What Sara’s clients say
I have worked with Sara at two organisations, where we have benefited from her notable expertise in both Executive Coaching and Leadership Development. Her encouraging yet challenging approach to Executive Coaching enables coachees to consider both their people and commercial impact. I definitely recommend Sara as both an effective developer of leaders and an experienced, highly qualified, versatile coach.
Sally McGuire, Global Talent Manager, NSG Group
A coaching session with Sara wasn’t just a time when I could reflect and think about my leadership style, it gave me insight into my own purpose and really made me think about my impact on others. I felt that Sara had taken the time to understand me and what I wanted to get out of each session and I always came away with a fresh perspective and a drive and passion to make a difference to myself and others.
Steve Aggett, Group Director of Finance, The Calico Group
The coaching is having a major impact on our business and influencing business decisions and our culture. It has exceeded our expectations.
Marion Whitty, Head of Learning & Development, Countryside Properties
Sara is fantastic to work with. She has a natural style that challenges you to become a better leader.
Mark Williamson, CEO Electricity North West Construction and Maintenance Limited
At a time of significant change in our business, Sara coached one of our female executives and we saw a measurable difference in her performance as a result. Sara tells it as it is, quickly inspires trust and creates the desire for leaders to want to change their behaviours. She’s the type of warm yet results-driven coach we needed and will have no hesitation in working with again.
Nicola Hurst, CEO, MyCSP
A big thank you for the wise counsel you have provided. I’ve learned a lot from the coaching and really enjoyed it. Doing something that is thought provoking and still good fun is a precious combination.
Peter Thompson, Head of Commercial, Electricity North West
Sara has encouraged me to consider things in a different way which has helped improve my leadership skills and self-confidence. My sessions have helped me to realise my strengths and also to recognise those things which are holding me back. My clarity of thought has improved as a result of the sessions and I now have a clear idea of where I want to be and how I am going to get there.
Martin Cumberworth, Director (Strategic Land & Development), Countryside Properties
Sara's style is naturally inspiring and motivational, alongside her strong commercial leadership expertise she was able to help me to crystalise my goals and make a robust plan for the future. I now feel confident and empowered in my ability to 'move the needle' in my approach to my L&D Strategy.
Louise Morris, Leading Talent & Development, Certas Energy
Sara is a great coach and mentor. She is very empathetic and insightful but consistently challenging too! She quickly identified my learning style and adapted her approach to fit so we were able to focus on achieving results from the start of the programme. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Sara – her constant patience and humour helped to build a good rapport from the outset. I would thoroughly recommend Sara.
Sharon Crosland, Head of Corporate Affairs, MyCSP
Sara has a keen passion for developing people with absolute integrity and commitment. She finds a way to challenge you, ask the hard questions, but get the best out of you, making you believe that success is a likely outcome and making you proud of the work you do.
Kate Kennard, Director, Working Transitions
Sara coaches with energy and pragmatism making a real difference to the people she coaches. Supportive and challenging, she accelerates performance improvement in individuals that directly impacts organisational performance. And she does it with real warmth and commitment making her a pleasure to work with.
Penny de Valk, PennydeValk.com
Sara combines her strong interpersonal skills with a natural ability to coach and mentor individuals, motivating them to achieve their very best. These rare abilities combined allow her to support and develop business winning teams. She always demonstrates, and strikes a balance between, an in-depth understanding of what is critical for success for both the business and the individuals.
Angela Brewer-Miller, Head of Bid Management, Roffey Park Institute
Sara has been my Mentor Coach throughout my credentialing process with the International Coaching Federation. I’m delighted to confirm that I am now credentialed thanks to her support! Sara is a great Supervisor and Mentor. She listens attentively and shares models where appropriate that develop my practice and insight. Sara has definitely got me committed to achieving my next level of credentialing in the next 12 months. ICF PCC here I come!
Gary Buxton MBE, Governor of the University of Manchester, NED, Coach, Facilitator
Working with Sara over the last few months has been one of those experiences that continues to deepen over time. Sara has an approach which is remarkably inclusive and warm, yet challenging too. I know for certain that my own coaching work has evolved as a result. And perhaps best of all, I find myself saying yes where I would previously have shied away from new opportunities. I feel thoroughly enriched by our time together!
