Helen mumford sole

FOUNDER
 

Helen Mumford Sole has had a successful career as a senior executive of both large and startup companies. She was CEO of LexisNexis UK, SVP of Gartner (Europe, Middle East and Africa), and co-founder and COO of Wentworth Research - a VC-backed startup that was acquired by Gartner. She was also CEO of two other startups, CIO of a GE Capital company, and held various roles in Financial Services companies, and consultancies including Ernst & Young and Andersen Consulting. This high performance background gives Helen great credibility and positioning in the minds of the senior executives she coaches as they know that she understands their context and the associated issues and opportunities.

In her corporate life Helen searched for a coach who had the credibility and skills to help her reach the top of her game, someone who understood the C-suite, could work with the highest achievers and still improve their performance. She didn’t find this person, so after maternity leave for her 3rd child, she decided this would be her next career.

For 4 years, Helen devoted herself to learning everything she could about coaching for performance and success. She qualified as an Executive Coach at the highest level at Columbia University in Manhattan, and gained certificates in several other schools of coaching. She is a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner as well as being a qualified Ericksonian hypnotist and is also a Reiki Master/Instructor, which she studied in order to understand how to manage stress productively.

Helen lives in Manhattan where she has a thriving practice in Executive Coaching. Helen’s clients are senior and high performing executives from Global 500 companies, fast growing startups, and federal government. They include Coca Cola Enterprises, Merck, UBS, HSBC, Citigroup, Metlife, MEC, McCann Erickson, Heidrick and Struggles, Department of Transportation and other private and corporate clients.

Helen is also a Happiness Coach. As well as coaching private clients, and delivering speeches and master classes within companies, she also teaches Happiness at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts.  Her happiness work has won an Adweek Gold award for HR Invention.

Helen’s degrees are from the University of Oxford and she has been published in two award-winning coaching books.  Helen and her husband have 6 children and 2 grandchildren who are spread around the UK and US. There would be a picture of them all here except they are never all in the same place at the same time to have their picture taken!

 

Alison duncanson

senior coach
 

Is an executive coach and Chartered Psycologist with a career which spans 20 years working with individuals and organisations in the UK and internationally. As well as executive coaching, Alison specialises in organisational change, leadership assessment and development, selection, training, stress management and career direction.

As a Principal with PA Consulting in London, she worked on major strategic business change projects, applying psychology in the context and language of real business and organisational needs.  She has worked with a wide variety of organisations including BP, Prudential, Barclays, HSBC, London Business School, UK Film Council, Ericsson, DWP, NHS, Standard Chartered, Bank of Ireland, Metropolitan Police, Nokia and Egg. Alison has operated in over 10 countries across Europe and Asia Pacific and lived in Singapore for several years where she worked on a leadership programme across the region and brought her expertise in assessment and development to conference platforms and television.

Alison is a Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology (BPS) and Member of the Special Group of Coaching Psychologists. She has a degree in Psychology, a Masters in Occupational & Organisational Psychology and a Diploma in Coaching.

Alison is passionate about using her skills to help individuals identify and use their unique gifts, to break free from limitations and expectations of others and to be who they really are. She enjoys working in new settings and has a wealth of experience to bring to each client.  She is insightful and likes to get to the heart of issues for both people and organisations. She rarely takes things at face value but seeks to understand more deeply and to see the wider picture.

Alison now enjoys a great work life balance investing in her family as well satisfying her intellectual curiosity and business background through her coaching and leadership work.  Recent clients include London Business School, Sainsbury’s, a major airline and many private clients, in particular women leaders who are in transition.

In addition, Alison has also worked as a retreat guide and as part of the leadership team for Crossroads Retreats UK, a charity that supports people in their life and work journeys.

 

Bruce gibson

Associate coach
 

Is a coach who draws from wide-ranging life experiences. As a corporate executive he has held important lead positions in a varitety of industries - from start-ups to multi-billion dollar companies - in publishing, corporate communications, portfolio management, global compliance and public relations.

His professional strengths include strategy and vision design, C-level communications, process and methodology development and event production. For more than 20 years he has delivered the impossible with the highest integrity, diplomacy, and inspirational leadership. Drawing on his unique corporate experience, Bruce specialises in mindset and presence, communications, strategy and vision, and the fine art of corporate politics.

Beyond his work life, Bruce is a family man, a recorded singer songwriter, and an amateur athlete in endurance races and physical challenges. Bruce believes real growth comes from embracing and finding strength within all parts of who we are—a whole-self approach.

Bruce coaches professionals in transition from where they are to where they want to be. But he is more than an accountability partner: Bruce’s technique helps clients merge their personal values and professional vision, resulting in a personal true north that guides their life and career journey. His clients include middle management moving toward executive leadership, professionals seeking to define themselves and set achievable career goals, and executives getting back in touch with what inspires them.

