Jacqueline Davis CDir, MA, FIoD

Leadership coach, NLP master practitioner and consultant

Jacqueline Davis executive coach has 29-years’ experience developing and leading the creative and charity sector as CEO, trustee, executive coach, trainer and consultant.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and has held their prestigious Chartered Director qualification since 2008.  She is a psychological, leadership coach specialising in somatic and systemic coaching.  She supports leaders to develop a leadership mindset and presence. 

Who am I        I am first and foremost a mother of two wonderful young men.  I am a dancer, a yogi and practice daily mindfulness.  I believe that when we follow our heart and do what we love we do our best work.  I love helping people to do this and so I coach.

My qualifications        I graduated from the University of Essex with a 2:1 in Sociology and since then I have never stopped learning.  I have a Masters degree in Psychological Coaching and post-graduate qualifications in Executive Coaching and Mentoring, Governance and Company Direction and Leadership and Management.  

Jacqueline Davis assisting Paul Mckenna

Jacqueline assisting Paul Mckenna at the Apollo in London, February 2011

I was very fortunate to meet Dr Richard Bandler and Paul McKenna and under their guidance I  trained as a master hypnotic practitioner and trainer of NLP.  When I returned from my trainer training in Florida I was invited to join the team as a training assistant.  This was an amazing opportunity to experience the training of Richard Bandler over and over again and each session took my learning to a new level.

I have studied at Ashridge Business School, University of Essex, Institute of Directors, Gestalt Centre, Goldsmiths University, Harthill Associates, Metanioa Institute,  and Management Futures.   

My business experience                   I was the CEO of a media arts charity for 18 years.  I was recruited when the organisation had lost its’ funding and closed its’ doors.  This was an exciting challenge and I built the organisation up from a turnover of £30k to an income of over £1.3 million per year to become London’s premier media centre.

As a Fellow, Chartered Director and an interviewer with the Institute of Directors I am very privileged to meet inspirational business leaders and hear their strategies for success and good governance.

Empowering others                 At university I was involved in a filmmaking co-operative and  I became fascinated by the power of story-telling through film.   I went on to train young people to tell their stories through the medium of film.  This proved to be a therapeutic process for them and I  witnessed their confidence grow as people took an interest in the stories they projected on the screen.  

Why I became a coach                  I realised that the stories and films that we create in our heads influence the way we interact with our external environment.  In 2005 I attended an NLP seminar and at the end of the day the world seemed to have changed.  Of course the world hadn’t changed but the way that I perceived the world had. 

I always aim to do my best and wherever I worked I tended to be promoted  quickly and nearly always without training.  I would step up and achieve but the effort this took and the stress I experienced impacted on all areas of my life. The breakthrough for me was when I realised that it was the way that I thought about things that created the stress.  Through coaching I realised I had the power to choose to live a happy and stress-free life.  

We all have this power of choice and I can share these techniques with you.  The speed at which my clients achieve the life they want never ceases to amaze me.

My coaching model

My coaching style is relational, somatic and systemic.  It integrates many psychological, coaching and business tools which include but are not limited to Cognitive Behaviour Coaching, Embodied Leadership, Positive Psychology, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Neuroscience, Action Logic (Leadership Profile Assessor), Mindfulness, Seven Habits, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt.

My coaching is transpersonal. I work with the whole self; mind, body and soul. I hold all my clients in unconditional positive regard and provide a safe, nurturing and non-judgmental space for us to expand awareness of self, other and the system in which we live and work.

Jacqueline Davis executive coach is a member of the Association for Coaching (AC) and Association for Professional Executive Coaches and Supervisors (APECS) and abide by their code of ethics.  She is the AC events organiser for London.

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