Nicola Simpson Executive Coach & Career Coach - You can do great things!
Nicola Simpson Executive Coach & Career Coach – You can do great things!


Below are my Executive and Career Coaching services for Individuals and Teams I provide for companies as well as my Outplacement and Redundancy Support service which I provide to both companies and individuals (scroll down or see my pricing page).

Outplacement / Redundancy Coaching

For the Employer

The decision has been made. There is nothing anyone can do about that. It is what you do next for your soon to be ex-colleagues that counts. What is important for the employer is the welfare, well being and mental health of their colleagues during this incredibly difficult situation. This is especially important in a world where ESG is increasingly becoming more important and businesses are judged and scrutinised on many traits other than simply generating revenues and profits such as the treatment of staff and soon to be ex-staff. This is your chance to give your friends, your soon to be ex-colleagues, the best opportunity to help them find a new role in another company. This is important because everyone is affected negatively by redundancies, those being made redundant and those who are not. The atmosphere is always extremely negative and even toxic where everyone resents the management. Management circle the wagons and drip feed information while they tackle with employment law which staff interpret as deeply insensitive. 

However, if you look after your staff and provide an elegant exit this says so much about a management who clearly cares and the quality of the employer. The reputation of the company is at stake here. Your ex-colleagues will talk about the company going forward and view it in a more positive light. You do not want a bad reputation for mistreating staff. That impacts revenues and profits. People I work with who have been supported by their company providing outplacement coaching tell me they feel incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with me. They have not been set adrift to fend for themselves. They have been given a paddle to steer and a map to follow in order to secure the next role. This is what I do. I care about every single one of my clients and I promise I will look after your colleagues for you and give them the best outplacement coaching available. They will absolutely move on to bigger and better things and the redundancy will be remembered as a transition and not a trauma.

For the Employee

I am really sorry this has happened you, however, you need to know that You Can Do Great Things! Many companies are prepared to pay for outplacement coaching and it is critical you take advantage of it so that you can recover from this trauma as quickly as possible, move on and get back to work. That said, companies typically have contracts with large outplacement firms that will treat you like a number and put you on a conveyor belt process so everyone can tick the box. These outplacement firms work for the company and not for you. It is important that you insist on your own outplacement coaching service. I have seen people who have had 10 hours+ outplacement coaching already provided by their company and yet when I see them there is still so much to do. That is just wrong. 

The Outplacement Companies’ Conveyor Belts

The difference between my outplacement coaching and larger companies is that I believe in face to face sessions. It has to be that way. This is how you come to terms with redundancy and we prepare you for your next role. So called outplacement companies’ portals that simply have a load of embedded Youtube videos showing you how to write a CV or prepare for an interview etc are a complete waste of time. Most people watch those in their pyjamas while drinking a coffee in the morning. Completely pointless. You will achieve more in a 90 minute coaching session than you ever could watching Youtube for a year. They are not personal to you. They do not consider your situation. You are on a conveyor belt and you do not even know it. This is simply a cheap way to push people along the outplacement companies’ conveyor belts as quickly as possible and get you off their books.

You are not a number and I am going to treat you like a human being. And, then you are going to get another job!

Networking is Notworking

Larger outplacement firms will tell you they have networks you can join as a reason to sign up with them for outplacement services. In fact I remain sceptical about the value of this as part of a coaching offering, as the power of any network is dependent upon the quality and relevance of the connections within it. It is my experience that such networks often contain more people looking for jobs than hiring, of course, if there is data to show otherwise (i.e. a positive correlation) then I am happy to stand corrected(!) I advocate clients build their network organically – focusing on building quality rather than quantity of connections. You will need to decide whether hanging out with other people also looking for a job is more important to you than going with the best executive career coach. If you want to join a network then do an Executive MBA.

You still need structure, but, don’t forget to enjoy life!

Career coaching adds structure and stability after a traumatic experience. By having coaching sessions you can relax in between knowing you are doing the right thing. Now you are redundant it is important to maintain a structure, but, also to ensure you have some quality me time while you recover. Go to the gym or take up that hobby you always wanted to knowing that you have the job thing covered with regular career coaching sessions. We will absolutely get you back to work. There is no point beating yourself up daily until then especially as potential recruiters will pick up on that negativity. 

As your executive career coach, I am here to help you to navigate the challenges of redundancy and to recognise that the short-term disruption to your life is just that… short term. 

Gold Service

Number of Face to Face Sessions: THREE

My £500 fixed price package includes 1 x 90 and 2 x 60 minute face to face coaching sessions at my 35 New Broad Street, EC2M 1NH, office and include a full CV review / LinkedIn Optimisation.  

