Leadership coaching testimonials

I had always thought who do business leaders go to, to discuss a whole array of topics about their business and life away from the business? Leaders may not always have somebody above them, with which they can talk through topics such as short and long term strategies, new concepts or ideas, or just share thoughts on staff or personal matters that cross over in to the work place. Then I found the answer, business leaders go to trusted and recommended business coaches. I was very fortunate to find Clare Downes, not only did she understand me as a businessman she instantly got me as a person too. This enabled me to have very clear and open discussions with her from day one, she is patient, insightful and always encouraging.

The thing that struck me most about Clare was her ability to listen to me whilst I would be discussing a particular issue or topic, and then always be able to offer and answer or direction for me to take or look at. She has improved my management style both up and down in many ways, including the ability to know when to step away and overview my business and then think about it in a different way. I have been with Clare for six months now and will continue to use her, that time is invaluable to me now – it also has saved me time and money in my business in the way I have approached specific projects for example, so in my eyes she also offers great value to you as an individual and business. I cannot speak highly enough of her, and have already started recommending her to other senior people I know.

Leon Neil, M.D. Vestey Industry & Retail Divisions

It enabled me to self-reflect on my style and how this may come across to others.  It helped me to understand the internal feelings that we have when others have different styles of expressing information or dealing with information received that is not in line with our own. It has enabled me to reflect on why I think the way I do, why I feel the way I do when others don’t react in the same way and how I can be more self-aware in my management style.  I have made changes at work that will allow me time away to consider how I want my business to move forwards into the future without being swamped by the day to day mundane.

Clare is a skilled listener and ensures that you feel relaxed and open during the feedback session.  Clare questioned without making you feel that she was making judgments and allowed me the time to self-reflect and come to conclusions with her guidance. She approaches the task in a professional manner without making you feel it is stuffy and clinical.  She is an open person that is a skilled listener, she can apply theory to situations and allows you to open-up whilst not feeling judged.

Sarah, Owner of Children’s Nursery (following MBTI feedback)

I think that Clare has a great coaching style and I really value the time that we spend together, it gives me time to think and assess my priorities. I really like the fact that Clare really tailors her coaching specifically to my requirements. I feel that Clare considers her approach and adapts to my needs. After five sessions, we took some time out to review and realise how much we had worked on – and the progress that we had made in lots of areas. I don’t think that I would have done a lot of these things, had I not worked with Clare. I now have another five to look forward to…

Davina Barker, Sales Director, DCM Media

Clare has almost effortlessly, facilitated conversations, questions and a thinking process that has led to new learning, development, greater self-awareness as well as self-belief. In particular, coaching has helped me to develop and improve my leadership abilities, promote more effective teamwork and manage more effectively and efficiently the many competing demands on my time.

Lynn Ladbrook, CEO Breast Cancer UK 

Having reached the final stages on 2 previous MD applications, before effectively ‘coming second’ at both final interviews; I decided to engage Clare to help me prepare for the third attempt. Through practice interviews, Clare gave straight, constructive feedback that allowed me to position myself far more effectively. I am in no doubt that Clare’s support through the preparatory stages was instrumental in helping me secure my first MD role.
Clare is able to use her own business experience to complement her natural coaching flair to great effect. So much so, that I continue to meet with her on a quarterly basis for an impartial discussion around some of the challenges that arise through my role.

David, Managing Director - Food Manufacturing, Shropshire


Leaders have specific challenges and often find themselves in a lonely place. After all of the hard work to reach the top, you are then faced with a totally new set of challenges that you have not necessarily been prepared for along the way.