"On leaving the Jamie Oliver group after seven years as CEO I asked Pathfinder and Claire to help me construct a CV, a task I hadn't undertaken in over 20 years. Our bi weekly sessions were constructive, clear and concise with lots of info about how a CV should look and how it can and should be tailored to individual needs. An unexpected bonus of working with Claire was the coaching element she brought to each session. We worked on the personal side of transitioning from a CEO role and how to assess what the next stage of my career should look like. Her vast experience and emotional intelligence were a real help and I really looked forward to our meetings. "
"Claire is somebody that I respected due to the support she had given me with recruitment and when I learnt she had coaching sessions available I was keen to join. We agreed my objectives for the coaching sessions at the start of the programme. The coaching allowed me to explore my strengths and important focus areas in life; both work and personal goals. Claire asked challenging questions and encouraged me throughout the programme. Claire gave me several tips me to improve my networking skills and in particular, increase my involvement and participation in Linkedin. I would highly recommend Claire to colleagues and friends especially if you want to brainstorm transferable skills and explore new career opportunities."
"Whilst working through a crossroads in my career during Covid-19 Claire really helped me to understand what I had enjoyed and achieved in my career to date and helped me explore what I wanted to achieve going forward in the short, medium and long term both professionally and personally. Claire has a fantastic balance of both coaching and mentoring so that you get the most out of every session you have with her. She builds trust and rapport quickly and is really invested in making sure you get the most out of your time with her. I have worked with Claire in the past when she placed me with some incredible companies and I really trust her insight, experience and advice. I have come away from my sessions feeling more focused and confident, I also know that Claire is still there in the background and she is someone I will call on for future sessions."
"Sue Willis has been a great coach - I had no expectations of what coaching sessions could provide, but it turned into a journey of self-discovery. Sue was very patient and supportive in helping me to realise what I want to achieve professionally and what is important for me in relation to my short, medium and long term goals. I feel more self- aware and positive about my strengths and how to apply them. I would fully recommend Sue".
"Having newly started my first director role, coaching has been incredibly beneficial. It has helped me to identify my key strengths and styles and how to maximise these to address problems. Sue challenged me to see things differently and identify clear goals. I am now far more confident of my own ability and would recommend coaching to anyone starting a new role".
"Having participated in both “face to face” coaching and “walking” coaching, I can now honestly say I am a convert to the latter! With “walking” coaching you are on the move most of the time, which I definitely found energises your thinking and most certainly improves your resourcefulness and imagination in breaking through any issues that are under discussion. I found it is a great way to challenge your thinking to new horizons and to stretch yourself mentally and physically - and it helps if you are walking in an amazing and inspiring landscape. I always leave these sessions with Claire far more inspired and motivated than participating in the more traditional methods of coaching"
"Incredibly positive experience as was unsure what to expect. Sue has the perfect balance of sharing her knowledge but not giving you the solution instead helping you come to a conclusion yourself via key questions or exercises. She is also incredibly motivating which made the whole experience very energising and therefore the belief you could make the changes happen."
"Claire is very professional but in a calm and engaging way. She chose a relaxed environment for our discussions, which worked well. Claire helped me think about my goals more holistically as well as giving me practical tools to use going forward. She also offered additional support away from the sessions, which was very welcome".
“Claire shows empathy, is encouraging and supportive. She challenged me when needed and helped me build a strategy to attain my professional goals and take responsibility for them. I also appreciated time spent working on life goals - maintaining a balance between work and my health, wellbeing, family and friends”.
"My sessions with Claire have had a hugely positive influence on my forward career outlook. Whilst always listening and being encouraging, Claire also guided me to a practical outcome - which was exactly what I was looking for. The sessions were the right blend of push and pull to drive me forward and were sprinkled with lots of practical advice - which was useful and appreciated. I would strongly recommend Claire as a coach".
"Sue has a very natural interpersonal style and is a very good listener. Her coaching sessions have a good mix and balance of freestyle conversation and structured exercises, which help you, hone in on your coaching/development priorities. I really enjoyed our coaching sessions and have a tangible development plan to take forward."
“I felt very comfortable working with Sue - she’s professional and approachable which made my exploration of myself and my values easier. I have successfully changed my career following our coaching sessions and have been greatly assisted in this process by Sue”.
“Over just a few sessions with Claire I was able to assess exactly where I was in my career. She provided the right balance of reflection and questioning to enable me to challenge my comfort zone. Claire helped me find a renewed confidence in my abilities at a senior level and I am now clear on my value both internally and within the wider Retail industry. I am now ready to tick the boxes I require for my own work/life satisfaction in the future”.
“Claire is a sincere, trusted and capable coach who has challenged my thinking, given me practical advice and helped me decide how to manage both my career and life goals. I found her to be both enthusiastic and inspiring and I enjoyed the time we spent together”.