Elaine Akester Executive Coach & Resilience Expert

E. Akester, Leadership Coach, Mentor & Facilitator 

Key Skills:

  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Leadership Mentoring
  • Group workshop design and delivery
  • Resilience Development and Coaching
  • Strategic Change
  • Organisational Development 
Professional Qualifications & Training
  • Qualified Lawyer Ireland and UK
  • ILM level 7Certificate in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring 
  • Diploma in Coaching skills 
  • Certificate in Mentoring
  • Licensed in AQR Resilience Profiling (MTQ48)
  • Training in MBSR (Mindfulness stress reduction )
Professional Memberships
  • Full Memeber of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council UK (EMCC)
  • Associate memeber of the ILM
  • East Mindlands EMCC


Elaine has a deep passion for supporting people to function at an optimal level and to experience a strong sense of overall well being and resilience. She has a sharp and incisive mind, which is balanced by a warmth and a keen Irish humour. She brings a wealth of business and life experience to her coaching and her commitment to her coaching excellence is evident to all who experience her professional skills.

Coaching Style

Elaine’s style is incisive, and challenging but blended with a warmth and empathy which works particularly well. Her legal training and background combined with her extensive commercial experience, enables her support her clients get to the “nub” of an issue, adeptly and sensitively.

With 10 years experience and a deep interest and understanding of human psychology, Elaine draws from a range of schools and approaches, particularly those relating to cognitive behavioural approaches; reframing, seeking alternative perspectives, challenging thought and behaviour patterns. In her continuing practice and commitment to excellence as a coach, she is also informed by positive psychology, particularly, learned optimism and understanding personal strengths. Her aim is always to support her clients to see what is positive and working in their particular situation rather than solely focusing on what’s not working. This “appreciative enquiry” approach, supports clients to retain a more balanced and optimistic outlook whilst working on developing and implementing desired changes. Elaine is particularly adept at supporting leaders into senior roles and supporting them during this crucial transition period, whilst they establish their own authentic executive presence.

Client Organisations

  • Accredited coach for Natural Environment Research council (NERC) the largest scientific research council in the UK. Delivering leadership coaching and 360 degree feedback to leaders up to and including board directors on key themes of leadership, throughout the England and Scotland.
  • Coaching and team workshop delivery on core leadership modules to first intake of mangers at adidas academy, adidas HQ, Manchester.
  • Coaching blended with team development workshops to blue chip recruitment organisation in the City, London resulting in 60% increase in turnover.
  • Coaching and mentoring to managers within East Midlands Ambulance Service,(EMAS) undergoing ILM Level 5 Diploma in executive coaching and leadership mentoring.
  • Coaching and mentoring to managers within NHS Greenwich PCT, undergoing ILM Level 5 diploma in executive coaching and leadership mentoring. Delivery of team leadership development modules including building resilience.
  • Leadership coaching to senior managers within the Charity Commissioners.
  • Coaching to wide range of organisations within manufacturing, retail, and service industries.
  • Nottingham City Council – Responsible for implementing successful mentoring framework to improve levels of senior female leaders in Nottingham.

Career Background

Prior to setting up her own business in Executive Coaching, mentoring and Leadership Development, Elaine spent 20 years in a variety of commercial roles. Originally trained as a lawyer, she used her expertise initially in helping to design and develop specialist legal support packages for the legal profession. Other roles ensued including lead marketing and account management roles of top City Law Firms. Elaine also has change management experience, having successfully transformed an ailing regional training company, into a leading Microsoft Authorised IT training centre.

Elaine has a particular interest in supporting individuals and organizations in developing their resilience. She runs resilience programmes and speaks regularly on this theme in coaching and HR forums. 

Most Recent Testimonial

Developing Personal resilience for optimal performance
The course is well grounded in research and best practice and provides excellent insight into the topic of personal resilience. The style of the whole event was relaxed but focussed and made for an enjoyable and productive interaction with the other attendees

Dr. Andrew Woodward, Director, Hilltop Partners, High Growth East Midlands