Annabel Harper

Coaching Profile

annabelthree.jpgAnnabel is an executive and personal coach accredited by the Association for Coaching, with special expertise in leadership and team communication.  She also coaches individuals for confidence, motivation and personal development. 

Coaching Approach

Annabel’s coaching approach is guided by the learning style of the client and focuses on solutions to their personal development needs and what they are hoping to achieve through coaching.  Her experience and academic background and training enable her to tailor each coaching intervention in the most suitable way for the client. 

Coaching Style

Clients appreciate Annabel’s skilful questioning and listening skills and her ability to quickly understand the heart of difficult issues.  She uses humour when appropriate, is a dynamic and innovative communicator and employs a variety of tools and techniques to help clients to bring about their own transformative personal growth and development in a supportive, collaborative and professional coaching environment.


Corporate & Business Experience

For more than 25 years, Annabel was a journalist and broadcaster at ITN, Channel Four News and the BBC.  This brought her into contact with top leaders and decision-makers in industry, politics and the voluntary sector as well as people affected by major events in their personal lives.  Annabel worked in Northern Ireland during some of the most difficult times in Northern Irish politics and often dealt with challenging and delicate issues which required skilful negotiations and a deep understanding of the emotions and sensitivities involved.  As well as perfecting her communication skills, this experience has enabled Annabel to develop a profound insight into the dynamics of relationships at both local and national level.  Her understanding of industry and commerce has informed her coaching work and given her the experience to coach both senior and junior leaders in diverse industries from across the globe.

Alongside her journalistic background, most of Annabel’s coaching experience is centred on working with clients who are at senior executive and Board level.  The focus of her work is developing leadership skills, either for existing leaders, new appointees or high potentials and she is particularly interested in working with senior women.  She is also an Executive Coach at the London Business School and works on many of the School’s leadership programmes.  Annabel also delivers training on presentation and media skills and developing confidence.



Annabel has an Honours Degree in Sociology and a Masters in Coaching and Mentoring Practice (Merit, 2007).  Her research was a phenomenological study into the use of psychometrics by coaches and her paper was published in 2008:  Psychometric tests are now a multi-million-pound business: what lies behind a coach’s decision to use them?

She is an Association for Coaching Accredited Coach, a past member of the AC’s UK Council and Head of Communications.  She abides by the AC’s Code of Ethics (    Memberships include the British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.  Annabel has a variety of training accreditations, including Level A and Level B (Intermediate) Occupational Testing; NEO PI-R; MTS 360 Profile; MTS Work Interests Schedule; Certified Confidence Graduate Coach; Belbin Team Roles, and is a licensed user of IPQ (The Influence and Political Styles Quotient).  She has a coaching supervisor and takes part in regular events for Continuing Professional Development. 


Clients come from multi-national backgrounds and a range of global industries such as pharmaceutical, banking, utilities and insurance.  Companies Annabel has worked for include Lloyds Banking Group; BP; Rasgas Qatar; Société Générale; AstraZeneca; Executive Affairs Authority, UAE; Roche; European Commission; Etilsalat; Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation; Allianz Insurance; the Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Deloitte; the BBC, and the  Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames.