Profile: Sally Bonneywell

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline needed to change radically to keep its position in an increasingly challenging market. Sally Bonneywell created a coaching initiative that did just that – proving its worth with stunning results, reports Liz Hall

“Go for it,” responded global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)’s head of HR when Sally Bonneywell suggested coaching was just what the business needed.
Bonneywell’s infectious enthusiasm and bubbliness no doubt helped her case. But the business case was compelling, too.

When Andrew Witty became CEO in 2007, he was clear that only radical transformation could help GSK meet the challenges it faced with the rest of the pharmaceutical industry. Coaching was the ideal way to support the huge internal change he had set in motion, but as an integral part of HR.

Profile: Professor Paul Brown

The limbic leader

Neuroscience expert Professor Paul Brown speaks his mind, and it’s our minds he’s passionate about. He tells Liz Hall why the neurobiology of behaviour is the future of coaching

With Paul Brown’s penchant for challenging the status quo, it seems fitting that we meet in London’s Reform Club, birthplace of many of the ideas, ideals and political activity expressed in the UK’s Great Reform Act of 1832.

Members of the former gentlemen’s club have included Winston Churchill, E M Forster, Henry James and H G Wells. Admission is not based on background, but character, talent and achievement – and Professor Brown has all three in abundance.

If anyone can convince me it’s coaching, rather than any other profession, that should carry the baton of neuroscience in the occupational arena, it’s Brown. Not only is he eloquent, charming and irreverent, he has an enormous wealth of expertise and knowledge at his fingertips.

Into Bulgaria

Post-Communist Bulgaria may not be the first country you’d associate with world-class leadership, yet International Coach Federation Bulgaria co-founders Peter Goryalov and Irina Goryalova are spearheading some remarkable changes

To say that Peter Goryalov and Irina Goryalova have got coaching off the ground in Bulgaria is an understatement. They won the International Coach Federation (ICF) President’s Award for their leadership and contribution to coaching and the ICF in Bulgaria in September 2011, and their chapter won the ICF’s Breaking Barriers Award in 2012, along with Australia’s Victoria chapter for a joint project.

They’re launching one trailblazing executive coaching initiative after another, they’ve been interviewed widely in Bulgaria, and former prominent journalist Irina has had more than 20 ground-breaking articles published, establishing a new language for leaders and organisations.

The stress professor

World-renowned counselling and coaching psychologist, founder of the Centre for Stress Management, Centre for Coaching and the Coaching Psychology Unit, Professor Stephen Palmer’s boundless energy has helped add many strings to his bow – just don’t put him in a box, he tells Liz Hall

As we talk, Stephen Palmer watches tanker ships on the horizon, waves crashing against the walls on the beach below his house in Cornwall. Other times he might see dolphins. But “always there’s the sound of the sea, which I love”.

Palmer is well-known globally for contributions to coaching psychology, stress management and Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC). He’s known for his involvement in many projects and professional bodies, and for his high energy levels. The artistic, reflective and nature-loving side is less well-known.

Palmer does have fingers in many pies. Even in Cornwall, where he comes to reflect and to write, he is very productive. He has written and edited more than 40 books and more than 225 articles. He also produces seascape-inspired semi-abstract paintings and often explores the coastline.

Mind and body
Biology is one of many recurring and long-standing interests in Palmer’s life and work. Psychology is another. He’s been interested in human behaviour since childhood.

Profile: Adrian Moorhouse

Lane Changer Adrian Moorhouse may be a former Olympic gold medallist, but, as Lane4’s co-founder tells Liz Hall, he’s found a very different way to succeed With just days to go, those taking part in the London Olympics must be feeling the heat. Adrian Moorhouse, co-founder of Lane4, has been there. In his case, the […]

Profile: Kim Morgan

Standard Raiser Kim Morgan is a pioneer in the field of coach education. Her passion and professionalism has touched the lives of many of her students. And it’s what made her our Coaching Person of the Year 2011. Liz Hall finds out more Kim Morgan, founder of Barefoot Coaching, has certainly made her mark on […]

Profile – Peninah Thomson

KNOW YOUR PLACE When it comes to board-level female talent, there are “far too many lights under bushels”, says Peninah Thomson, and she is determined to find them. Liz Hall speaks to co-founder of the FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Programme Over the past nine years, as co-founder of the FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Programme, Peninah […]

Let’s get engaged

Learning, engagement and networking are Linda Aspey’s passions, and she has found the perfect way to use them. The chair of BACP’s new Coaching division tells Liz Hall why she is ‘absolutely thrilled’ about her new role Linda Aspey, chair of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)’s new Coaching division, is passionate about […]

Let me inspire

When coach Amechi Udo was made redundant he was nearly 30, with no commitments. He was devastated, but elated and free at the same time. Then coaching appeared on the horizon? Liz Hall reports There was a time when Amechi Udo saw sales as the “nasty stuff” that got in the way of coaching. Nowadays, […]

Mystery man

Julio Olalla’s exile from Chile forced him to reinvent himself. Today, the former lawyer runs Newfield Network, delivering transformation through magic, sacred spaces and a little bit of salsa. Liz Hall reports There is something of the shaman about Julio Olalla, founder of the Newfield Network. Not that he shakes a rattle or goes into […]