Simone Ingram

Years of Experience: 10

 

Qualifications & Professional Memberships:

  • European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) – Individual Accreditation 

  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM7) – Executive Coaching Accreditation 

  • EQ-I 2.0 (Emotional Intelligence diagnostic) Certification

  • Time to Think™ facilitator

  • Myers-Briggs (MBTI) Certification

  • SHL Occupational Personality – Level A & B Certification

  • BA in Economics and Japanese and Graduate Diploma in Business Administration 

 

Specialist Areas:

  • Executive coaching

  • Developing and sustaining authentic leadership and Emotional Intelligence effectiveness

  • Building and inspiring confidence and capability 

  • Improving effectiveness in leading and managing change, resilience and engagement

  • Transitional Coaching 

  • Team coaching and leadership development initiatives including 360 feedback sessions 

  • Dealing with and managing Imposter Syndrome and Unconscious Biases

  • Workshop facilitation

  • Employee engagement

 

What my clients want in ten words:

To reach their full potential and eliminate any feelings of limitation.

 

 

How I coach:

  • Face to Face

  • Skype/Zoom/Video Call

  • Walk and Talk Coaching

  • Telephone

 

Where I coach:

  • London and surrounding counties (Face to Face)

  • UK, EMEA and US (via Skype/Zoom)

During my 20-year HR career, I have held a number of HR Director positions for large international organisations, working internationally and in the UK. In these roles, I coached C-Suite executives, built organisational and leadership capability, engaged and led strategic change and diverse teams across a number of sectors.

 

Over this time, I realised that what I loved the most and where I added the greatest value was enabling people to understand and reach their full potential through coaching. I then decided to add to my HR qualifications and corporate experience by becoming an accredited Executive Coach.

 

Working with individuals and teams to help them grow and achieve things that they didn’t think possible, is truly rewarding on so many fronts.

 

I provide my clients with a safe, non-judgemental thinking space inviting them to consider new possibilities in relation to challenges they are facing and or key decisions they are contemplating.  

 

I support my clients through various approaches including – getting them to understand their beliefs and values and the impact of these on their behaviours, recognise their blind spots and deal with any limiting beliefs. By enabling greater self-awareness and emotional intelligence, she empowers her clients to recognise their full range of capabilities leading to increased confidence, resilience, creativity of thought and refining of their leadership style.

 

My clients describe my coaching style as calm, warm, results-focused, challenging, and inspiring with a ‘genuine passion and commitment to really making sure the coaching she provides adds value and makes a difference to the individual’.

I was coached by Simone during a period of quick progression during in my career where I wanted to work with someone to help me identify my unique strengths, focused areas of development and to challenge me in how I could be a better professional and people leader. Trust is everything and Simone’s approach builds a space where you can reflect and be supported, and even surprised at times, something that’s only possible with the experience Simone brings to the discussion.  Constructive challenge and accountability was important to me and Simone consistently delivered on this in our time together which meant I always felt like I was progressing and actions/achievements from previous sessions would build on each other, with thoughts and ideas being connected every time. Simone’s professional experience, natural charm and effective natural use of tools and approaches felt seamless in our sessions and helped me develop actions I could immediately implement post our meeting and others to progress over time without being overly directed to a solution – where the real skill of coaching lies.

Simone is very supportive and non-judgemental, and creates an environment of total openness and honesty.  She has the ability to dig into the topics to get to the underlying issue or area that we really need to discuss that either isn’t obvious to me at the start or I’m (perhaps) avoiding. I 100% trust the conversation and the intent behind any questions, challenges etc.  Working with Simone helped me successfully transition from CFO to MD/CEO. It gives me an objective, challenging and supportive forum during a period of significant change, but always with a focus on turning the insight gained in the sessions into positive action.  I have had lots of feedback from my team and the business about how they have seen me grow and develop into the new role. Working with Simone, I’ve also been able to better consider my reactions and understand the impact I have, for example a) gaining a better perspective so I neither overreact to or underplay issues and b) the confidence to address the causes of frustration in a constructive, less emotional way (which has really worked). In summary, though Simone’s coaching, I feel I am better equipped to thrive with the greater uncertainty, variables, scrutiny etc. that comes with being in a senior role. 

Simone has been providing coaching support to our charity since 2016. I am one of a number of people benefiting from her coaching at Hospice for Hope and I am really grateful. She is an active listener, using various techniques and questions in getting me to reflect and see things from a different perspective which have helped me to identify solutions, make strategic decisions and improve myself as a leader. Her approach covers both practical/operational aspects but also organizational, cultural and leadership-related. One of the many benefits of working with her is that she has helped me identify challenges before they had a chance to become real problems, allowing me to address them properly. Simone is extremely skilled, experienced and is also flexible, discreet and allows you a lot of space, encouraging you to be creative.

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