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Maternity transition
Leadership development

Sheila Panchal

Executive Coach


Sheila Panchal

Sheila is a chartered psychologist, with over twenty years of cross-sector experience. Her career began in management consultancy, and she has primarily worked within global investment banking for the past thirteen years. Sheila’s work spans coaching, consultancy and coach training. A key focus is transition coaching for leaders, new parents and female talent. Her expertise lies in helping individuals to negotiate personal and professional transitions, through personable, authentic and pragmatic coaching.

Sheila has coached hundreds of women through the maternity transition and supported female talent to balance the dual roles of work and family. She increasingly works with fathers, and career returners transitioning from longer breaks. As a leadership coach, she works with senior leaders to negotiate key transitions such as new roles, promotions and international moves. She enables them to reflect on their style, brand, and career direction, and above all, maintain well-being.

Coaching Style and Expertise

Sheila’s coaching approach is evidence-based, informed by the coaching, positive and developmental psychology fields. She often makes use of psychometric tools such as MBTI, VIA, and the Hogan suite. As a consultant, Sheila advises on large-scale diversity and culture change initiatives, as well as team development. As a coach trainer, she has upskilled both external and internal coaches. Sheila offers coaching, consultancy, and education workshops, on a range of development topics, including:

- Leadership development

- New parent coaching

- Culture change

- Well-being support

- Coach training


- BSc(Hons) in Psychology from Leeds University (First Class)

- MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology from UMIST (Distinction)

- Chartered by the British Psychological Society.

- Professional Development Certificate in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney

- Level A and B (Intermediate) Certificates in Psychometric Testing

- She is both accredited by and a Director of, the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP)

- Co-founder of the Centre for Positive Transitions.


Sheila is a highly skilled coach and L&D professional. She also has a robust understanding of organisational development principles & how to bring about positive change in organisations. In her coaching work her knowledge & and understanding of life career transitions have proved of enormous value to those facing the challenges of work-life balance, joining a new organisation, or stepping up into stretching situations or roles. Every team I have seen Sheila join has been enhanced by her knowledge, experience, and supportive nature. In short, she is a joy to work with I have seen her add significant value in whatever situation she is placed.” Head of Talent (Operations, Services & Technology)

“Sheila was extremely professional and welcoming. She listened and effectively worked through the discussion to come up with some concrete actions. Most importantly it was helpful to have an independent sounding board and activist on your side." Maternity Coachee