Bruce has an authentic, caring presence.  His sessions facilitate the creation of personal or business goals with achievable plans for reaching those goals. He builds thought-provoking and creative partnerships that inspire clients to maximize their personal and professional potential. This in turn empowers them to become agents of change in their own lives. From clients, this means “I felt like a burden was lifted,” and feedback that Bruce’s "coaching skills and objective guidance help me 'take a step back' to assess things so that I can get some perspective and take the next few steps forward. I am in a better place than I have been in recent years!"

 

Carolyn murphy

ASSOCIATE COACH
 

Carolyn specializes in helping executives to develop their leadership capabilities, and navigate personal and organizational change. She has over 15 years of experience in a variety of corporate environments, most recently leading large-scale change initiatives at Cisco Systems in the US. She works with executives on communications, complex decision-making, collaboration, prioritization, motivating and inspiring teams and always keeping forward momentum. Carolyn is an Associate Coach at Mumford Sole LLC.

Since her early career days, Carolyn has been aware of the strong connection between leadership styles and the corresponding effects on their teams and organizations. She could clearly see how strong leadership could inspire and motivate while poor personal self-management was toxic to a system. She earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology to deepen her understanding of how individuals and systems change and grow – and at the same time learned how people often fight against the very changes they are hoping to make.

In addition to 2 years of clinical therapy practice, she studied for 2 years with Bruce Ecker, the founder of Coherence Therapy, learning techniques to help others move through the issues that can be the most persistent and problematic. 

As a coach and consultant, Carolyn is passionate about working with motivated leaders from all sectors who want to master the art and science of leading change while evolving their own leadership capacity. Combining her clinical experience, her study of adult learning theory and development frames, along with her corporate leadership experience, Carolyn has developed a unique understanding of how to help individuals and teams move through the challenges of inner and outer growth.

She is currently in the process of receiving her coaching certification from Columbia University (Feb 2015) and a post-graduate certificate in Strategic Organization Design from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business (June 2015). She is a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP).

Carolyn lives in the Sierra foothills of Northern California with her husband and dog. She is active in the South Yuba River Citizens League which protects and advocates for the beautiful Yuba River where she loves to hike and swim.

 

CAtherine bowser

senior coach
 

Catherine has had a successful career supporting organizations and individuals through change. Working previously with Lucas Industries and CSC Consulting, she has addressed the challenges facing both small companies and multi national organizations, collaborating with clients at operational and strategic levels to deliver business value. Catherine is a senior teaching fellow at Warwick University, harnessing practical application with academic thinking in the design and delivery of Masters level business programs. Her strong background in understanding the business environment and facilitating personal growth, positions her well in the minds of the executives she coaches as she understands their context and the associated issues and opportunities. Catherine is also a senior coach at Mumford Sole.

Beginning her career as a graduate in Accountancy working for the Lucas Group in a time when lean principles were being widely adopted within the Automotive and Aerospace sectors, Catherine worked in the Group’s internal consultancy division, in change teams, spearheading manufacturing systems design and implementation.

Having developed skills in process-based business systems re-engineering, strategic sourcing, organization design and change management Catherine then joined CSC Strategy Consulting where she worked with diverse clients in a range of sectors including manufacturing, utilities and retail. Her specialism was helping senior teams to develop their supply chain strategy through to successful implementation.

Catherine is passionate about transferring her skills and knowledge to her clients, so 10 years ago she moved from consultancy to academia. At Warwick University Catherine is the subject matter expert in supply chain strategy and delivers on the application of lean principles, organization design and strategic sourcing. Her clients include tailored Masters programs for AstraZeneca, Syngenta, PZCussons and Network Rail. Catherine believes that the combination of her practical experience with advanced academic thinking creates a powerful combination for both her students, and her clients. 

Having worked with sponsoring organizations and masters students Catherine realized that an increasing part of her role as a change proponent was the coaching of her students and executive clients. With that in mind, she has developed her coaching skills and now couples her academic and commercial work with executive coaching for individual and team development.

Catherine lives in the West Midlands with her husband and two children. She is an active gym member where she plays in the tennis leagues. She is also a Reiki master and trained in massage.

 

donna pearring

SENIOR COACH
 

Donna is an ICF (International Coach Federation) credentialed Professional Coach (PCC level) with over 25 years of practical business, managerial, and leadership experience in Fortune 500 companies, such as IBM and Siemens. During Donna’s career in IT/Telecommunications, she gained experience and appreciation for the entire business continuum, to include sales, sales support, systems engineering, systems design, implementation, project management, operations and service. This means that Donna is able to relate to business challenges and can incorporate both real life experience and organization development theory and tools into her coaching. 

