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Nick Oakley-Smith

Nick is an executive coach working with leaders in a range of sectors. His current clients include Allen & Overy, The European Investment Fund, Baker & McKenzie, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, John Lewis, Hogan Lovells, TLT & Airlite. Nick has also worked with John Lewis, Simmons & Simmons, Lloyds TSB, World First, HBOS and National Grid. In addition, since its inception five years ago, Nick has also worked for Key4Life, a charity set up to work with young offenders coming out of prison.


Nick works extensively across Europe and brings a great range and flexibility to his approach that, in addition to his individual coaching, sees him designing and delivering coaching, leadership and emotional intelligence programmes. Nick has also worked as a senior associate for the Judge Business School at Cambridge University in designing and delivering programmes on leadership and coaching.


Nick has a unique approach to coaching based on seeing business and life as a consciousness provoking experience rich with meaning and purpose that is continually challenging us to learn and develop. His wide range of interests spans neuroscience to eastern philosophy. His own learning has helped him to understand the challenges and pressures that leaders and organisations face and how to transform these from stresses into learning so that they are able to fulfil more of their potential. His particular strength is in taking an emotionally intelligent approach to the challenges faced in leadership roles and transitions to leadership roles.


Nick is adept at helping individuals become more aware of themselves, their impact on others and the elements that interfere with them being able to perform to or fulfil their potential. He is also skilled at helping individuals understand the motivations of others and develop strategies to adapt to these, allowing them to resolve conflicts and to develop the capability and responsibility of their teams.


Before creating his own company in 2003 Nick was Director of Leadership and Executive Development at Ernst & Young. Whilst with Ernst & Young, Nick had responsibility for the executive development and coaching of partners as well as designing and implementing an organisation wide talent management programme for future leaders within the firm.

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