  • Session 1: What next? Determining your career goals, future aspirations and options
  • Session 2: How will you get there? Job research, working with recruiters, using social media
  • Session 3: How to succeed at interview – Interview skills and techniques, rehearsal and polish

Gold Plus Service

Number of Face to Face Sessions: FIVE

For a fixed price of £900 clients can take advantage of an enhanced Gold package that also includes the following:

  • Interview Coaching 101 (1 x 60 minute coaching session) 
  • Interview Coaching Mastering Session (1 x 90 minute pre-interview coaching session)

Platinum Service

Number of Face to Face Sessions: SEVEN

A £1,500 premium package delivered over an extended period with greater emphasis on getting you back to work quicker with Interview Coaching 101 and targeted Masterclass sessions. Highly recommended for executive level individuals.

  • CV Review & LinkedIn Optimisation (1 x 60 minute session + email feedback)
  • Professional Profile and Brand Development (1 x 60 minute session and includes development of a professional profile)
  • Career Planning and Job Search Strategy (1 x 90 minute + 2 x 60 minute coaching sessions)
  • Interview Coaching 101 (1 x 60 minute coaching session)
  • Interview Coaching Mastering Sessions  (1 x 90 minute pre-interview coaching sessions)

Diamond Service

Number of Face to Face Sessions: THIRTEEN

The £2,999 ultimate package is completely bespoke to the client and includes 13 face to face coaching sessions at my office. The Diamond service is typically paid for by the company and delivered over an extended period. The package will incorporate many aspects of Career Coaching, Interview Coaching and Executive Coaching. This is your chance to get some professional development as part of your redundancy agreement to make you even more marketable to the next company you work for. Highly recommended for executive level individuals.

  • CV Review & LinkedIn Optimisation (1 x 60 minute session + email feedback)
  • Professional Profile and Brand Development (1 x 60 minute session and includes development of a professional profile)
  • Delivering Professional Pitch with Gravitas (2 x 60 minute session)
  • Career Planning (1 x 90 minute + 2 x 60 minute coaching sessions)
  • Job Search Strategy and Implementation (2 x 60 minute session)
  • Interview Coaching 101 (1 x 60 minute coaching session)
  • Interview Coaching Mastering Sessions  (3 x 90 minute pre-interview coaching sessions)
  • Unlimited email/telephone support

Nicola Simpson Corporate In-House Resident Executive Coach Service

I also offer an in-house resident executive coach service for organisations coaching executives, at all levels, working with the organisation ensuring the outcomes and deliverables are aligned with both the individual’s and organisation’s own goals.

Organisations hire my Coaching services so their executives may benefit from the advantages of working with an external coach. For example, with many years’ business experience I am regarded as a peer, someone who not only understands the business context, but also the many challenges encountered from my own professional experience.  This creates a trusted environment were the client can speak freely, explore options and make decisions, resulting in more impactful outcomes for the individual and their organisation. 

Like my private practice, my work with organisations is flexible and transparent, this means I am able to quickly assist all your executive coaching needs personally and directly – delivering services when, where and how required with minimal administration. As a result, you save both time and money by working directly with me and enjoy the benefits of a long-term business relationship. What is more, my location at 35 New Broad Street, EC2M 1NH, makes my services even more accessible for those working in and around the City of London.

I deliver coaching services to executives on behalf of organisations, to:

  • Support new and emerging leaders as they transition into leadership and senior leadership position
  • Help manage complex stakeholder relationships
  • Work with individuals on key areas of challenge, such as building confidence and enhancing communication skills
  • Support the on-boarding of mid/senior executives as they tackle their first 90 days
  • To assist during the restructuring of teams
  • Support returning to work after maternity leave
  • Support an Executive moving to an overseas role
  • For those exiting the organisation, I provide bespoke outplacement career and executive coaching support tailored for each individual (as opposed to a generic off the shelf solution)
  • Lumina Spark Psychometric Testing
Lumina Spark Psychometric Test available at Nicola Simpson Executive Coaching
Lumina Spark Psychometric Test available at Nicola Simpson Executive Coaching

Lumina Spark Psychometric Analysis

Lumina Spark is the next generation of professional development tools supporting individuals, teams and organisations to work more effectively and improve the bottom line. It is unique amongst psychometric tools because it avoids any stereotyping. It provides a highly interactive colourful framework for better self-understanding and helps people identify how to improve their working relationships with others. By applying the Lumina Spark model, learners unlock multiple business benefits. 

