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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 24 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, however all of our training takes place live online, enabling you to access our world-class delivery from the comfort of your own home! We look forward to meeting you soon!

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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 an ILM Level 7 Senior Executive Coach & holds an ACC credential with the ICF (The International Coaching Federation), specialising in Executive and [...]

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Mike Blissett

Mike is a presentation skills coach, trainer, and professional speaker. He trained with The Coaching Academy in 2003 and has been a team member since 2007 delivering our Life [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Rachel Russell

Rachel is an ICF Accredited Coach and part of the core training team at The Coaching Academy. Rachel trains on our Life Coaching Diploma, Business Coaching Diploma, Coaching [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Merlinder Orjela

Merlinder is an executive and leadership coach, where she does 1:1, group, and team coaching, with a focus on transitions, wellbeing & resilience, and DE&I (where she also [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Chris Reddy

Chris is one of the leading coaches within the Education sector. He started his career in education as a PE teacher in 2000 and quickly progressed into pastoral leadership [...]

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Rebecca Daniel

Rebecca is an ICF Accredited Mindset and Transformation Coach and Trainer working with purpose driven and heart-centered female professionals and entrepreneurs. She helps her [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Darren Green

Darren is an ICF-accredited small business coach and trainer and his work specialises in simplifying personal and professional growth for his clients. He brings a positively [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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John Perry

John is a qualified Coach, Therapeutic Coach, Human Givens Psychotherapist, Reality Therapist, Hypnotherapist and Supervisor; and has a particular interest in Psychological [...]

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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 [...]

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Katy Mason

Katy is an experienced Corporate Executive Coach, Coaching Supervisor, Mentor, and Business Consultant, who has worked extensively across the UK and Internationally. Prior [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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