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"As a senior lawyer in a high profile firm, becoming pregnant was somewhat of a novelty to my colleagues. The reassurance that my sessions with my coach gave me has been absolutely invaluable. I was ready to resign and give up on the many years of studying and training but, using her strategies, I am now better equipped to deal with the pressures of combining parenthood with my career as a lawyer. She both soothed and smoothed my return to work and I now look forward with greater confidence to the path ahead."

Senior solicitor, Nabarro LLP

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Geraldine Gallacher

Joy Bussell

Joy works with individuals and organisations to achieve strategic change and sustained effectiveness. With a solid commercial track record, her strategic insights enable her to work closely with senior executives wanting to develop their business and their careers. Joy harnesses her business experience, academic grounding in coaching and current research knowledge to support change on an individual and organisational level.

Coaching Style

Her clients describe her style as pragmatic and challenging and comment on Joy’s ability to quickly highlight the key issues bringing clarity to complex situations and discussions. Joy combines good listening skills, intuition and empathy with the ability to challenge effectively. She works collaboratively with the client and the system within which they operate. Joy has a special interest in career development and coaching senior people through transitions. She has a keen interest in career development and transition coaching. Coaching at a time of any kind of transition is important and can empower individuals to re-define and attain their career goals.

Special Interests

Joy has particular experience and expertise in coaching senior individuals. She has a particular expertise and interest in providing career development and transition coaching for professional women. As part of her research dissertation, Joy carried out the first academic research project into the effectiveness of maternity coaching in retaining senior professional women. She has also delivered and published academic papers on this subject. Over the past three years, Joy has worked closely the Law Society and published research findings, run think tanks and round tables and facilitated at International Summits focusing on career development within the professional services sector.


Joy spent twenty years in Sales & Marketing in both the IT and Exhibition Industries prior to training as a coach in 2005. With a sales & marketing background, she launched and directed trade exhibitions which became highly profitable market leaders. She has operated at board level, as Marketing Director, as well as holding external non-executive board positions. She has a depth of commercial experience, which combined with her MA in Coaching provides a framework and foundation for her work as a coach.

Qualifications & Credentials

Joy has a degree in French, a Masters Degree in Coaching & Mentoring Practice and is a full member of and also an Accredited Executive Coach with the Association for Coaching. She is trained and qualified to use a variety of psychometric tools including MBTI, the Predictive Index and Thomas International (DISC). Joy recently completed the Thinking Partnership, training with its founder, Nancy Kline. She is currently studying for a Diploma in the Neuroscience of Leadership.


Joy coaches in many sectors, including banking, professional services, she has coached at all levels from Associate, Partner, Director, Head of Retail, Managing Director through to CEO. Joy has coached individuals from a range of organisations, including: Siemens, Deloitte, Article 19, uSwitch, Cath Kidston, Bond Pearce, Travelex & the London Business School. She has implemented consultancy and facilitation projects for the Law Society, Allen & Overy, Bond Pearce, Bristows and Kraft Foods. Recent assignments include: Working with the Partnership Team at uSwitch to improve team working, providing executive coaching to the CEO and senior management team of an international charity and working with senior global executives in London and Dubai as part of a London Business School Programme.

Maternity Coaching Experience

Joy has worked with individuals at all levels from associate, to Director and Partner, VP, Director and managing director from organisations including Bank of America Merril Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Nabarro, Olswang, Allen & Overy, Herbert Smith, Lewis Silkin, Wragge & Co.

Additional Information

  • Membership and Accreditation: Member of the Association for Coaching, Accredited Executive Coach (AC)
  • Supervision: Marion Gillie of the Gillie Partnership
  • Current CPD: Exceeds Association for Coaching requirements for an accredited coach.
    • Currently studying for a diploma in the Neuroscience of Leadership (this is assessed and accredited) and requires 2-4 hours study per week
    • Recently completed (6th March) Thinking Partnership Course with Nancy Kline (herself!)

Contact details

Office: +44 (0)77 6540 2242
Mobile: +44 (0)77 6540 2242