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Leadership Coach Facilitator Speaker Reading, Guildford, London, Ben Wales

Ben Wales

Leadership Coach, Executive Coach

Reading, Guildford & London

Specialist areas:
Difficult Conversations, Emotional Intelligence, Influencing Skills, Leadership, Personal Impact, Resilience, Stakeholder Management, Strategy
5 / 5
5 years of coaching
Face to Face
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Level of Membership/Accreditation

APECS - Professional Member
APECS - Practising Executive Coach

About me

Leadership Coach Reading

I am an Executive Leadership Coach and Team Coach with 19 years prior experience running and growing companies in founder, general manager and managing director roles. I work with leaders at points of personal change such as a new senior role or during periods of high challenge and demand.

Overwhelm to effectiveness

Coaching topics include stepping into a new leadership position, forming strong senior relationships, increasing influence, moving from overwhelm to effectiveness, shifting teams to higher performance, changing leadership style, leading a team/division/company through significant growth or change, and communicating compellingly to small and large audiences.

Authentic leadership

My approach is challenging, compassionate and empowers clear authentic leadership. I work with the whole person to achieve long term success and reward in work and happiness in life. I believe leaders can burn brightly and not burn out!

Recent Coaching Assignments

• Director, technology sector. Focus: “to turn around the division I need to make a personal shift from manager to leader and influence well at board level.”
• CEO, manufacturing industry. Focus: “to step from European to global growth I need to have impact across the organisation; culture, direction, decision making, new strengths and strong teams.”
• Leadership Team, professional services. Focus: “to inspire shared leadership and innovation throughout the organisation we need to move from less-than to more-than the sum of our parts. By doing this we’ll achieve new levels of success.”

Challenge to Success

My first degree was in engineering and I began working life as a rocket scientist. Soon I pivoted into running and growing businesses. As I faced ever larger challenges, success increasingly depended on leadership, relationships and resilience. Sometimes to move forward I needed to dig deep and learn about myself. Other times were stretching in terms of doing things for the first time or better than before. I’ve experienced success, but also failures and burn out. All this has helped shape me as a coach.

I have a lively family of five, enjoy skydiving, gardening and cooking. I also work as a trustee for a local multi academy trust and am writing two coaching books.

To explore your coaching requirements, please contact Ben to arrange a call by clicking on the 'Send Message' button below.

Professional Body

Association for Professional Executive Coaching & Supervision


Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Behavioural Change (Henley Business School),
Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Behavioural Change (Henley Business School),
Professional Certificate in Coaching (Henley Business School),
NLP Practitioner (ITS NLP / Ian McDermott)

Latest reviews

5 / 5 ★

Ben is an exceptional coach whom I hired when faced with making one of the biggest business decisions of my life. I knew of Ben's reputation: he is insightful, incredibly bright and equipped with a brilliant toolkit and an ability to get quickly to the crux of the matter and to therefore help his client to get there and to find their own, workable solutions; the results were incredible for me. With his coaching I was able to find the right direction in a very difficult and confusing time and, along with it, purpose, calm and renewed focus - which felt like quite a challenge before we began! Thank you Ben, I wouldn't have got here without you - happy, loving my work again and a TEDx Speaker!!!

5 / 5 ★

Ben's ability to hold the space and his deep, intuitive listening helped create lots of new perspectives and possibilities for me.This led me to the right decisions for me and my business and I know I am on the right path now. He also held me to account in a subtle way yet in a way that I knew I would not be "let off the hook" SJ Managing Partner

5 / 5 ★

Ben’s Coaching is first class. I knew Ben by reputation; now I know him for inspiring considerable confidence, growth and performance in my team. It’s important to choose the right coach - I chose Ben.

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