Pathfinder Coaching

About Us

Meet The Team

Pathfinder Coaching specialises in helping people to achieve their professional goals. We have developed our knowledge of careers over the past fifteen years in our Executive Search business and have honed our skills to support those individuals who are either planning a change in their career or who have change thrust upon them. Our work with hundreds of candidates and countless employers has given us a unique insight into the challenges faced by both in a world where change is the “new normal”. Our work focusses on senior leaders who want to take charge of their own careers or those who want to ensure their goals are achieved within their employer’s framework. Our aim is to make coaching accessible to everyone so it becomes a natural part of what successful people do.

Claire Beasley

Claire Beasley is the joint founder of Pathfinder Coaching. Claire is an experienced Executive Search Practitioner and Executive Coach. She has been helping companies to find the best senior talent in retail for 15 years working with SMEs, privately owned, PE backed and corporate businesses. Claire is recognised for building longstanding relationships and has built a strong reputation as someone of trust, integrity, honesty and discretion.

As an Executive Coach Claire specialises in Career Change. Change happens to people at different times and for different reasons in their careers including redundancy, promotion, a change in direction, return to work following a break or a planned transition to retirement. Claire supports her clients to move on positively and with confidence to the next chapter of their careers.

Before starting Pathfinder, Claire founded court & spark consulting in 2004, a specialist executive search firm for the retail sector. Her corporate career includes stints as Retail Operations Director with New Look, Director Retail Personnel & Training with Arcadia Group and Regional Manager with Laura Ashley in North America.

Pathfinder sits alongside court & spark consulting as Claire continues her work as a specialist executive search professional for the retail sector.

When not at work Claire enjoys the outdoors, taking part in gig rowing and sea swimming, achieving success this year in the Round Hayling Island rowing competition and swimming the Solent for charity. She is active in her community, chairing the Isle of Wight Sports Foundation, as well as holding trustee roles with the Donor Conception Network and Energise Me. 

Sue Willis

Sue is the joint founder of Pathfinder Coaching. She is an experienced Executive Search practitioner and accredited Executive Coach. She has been helping companies to find the best senior talent in retail for 20 years. Since 2017 she has been building on her expertise through coaching clients who experience change in their careers. She is accredited by the Association for Coaching.

Pathfinder Coaching brings together the skills, experiences, knowledge and passion that Sue has developed in her own career and brings Career Coaching to the core of her work and what she cares about. She works with both organisations and private clients through the uncertainty, challenges and opportunities that career change brings. The focus for change can come from a planned and self driven desire for a different direction or as a result of an unexpected event such as redundancy where change is not only unplanned but unwelcome too.

Sue offers focus and support to individuals experiencing change so that they move on positively and with confidence to the next chapter of their career.

Pathfinder sits alongside court & spark consulting as Sue continues her work as a specialist executive search professional for the retail sector.

Outside work Sue is a Volunteer Adviser with Citizens Advice. She loves the outdoors and has several interests to challenge and maintain her fitness. She is also a big fan of live music at small and outdoor music venues.

Your Pathfinder Experience

We think it’s important that your coaching experience fits in with your life. That’s why we offer a variety of formats for your coaching sessions. We can flex the length of the coaching programme, the individual coaching sessions and the format to suit you.

Face to Face Coaching

We are based in London and conduct our face to face coaching sessions at The Century Club, 61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue. This provides a relaxed environment with plenty of discreet spaces to have private conversations. In the summer we take advantage of the largest rooftop terrace in Soho, with stunning views of London’s iconic skyline.

Phone Sessions

Once we have got to know each other, sometimes a coaching session on the phone is a practical option. Our experience suggests that this can provide a unique opportunity for coaching without visual distractions and therefore increased focus on the topic under discussion. You could be at home, in a quiet office or any suitable relaxed environment.

Online sessions

Another option popular with many people is online coaching. As with phone sessions, this format can work really well when meeting up in person proves challenging either because of diary commitments or logistics. We can coach via Skype, Facetime or Zoom.

Walking sessions

We are pleased to offer “walking” coaching sessions either in the parks of Central London or on the Isle of Wight. There is plenty of evidence highlighting the health benefits of walking but also some academic research which demonstrates how walking can really help to shift thinking. Being side to side rather than face to face with your coach is also more appealing to some people.