Throughout Donna’s career, she was always drawn to the human capital side of the business. She has a passion for helping others develop their skills and competencies.  She decided to make a career change eight years ago in order to focus her energies on helping organizations and individuals develop and flourish. She went back to school and obtained her Masters in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University and also earned her Leadership Coaching Certification from Georgetown Univers.

Since then, Donna has worked with various private organizations as well as a variety of Federal, State and Local government agencies.

Donna’s belief is that every individual has the ability to reach his/her full potential and that the opportunities open to each of us are endless.  Building awareness of the possibilities, realizing one’s strengths, abilities, resources, and challenges all light the way to new opportunities and new paths to explore and experience.  Becoming more self-aware of how we respond and react in certain situations enables us to make new choices and more informed decisions in order to get the results that we desire.

In addition to her work with private and public organizations, Donna also volunteers her services at non-profit organizations such as The Carpenter’s Shelter and The Women’s Center. She is focused on enabling women to enhance their ability to develop their professional and life skills in order to lead a healthy, productive and financially stable life.

Donna is also passionate about her family and incorporates her focus on developing strengths, leadership competencies, and emotional intelligence with them.  She lives in Annandale, VA with her husband and three young adult children.

 

emRAH CETIN

associate COACH
 

Emrah is an executive coach who enjoys partnering with achievement-oriented and results-driven individuals who are focused on enhancing their current performance and taking their career to a higher level.  Before becoming an Executive Coach, Emrah enjoyed 15 years of diverse professional experience in large companies, followed by a key role in a successful start-up.

Emrah began her career as an industrial engineer with General Motors, subsequently moving to forecasting and industry analysis. She then worked for Whirlpool Corporation in areas of innovation, product development, merchandising and sales. She has also worked with start-ups including the 2009 launch of a trucking and logistics company in Detroit. 

With an extensive background in engineering and business, Emrah is data driven and curious.  She deploys a logical, thought provoking and creative process to assist her clients to trigger their best thinking. An important part of Emrah’s approach is that she helps her clients to identify and break out of inefficient thought patterns which enables their innate capabilities to shine and fosters out-of-the-box thinking.

Part of The Columbia University’s Coaching Certification Program, Emrah is also certified in a variety of psychometric assessments such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Hogan and Emotional Intelligence – EQi2.0 and EQi360. Emrah received her Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from Eli Broad Graduate School of Business at Michigan State University. 

Emrah is Turkish by birth and moved to Canada when she was at High School where she and her family naturalized. After University, she spent over a decade living and working in the US where she is a permanent resident. Since 2010, Emrah has resided in London with her husband and son.

Given her global background and experience, Emrah always welcomes cross-cultural and international assignments. Similarly, Emrah is experienced with significant life transitions and welcomes opportunities to work with ex-pat clients and their families.

 

JAne cho

ASSOCIATE COACH
 

Jane has worked with individuals and organizations across multiple industries including financial services, media, healthcare, health and fitness, non-profits, arts and entertainment. Jane has served clients including AllianceBernstein Asset Management, Beachbody, DirectTV, UCLA Social Justice Network and others. She has designed and implemented programs in diversity and inclusion, stakeholder engagement, change management, cross-cultural and inter­generational communication, team building, strategic planning and mentoring.

Jane received a certification at the highest level in Executive and Organizational Coaching from Columbia University in New York City. She holds a certification in the NBI® Thinking Preferences Suite.

ince 2007, Jane has served as a facilitator with the Posse Foundation, a national leadership development and college access program. She has designed and facilitated large-scale retreats with students, faculty and university leaders on topics of social change and justice. Working to promote deep understanding and transformation through meaningful dialogue, Jane has facilitated retreats on topics including race, gender, sexuality, class, power, privilege, education, civic engagement, social movements and the millennial generation. Partner schools include the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, Pomona College, Carleton College, UCLA, Claremont McKenna College, Grinnell College and many others.

A classically trained actor, Jane has enjoyed a dynamic career in theatre, television and film. She has taught at Yale University, where she received a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. She has studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and received a Bachelor of Science in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.

Jane’s interdisciplinary background informs her approach to collaborating with clients. A life- long student of mindfulness meditation, she engages from a strengths-based whole person perspective, working to help clients imagine possibilities, align intentions with outcomes and achieve success.

Jane lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

 

karen davey-winter

senior COACH

Karen is an ICF (International Coach Federation) credentialed Professional Coach (ACC level) with over 20 years of senior IT leadership experience in a variety of large and small organizations. Karen’s background includes senior positions at Kaiser Permanente in California and Maryland, where she was on the Senior Leadership Team of a $5.2bn project to rollout the largest private electronic health record system in the world. She was also Practice Director for a nation-wide Consulting company, responsible for building a pipeline of business and managing a profit and loss center. She has worked for a number of Federal Government Agencies and Biotech/ Pharmaceutical organizations in both consulting and executive coaching roles.

