her wealth of experience combined with her training expertise.

Rachael Bushby

Rachael is a teacher, coach and mentor on a mission to empower young lives by providing coaching skills and knowledge to young people, their parents and their educators. As co-founder of Dragonfly: Impact Education, Rachael champions the belief that to thrive, mental and emotional health are just as important as physical health. Rachael has fifteen years of classroom experience and, as a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, is completely committed to education, passionately believing that wellbeing has a huge impact on academic achievement and progress.

Matt Barnes-Smith

Matthew Barnes-Smith is a fully qualified Personal Performance Life Coach and NLP Practitioner. As a Youth Worker, running youth clubs and workshops for young people and parents, he specialises in coaching and mentoring young people in their teenage years and early 20s. Matt is passionate about developing confidence in young people and empowering them to take control of their life and choices and to be the person they truly wish to be. He has a particular focus on promoting young people’s mental, emotional wellbeing and physical health.

Ann Skidmore

Ann Skidmore has coached thousands of people in a variety of industries since she set up her own coaching business. She was on the Coaching Academy’s first training programme back in 1999 and she put that training into good use in her then job role as Corporate Human Resources Manager. Since then she has designed and delivered many of the current programmes for the Coaching Academy and continues to help future TCA coaches enjoy their coach training to become the best coaches they can be.

Kiki Stanton

With a combined 17 years working in Human Resources, Recruitment, Coaching and Mentoring, Kiki Stanton brings both life and work experience to her coaching. She created her coaching business in December 2012 and has been on a mission to coach heart-centred individuals find their purpose ever since. Kiki believes we all have the answers to life’s deepest questions. As a coach and as a trainer with The Coaching Academy, she brings these skills and more to support your in your development as a coach.

Mandy Manners

Mandy Manners is the co-founder of Love Sober, a community and podcast host. She is a Certified Professional Life and Recovery Coach, a She Recovers® Designated Coach and a Gray Area Drinking Coach, author and speaker. She trained with the NET Institute, for an ICF accredited dual programme, as a certified professional life coach and a certified professional recovery coach. She is a founding member of the IAPRC (International Association of Professional Recovery Coaches). She specialises in mindset and recovery coaching, focusing on the impact trauma and mental wellbeing has on problematic alcohol use and uses her specialist skills to train others in behavioural change coaching.

Sarah Bramall

Sarah Bramall qualified with The Coaching Academy in Personal Performance, NLP and Coaching in Education. She is also an accredited DISC Practitioner. Sarah works with clients on career and purpose, confidence, Imposter Syndrome and wellbeing, clients who are often driven women leaders in the education sector. Sarah is an experienced educator with 20 years of experience, 15 of which she spent as a teacher in the classroom. Today she specialises in helping organisations support their female leaders and as a TCA Trainer guides students through tools and strategies of career coaching.

Kate Baily

Kate Baily is the co-founder of Love Sober CIC, a community and podcast host and author. She is a Certified Professional Life and Personal Performance Coach, a She Recovers® Designated Coach and a Grey Area Drinking Coach. Kate trained with The Coaching Academy, The Connecticut Centre for Addiction Recovery and with the prestigious Irene Lyon Msc, master practitioner in nervous system regulation, trauma and stress management. She holds certificates in The Science of Happiness, Positive Psychology and was a finalist in the International Coaching Awards 2019. An ex- journalist, she is still a regular contributor to the national press and has appeared in The Telegraph and on Woman’s Hour recently raising awareness around women’s health and alcohol use. She specialises in women’s empowerment, holistic recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder and radical self-care. Kate is a leader in the field of addictive behaviours coaching and uses her skills to train other professionals in this area.

John Perry

John is a qualified Coach, Therapeutic Coach, Human Givens Psychotherapist, Reality Therapist, Hypnotherapist and Supervisor; and has a particular interest in Psychological Resilience, including the promotion of Mindfulness and Compassion/Self-Compassion. John has 5 Degrees, numerous Diplomas and is currently training in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Alongside his Coaching and Therapeutic work, John is a Principal Teaching Fellow at the University of Southampton, a regular Conference Speaker and a Psychotherapist for the combat stress charity, PTSD Resolution. John is also an ‘Expert Speaker’ for the Academy for chief Executives’ and was voted their ‘Speaker of the Year’ for 2017.

Andrea Giraldez

Andrea Giraldez-Hayes, PhD, is a sought-after coaching psychologist, academic, supervisor and consultant. She is currently the Director of the Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology branch at the Wellbeing and Psychological Services Clinic at the University of East London. With a background in arts and creativity, Andrea has developed and delivered unique and successful coaching programmes in different countries.

Claire Cahill

Claire is an award-winning Executive Confidence & Leadership Coach and published author of Empowering Employee Engagement – How to ignite your team for peak performance specialising in Employee Engagement. She loves creating a safe psychological space to enable busy stressed-out leaders to step out of the hamster wheel and have time to get their creative juices flowing. Accendo is the Latin for ignite and this is what she does, ignites leaders’ potential for them and their teams to be their best selves, shining in all their glory by playing to their strengths, whilst challenging the status quo to implement and embrace change.

Nikki Streatfield

Nikki Streatfield is EMCC EQA Master accredited coach who enjoys contributing to the development of coaches at The Coaching Academy as one of our assessors and trainers since 2014. Nikki lives in South Africa and enjoys supporting clients to achieve integrated well-being, resilience and optimal performance. She works with individuals and teams globally and uses a positive psychological approach in her coaching. Nikki has post graduate qualifications in psychology and coaching.

Suzy Bastone

Suzy is an Intimacy & Confidence Coach, trained actor and speaker, coaching clients from all walks of life, helping them to tackle their challenges with confidence. Her background as an actor has truly shaped the coach she is today. Having spent years on the West End stage, Suzy has learnt the ups and downs of what building confidence really looks and feels like. Her background and experience dealing with high pressured work environments, has led her on to work with many clients in businesses worldwide, furthering her own people development skills as a presentation skills/effective communication trainer and a Lumina Spark practitioner-focusing deeply on understanding our emotions to better connect and build great rapport with others.

Lizz Jones

Lizz Jones is a Coach with over 25 years’ experience of working in business and management. She started her career in senior management roles within the Financial Times Group; since then she has been running her own business for 15 years. She works as a Business Coach – helping SME’s to unlock the latent potential within their organisations by looking at their business and their people. She also provides coaching support to leaders and managers in larger organisations, both in the private sector and in higher education. She is passionate about business, and you will find her energy and motivation infectious.