Coaching for Growth

“The key result of our coaching relationship is that I enjoy my job more. This has meant that I am more effective for the business – a great win for everyone.”

As this quote from a senior director in the financial services sector shows, Hayfield’s coaching adds value. To see what other clients say, go to How do our clients grow or contact us.

“Working with Jane has been the most rewarding and important relationship I've had in my career so far. It has provided an approach to active management of the goals and pressures in my life which is incredibly helpful, empowering and de-stressing.”
Head of Marketing

About Us

Established in 2004, Hayfield is owned and led by Jane Thompson. Jane has been working one to one with leaders since 2003 following a 16 year investment banking career in the City of London. A German and French speaker, she specialised in equity market advice for European institutional investors.

She’s a member of the Association of Coaching and a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Business Coach programme,  a programme which holds the EQA conferred by the EMCC.

Hayfield is a growing, independent coaching business working with corporations, professional service firms, public bodies and NGOs, in the UK and internationally.

Hayfield project manages, resources and delivers organisational coaching programmes.  We also deliver coaching skills training for managers and leaders and provide coaching supervision.

Why Hayfield?

We believe in creating sustainable and positive change.

We want to help people to be the best that they can possibly be. As such, we want clients to fulfil their potential and in turn bring out the best in others.

We believe that people can change the way they do things. If they’re really willing to embrace change, then it’s possible to create a space for them to think independently, to identify what their values mean for them in practice, how they can make an impact on and through their teams. When this happens, it’s transformational: it enables more than the individual leader. They can share new ways of doing things. They come to lead differently and allow others to flourish by introducing a coaching mindset.

When people are motivated to sustain changes in behaviour, these can cumulatively create a better outcome for the end beneficiary – the customer, the client, the child, the parent, the patient.

How do our clients grow?

We work collaboratively, cohesively and flexibly :

  • With client organisations, we aim to understand at the outset what success means for them and agree how it will be measured.
  • With an individual, the relationship between coach and client is central. It’s this which creates the conditions for each individual to do their best thinking

Our approach is non directive, grounded in the belief that by creating the conditions which enable people to do their best independent thinking, they will fulfil their potential and in turn bring out the best in others.

We believe that our commitment to continuous professional development is critical to our clients’ successes. We aspire to be at the top of our own game as coaches.


M&G Investments
Cambridge University Hospitals
MRC Technology
Teach First
Cambridge University, Judge Business School /UNICEF
Business in the Community
QBE Insurance
TM Lewin
Thomson Reuters
Barclays Capital
Barclays Bank

Who we are

We are an eclectic and collaborative group of coaches with shared values and a breadth of strengths and expertise from our professional backgrounds. We have all made transitions, gaining insights that we now use with others.

We offer individual and group coaching supervision.

Jane Thompson

Jane is the founder and owner of Hayfield Group. She is a member of the Association of Coaching and a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Business Coach programme, a programme which holds the EQA conferred by the EMCC.

In her work, Jane believes in creating sustainable and positive change by helping leaders to be the best that they can possibly be. She wants them to fulfil all their potential, become more confident and effective, in turn bringing out the best in others. If they’re really willing to embrace change, then it’s possible to create a space for them to think independently, to identify what their values mean for them in practice, how they can make an impact on and through their teams. When this happens, it’s transformational: it enables more than the individual. They can share new ways of doing things. They come to lead differently and allow others to flourish by introducing a coaching mindset.

She’s excited by working with leaders at all levels who want to make their organisations the best they can be, whether these are corporations, professional service firms, public bodies or NGOs, in the UK or internationally.

Jane is passionate about working with those who are emerging: people in countries that are moving towards greater liberalism and a more international outlook, leaders coming from a hierarchical structure to a culture that embraces a coaching style, individuals stepping up to a leadership role for the first time, people in transition from one organisation to another.

Before embarking on her coaching career in 2003 she spent 16 years in the City advising European investment institutions on equity market strategy, industry sectors and stocks. More than 80% of her work is referred to her or is repeat business from current clients.

She is an avid theatre goer, loves the cinema, gardening, cooking and reading. She’s passionate about using her strengths and natural potential in all areas of her life.

For more about Jane please go to PDF


Des Gould Katharine St John-Brooks Liz Macann Carole Pemberton Administration: Nicola Bradley Jonathan Lewis Gavin Aubrey Colleagues at The Alliance Lindsay Wittenberg Rachel Ellison Penny Berry

Des Gould+

Des has 28 years coaching experience and more than 9000 ‘flying’ hours, one to one time, with people in power. He has worked in all sectors, on four continents, and across numerous cultures. Complex emerging issues is a speciality. Des combines his work with a deep understanding of today’s global context.

‘There is a way of thinking, acting that gives top people an edge.’ He encourages clients to understand their thinking habits and to be more flexible. This is essential for resilient organisations. Des has a Diploma in Corporate Governance, and MSc in Climate Change Management and an accredited supervisor of coaches, consultants and advisors. Outside coaching he’s an ambassador for Earthwatch, a global scientific and environmental charity. He’s a keen photographer and explorer.

Katharine St John-Brooks+

Katharine St John-Brooks focuses her attention principally on CEOs and Directors working at Board level. As a former Board director herself, trained management consultant and coach, she draws on many approaches in her coaching work, but her objective is always the same: to help her clients to achieve change. The key to her method is helping clients to find their own answers through a mix of support and challenge. A typical comment from a client is: “Katharine has a wonderful and infectious energy”.

