Janet Rubin


Janet has a genuine, heartfelt, enthusiasm for using her skills and experience to assist other people in meeting their goals. She thrives on enabling her clients to raise their performance and in doing so; raise the performance of their organisations.

She is a fully certified coach from Henley Management College. Her coaching is founded on the pillars of a 40 year business career in which she has led her own functions at board level as well as fulfilling non executive and advisory roles; her responsibilities having spanned private, public sector and third sector organisations.

This extensive experience which is both broad and deep means that Janet is able to provide help and insights to her clients that both speeds, and transforms, the quality of their decision making. Her approach is particularly valued by both high potential individuals stepping up to new challenges, and established executives wanting to challenge themselves and their organisations to raise their performance bar.

Janet has coached HR directors and senior HR professionals in 30 different companies. She has also coached more than 10 high potential female HR professionals as part of their development in assuming more senior roles.

Having "climbed the greasy pole" and worked in exceptionally challenging environments, Janet can help her clients work through the issues of getting up to speed and driving results quickly, whilst leading change management initiatives. She also helps her clients think through their business relationships, being aware of how much more important these become in more senior roles, and how those relationships can be placed at risk if not managed and nurtured.

Experience/Business Career

Janet has extensive functional expertise up to and including Board level responsibilities as Group HR Director of Littlewoods, a complex and diverse £2 billion group. She was Deputy Group HR Director of FTSE 100 WH Smith and was HR and Board Director of B&Q. She also held Director appointments with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and 10 other organisations. In total, she has worked in 13 industries spanning financial services, retail, manufacturing, distribution, transport, health, education, central government, leisure, trade associations and private equity.

As well as her current coaching commitments, she is currently a NED with a major NHS Trust and does some non-executive work with the General Pharmaceutical Council.  She has carried out a number of other high profile non-executive roles in the public sector, such as being non-executive director at the Strategic Rail Authority.  

Her Public Appointments have included working as a Civil Service Commissioner, sitting on the Senior Salaries Pay Review Board and as a Fair Markets Board Member within BIS. She has also held private sector NED roles with listed and privately owned companies.

Janet is also on the Civil Service Learning coach database, and mentors HR professionals for her professional institute, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 


Janet is married with 1 grown up daughter and 2 grandchildren, who she loves visiting in Dubai. Her husband was an investment analyst in the financial sector and now does voluntary work as Treasurer in a variety of organisations.

Education, Qualifications, Professional Positions

BA (Hons) Economics Nottingham University
MBA London Business School
Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Former Vice President
Certification in coaching from Henley Management School
MBE for services to Industry and Public Bodies
Ambassador and committee member for a Children's Charity
Registered with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)
Registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Accreditations in various psychometric instruments including 16PF, MBTI, Firo B and OPQ 

Selected Client Companies

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
DLA Piper
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 
London Gatwick Airport
Money Advice Service
The Nursing and Midwifery Council
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust  

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