The thing I most appreciated is the hardest thing to quantify - chemistry. I have met numerous coaches throughout my career and, of all of them, I felt most comfortable and at ease with Louise. One of her key skills is an ability to understand her client. Her style is a good blend of support and challenge. Very incisive questions and consistently “with” me during the sessions.
 

Contact

Telephone
+44 (0)20 7907 2450

Mobile
+44 (0)7932 610393

E-Mail
louise.sheppard@praesta.com

 

Louise Sheppard

A highly experienced coach with over 30 years of business experience and a deep understanding of executive coaching, facilitation, leadership and team development gained from working with over 50 organisations globally.

Experience

Louise works at board and MD/Partner level with senior executives and with managers with high potential across the private and public sectors. Louise's background is in business, leadership development and change management.  Her areas of expertise are coaching executives, group coaching, designing and facilitating leadership development programmes and coaching supervision. Louise is based in London and works with executives in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Professional Expertise

Louise works with senior executives who are stepping into larger roles, want to develop their leadership skills, increase their impact and presence and gain clarity about career plans and life beyond work. She has a particular interest in supporting senior women to realise their potential.

Louise enables busy, talented leaders to have vital space to reflect upon their choices, think through strategic decisions and address their self-limiting beliefs. She builds trusting relationships with clients to support and challenge them to take the best path forward from their current reality so that they can reach their goals. Louise's approach works well for those who like to explore issues from a variety of angles, draw upon their intuition, are willing to experiment and value feedback and learning. Clients say that they feel invigorated, heard, enlightened and motivated following their coaching, and that they leave the sessions with a plan and know what they want to do next.

Louise started her working career at Unilever Plc where she carried out a number of management roles in human resources covering employee relations, employee development and expatriate management.  She then moved to Coopers & Lybrand as a management consultant and worked in the Commerce and Industry, Government services and then Financial Services sectors advising on leadership, organisational development and change management. Louise has been a trustee of a national charity and is currently on the advisory Board of a social enterprise.

Education, Qualifications, Professional Positions

Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring
MA in Professional Coaching.  My research was on the issues that senior women bring to coaching and how coaches can best support them
BSc in Economics and Politics, Bristol University
Certificate in Psychodynamic Counseling Skills and Attitudes
Certificate in Coaching Supervision
Qualified to use Hogan inventories, Myers Briggs (Steps I and II), Firo-B and various 360 instruments
Accredited Executive Coach with the Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS)
Member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)
Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
On advisory Board of Rising Minds, a coaching and mindfulness social enterprise

Selected Client Companies

Allianz Global Investors
American Express
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
BP
Citi
Clifford Chance
Dairy Crest
Ernst & Young
GlaxoSmithKline
Goldman Sachs
Grosvenor
Hammerson plc
Ince & CO
Institute for Government
KPMG
Legal & General
London Stock Exchange Group
London University
McKinsey
Mayer Brown LLP
Nabarro LLP
NHS
Standard Bank
Withers LLP