ECN work with carefully selected professional partners. We are pleased to introduce three of them here. Sarah Gornall is a Performance Coach who specialises in leadership, resilience and growth. Miriam Akhtar is one of the UK’s leading practitioners of positive psychology, and Elizabeth M Pritchard is a personal developer and NLP Master Practitioner. Click the tabs below to read their full biographies, learn more about how they work and how they might be able to assist with your own professional development.

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MA, PCC, NPQH, Dip NLP, Dip Performance Coaching, Cert Psychology of Coaching, Cert Coach Supervision

Coaching for Leadership, Resilience and Growth

Described by clients as calm, wise, creative and knowledgeable, Sarah is a widely experienced coach, trainer, mentor and supervisor, with a successful track record in public, private and voluntary sectors. With over 1200 coaching hours, a string of qualifications and a personal leadership history, she flexes style and approach to suit the individual. Clients grow awareness, skills and confidence, with impact on strategy, performance and relationships.

Sarah has a background in educational leadership and was Director of Bristol Education Action Zone from 2000 to 2005. She has taught in secondary, further and higher education sectors and has worked with numbers of primary and early years settings. She has designed and delivered MA modules in Coaching at Bath Spa University, co-authored “Building Learning Power in Action” (TLO 2005) and “Coaching and Learning in Schools” (SAGE 2013) http://www.coachingclimate.co.uk/books and is writing a third book on coaching to be published by Routledge in 2015. She is a Director of the UK Board of the International Coach Federation, with the Professional Development Portfolio.

Sarah’s offering to schools includes 1:1 leadership coaching for school leaders and governors; team coaching; whole days in school on a monthly basis for 1:1 coaching; tailored training in coaching skills.

Feedback from two Bristol Headteachers was that Sarah: “Gave me solutions to difficulties, but also taught me skills and approaches to use in future situations”


“…helped me draw a clear focus from the muddle of issues that I brought and inspired in me energy and determination to persist when my inclination was to give up.”

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Miriam Akhtar (www.positivepsychologytraining.co.uk) is one of the UK’s leading practitioners of positive psychology, known as the science of strengths. This branch of psychology helps people to identify and apply their positive characteristics and natural talents in a positive direction, raising confidence and fuelling high performance, which leads to success and well-being.

Miriam puts the science into practice as a coach and trainer with a speciality in creating intervention programmes, ranging from positive youth development to positive ageing. These include the Happiness Zones, originally developed for alcohol-misusing adolescents, which has been highlighted as an example of best practice in mental well-being by the Academy of Social Sciences.

She works with youth services including Cardiff Against Bullying and is one of the UK’s facilitators of the Penn Resilience Programme, a scientifically-grounded course in resilience skills. Miriam is the author of Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression (Watkins, 2012), the first book worldwide to show how to use positive psychology’s evidence-based tools to recover our well-being. The book has been found to reduce depression and improve well-being. Find her on Twitter as @pospsychologist and on Facebook as Miriam Akhtar, Positive Psychology Training.

[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Elizabeth M Pritchard – Personal Developer, NLP Master  Practitioner” (click here to learn more)” state=”open”]

When I was 16, Julie and I escaped games to read poetry in the cloakroom at Bath Convent. We’d also stay up all night sometimes – talking and wanting to understand about how life worked. Julie is now a painter, and I went to Manchester University to study English & American Literature. Some of the American poets seemed to talk well about that internal experience I was interested in.

I became an English teacher, and found an ‘Introduction to Counselling’ course. People were exploring thoughts and feelings! I was fascinated.

Then I found out about one of the Large Group Awareness trainings of the early 80s. I was even more fascinated. Eventually a telephone marketing business grew out of this training: http://www.merchants.co.uk. NLP was introduced into our business in 1984, alongside other communication and personal development methods. We trained over 400,000 people in telephone sales and over 100,000 in management.

I was interested in NLP because it seemed to answer the question ‘How?’ How do I get happier/manage difficult relationships/make good decisions and so on…? Joseph, my partner, and I trained further in NLP and personal development (6250 formal training hours each), and started to offer our own Neuro Linguistic Certification Courses in 1999.

These are very practical courses, designed to help you design and create your life as you’d like it to be. We trained with and researched the best in the world to come up with our own programmes. Look here for more on NLP training and Personal Strategy™: http://www.zps8.eu.


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For further information or if you’d like to contribute, call the ECN team on 0844 8708 132 or email us at info@exemplarcoachingnetwork.com and discover how we can help you improve your professional and personal performance as someone who works with young people.


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