The team — empowering people to explore and learn.
Rajwant Bains, Managing Director and Executive Coach
Rajwant Bains established RKB Coaching Consultancy in 2001, quickly building a strong reputation for delivering high-calibre leadership development and executive coaching programmes for senior professionals from all backgrounds.
Rajwant's success is founded on her extensive experience of leadership and managing change during a career in higher education at the University of Liverpool and later in local government where she was Head of HR. In this role Rajwant was responsible for the implementation of major programmes such as a rapid expansion of the workforce from 1,500 to over 7,500 employees.
Rajwant is able to inspire and engage with people, providing the right mix of support and challenge to facilitate their own best thinking. Clients comment positively about her emphasis on applying new knowledge and skills in practical situations which empowers them to think for themselves, resolve workplace challenges and operate more effectively.
Rajwant has worked with organisations across a range of sectors. Recent clients include UCL (including the School of Life and Medical Sciences); King’s College London; Royal Holloway University London; Henley Business school and Open Society Foundations. Rajwant has also designed a number of positive action leadership development programmes to support the progression of women and Black and Minority Ethnic managers.
Accredited by the Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS), Rajwant has an MSc in Coaching and Behaviour Change from Henley Business School. While at Henley, she won a prize for outstanding research for her assessment of coaching programmes to support the progression of women to Partner level in one of the top five Professional Services firms.
Martina Weinberger, Executive Consultant
Martina has over 25 years of experience in marketing, strategy consulting, leadership development and executive coaching. Her focus over the past 15 years has been on working with leaders at all levels and for them and their organizations to excel and flourish.
The majority of her work is delivering and continuously enhancing bespoke leadership development programs and working with individual leaders as a coach. She relishes the buzz of real-time interaction with others - creating the energy and space that groups and individuals need for their learning. The programs she designs and delivers are continuously rated highly by both participants and senior leaders.
Martina started out as a Product Manager for Coats Viyella – working in Scotland, Portugal and England. Following this she was responsible for marketing the after sales services of Bosch Siemens Domestic appliances. It was in this role, that she had her first brush with developing bespoke learning events for the service crew across Europe.
After her MBA she joined the Boston Consulting group as a strategy consultant. During this time she learned: How to think herself quickly into a wide range of different business issues and more importantly, that at the end of the day change is not driven by even the best and most thorough analysis, but by working with and enabling leaders.
Her personal passion in leadership development is making “systems more sustainable” – supporting her clients to create engaging and enabling work environments - where very diverse groups of people can be happy and can thrive.
Originally from a small rural community in lower Bavaria, Martina has lived and worked in Portugal, the UK, France Germany and the US. Her work has always been international – training and developing as well as coaching leaders across the globe. She currently lives with her French husband and 3 teenage children in Munich, Germany.
Martina has a first class (Hons) degree in European Business Administration from University of Reutlingen and Middlesex University. She has been awarded an MBA (with distinction) by INSEAD – a leading global business school. She recently graduated from a course at INSEAD for non-executive board members. Martina is an APECS accredited executive coach, qualified in the use of MBTI Step 1 and 2, and holds numerous other certifications in the area of human growth and development.
John is an experienced executive coach, coach supervisor and facilitator, having worked in numerous industry sectors in large and small organisations in the UK and internationally. As well as his expertise as a coach he is an experienced leadership development specialist (primarily in the retail sector) working with senior executives as an internal and external management consultant, and change manager.
John has worked with and coached senior management and directors to deliver corporate objectives and targets, grow the capability of their teams, integrate training strategies and drive corporate culture through core values. He has worked with directors and board members on the design of performance management and talent management processes, including coaching high potential candidates for senior roles. Other projects have included international CEO development, leadership programmes based on emotional intelligence, and the design of training programmes to support strategic business planning and the use of a ‘balanced scorecard approach’ to managing performance.
John has worked with and coached clients in a broad range of industry sectors (in the UK and in Central Europe and Asia) including finance, professional services, engineering, retail and management consulting and further education. He has worked with individuals at all levels from first line managers to CEO and COO, and senior leadership teams. Companies include: Anglo American, ARUP, Atkins, British Museum, BT, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Telekom, KPMG, NGW, Shell, Sony, Tesco, TFL, Tyntec, Value Retail, and Yazaki.
John is an associate tutor and coach at Henley Business School, where he has participated in leadership research projects, and supervises on the MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change. In addition he is a coach on numerous programmes including the part time MBA. John is part of the marking team for the diploma course at the Coaching Supervision Academy. He has also contributed to books on Leadership development, and Organisational Stress.
Qualifications include: Professional Certificate in Supervision, Diploma in Coaching Supervision, MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change (Henley, 2014). Accredited user of Coaching Signatures. MBTI Licensed.
Dr Emma Sedgwick
Emma’s success as a coach is rooted in the skills she developed as a doctor specialising in psychiatry: actively listening to clients, earning their trust and sensitively exploring the issues they raise in a safe, confidential environment.
After leaving clinical practice in 1999, Emma worked at the Medical Defence Union, advising doctors facing ethical and legal dilemmas and assisting others who were the subject of a complaint or disciplinary investigation. She realised that many concerns could have been addressed earlier if the doctor had been given structured opportunities to reflect on their professional skills. This inspired her to train as a coach.
Since 2006, she has been a full-time coach within healthcare and business sectors and become familiar with the challenges of working within highly complex organisations. Clients have included high achievers with leadership potential, professionals facing a change in their career and those with poor communication skills. She has also coached newly created teams so members can cooperate effectively on projects and helped resolve conflict within dysfunctional departments.
Emma is accredited by the Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS), and abides by its ethical standards. Among her qualifications, she has a diploma in Coaching and Behavioural Change from Henley Business School. She also has a Certificate in Coaching Supervision and supervises individual coaches and groups.