Shirley F


Shirley is a Leadership and Organisational Development Practitioner with a passion for working with organisations, teams and leaders who want to maximise their potential.  Shirley worked as an Internal Consultant in Financial Services for over 20 years where she developed and delivered leadership development programmes, competency frameworks, performance and talent management practices in alignment with organisational goals and people strategies.  Shirley has worked with a wide variety of leaders and specialist teams, facilitating interventions that enable them to recognise the impact of their personality and behaviour so that they can improve performance, motivation and wellbeing.  Having personally experienced several mergers and acquisitions, Shirley is accustomed to working with and supporting businesses through sustained periods of organisational change.  This has presented opportunities to be involved in large scale OD projects, developing Shirley’s interest and understanding of organisational culture and employee engagement.


Shirley enjoys working with a wide variety of sectors and industries including Manufacturing, Digital Technology and the NHS.  She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Business & Executive Coaching, a Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching Psychology and is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) which exists to promote ethical practice in the profession.  She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, a trained Action Learning Set facilitator and accredited in the use of a variety of personality psychometrics. 

Coaching style

Not afraid to have the difficult conversations, clients comment that Shirley offers a helpful mix of support and challenge, remaining focused on business and personal goals.


Post Graduate Certificate in Business & Executive Coaching (equivalent to Advanced Practitioner Level with EMCC)
Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching Psychology
Chartered Fellow of CIPD
BPS Level A/B
Myers Briggs Type Indicator Steps I & II

Coaching philosophy

At the heart of my approach is a belief in the value of raising awareness in the coachee e.g. of their beliefs, goals, emotions, behavioural patterns, personal impact etc. I find that this helps individuals to identify new ways forward as they feel more empowered to make choices about the changes they want to make or goals they want to achieve.  I seek to do this through "being present", deep listening, asking questions and offering feedback and challenge in service of the coachee.




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