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"We are seeing the success of this [maternity coaching] programme, as we have a return rate from maternity leave of 90%"

Emily Midwood, Deutsche Bank, HR Magazine, 18 May 2011

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Geraldine Gallacher

Frances King

Frances is a coach with over 14 years experience of business development and change management in law firms. Frances' clients include law firm partners/associates, business support and female professionals looking to progress their careers, build a practice, develop confidence and strategies for successful business development. Frances' specialism is working with new partner hires to develop an effective business plan and subsequent first 180-day coaching programme. Frances also works with many professionals and mothers on work life balance, maternity coaching and career development.
Working with groups or individuals Frances also runs coaching workshops for business owners, organisational teams and individuals (particularly mothers).

Coaching Style

Applying a holistic, intuitive and non-directive philosophy of coaching, Frances is passionate about helping people achieve their potential and is described as focused, challenging, positive and results driven.
Combining mentoring with coaching where appropriate Frances draws on her experience as a professional marketer and experienced coach to help professionals achieve their potential in commercial environments.

Maternity Coaching

As a working mother with two small children Frances is passionate about helping women prepare and manage juggling work with family. Working with individuals and groups, particularly lawyers, Frances has coached many women at different stages of maternity and beyond. She is recognised as: very calm and focussed with great clarity of thought; she doesn't give you all the answers but instead asks you all the right questions that you answer yourself.... I was coming to the end of my maternity leave and unsure how my life was going to pan out now I would be balancing my new life as a mother with my career in The City. Frances helped me to pinpoint what was important to me and then formulate a plan on how to achieve it. I then negotiated a new deal at work that means I now work part time, with childcare-friendly hours .... I am thrilled with the outcome and I know I wouldn't have achieved this without Frances' help.

Background

Prior to coaching Frances spent over 14 years in Marketing/Business Development with international law firms Clifford Chance and CMS. Whilst at CMS Frances moved into a broader change management, leadership development and coaching role. As a coach Frances has worked with mid/senior executives in the public, private and charity sectors, lawyers, entrepreneurs and many professional women / mothers.

Training & Qualifications

Frances has a BSc in International Management and French from Manchester University (UMIST) and is an accredited coach with the Association for Coaching and has coaching qualifications from Oxford Coaching & Mentoring (Advanced Diploma), Coaching & Mentoring International (Diploma) and Cranfield University (Strategic Coaching). Frances is also a Master Practitioner in NLP.

Clients

Frances has worked with clients in the UK and internationally from CMS, Allen & Overy, Herbert Smith, Kingsley Napley, SJ Berwin, The Ambulance Service, The Recovery Centre, Ideas Syd and Too True London. In addition Frances has worked with individuals from other law firms, financial institutions, major corporates and SMEs.

Contact details

Office: +44 7958 992626
Mobile: +44 7958 992626
Email: frances@executive-coaching.co.uk
Website: http://www.maternity-coaching.co.uk/