Simon Dolan

Years of Experience: 9


Qualifications & Professional Memberships:

  • ICF ACC Level 

  • PGCE ‘Leadership Coaching’ – Institute of Psychosynthesis/Middlesex University

  • Saville Consulting International Accreditation WAVE

  • Internal Coach GSK (Job+) Certificate


Specialist Areas:

  • Career Direction

  • Employee Engagement

  • Influencing Skills

  • Leadership

  • Managing Change

  • Motivation

  • New Role, role transitions

  • Personal Impact

  • Resilience

  • Strategy



What my clients want in ten words:

Support, challenge, understanding purpose, self-awareness, perspective, choice, courage to act.



How I coach:

  • Face to Face

  • Skype/Zoom/Video Call

  • Telephone


Where I coach:

  • London

  • South East England

  • East England

  • Midlands

I am an accredited coach (ICF) with nine years’ experience of coaching clients mainly based in London and the South East. I run my own coaching business and prior to this have over 30 years industrial experience at a senior leadership level. I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching - enhancing my ability to work psychologically as a coach at a deeper level of awareness of human behaviour.


Typically, coaching assignments include: Developing leadership capability or transitioning to new more challenging roles; changes of career direction; work/life balance and building resilience; dealing with difficult relationships at work; building organisational strategy and dealing with the complexity; becoming more natural communicators and influencers. Always, I want my clients to be more aware of themselves, and more grounded about what matters to them and to create options for change.


My style is to support the client through creating self-awareness, understanding of purpose and values, re-frame mindsets and create new perspectives. In doing so, the capacity to see the bigger picture, be present and more relational, to make decisions and to strengthen resolve is developed in a way that is more authentic and aligned with the ‘self’. In this way, the energy required to lead is conserved, bringing a more resilient and sustainable way of ‘being’.


My own leadership transitions from leading self, leading through others to leading teams of leaders in a complex environment, provide a significant resource from which to understand the commercial and personal pressures that clients are under and provide context for more meaningful coaching conversations.  Having worked across different cultures, organisations and disciplines managing expectations, political agendas and delivering significant products to tight timelines/budgets, I can understand and empathise in an authentic manner with most of the professional development issues clients have presented to me.

Being coached by Simon has been a fascinating experience. Simon created a safe environment and helped to find clarity about my goals and priorities. As a coach and organisational development practitioner I was concerned that I would know all ‘tricks of the game’ and therefore be ‘uncoachable’. Simon took on the challenge with confidence, patience and respect. What started as executive coaching stretched into exploration of wider aspects of life, which although initially I was confident would not be necessary, turned out to be much needed. During our coaching relationship both my self-awareness and noticing different perspectives increased. I had space to explore areas I have never given myself a chance to go into. At the same time Simon supported me to stay focused. Thank you for your kindness, empathy, wisdom and patience!

My experience of working with Simon is very positive. He is a talented coach that helps an individual very quickly zoom in on areas that are causing difficulty and conflict in the workplace - be they relationship based or role based. He helped me understand the underlying reasons for situations we discussed and supported by his extensive experience, Simon helped me identify a path forward, filled with small achievable steps and accompanied by many tips and tricks for ensuring success. During my time with Simon he helped me resolve some tricky ‘political’ and personnel situations. Equally Simon helped me see the value I bring to a situation and in doing so gave me the willingness to better communicate my success in a manner that has resulted in many positive outcomes across my career.

I worked with Simon on career coaching. At the time I needed some clarity on various career options. Simon helped me to consider my options and fully explore the pros and cons for all those I had been thinking about. He helped to provide some real clarity and made me realise just how unhappy I was in my current job. As a result of our sessions I had the confidence to apply for a new job, I was successful (and left my old job). This was a big step as I had been there for a long time. Simon was an excellent coach, totally professional and I would recommend him to anyone without any reservation. He was very flexible in scheduling our sessions. We met via Zoom - which worked very well and he was able to provide an audio recording of our sessions.