"My purpose is to inspire and enable leaders to make a difference for themselves first, and their team, their organisation and the customers and communities they serve".

Claire Walton
Coach

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  • I met Claire on a one-day authentic leadership course and was instantly drawn to her. As someone in a similar field of work myself, it takes a lot to impress me, but Claire really did. Her delivery style, knowledge and clear passion for what she does was inspiring and in just a few short breakout discussions with her, she helped me understand more about my own personal values than I have in my life to date!
    Lorraine Masters
    Assistant Director of Organisational Development - Northumbria University
    Lorraine Masters
    Assistant Director of Organisational Development - Northumbria University

    “I met Claire on a one-day authentic leadership course and was instantly drawn to her. As someone in a similar field of work myself, it takes a lot to impress me, but Claire really did. Her delivery style, knowledge and clear passion for what she does was inspiring and in just a few short breakout discussions with her, she helped me understand more about my own personal values than I have in my life to date! It was the follow up coaching session though that really made me think ‘wow’, she is good. Having received coaching on a number of occasions over the years, I had an expectation of how the session would go but I was wrong. I would describe Claire’s approach as eclectic and very client led. She works with what you present to her and has such breadth of knowledge! She very quickly got underneath the surface of some really deep rooted and very personal issues and I can honestly say that one session has been life changing for me, it left me feeling like a ball and chain had been released! Since then, I have commissioned Claire to deliver a couple of work assignments, coaching executives and transforming a very broken team. The feedback has been phenomenal with participants also using the words ‘like-changing’. If I had to describe Claire in one word I’d use phenomenal! If you want to work with an exec coach who will take you to a place you didn’t know you were capable of going and who will help you to transform your life, whether that be in a personal sense or at work, Claire is the one for you. She is by a million miles the best coach I have ever had”

     

  • I have been extremely fortunate to work with Claire this year. As a coach, she first sought to identify what my own goals were, the challenges I felt I faced, and provided a number of tools and perspectives to really help me to build resilience, improve my self-awareness, and have total confidence in my own resourcefulness and competencies. Claire ‘got under my skin’ very quickly and I benefited greatly from our first session, the following two being more a reflection of progress and exploring other aspects which came up as my self-awareness developed.
    Michelle Donnan
    Michelle Donnan

    I have been extremely fortunate to work with Claire this year. As a coach, she first sought to identify what my own goals were, the challenges I felt I faced, and provided a number of tools and perspectives to really help me to build resilience, improve my self-awareness, and have total confidence in my own resourcefulness and competencies.

    Claire ‘got under my skin’ very quickly and I benefited greatly from our first session, the following two being more a reflection of progress and exploring other aspects which came up as my self-awareness developed.

    The outcome of my sessions meant I really understood myself and how to be my best at work, and create balance at home. I believe this contributed highly to my success, and furthermore gave me the confidence to explore a completely new career challenge.

    Claire closed our third coaching session with a promise that she was always at the end of the phone and to check in with her if need be. True to her word, when I was considering making a big change, she was more than happy to touch base, and work with me to ensure I’d explored the options fully.

    If you’re looking for a coach who will truly challenge you and make a difference, then Claire’s your woman!

  • I have worked with Claire in various capacities for nearly 15 years now in the capacity of strategic business consultant and executive coach. She was instrumental in helping my current executive team understand the need for a new direction and strategy and helped us to implement a really successful culture change in the business. Part of this challenge was to ensure that the executive team were able to work cogently to drive the change agenda. Claire was responsible facilitating the development of the executive team through exploring values-based leadership approaches, personal styles and joint goals.
    Gareth Thomas
    HR Director
    Gareth Thomas
    HR Director
  • Claire is original, professional and challenging in her style and able to bring out the best in people. Claire has worked with Nigel Wright and our professional forums and we’ve received fantastic feedback - delegates have said that they can’t help but take great ideas and actions from a session with her. I’m delighted that Claire she is continuing to support us as we support our clients throughout 2020. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
    Sue Ormerod
    Regional Director
    Sue Ormerod
    Regional Director
  • I had engaged with coaching before my work with Claire, and whilst it was a supportive experience, it wasn’t transformative. I had reached a point in my career where I felt like some personal and professional setbacks had knocked my confidence. I was looking for a coach who would really push me to change my thought patterns and challenge my unhelpful, self-limiting behaviours. This is exactly what I got from my time with Claire.
    Rachel Jones, BA (Hons)
    MA Registrar, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
    Rachel Jones, BA (Hons)
    MA Registrar, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
  • I connected with Claire around 12 months ago, when I had taken up a new role in a new sector and was looking for a coach. I immediately felt at east with Claire, who has a natural and relaxed personal style.   Her ability to connect with people means she can adapt her approach according to the personality of her audience; whether that is one person, or a group. I would thoroughly recommend Claire as a coach, either on an individual or team basis.
    Helen Jameson
    HRD Story Contracting.
    Helen Jameson
    HRD Story Contracting.

    I connected with Claire around 12 months ago, when I had taken up a new role in a new sector and was looking for a coach.

    I immediately felt at east with Claire, who has a natural and relaxed personal style.   Her ability to connect with people means she can adapt her approach according to the personality of her audience; whether that is one person, or a group.

    What has most impressed me about Claire is her ability to quickly and deeply understand what the issues are, despite being removed from the situations being discussed.   This is very important when you have limited time on your hands and don’t have a history of working together.   Claire is able to apply both personal experience and theory to whatever you are discussing.   Her experience of working in a wide variety of settings and roles is helpful, as she can generally find some common ground with what you are talking through and can usually also recommend a book or blog on the subject.

