Meet the Team

Trayton Vance

Trayton Vance

CEO and Founder

A seasoned executive coach and facilitator, Trayton has worked as a trusted adviser to C-suites and HR and L&D leaders for over 15 years in sectors from retail and manufacturing to utilities and financial services.

Marc Wicks

Marc Wicks

Operations Director

A multi-skilled and approachable consultant, leader, advisor, mentor, and trainer, Marc delivers dynamic leadership training and team building across all levels of business management.

Pippa Vance

Pippa Vance


Pippa oversees the financial, legal, and contractual elements of the business. Pippa has been with Coaching Focus since our creation and plays an integral role in the day-to-day running of the business.

Sooz Morgan

Suzannah Morgan

Business Development Director

Suzannah overseas our new business relationships, sales and marketing activities. She works closely with our partners to develop our product offerings.


Maureen Sumner Smith

Non-Executive Director

Maureen has enjoyed a long and varied 40 year corporate career in various commercial roles including Chief Commercial Officer EMEA at BSI. She joins us to bring that experience and help us grow.

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Nick Cowley

Non-Executive Director

Nick stepped down from the Oxford Group leadership team in 2021 and now focuses his own practice and providing consultancy to help businesses grow.

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Derek Blackburn

Head of Skills Delivery

Derek is responsible for creating our coaching and mentoring content, onboarding and training our facilitators, and is our lead trainer too.

George Lumley

George Lumley

Senior Client Partner

George is responsible for our Creating Coaching and Mentoring capability offer and works closely with our clients to deliver impactful and sustainable coaching solutions.

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Katy Deacon

Digital Lead

Katy is our digital lead and works closely with our myE-coach and learning management system clients.

Kayleigh Skilton

Kayleigh Skilton

Client Partner

Kayleigh works closely with our coaches and facilitators and supports delivery of our coaching leaders and teams solutions.


Henry Lumley

Client Partner

Henry works together with our coaches and facilitators and supports the delivery of our coaching solutions.


Kate Nicholas

Client Partner

Kate works together with our coaches and facilitators and supports the delivery of our coaching solutions.


Evie Chant

Client Partner

Evie works closely with our ILM coaching and mentoring cohorts and supports Alumni on their continued journey towards becoming great coaches.