What they say – Coaching

British Geological Survey   360 degree feedback supported by 1 to 1 coaching and professional development training

Can I say “Thank-you” for your coaching efforts over the last few months?  I’ve very much appreciated our sessions and, as you‘ve hopefully gathered, found them extremely useful in improving my performance.  What I particularly found useful was your ability to tease out of me my own solutions – the feeling of “I knew it, but couldn’t do it” during meetings will stay with me for a long while.

Dr. Andrew Hughes   British Geological Survey, UK

Elaine was my coach for a 6 month period as part of a recent major change initiative within NERC  (National Environment Research Council). Elaine’s thoroughly professional approach is clearly based upon a very deep knowledge of her subject area, coupled with considerable experience across a range of business environments. I was particularly impressed with her ability through incisive questioning and summation techniques, which made me, draw conclusions about myself, some of which were uncomfortable for me. This is a particularly effective method of improving performance and impact.

I recommend her without hesitation.

Dr. Richard Hughes, Head of Information Delivery and Knowledge transfer, British Geological Survey, Nottingham

New to Senior Role in large Public Sector Body

The purpose of the coaching was assist me in stepping into a new and challenging management role in the British Geological Survey (BGS) which was to involve strategic planning and communication and staffing issues.

Elaine has a thoroughly professional approach to executive coaching. She effectively organised and shaped the 6 month coaching programme whilst allowing ample time to explore issues and the psychology of my comfort zone in respect of my coaching needs. Elaine has excellent people skills, is a clear communicator and skilled at analysing and synthesing facts, comments and intuitions that reflected back to me the nub of a particular problem or issue. I have no hesitation in recommending her as a corporate coach and believe that I have significantly benefitted from the experience.

Dr. Martin Smith, PhD, C. Geol  Head of Geology & Landscape

British Geological Survey, Edinburgh


Adidas –  Fast track Management Academy  

Working with Elaine has been a rewarding and invaluable experience. Her empathetic and flexible coaching style has accelerated both my personal and professional growth by helping me learn to control the impact of my inner critic. Elaine’s open and encouraging manner allowed me to dissect my pre-conceived negative beliefs and as a result I have dramatically improved my self-confidence and self-esteem. The practical and theoretical solutions I identified during the coaching period resonate loudly with me and will remain a key support throughout my career.

Emma McNamee, Business Process Manager, Adidas HQ, Stockport


NHS PCT  – Senior Manager 

What can I say. I was stuck, truly at a crossroads. The intensive coaching afforded me a unique opportunity to step back from the fray, assess my options, my core values and beliefs, decide on a course of action and  implement a course of action.  Throughout  this, Elaine was the steadfast catalyst for my changes, always supportive, always challenging, always championing me to the fullest. I recommend her wholeheartedly.

Senior Manager   NHS Greenwich PCT


Board level Director –  Communication Style and Personal Impact

The aim of the coaching programme was to fundamentally understanding how I interacted with my colleagues at BGS and how I could develop strategies to deal with change. I have found these sessions extremely helpful. Elaine has helped me to identify the ways I which I communicate, that are detrimental to good inter-personal relationships and good management. With her support, I developed strategies for overcoming this.  Her style is one of listening, challenging and encouraging, but in a non-threatening way, in which my understanding is developed from within myself, rather than imposed from the outside.

Professor Martin Culshaw  Former Director  British Geology Survey



Executive Coaching – Communication and resilience coaching

I worked with Elaine as my executive coach over a 3 month period. ­During this period she was very successful in helping me address issues I was  experiencing at work. My performance was much enhanced as a result. During this period Elaine supported me in understanding my core values and beliefs, which help me, understand what makes me tick and adapt how I respond in certain situations.  I feel much better equipped both in my professional and work life as a result.

Richard Booth, Commercial Manager, Northern Foods, Nottingham


Business coaching –  SME business owner

Elaine’s business coaching has enabled me to focus on the primary issues in my business, formulate an action plan and see it through to a conclusion in just 12 sessions. The results have been fantastic, ultimately leading to being awarded “Business person of the year” for Grantham.

Wade Rowlett, Managing Director,  Fairway Fixings Ltd, Grantham

Journal Business Person of the Year


Third Sector – Personal impact and Confidence Coaching

I benefitted from 6 monthly sessions of coaching from Elaine Akester. The coaching greatly improved my confidence. I became much more aware of my communication style and the impact it had at others in the organisation. I had numerous opportunities throughout the period to put my learning into practise and see the benefits.

I found Elaine to be an excellent coach. She is a very good listener, very intuitive and excellent at keeping me focused and on track to achieve my overall objectives.

Val Guinness, senior manager, The Charity Commissioners, Liverpool