Valerie works with individuals at Board level, Directors and High Potentials. Her qualifications and experience as a CEO in healthcare, a Non-Executive and as an Executive Coach and Leadership tutor, enable her to relate to clients in terms of both their business and psychological needs. She is widely known for innovative programme design and executive coaching that delivers results.
Valerie is an Independent Consultant and an Associate of Ashridge Business School and Korn Ferry Hay Group. She specialises in Executive Coaching and Leadership Development. For 12 years she was the Ashridge Client Director for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office designing all their Senior Leadership Programmes as well as coaching the Board and Senior Ambassadors. For the NHS, she worked as a partner in a consortium with Birmingham and Manchester Universities redesigning and delivering the Graduate Management Scheme. Vodafone invited Valerie to design and deliver a global programme to review and develop the political engagement capability of their CEOs worldwide and to coach at Executive level.
Increasingly, she works with organisations to review and design strategic learning and development activities that will support the organisation and individuals in achieving their outcomes. Valerie enjoys working with creative tutoring methodologies which engage individuals and lead to genuine change. She regularly transfers learning from the arts and sports eg The England Cricket and rugby teams. She has also run coaching master classes for Wales RFU. Valerie has an interest in the development of women as leaders and has four years research experience around the representation and development of women at Board Level. As Chief Executive of NHS Overseas Enterprises, a former International consultancy organisation for the NHS, she worked globally with Aid Agencies, Charities, the FCO, DFID and The British Council in developing Health Services Overseas.
Valerie is a Leadership author and wrote Leadership PQ – How political intelligence sets successful leaders apart. It was runner up for Business Book of the year and is available in five languages. Among Valerie’s current clients is the Whitehall and Industry group delivers “Exchange” which brings together Civil Service Director Generals and CEOs COOs and their equivalent from the Private Sector to network and learn together.
Recent work in developing high performing teams at Executive and Board level include, Vodafone, The Rhodes Trust, The FCO, Kerry Foods, The Meteorological Office.