The Lumina Spark is based on the latest Big 5 research paradigm and can also be viewed through the Jungian lens. It does not report on anything that is not specifically measured. Lumina Spark consists of 10 measures and therefore offers a richer interpretation of your personality, preferences and traits compared to other traditional measures (see below) such as Big 5/OCEAN tools which include the NEO and Insights. Tools like Myers-Briggs (MBTI) are dated and put you in a box which is incredibly limiting. For example, Myers-Briggs may tell you are introverted and therefore you are boxed in as an introvert. In reality, you may only be an introvert 60% of the time and, in fact, an extrovert the rest. However, the extrovert in you is lost and you are labelled an introvert and so you walk around telling yourself and everyone else you are an introvert. That is why I work with Lumina because it provides insight without putting you in a box and, with reference to the three personas, it offers a holistic analysis. I was trained at Henley Business School.

The benefits of Lumina Spark vs older dated models: 

Jungian4 measures: Intuition or Sensing / Judging or Perceiving / Introversion or Extroversion / Feeling or Thinking

Big 5/OCEAN 5 measures: Open to Experience / Conscientious / Extraversion / Agreeableness / Neuroticism

Lumina Spark 10 measures: Big Picture Thinking and Down to Earth / Discipline Driven and Inspiration Driven / Extroverted and Introverted / People Focused and Outcome Focused / Risk Reactor and Reward Reactor


Lumina Spark Psychometric Test available at Nicola Simpson Executive Coaching
Lumina Spark Psychometric Test available at Nicola Simpson Executive Coaching

Working with me means you will also get access to your Lumina Spark profile via the excellent iPhone or Android app so that you can always instantly reference it.


Lumina Spark App available at Nicola Simpson Executive Coaching
Lumina Spark App available at Nicola Simpson Executive Coaching

Executive Coaching Programmes

This is a list of my Executive Career Coaching programmes I currently teach to individuals or groups. Each subject area will be the focus of one 90 minute session. This means clients can pick ‘n mix any number of subject areas that are important to them and this approach allows them to stay in control of their Executive Career Coaching. They are also tailored according to client requirements: I can also create custom programmes with degree level content (phone for more information)::

Subject Areas (each session 90 minutes)

  • Assertiveness in Action
  • Attention Skills
  • Building Relationships
  • Bullying & Harassment Prevention
  • Communicating Difficult Messages
  • Communication Skills
  • Change Management
  • Change Leadership
  • Creative Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Dealing with Anxiety
  • Dealing with Conflict in the Workplace
  • Dealing with Stress
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Generating Leads For Your Organization
  • Hiring ‘Fret For Your Latte’ Millennials and Managing The Entitlement Culture 
  • How To Be More Organized & Efficient
  • Influencing Others
  • Instructional Design
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Leadership for Female Executives
  • Leading Meetings
  • Management Skills
  • Managing Upwards
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivation
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Networking Skills
  • New Manager Training
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Participating in Meetings
  • Planning for Change
  • Positive Thinking
  • Presentation Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Productivity
  • Project Management Skills
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Questioning Skills
  • Risk Management
  • Self Awareness
  • Self Confidence
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Talent Management
  • Team Building & Management
  • Telephone Skills – Cold Calling For a Job
  • The Art & Science of Setting Goals
  • Time Management
  • Wellness
  • Work Ethics
  • Writing Skills
  • Or a Bespoke Executive Coaching Service – tailored according to client requirements

Executive coaching can be based at the organisation’s own office(s) or at my office (35 New Broad Street, EC2M 1NH) or through a combination. I would be delighted to discuss your requirements and how I can help. For more information please contact me.

Coaching Teams – Building a High-Performance Team

“It feels like it’s all running very smoothly now, without much input needed from my side – thank you! “

The aim of this workshop is to deliver knowledge and understanding of the six attributes of a high-performing team. Over three 3.5 hours sessions we will cover all six attributes and build a high-performance team!

