Consultants

Coach Mentoring Ltd consultants have a great breadth of experience and have worked with clients from a range of sectors.


Lis Merrick

Lis Merrick

Following a successful career in Human Resources with senior posts for Merrill Lynch, European Investment Banking and The Thomas Cook Group, Lis moved into a consultancy career in mentoring and coaching. She is currently Managing Director of Coach Mentoring Limited, the ISMCP Accreditation Chair (European Mentoring and Coaching Council International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes), a Visiting Fellow of the Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit at Sheffield Business School and the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) UK President.[Read more...]

She was voted: “Mentoring Person of the Year 2011/12” by Coaching at Work magazine in the UK.

Her experience in mentoring programme design and development is now internationally acclaimed, with over 150 mentoring programmes to her name. Lis researches, writes and speaks about mentoring and coaching and this work also informs her practice as an executive coach and designer of programmes. Her expertise and research is predominantly in the field of designing programmes with regard to talent management, coaching and mentoring women, supervision in mentoring and coaching and mentoring in a VUCA World.

Lis operates as a coach and consultant on a global basis and has over 30 years’ experience of working in cross-cultural environments. She lectures at Sheffield Business School on the MSc Coaching and Mentoring and on Coach Mentoring Ltd’s own Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring for Leadership in Organisations, in association with Leeds Business School.

She holds an MBA and an MSc in Coaching and Mentoring from Sheffield Business School. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Chartered Management Institute in the UK.


Linda Grant

Linda Grant

Linda’s career in coaching and mentoring follows over 20 years of working in the fields of management and people development with her final corporate role focusing on strategic change and people development as Head of People and Leadership Development at Skipton Building Society. She is Principal Consultant of Coach Mentoring Ltd and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at Leeds Mind. [Read more...]

Linda’s expertise is about making a difference to organisational performance through people. She has worked extensively with individuals and teams to facilitate change through the design, implementation and management of a range of interventions: as well as coaching and mentoring these include to support culture change, brand development, people engagement, leadership development, talent management and performance management. Her coaching and mentoring experience includes individual support, scheme design and training/assessing coach/mentor trainers.

Linda has worked as an executive coach and consultant in coaching, mentoring and leadership development on a global basis for 9 years. Some of her recent clients include IHC Merwede, WWF, Abercrombie & Kent, Robert McBride Ltd, Irwin Mitchell LLP, BASF, MSF and Totemic Ltd. Recent assignments have included consultancy to review leadership needs/behaviours prior to introducing a leadership programme; developing bespoke 360° Feedback questionnaires as part of wider coaching and leadership development programmes; working with a team to improve their performance through facilitation and coaching.

Linda holds an MSc in Coaching and Mentoring (Sheffield Business School), Diploma in NLP, Level 4 NVQ in Human Resource Development and Certificate in Facilitating Learning in Organisations. She is a Member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, Fellow of Institute of Consulting, Member of Chartered Management Institute and Associate of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Jacki Mason

Jacki Mason

Jacki is Operations Manager and Consultant at Coach Mentoring, and has experience of designing, developing and delivering over 50 mentoring programmes since 2002, many of which have been women only programmes. She has delivered gender diversity mentoring programmes to increase the entry of women onto public boards, to support members of professional bodies at all levels in their career development, internal programmes within universities and colleges, programmes aimed at women returners, and developed online mentoring materials for young apprentices in SET careers.[Read more...]

Jacki has also been the lead partner for mentoring within several transnational partnerships funded through the European Social Fund, visiting Finland, the Netherlands and Belgium, Spain, France, and Germany to share European mentoring best practices. Her project management skills are highly utilised by Coach Mentoring Ltd in their mentoring and coaching programme delivery.

She truly believes in equality for all, and she especially enjoys the mentoring programmes where women have flourished, gained confidence and believed in their abilities as a result of being supported by a mentor. It is always exciting to receive an email or call from a mentee telling you that they have achieved their goal, or even exceeded it!

At Coach Mentoring Jacki also heads the ‘Virtual Programme Management’ team, assisting our clients in all aspects of running a mentoring programme from reviewing and updating mentoring resources, supporting and supervising mentors and mentees through their relationships, to delivering formative and summative evaluation and recommendations for future programmes. Clients she has worked with virtually in this role include Unilever, McBride, CIPD, University of Edinburgh and EBRD. Jacki’s prowess in mentoring evaluation is valued and respected by all our clients.

Following a start in a career in banking, Jacki’s career choices have all been customer and client focussed with a particular interest in supporting people in their self-development. She has worked for the TSB, GE Capital Financial Services, and particularly enjoyed working for the UKRC where she has supported many women in SET careers.


