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Elaine Akester

Leadership Coach · Executive Coach · Performance Coach · Team Coach

Nottingham, Manchester & Birmingham

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Leadership Coach - Nottingham, Manchester & Birmingham

I am an EMCC Global Master Accredited Leadership Coach, with over 5000 coaching hours & 18 years of continual corporate coaching practice.

Chief Officer & Board Level Coaching
I specialise in working with Chief Officers and their senior leadership teams, supporting them clarify identity, brand and impact to leverage for maximum value and performance. My coaching style combines the presence and skills of an expert master level coach, the insight and focus of a lawyer, wrapped around the heart of a mindful practitioner . 360 feedback & individual & team profiling can blended into coaching assignments, where appropriate. Most importantly I consistently add real value to any leader and leadership team that I work with. This, I add, by supporting Leaders and their teams quickly gain insight and clarity into their leadership identity, brand and impact, and then work with them to optimise core strengths whilst directly addressing unhelpful patterns in mindset and behaviours. "Shadow" Coaching, where pertinent, is a part of this coaching programme.

My coaching sector experience includes the following sectors and industries:
Travel, Technology, Automotive manufacturing, engineering, retail, construction, financial services, professional regulatory bodies, the NHS, scientific research, universities, housing associations and local government.

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Leadership Design & Facilitation
I design and deliver leadership workshops and programmes through my business emintell ltd, and also on large scale leadership programmes for Lane4, on an associate basis. As part of my service offering, I also design and deliver 360 and 180 feedback services and associated profiling including a strengths inventory.

Corporate Resilience & Wellness
I am also a resilience and wellbeing expert, having co-created a framework and model for personal and team resilience & wellness "Optimal" which we use to work with both corporate and public sector organisations, supporting them identify both the challenges and opportunities, and design and implementation of pragmatic and impactful resilience and wellness solutions.

Speaker & Presenter
As a conference and on-line speaker, I am highly credible and engaging . My presentation topics include, Conscious Leadership, Women's Leadership, Coaching skills & CPD, & Resilience & Wellbeing. I am a volunteer for EMCC Global and present on coaching and leadership related topics to global audiences.

Career Background
Before training to be an executive coach in 2002, my initial training and career were as a lawyer. After leaving the law I worked in a variety of commercial roles, including sales, marketing and HR, My last role was as managing director and co-owner of an regional training business, which was an authorised partner for Microsoft. We also delivered leadership and other soft skills training to a wide range of business sectors .

To contact me
To have a conversation with me to see how I can work with you, your team and your business, call me on 07740 188031 or 0203 733 2335 . Email me at or Send a message and I will respond directly.

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Professional body membership

European Mentoring & Coaching Council Global

Level of membership/accreditation

EMCC - Accredited Master Practitioner


Executive Coach accredited at Master Practitioner LevelILM7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Leadership MentoringDiploma in Coaching SkillsCertificate in MentoringLicensed in AQR mental toughness profilingTransactional Analysis Course 101MBSR & Self-Compassion trainingSystemic Coaching and Constellations training Part 1 & 2 Qualified lawyer - UK & Republic of Ireland

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Elaine is a “master” of senior leadership coaching. She has a talent and style that inspired me to think deeply during a coaching programme to help me better understand my leadership “identity and brand”. Elaine provided structure, analysis, tools, personal insight, and humour that collectively made the difficult and challenging moments both rewarding and enjoyable. I have benefited significantly from the quality of Elaine’s coaching and would recommend her without hesitation to any senior leader who is looking for a substantive personal return from investment in such a programme. Jon Ager CBE, Director of UK Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme.


Elaine helped me explore fully my leadership style, my values and my strengths in a way which was incredibly thought provoking and more valuable than any recent leadership development I've experienced. Elaine is a fantastic coach, putting you very much ease whilst challenging you to really explore yourself as a leader. I'd highly recommend Elaine to anyone looking to develop themselves as a leader. Miranda Cannon, Director, Leicester City Council


Elaine is a very insightful coach who expertly manages to encourage, reinforce and challenge behaviours to make you the leader you want to be. Jonathan Shaw, Chief of Corporate Services at Efficiency North.


Elaine is a superb leadership coach, who I believe has been a key catalyst for my development as a senior leader. Her expert skills and presence have consistently provided me with the right level of support challenge and feedback. The biggest accolade for Elaine is that through her style of coaching she has enabled me to connect the dots in terms of how I can improve my effectiveness whilst still being true to myself. I always felt really listened to, recognised and valued during the coaching. The wrap-around service she offers, in terms of making contact between sessions, checking in how key meetings and events went, offering appropriate leadership and skills resources, only added to the value of the overall experience. I would highly recommend Elaine to anyone looking to accelerate their personal development. Steve Williams, Marketing Director at UK Tote Group


I found working with Elaine insightful and hugely beneficial. She helped me understand myself and my leadership style better and worked with me to use my strengths and motivations in new ways. I highly recommend Elaine to any senior leader, looking to work with an expert leadership coach, clearly operating at the top of her profession. Matt Harrison, Directeur du Données, Services et Infrastructures Numériques à BRGM.


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