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Rajwant Bains Team: Rajwant Bains Executive Coach and Coaching Consultant

Rajwant Bains, Managing Director and Executive Coach

Rajwant Bains

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.


Rajwant Bains Team: Anjali Arya Executive Coach  and Leadership Development

Anjali Arya, Executive Consultant

Anjali has built an enviable reputation over 30 years – both as a senior executive in local government and in her work as a consultant. She has held a number of senior leadership roles in the public sector and was responsible for successfully leading on major initiatives.

As a consultant she is acknowledged for her pioneering work in organisation and leadership development, change management, performance management and diversity and inclusion.  She has excellent communication and analytical skills and has helped individuals, groups and organisations to achieve real and sustainable change by working with them to ensure their strategies are focused, realistic and cost effective.

Anjali has run and developed a range of leadership programmes across the public and not for profit sectors targeted at Boards, Chief Officers, Senior Management Teams, Local Politicians, Senior Police Officers and Academics. In common with Rajwant, she has devised positive action leadership programmes for women and for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic managers.

In the past, Anjali has held a number of leadership roles in the arts, public and voluntary sectors. She has served on the Board of the National Theatre, as a non-executive director at the Crown Prosecution Service and Paradigm Housing and on the management committee of an Asian women’s organisation. She is a popular conference speaker on change management, leadership and equalities issues and co-author of the Equality Framework for Local Government among other publications.

Anjali has a degree in Law and Oriental Studies from Cambridge, an MBA from Henley Management College and a post-graduate diploma in executive coaching and mentoring.


Mary Foster

Mary has a background in human resources and specialises in organisational development and management effectiveness.  With many years’ local authority experience, she now works with a range of private and public sector organisations.

Mary was Senior Management Development Adviser at a leading London Borough for six years. During that time she had responsibility for developing policies and programmes for management development, performance management and employee engagement for 500 managers and 5,000 staff.

Mary works with individuals and teams to explore leadership effectiveness, using tools such as MBTI, DISC, Facet5 and Belbin. Her training style is highly interactive, tailored to each group and with a clear focus on impact and outcomes.  She coaches middle and senior management to support improved performance and effectiveness for themselves and their teams. She helps individuals explore and define desired changes and encourages them to achieve these changes through a combination of support and challenge.

Mary has designed and delivered large-scale change management programmes as well as working one to one with managers and staff affected by change and redundancy.

Mary is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Leadership & Management. She is a qualified Executive Coach, NLP Practitioner and Workplace Mediator. She holds a BA Hons in French and Linguistics and an MA in Guidance.

Mary has delivered training in personal and leadership effectiveness to a wide range of organisations across many different sectors.


John Metherell

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.


Rajwant Bains Team: Emma Sedgwick Executive Coach

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.