Bob Garvey

Bob Garvey

Professor Bob Garvey is one of Europe’s leading academic practitioners of coaching and mentoring and an experienced coach/mentor working with, for example, Musicians, HR Managers, Small Business Owners, Young people, Academics and Executives. [Read more...]

Bob has great experience in a whole range of organisations. This includes large corporates, small business, the public and private sector, voluntary organisations and NGOs. He has worked in many different industries including financial services, manufacturing, scientific, creative arts, education and health. Bob subscribes to the ‘repertoire’ approach to coaching and mentoring. He is also in demand internationally as a lively and engaging conference speaker. Bob is an experienced international webinar facilitator and has delivered webinars for a wide range of organisations including the International Mentoring Association and the National Institute for Health Research.

A client recently said about Bob in an unsolicited testimonial “He is someone multifaceted, who is creative, positive, pragmatic and professional: someone with a critical intelligence, plenty of ideas, rigor and challenge. Bob’s generosity, good humour, enthusiasm and ability to put people first are especially striking.”

Bob has a PhD in Mentoring from the University of Durham. He has published many papers and books on the practice of coaching and mentoring and is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. In 2014 the magazine Coaching at Work honoured him with their ‘life time achievement award for mentoring’ and in the same year, the EMCC gave him the mentor award.


Paul Stokes

Paul Stokes

Dr Paul Stokes is an experienced academic, consultant and coach. For the last 20 years he has worked with many different organisations on the development of their leaders using a range of interventions including action learning, open space methodologies and appreciative inquiry. He is also an experienced researcher and, using action research methodologies, has developed impactful interventions within organisations on creating a culture, organisational learning and organisational design.[Read more...]

As a coach and mentor, he has worked with a range of coachees and mentees from the public, private and third sectors and with first line managers up to senior executives. As a teacher and people developer Paul was instrumental in setting up one of the first Masters courses in Coaching & Mentoring in 2002, as well as working on numerous leadership development programmes with clients such as Diageo, BP, Health Education England, Norgren, Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Police, Barnsley Hospital, Sheffield University and Robert McBride Ltd. He has co-written two best selling books on coaching & mentoring: Mentoring in Action (Kogan Page) and Coaching & Mentoring Theory & Practice (Sage) as well as several book chapters and journal articles


Peter Callender

Peter Callender

Peter is an organisational development consultant and an executive coach. He specialises in culture change and has worked internationally for a wide range of blue chip clients. His passion is to improve the level of staff engagement through looking at the leadership shadow/impact of senior managers on their colleagues. [Read more...]

Peter started his coaching career with Penna and has since developed a niche in working with high potential senior managers who are coming up to board level and with individuals working in challenging circumstances.

His best coaching outcomes have included working with individuals in global organisations to increase sales and improve staff engagement levels.

Peter’s three main focuses are:

  • Change management, including culture change, and mergers
  • Team coaching at board and senior management levels
  • Working with individuals in challenging situations to develop their leadership styles

Recent clients that Peter has been working with, include: Audi, BMW, The British Council, EY, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Mind, Pfizer, Phillips, RBS, Sainsbury, Thomson Reuters and Unilever.

Peter has an MA in Manpower Studies and a BA in History and Sociology. He has a CIPD Coaching Diploma and is a British Psychological Society registered assessor. He has full membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Association of Chairs of Charities. Peter is also a member of the Cranfield Trust that provides pro-bono management consultancy to the third sector.


Nicki Seignot

Nicki Seignot

Nicki has over 25 years’ experience in the field of people management, leadership development and coaching within the retail sector. She has worked closely with senior leaders and executive board members to design and implement mentoring and coaching schemes, talent management and has led flagship leadership development programmes. Nicki is an established coach, mentor and facilitator. Her practice extends across a range of individuals and teams, including directors, high potential managers and graduates.[Read more...]

Nicki’s particular areas of expertise are women’s mentoring and maternity. She was the creator and lead mentor for ‘MumtoMum’ an innovative maternity mentoring programme in Asda, and has a strong belief in the power of mentoring using role models to support individuals to achieve their potential and offer support through significant times of transition. With diversity and inclusion agendas in mind, she is currently working with David Clutterbuck to create a how-to guide for businesses to introduce parental mentoring.

Nicki works on leadership and coaching programmes across a number of public and private sector employers (including Unilever, JP/Politikens Hus (Denmark), Merseyrail, EY) and leads maternity mentoring supervision with the Royal Society of Chemistry. She continues to support Asda with its cultural and leadership development agenda, including the 2015 Women In Leadership programme, where she delivers workshops on Resilience, Personal Impact and Networking.