Current and former clients include Pearson Television, the NHS, DfID, the Cabinet Office, UNICEF, Office of Fair Trading and Linklaters and she is also a published author (Internal Coaching: The Inside Story, published by Karnac Books).

Katharine holds an MSc in Organisational Behaviour, an MA in Coaching, a certificate in Gestalt Coaching (AoEC) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting. She chairs a charity for the elderly.

For more about Katharine’s work please go to www.work-solutions.co.uk

Liz Macann+

With a history in General Management, OD, HR and Consultancy, Liz Macann trained as an Executive Coach in 2000 and has since had a continuous and diverse client group of senior executives and leaders in the media, professional services and public sector at home and abroad

Her approach is to facilitate the creation of pathways to new thinking territory in clients who are ready to make the changes identified as necessary to achieve their desired outcomes.  The core of the work is developing the clients’ personal leadership so that their confidence, clarity and innovation increase as their understanding of their Self grows.  The client can stretch their approach, leave their preconceived ideas and face up to the tough stuff in the safety of a confidential relationship which has no agenda other than the clients.

As the BBC’s Head of Executive, Leadership and Management Coaching, Liz received the International Coach Federation award for best practise and professionalism. Now an independent practitioner, she continues to train BBC Coaches and provides consultancy to a number of organisations implementing in-house coaching, mentoring, coach training and supervision.

As well as being an APECS, AC and ICF accredited Coach, Liz is trained in Brief Therapy, Constellations Therapy, Career Management Coaching and Coach Supervision.  She is a speaker at national and international conferences and seminars and sits on the editorial board of Coaching at Work.  She is guest tutor, assessor and judge for a number of coaching courses, accreditation processes and awards.

Voted Coach of the Year by readers of Coaching at Work.

Email: liz.macann@gmail.com

Carole Pemberton+

Executive and career coach Carole Pemberton works with senior leaders and identified talent to support them in widening their style from established strengths, when what they have always done ceases to bring the results they need.  She also has expertise in working with individuals whose resilience has deserted them in the face of relentless demands or particular events.

Carole coaches across public, private and not for profit sectors including central government, Higher Education, NHS, global pharmaceuticals, and global charities  She is the author of a number of books on career, coaching and management issues.

Carole holds advanced level diplomas in executive coaching and career coaching, both with distinction.  She is also Visiting Professor in Business Coaching at the University of Ulster; a Legacy Fellow of the Career Development Institute and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development.

For more about Carole’s work please go to: www.coachingtosolutions.com

Administration: Nicola Bradley+

Jonathan Lewis+

Jonny has been creating powerful personal impact and presentation skills workshops for the corporate world for over fifteen years. He transforms the way people present themselves and their organization, by drawing on his army, acting, directing and business experience to vividly animate how we can influence status and perception for personal and commercial success.

Gavin Aubrey+

Gavin is a natural motivator with an infectious passion for excellence. He is noted for his positive attitude and supportive style. Informed by a strong business background, he always works from a full picture of the commercial challenges that his clients face before helping them to break down the perceived obstacles that stand in their way. Then he helps finds simple, effective ways to deliver on their bottom line goals. Clients say they find him “a breath of fresh air”, with ideas and approaches that deliver outstanding results. He believes that, when you strip most job profiles down to the core, the most important elements are attitude and the ability to communicate internally as well as externally.

For more about Gavin’s work please go to www.thinktd.co.uk

Colleagues at The Alliance+

For more about Alliance Coaching please go to www.alliancecoaching.co.uk

Lindsay Wittenberg+

Executive coach Lindsay Wittenberg works with senior people globally for development and transformation: they achieve step-changes in their leadership, career development, cross-cultural effectiveness, and resilience, so that the choices they make are aware choices. Lindsay enables clients to tap in fully to their capability by taking them beyond what presents on the surface.

She has coached across a range of sectors covering professional services, technology, energy, advertising and non-profit.

Lindsay holds a B.A. Hons degree in Linguistics; an Advanced Diploma (with Distinction) in Professional Coaching &  Mentoring (OCM); and Certificates in Psychology of Coaching and  Gestalt Coaching (AoEC).

For more about Lindsay’s work please go to www.lindsaywittenberg.co.uk

Rachel Ellison+

Rachel works with international CEOs, executive board teams and talented leaders. Clients include HSBC, Samsung, Diageo, Asda, the Foreign Office, BBC and UNICEF. She is a coach who offers high support with high challenge. Rachel uses positive psychology, existential philosophy and psychoanalytic techniques to help clients make transformational changes to their thinking, behaviour and business outcomes. Rachel has specialist knowledge of working across different cultures, global systems and with women leaders. Her MA research into self-coaching as a ROI for buyers of coaching and for coaching clients is published. Rachel was awarded an MBE for her work on women’s self-empowerment in Afghanistan and won BBC Team of the Year.

For more about Rachel’s work please go to www.rachelellison.com

Penny Berry+

Penny has been coaching leaders since 2003, initially on top of her day job as a Commissioning Editor at the BBC before becoming a full-time executive coach in 2010.  She works with clients in all sectors; teaches coaching skills to leaders and managers; delivers career development workshops and is a coach supervisor.

Having spent more than half her life in the Middle East, Penny thrives on working with clients from different cultures and at different levels – from board directors to emerging talent stepping up to their first leadership role.

Penny has a degree in Psychology from Bristol University.  Her style is solution-focused and person-centred, trusting that clients are talented and resourceful and hold the keys to their own success. She has been described as empathetic, challenging from a place of trust.

For more about Penny’s work please go to:


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