Karen’s background has given her a deep understanding of the complexities of large IT organizations, the challenges of matrixed environments and the pressure that large system and organizational changes exert on individuals, teams and organizations. She has always had a passion for building teams, training people and creating cross-functional collaboration to meet a common goal, and has built multi-national teams of over 150 people.

It was this passion that led her to transition her focus to coaching and organization development, and she combines her deep practitioner experience with her coaching and consulting skills to help individuals, teams and organizations stretch their potential and reach their goals.

Karen moved to the US from the UK more than 15 years ago, and she has also lived in Australia, Germany and Norway. As a result, she knows firsthand the complexities of living and working in different cultures and making the transition from one culture to another. She is passionate about helping global teams become more effective and helping individuals adapt to different cultures.

Karen received her Bachelor’s degree, with Honors, in the UK in Politics and Modern History, and has a post-graduate certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership from Georgetown University. She is certified in Myers Briggs, EQi (Emotional Quotient Inventory) and CWQ (Culture in the Workplace Questionnaire). She is a regular presenter at the Project Management Institute’s Washington DC Chapter. Karen lives in Kensington, MD, with her 11 year old son.

 

MARGARET McLEAN WALSH

SENIOR COACH
 

Margaret McLean Walsh is passionate about helping clients and their organizations realize their goals. Margaret’s specialty is in working with financial and technology leaders and top talent who want to build on their strengths and stretch themselves. Her clients are leaders who are ready to take the next step, challenge themselves to be outstanding, get clarity on their goals and quickly assimilate into new leadership positions. In her corporate career, Margaret was Chief HR Officer specializing in strategic HR, Talent Management, Learning and Organizational Development working for global technology and financial services companies including JP Morgan Chase, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and many others. 

For Margaret, it was a natural move into coaching where she uses a positive psychology approach and works to uncover strengths and build on them. Margaret is known for her light touch and deep impact and her clients recommend her for how she helps to broaden their perspective, reframe their situations, and support and guide them as they put new learnings and behaviors into practice.

Margaret’s C-suite experience has provided her with a deep understanding of organization change, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.   Her insights, contributions and direct approach encourage leaders to develop an authentic leadership style and engage the hearts and minds of their followers. Throughout her corporate career, she instilled an inspiring sense of purpose, possibility and presence. She continues to specialize in building a leader’s capacity for vision, growth, thriving in complex relationships and polishing influencing and collaboration skills.

She qualified as an Executive Coach at the highest level at NYC’s Columbia University and is certified in other schools of coaching. She holds assessment certifications including The Birkman Method® and NBI® thinking preferences suite.   Margaret’s executive coaching clients are senior leaders from entrepreneurial start-ups to global institutions such as JPMorgan, Nature Publishing, 1010data, and The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.  Margaret earned her degrees from NYU, Iona College, and CUNY’s Brooklyn College. She contributes to many publications, serves on the NYC Board of International Coach Federation and volunteers on Mentoring and Learning and Development committees for HR/NY. She splits her time between NYC and the Catskill mountains, where she and her family feed their passions for downhill skiing and golf.

 

Dr. Mary Anne Walsh

senior COACH
 

Mary Anne brings to each engagement more than twenty years of experience coaching leaders in Global 500 companies, media, financial services and growth stage IT start-ups.  A partial list includes AppNexus, Box, MTV, The UN Foundation and Commerzbank AG.

Coaching is about change and change is a psychological process.  With a background in counseling, Dr. Walsh brings a psychological orientation in working with clients.  Her approach is to use a blend of support and challenge to help executives use coaching as a learning tool to impact bottom line results in their organizations.  Executives often partner with her because her style of “making you comfortably uncomfortable” accelerates their growth as strong focused executives.  Her interest in leveraging neuroscience to develop leaders has been recognized as an effective tool in her coaching process.

In addition to executive coaching, she is a frequent speaker at international conferences, association meetings and professional conferences. Her dynamic and often humorous presentations make her a sought after speaker on leadership topics. 

She was part of a delegation to China that met with government officials, college administrators and industry leaders to discuss career development and executive coaching issues.

A few years ago she completed a management assessment of an acquired US subsidiary for a German manufacturing company.

She has served as a visiting faculty member at Seton Hall University and Caldwell University developing and teaching courses at the graduate level. 

Dr. Walsh received her doctorate from Columbia University, master’s degree from Seton Hall University and undergraduate degree from Caldwell University.  She is certified to administer the MBTI, the Hogan Assessment and Emotional Quotient (EQ-2) Currently she is a member of the American Psychological Association, ASTD & HRNY where she serves on the Mentoring Committee as a coach/mentor to Mentors and has been a mentor herself in the program for four years.  She is certified in coaching from Career Masters Institute.

She is an active member of Nadeshiko-kai and Nichebei, two Japanese women’s groups.