Nicki has an MSc in Coaching and Mentoring (Sheffield Business School) and a BA in Education and Sociology. She is a CIPD trained Career Coach and a Certified Strengthscope practitioner. Nicki has OPP Level A and B in Occupational Testing for OPQ 32. She is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and coordinator for the Yorkshire EMCC Group.


Sue Makin

Sue Makin

Sue worked in HR for the NHS and as Business Manager for the Director of Public Health before building her counselling and coaching practice. She has 20 years of experience in the NHS, and in her project management role she was part of a team commissioning and decommissioning hospitals. She also worked in private industry as Business and HR Manager for DataMed, who were providers of IT systems for the NHS. [Read more...]

Sue is an experienced counsellor, coach and coach supervisor, and also a Mindfulness practitioner. She runs a successful private practice in Ilkley and Leeds. Her energetic and insightful approach to client work enables clients to resolve difficulties using their own qualities and strengths. Her coaching clients have been from both the NHS and the private sector.

Sue also works for Relate Bradford and has developed the psychosexual service, improved IT communication and fostered professional partnerships. She is also a qualified COSRT accredited psychosexual therapist and an IAPT Tavistock trained counsellor accredited through BSCPC.

Being both a coach and counsellor, Sue is able to adapt her contracts with clients who wish her to work as their personal consultant. She is a qualified supervisor, working with coaches, sex therapists, counsellors and couple counsellors.

Sue specialises in running programmes in Stress Management, Mindfulness, Emotional Management, Health and Well Being, Developing Resilience and Supervision Programmes for Coach Mentoring Ltd.


Liz Clothier

Liz Clothier

Liz has over 30 years of experience working in retail, leadership, coaching and mentoring. She has been a senior executive of Top Shop and Debenhams, Director of Boxwood, an NED on a number of SME boards and has started and run her own businesses. [Read more...]

Liz has a genuine fascination with people and a commitment to helping others improve confidence and competence whilst enhancing self-awareness. Her extensive experience, in both the corporate world and her own businesses, makes her an empathetic and effective executive coach and mentor, assisting her clients in their leadership skills, management effectiveness, sense making, problem solving and strategy implementation.

Liz is also a visual impact specialist, trained by the London College of Fashion, assisting clients in their expression of personal values within the context of their professional environment. This closely aligns with coaching, empowering individuals and organisations to dress for success.

With a passion for learning and personal development, Liz is currently completing an MSc in Coaching and Mentoring at Sheffield Business School.




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We refer to Lis as “The Guru” of coaching and mentoring, she has such extensive knowledge and enormous empathy; Lis makes every individual feel special, she invests the necessary time to get to know them and to understand their needs.”

Laila Merval, Partner, People Development, WWF International.

Lis was amazing — loads of great feedback from our members.”

Ross Coxon, Director of the Learning Collaborative, LINGOS

It was great and worth every cent spent by the company. We cannot thank the facilitators enough. I will always remember the experience and the facilitators.”

Abercrombie & Kent

As my coach, Lis single-handedly encouraged me to believe that a goal I had thought impossible was achievable. The focus and momentum her coaching sessions provided ensured that I did not prove her wrong!”

Leona Deakin, Lead Business Psychologist, Barnes Kavelle

A great relief to meet someone who immediately understood what a “difficult” team I had and recognised my skills in managing them, but more importantly, made them appreciate how challenging they were and instilled a desire to learn and change.

Lis is a charming lady who gently persuades you to commit to doing something which you intrinsically know is right.”

Lise Soltani-Sadeh, Senior Manager, Training and Development, Bradford & Bingley plc.

We have worked with Coach Mentoring Ltd, Lis & more recently Linda, for more than 5 years. We have always received a service that is everything that we want

Their approach is pragmatic, thoughtful, informed, engaging and enlightening. CM are able to provide solutions in the boardroom and for the "shop floor". It is difficult to express the added value and professional friendship that CM provide; you will need to work with them to appreciate what they will bring.”

Ian Jenner, Group Head of Learning and Development, Robert McBride Ltd.

Just wanted to follow up and let you know that I’m so glad for this opportunity! It came at a time when I really needed it — Mentor and I have been communicating and it has been tremendously helpful! Thank you again for offering up this program to us.”

Mentee from Network Wide Mentoring programme, WWF International.

The whole week was brilliant, thank you!”

Amazing — insightful, motivating and a great learning experience. Also brilliant to be able to meet more of our colleagues!”

I loved my time with Lis and felt she was really able to assist me in pinpointing what I wanted to get out of my personal development plan.”

The coaching part of the course was excellent and the most important part of the Management Training.”

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