  1. Clear identity and purpose
  2. Establishing Clearly defined principles of working
  3. Openness to conflict
  4. Trust
  5. Individual accountability and commitment
  6. Team results above individual results

Attributes One and Two: Clear Identity and Purpose and Establishing Clearly Defined Principles of Working

  • Session length: 3.5 hours
  • Price: £175 per individual  (Price includes all materials and pre-session communications)
  • Who? Everyone… From the receptionist to the MD. 
  • Includes high level team members Lumina Spark Psychometric Test Exercise. A team needs to be well balanced and then everyone can play to their strengths and the result is a high performance team that delivers results. A team weighted too much towards a small number of traits will NEVER be as effective and the capacity for conflict is very high and that risks damaging the team’s overall performance and wellbeing.
Lumina Spark Psychometric Test available at Nicola Simpson Executive Coaching
Lumina Spark Psychometric Test available at Nicola Simpson Executive Coaching


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Warm-up exercise
  3. Building High Performance
  4. Individual Values Exercise
  5. Team Values Exercise
  6. Your company Values in Action: Delivering Impact
  7. Individual Working Practices Exercise
  8. Team Working Practices Exercise
  9. Team Working Practices Exercise: Action Planning
  10. Team Reflections, Commitments and Action

For more information on this workshop and the follow up workshops that cover the Building a High-Performance Team attributes three to six please contact me.

Coaching Teams – Accountability

An HR Director contacted me seeking a session to increase accountability from her team, individually and collectively. Working in partnership with the HR Director I developed a bespoke workshop, giving her the opportunity to raise and discuss this important topic with her staff. The workshop consisted of:

  •  A pre-session individual diagnostic 
  • An interactive workshop on the topic of individual and team accountability
  • Group work planning how greater accountability will be achieved
  • Facilitated discussion re: strengths and blockers
  • Making commitments
  • Post-session follow-up / reflection exercise

Bringing together my expertise in learning design and coaching, sessions such as this are carefully crafted to ensure objectives are met. For more information about how I can work with you to help your team improve performance please get in touch.

Brand / B2B and Direct Marketing Consultant

I also act in the capacity of a marketing consultant. You can also take advantage of my significant marketing skills and experience.

  • Entrepreneurs Marketing: I run marketing clinics for entrepreneurs. I love working with entrepreneurs. Their enthusiasm is infectious, the positive attitude brilliant and their ideas great. However, marketing always seems to be the skill they are lacking the most and yet it is the most important. That is if you want to generate maximum revenues.
  • Marketing Consultant: If you need something done fast you can parachute me in and I will execute the task with maximum efficiency.
  • Marketing Trouble Shooter: That said, trouble shooting is really my speciality… this is where I get to develop and apply strategy (something I also love doing). I have come across so many marketing departments that just refuse to change and evolve and continue to do the same thing as “that’s the way it has always been done“. Consequently, there is typically either no staff turnover (bad) or 100% turnover (also bad) and young marketeers leaving the industry dejected, the latter, which really annoys me as someone who teaches marketing to undergraduates at Birkbeck, University of London. That just throttles the business, impacts revenues, stifles innovation and just gets the rest of the stakeholders’ backs up.

However, I can only help companies who want to help themselves and if you are prepared to do that then hire me. If not, please don’t. I have had my fill of companies who say they want to change, I land and I discover that change is the LAST thing they want to do. So, if you have got this far and have a particular marketing challenge or requirement then give me a call and we can have a chat.

Customised Learning Solutions

Transparent, flexible and impactful learning solutions may be designed in collaboration with corporate partners. We begin by diagnosing the knowledge or skills gap and then work together to develop learning objectives. Learning solutions are designed and delivered to meet your objectives, fully customised to your organisational culture and practice.

The benefits of customised learning solutions include:

• Enhanced individual & team performance
• Acquisition and application of new knowledge & skills to drive innovation
• Improved efficiency and effectiveness across organisation

My Approach…. Experience, Reflection, and Action!

Embedded into the design and delivery of customised learning solutions is a distinctive and practical approach, centred on the learner. At the heart of this approach are three main elements Experience, Reflection, and Action! A pre-learning focus on Context and post-learning emphasis on Evaluation completes the five-step method* used, as outlined below:

Context – pre-programme, learning is designed to take into consideration the needs of the individual, their environment, background and organisational context.

Experience – during the programme, learners are encouraged to actively engage by bringing their prior knowledge, skills and experience into the teaching and learning process.

Reflection – key to this approach, learners are encouraged to become more reflective, so they more deeply understand what they have learned and the implications of this knowledge for their organisation and individual professional practice.

Action – during the programme, learners are moved beyond knowledge to action, their commitment to deciding their next steps and moving forward is a key part of the learning process.

Evaluation – post-programme, outcomes are evaluated at key intervals to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of the learning upon the individual, their organisation and others.

Drawing upon my extensive experience in higher and executive education, I design and deliver innovative, inspiring and impactful learning solutions. For more information enquire today at

*Based on the Ignatian Pedagogic Paradigm (IPP)