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I am a credentialed coach and facilitator and a consultant in organisational learning. My clients inevitably work within complex systems, where the pathways to change are not clear cut.

Our work together is focused on developing the skills and mindset necessary to engage fully and effectively in the process of change. 


Experience & ​Credentials


MSc in International Development

BSc (Hons) in Psychology  

Certificate in Professional Coaching Skills 

International Coach Federation
Professional Certified Coach

Academy of Executive Coaching
Trained Systemic Team Coach
Accredited to use Team Connect 360

Accredited Practitioner of StrengthscopeTeam™ and Strengthscope Leader™

Envisia Learning
Trained to use Innate, Career Profile Inventory, NeuroTeamView, Resilience Inventory, Momentor, OFactor, Talent Accelerator

Coaching Constellations
Systemic Coaching and Constellations, Fundamentals Parts I & II

Specific experience includes:

Coaching senior leaders and their teams within a variety of other organisations in UK and internationally, including UNDP, UNICEF and FAO.

Delivering ILM Level 5 coach training to Southampton Hospital Trust.

Developing and delivering a strengths-based leadership development programme to middle and senior leaders of a large Further Education college.

Coaching self-employed professionals in career transition.

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From the coaching with Sarah-Jane I achieved some very pragmatic and practical steps to help me with present issues, such as how best to deal with underperforming staff. Her positive spirit combined with her at times uncomfortable questions were empowering and made me realise I can do it! She is a very enabling leadership coach.

Anna Trolle-Lindgren, FAO, September 2019

My Story

I love to help leaders and their teams clarify the change they want to promote and to identify and stretch the ‘muscles’ needed to do so.

I’ve always loved what I do. And when I no longer love it, I get curious as to why and I adapt. My 25-year professional journey started with an internship in a small Ecuadorian NGO, and has since involved various positions of increasing seniority, with employers including universities, International NGOs, government aid agencies, and international development consultancy firms.  
When I found myself succumbing to burn out, increasingly frustrated at the dissonance between the values that had attracted me to my work and the practices that seemed to proliferate despite the recognition within the sector of their ineffectiveness, I stepped away.

I trained as an executive coach and was soon struck by the similarity between a coaching approach and the raison-d’être of development work – i.e. of empowering others to find and act on their own solutions. My specific expertise as a consultant in evaluation and learning also seemed to dovetail with the work I did as a coach to help clients set goals and look for, reflect on, and respond to evidence about the effectiveness of their actions.

I have since then found my way back to the international development space, supporting leaders and their teams to better understand themselves and the impact they can have on others through the way go about their work. 

My clients inevitably work within complex systems, where the pathways to change are not clear cut. Our work together is focused on developing the skills and mindset necessary to engage fully and effectively in the process of change.

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