One step beyond

20+ months in role

My one-to-one coaching programme for mission-driven CEOs and Directors with some experience.

You started your new role in a state of excited trepidation. But the first year flew by in a blink of an eye and now you’re flagging a bit.

You’ve picked off all the low hanging fruit and it feels a bit like ‘woah, now the really hard work is kicking in!’

Does this sound about right?

Do you have an uncomfortable feeling you’ve done all the easy things without addressing the elephants in the room?

Are you finding yourself drawn into day-to-day ops instead of the strategic work you were appointed to lead?

Are you feeling utterly overwhelmed by how much there is to do every day?

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I really get you!

If only your team could read your mind and then you wouldn’t have to keep intervening all the time.

It’s more likely though that the opposite is happening and your previously flowing channels of communication have dried up. Your The Big Boss now.

All in all, it’s much lonelier than you’d imagined. You know it’s not your job to be liked, but shouldering all the burden on your own and working so hard is starting to make a dent in your previously robust mental health.

Take a moment and imagine how it would Be TO:


Rise to each new challenge with full confidence, excited and trusting in yourself that you know what you’re doing

Know you have the skills to tackle the tricky stuff because you’ve had some hugely impressive results

Be feeling immensely proud of yourself and what you and your team have achieved.

As an experienced coach with a 30+ year career in the non-profit world I can give you exactly the support you need to positively thrive in these tricky early years and lead others to create amazing change.

If you want to continue to hit ambitious targets as you establish yourself firmly in your role, my One Step Beyond leadership coaching programme is for you.



One Step Beyond will give you precious time to prioiritise your own development.

I know from previous clients that the positive effects will ripple though your whole organisation and beyond.

Honestly, how will you ever find the space to clear your head otherwise? How will you ever get to rise above the day-to-day and move your organisation forwards with purpose?

All the while with me by your side, a sector specific and highly experienced leadership coach. Boosting your confidence and challenging you deeply.

Does that sound good?



Here’s How it works

Join me on this one-to-one coaching programme and I’ll be right there by your side as you tackle the challenges of your leadership role.

Over a year the programme includes:

The Kick-start Session

We get clear on your priorities and set ambitious goals for our work together.  At the end of this session you’ll feel full of positive excitement for what seems possible now.

(90 mins on Zoom or face-to-face in central London)

In-between Session EMAILS

For ra-ra-ing, accountability and extra coaching between our sessions, so you feel 100% supported and keep moving forward with confidence.

Secret Weapon

It doesn’t matter how many personality assessments you’ve done in the past, it’s unlikely you’ve done one recently enough or to the degree that I’ll carry out your DISC assessment. Your strengths will become your secret weapons and we can pull together a plan to cover any blind-spots with team members.

The One Step Sessions

Every month for the rest of the year, we pick the biggest, baddest challenges you face and tackle them head on, together. At the end of every session you’ll know exactly what you want to do next and be looking forward to doing it.

(Monthly 50-minute Zoom or phone coaching calls. Some can be face-to-face.)

15-minute ‘critical comrade’ calls

For when you’re doubting your brilliance, feeling a bit lost, or needing to bounce an idea around – get coached on a specific, urgent issue.



A suite of practical tools and techniques to help you take leadership challenges in your stride, including how to make ‘difficult’ conversations super easy and how to make multiple, complex decisions under pressure.


let’s talk.

If you want to step out from under the unique pressures of being an early non-profit leader, make the difference you dreamed of making when you started in your role and positively thrive, let’s talk.

Leaders I’ve coached tell me that, with my help, they’ve hit their ambitious goals. And they’re better equipped to lead with full confidence in themselves.

“The experience has been transformational.

My skills, capacities and confidence have all improved.

I absolutely love Katie’s coaching style, which she tailored to my needs and situation. She saw me through the highs and lows of a challenging work situation, helping me navigate the complexities and keep going when things were exceptionally difficult.”

Paula Valentine, Senior Advisor, Save the Children


“The experience has been transformational.

My skills, capacities and confidence have all improved.

I absolutely love Katie’s coaching style, which she tailored to my needs and situation. She saw me through the highs and lows of a challenging work situation,

helping me navigate the complexities and keep going

when things were exceptionally difficult.”

Paula Valentine, Senior Advisor, Save the Children


The investment

Leadership coaching packages from a commercial leadership coach of my calibre cost £15,000 or more.

As a died-in-the-wool non-profit sector native, I know that finding even a fraction of that is painful.

So I try to keep my prices as affordable as possible.

The investment for you to make the second phase of your leadership full of impact will be from £2.5k for us to work together depending on your circumstances.

Still sounds like a lot?

I invite you to think about things differently.

First of all – coaching is an investment in the mission, rather than in you as an individual.

To carry out that mission you need to be fully supported in your leadership capacity if you’re to lead others successfully and effect the change that needs to happen.

Coaching also has a significant impact on financial outcomes. A recent article in Forbes ‘Why Leaders need a coach more than ever’ gives a comprehensive analysis of why coaching provides a compelling bottom-line return.

These kind of results are nigh on impossible to get on your own.

Working with a coach allows you to move forward more confidently and more impactfully than you would on your own.

In my experience, CEOs find it more difficult than anyone else to make the time to reflect and learn.

Having a coach means you get crucial tough love and accountability so you keep your head above the water and avoid getting lost in the day-to-day challenges of the role.

What’s not to like!?


Who is it for?

One Step Beyond is for you if

You already know the huge value of coaching at senior level

You are ready to invest time, energy and funds

You’re keen to grow and develop, personally and professionally

You’re willing to be vulnerable and really get to know yourself.


Tips for your new CEO role

It’s not for you if:

 You’re a very new CEO (I have another programme for you if that’s the case)

You know for certain that your current role isn’t for you and want to move on fast

 You need persuading that investing in coaching is a good idea

You don’t believe that working for change in the world can be fun and joyous (that just isn’t my style)




Do you have discounted places?

Yes, I have a sliding scale. Message me if you think you might qualify for a discounted place.

Can I work with you for a shorter time?

The minimum time I work with leaders is six months. Why? Because the work we do is deep and it’s transformational and it takes time. 

The One Step Beyond programme isn’t about a ‘quick fix’ here and there. We need space and time together – and apart – so you can take a deep, thoughtful dive into yourself and what you bring. You need space and time to learn, to feel into things. Space and time to test ideas out and to build up self-belief and confidence. Maybe even to make a bit of a mess of things and have some fails along the way (which will, by the way, teach you loads). 

You can’t do all that in a few, one-off sessions.


Yes, they probably do and I’d love to work with them. When resources are spread too thin though (especially given the low budgets earmarked in non-profits for individual L&D), you risk no one getting any meaningful support. That’s not helpful for your mission. Let’s start with you because coaching you will have the biggest trickle down impact and take it from there. We’ll find a space for one of your team members next time.


Firstly, believe in the power of coaching for you and stick to your guns that this is important. You, and the organisation, deserve this investment. (I see far too many leaders undermining their own development and that of their organisations by not being willing to push through their own discomfort about this)
Share all the reasons why you believe coaching is a great investment
Enlist my support – I’m very happy to talk it through with your Chair or other sponsor
And remember, it’s very likely that they will have no hesitation whatsoever about investing in you and your development.

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