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United Kingdom
Leadership development
Organisational change
Culture change

Rachel May

Executive coach


Rachel May

Rachel has an outstanding twenty-year track record as an Executive Coach to leaders and managers in organisations including Hitachi, Sony, Airbus, the NHS, and Ford. As a former Head of Leadership Development in two large organisations, she has a very strong practical grasp of the challenges leaders face. She has particular specialisms in coaching leaders leading complex organisational change, senior role transition, and the leadership of culture change. She also works as an organisation development consultant and team coach to the senior team, focusing on culture shift and performance improvement.

Coaching Style and Expertise

Rachel has a distinctive ‘wide angle lens’ on coaching, working systemically to enable leaders to consider their personal effectiveness in the context of team and organisational culture, relationships with key stakeholders and customers, and building communities of interest across sectors and businesses. Rachel’s coaching is influenced by beliefs around the value of clear focus, political and ethical awareness, and the need for practical impact on organisational performance. Her style is pragmatic, fun, and challenging, underpinned by strong support and empathy; she encourages clients to face the challenges that make a difference. Learning is at the heart of everything she does.


- MSc in Executive Coaching and Behavioural Change 2022 (Henley Business School)

- Diploma in Advanced Executive Coaching – Academy of Executive Coaching, London 2007

- Foundation Training in Psychoanalytic Group Work (IGA 2017-18) ·

- Diploma in Gestalt in Organisations (OD practice) – Metanoia Institute, London; Certificate in

- Humanistic Counselling – North London Gestalt Centre ·

- Qualified User for Myers Briggs Type Indicator (Step 1 & 2), Psysoft EQI, Firo-B, OPQ

- Rachel May · BA (Hons), MA, PGCE; PG DIP Human Resource Development – University of

- Lancaster School of Management


‘Rachel’s coaching enabled me to reach for a new senior role that I had not thought possible. Highly motivating and supportive’ Director, UK Outsourcing Business ‘The coaching had a fantastic impact on X; it really changed her attitude toward others, she’s getting hugely improved feedback, and relationships are much better generally. Please thank Rachel for this work’ Feedback from Director, UK Charity about a direct report

‘It was a great series of sessions. Notes I made from our conversations still litter my desk on post-its, I refer to them. It was so helpful to talk about these important things.’ Senior Ops Manager, Manufacturing