|If you think of the word ‘leader’, Clare Withycombe should come to mind. Coined the “trusted partner” of chief executives, managers and directors across the UK, Clare champions diversity and inclusion in everything she does for leadership development. With a wealth of experience in far-flung shores, such as Sub Saharan Africa, Egypt and Syria, Clare and multiculturalism are inextricably bound. Her expertise is honoured from round tables at the Cabinet Office to managers in Middle Eastern desertscapes, proving her position as an esteemed colleague at TCM.
Clare has nearly two decades of experience working as a professional coach and leadership development facilitator. She is a seasoned HR professional with a background of working in a multinational environment with the British Council. She has extensive experience in leadership development programmes and coaching individuals and teams from C-suite through to Director and operational managers. Clare is known for her skilled work in diversity and inclusion and has designed acclaimed solutions for minority groups to enable the progression of talent in organisations.
Clare’s career history has included operational experience of regional senior management positions in the Middle East and Africa region. More recently she has held key roles within central HR heading up global employee relations, learning and development and global coaching teams. She is a leadership coach and facilitator with clients from a wide range of sectors, telecoms and IT, re-insurance, big 4 accountancy firms, not for profit and creative industries as well as London School of Economics, the British Council, Cabinet Office, wider Civil Service, and the London Business School.
Clare can build rapport with her clients quickly and is often referred to as a trusted partner. She draws on a range of solution focused techniques to support clients; her ambition is to enable transformational and sustainable change. She draws on a wealth of coaching experience and knowledge, she is a Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation and is accredited with StrengthscopeTM.
What people say:
“Clare’s style made me feel immediately at ease so that I was able to openly discuss the areas in which I needed support. She was very adept at asking the right questions and helping me to really focus in on the specific issues whilst gently and skilfully helping me to find solutions integral to my personality and character.”
“The delivery of the session was exceptional, delivering activities that allowed the team to learn via role play and via discussion. This really allowed us to understand the importance of coaching and learning useful coaching questions.”
Leadership Team, Strategic Consulting & Research Org.
“Clare placed great effort at the start of our communication to create an atmosphere of trust and respect. Clare asks questions in a challenging and respectful way which encourages self-reflection and has enabled me to make the changes I need to. This has been invaluable.”
Head, Global Leadership, FTSE 100 Hotel Group
“Clare has an incredible mix of skill, experience, knowledge and insight that’s resulted, in a deeply positive breakthrough /move forward. I have much more clarity about what is important and how to make the changes I need, she is magic and I couldn’t recommend her more highly.”
Chief Executive Officer, mid-size NGO