Sarah Lynas, Self Belief Coach
Sara has supported me through group supervision delivered through the Thinking Environment lens which has been hugely enlightening.
Sara was my mentor coach for the ICF ACC credentialing process. Sara quickly understood my needs: Her ability to connect easily, to support when necessary, and guide to success in a professional but also relaxed and friendly manner were all very welcome and strongly contributed to my successful obtention of the ACC within my set timescale. I would not hesitate to recommend her services.
Lee Goodall, Executive Coach, Skills Assessment and Leadership Training Worldwide
CHANGE was privileged to benefit from the expert support of Sara Barrie at its Board Away Day. Sara combined an engagingly personable and friendly style with impressive focus and sense of purpose. The outcomes of the day surpassed all our expectations – a renewed and shared sense of direction, greater clarity about the Board’s strategic and leadership roles, and a shared understanding of next steps.
Professor Anna Lawson, Chair
Sara brought gravitas, deep industry experience, commitment to clients and people as well as a warm and engaging style to significantly enhance the performance of the business.
Penny de Valk, Former CEO, Fairplace Cedar
Sara’s skills cannot be under estimated; she is constructively challenging, thought-provoking and results-focused. She quickly gained the trust of my Executive team and made a very positive impact in a short space of time, delivering innovative, insightful recommendations that moved our strategic thinking to a new level.
Nicola Hurst. CEO, MyCSP, Pensions Mutual Company
Sara is a rare combination of having extremely commercially focused Leadership skills with a passion for developing others. She contributes to increasing exec performance with her extensive knowledge and her personal approach. If you need help to see performance improvements in your people and organisation, I can't recommend Sara more highly as a consultant, coach, thought leader and team developer. You will see results.
Helen Sweeney, HR Consulting. Former Business Services Director, Electricity North West
Sara took the time to understand our needs and help to execute a strategy that would drive impact and value. She acted as a thought leader and trusted advisor - my only regret is that I have not been able to find a way to work with her again!
Wendell Sherrell, VP, Head of HR, Aviat Networks
Sara’s coaching work with us has been a game changer. Bringing the learnings from our individual work with Sara into our Executive Team meetings has ensured that despite challenges, we have remained a cohesive and upbeat leadership team and this has been very important in providing our staff team (400+) with a sense of positivity in the face of uncertainty.
Nick Horne, CEO, Knightstone Housing
Sara is passionate about people development - staff at all levels in the business will attest to her ongoing guidance, counseling and general support.
Chris Taylor, Sales Director, Consulting
Sara brought tremendous skill, experience and a lightness of touch to helping us navigate a new and sometimes bewildering environment. I’m grateful for her contribution.
Head of Communications, UK Distribution Network Operator
It was a great, thought-provoking couple of days and Sara was brilliant navigating us through it. I know it sounds like a cliche but I do believe this is the first steps in our journey to becoming a very high performing team. As individuals my team members are excellent and we need to translate that into the team performance too.
Business Services Director, Regulated Energy Supplier
Sara draws on a vast knowledge of theories, models and indeed practical Senior Leadership experiences, which brings learning to life and her work has been referred to as a ‘real eye opener'. Sara chooses to work with talented, ambitious leaders who want to increase their impact and make a serious difference in their personal and organisational effectiveness. Sara is both an effective developer of leaders and an experienced, highly qualified, versatile Coach.
Sally McGuire, Global Talent Manager, NSG Group
It was an absolute pleasure working with Sara and thanks to her wonderful ability to unknit fog, I felt it was an incredibly positive and enabling process working together to take CHANGE forward.
Tim McSharry, CHANGE, Board Member
She has presence, proven leadership expertise, commercial experience as well as an energy and drive that is infectious and makes you want to succeed.
Sarah Barrett, Transformation Director, Customer Experience Business
Thank you so much for our team development days. I learnt loads and found it both challenging and fulfilling. I really appreciate your willingness to let the days develop and to give us space for our voices and ideas to be heard.
Michelle Lewis, Communications Expert