    Claire is a great sounding board and confidant.  She is very flexible and can adapt our agenda quickly depending on what I need most at that point in time.  I have worked with her on a wide range of issues, including working relationships, team dynamics, strategy and work life balance. 

    I would thoroughly recommend Claire as a coach, either on an individual or team basis.

  • Working with 'MAD' has definitely been a great experience. Claire has a knack for getting to the heart of the matter. Her coaching style is insightful and genuinely uplifting. She has a constructively direct, intuitive approach that really helps teams face the challenges before them and then to navigate an appropriate strategic direction. Claire is flexible in her methods and seeks regular feedback to ensure full engagement....and she is not afraid to change tack if that is the right thing to do.
    Bob Andrews
    CEO Benenden Health
    Bob Andrews
    CEO Benenden Health

    Working with 'MAD' has definitely been a great experience. Claire has a knack for getting to the heart of the matter. Her coaching style is insightful and genuinely uplifting. She has a constructively direct, intuitive approach that really helps teams face the challenges before them and then to navigate an appropriate strategic direction. Claire is flexible in her methods and seeks regular feedback to ensure full engagement....and she is not afraid to change tack if that is the right thing to do.
    I have had the pleasure of working with Claire both in a personal capacity as well as part of the senior leadership team. In both scenarios, I have found her to be genuine and appropriately challenging. Definitely, not afraid to say it as she sees it but equally set in an agreed framework so that her coaching is received well and not defensively. In my 121 coaching Claire has helped me to understand others in far more colour, helping me to reflect about my interactions and approach to get the best out of my relationships with others. Claire has also challenged me to take a more determined look at my career choices which has been a real 'eye opening' experience. 
    The difference Claire has made to me is simply to re-assess my goals and to strive harder in my achievement. She has made me realise where my motivation lies and has helped shine a light on the path to realise that ambition.

  • I experience Claire as a dynamic, unique woman and an inspiring mentor. A consummate professional who exhibits outstanding interpersonal skills and a generous capacity for empathy.
    Marjorie Hunter
    CEP North East Counselling Services
    Marjorie Hunter
    CEP North East Counselling Services

    I experience Claire as a dynamic, unique woman and an inspiring mentor. A consummate professional who exhibits outstanding interpersonal skills and a generous capacity for empathy. Claire's qualities have translated into her ability to motivate me from a state of inertia where her input enabled me to move effectively in the direction that I wanted to go by knowing how I felt and giving me the guidance that gave me the confidence to achieve our business goals. Claire is exceptional in dealing with conflict when the business context clashes with personal feelings and emotions. I would recommend Claire to any organisation that requires a strong personal touch in understanding the people aspect in any situation where her vast business acumen can be linked with her empathy and understanding of how people actually work. Claire combines both people skills and business skills to a superlative level.

  • Claire has been central in helping our Executive team in its development of a new business strategy which included improving the working of the team itself. Through the process and afterwards she has shown an excellent technical ability being able to adapt the techniques used to ensure it is bespoke and thus fit for our purposes.
    Ian Bullock
    MD Arriva Trains
    Ian Bullock
    MD Arriva Trains

    Claire has been central in helping our Executive team in its development of a new business strategy which included improving the working of the team itself. Through the process and afterwards she has shown an excellent technical ability being able to adapt the techniques used to ensure it is bespoke and thus fit for our purposes. I have also been impressed by her personal integrity and Claire is one of those rare people who practices what they preach. She is also passionate about helping the client deliver success and has repeatedly demonstrated that she will go the extra mile in her own time to help.

  • I’ve been working with Claire for a few years now and she has really helped me to overcome my personal and business challenges. Id highly recommend anyone who is looking to scale their business to talk to Claire as she is amazing!
    Nick Danks
    Managing Director
    Nick Danks
    Managing Director
  • I worked with Claire when she was delivering a course with a previous employer. I found the course to be really well delivered, with an emphasis on involving everyone on the course.
    Chris Lilley
    Head of IT
    Chris Lilley
    Head of IT
  • I experience Claire as a dynamic, unique woman and an inspiring mentor. A consummate professional who exhibits outstanding interpersonal skills and a generous capacity for empathy.
    Marjorie Hunter
    Director
    Marjorie Hunter
    Director
  • Claire has been central in helping our Executive team in its development of a new business strategy which included improving the working of the team itself.
    Ian Bullock
    MD
    Ian Bullock
    MD
  • The timing of my meetings with Claire was perfect. I felt like I had a busy life but wasn’t achieving anything really meaningful to me, I wanted to feel a greater sense of ambition and attainment again. The timing of my meetings with Claire was perfect.
    Byron Beatty
    Partner
    Byron Beatty
    Partner

    I felt like I had a busy life but wasn’t achieving anything really meaningful to me, I wanted to feel a greater sense of ambition and attainment again. She really listened to what I was (and wasn’t!) saying, helping me to identify the things that mattered most to me and guiding me towards defining new goals and challenge my own ‘limitation’ both personally and professionally. This experience has been a catalyst towards finding new ways of working and the development of a community cycling club.

  • Claire is an excellent change strategist. Her leadership skills and change knowledge were the driving force behind a comprehensive change programme at DSGI.
    Sir John Collins
    Chairman
    Sir John Collins
    Chairman
  • Claire has a proven track record of delivering change in a challenging environment and I have no hesitation in recommending her.
    Allan Leighton
    Chairman
    Allan Leighton
    Chairman
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