Élan Coaches


Anna Sheather - Lead Coach

I set up Elan Coaching in January 2007 and since that time I have seen it evolve and grow so that I now provide executive coaching, leadership team coaching and supervision as well as bespoke development programmes. More recently I set up 'Art in Coaching' as a platform to bring art and coaching together as a powerful and transformational way to work. For more information on my supervision and 'Art in Coaching' please go to the For Coaches page.

I have been coaching for many years having qualified with Henley Business School. I am an APECS Accredited Executive Coach (Association of Professional Executive Coaches) and a qualified coach supervisor holding the EMCC ESQA Certificate in Supervision.

My clients describe me as highly intuitive, insightful and challenging and they tend to work with me on:

  • Developing personal and/or leadership qualities and behaviours 
  • Personal and professional impact 
  • Building professional relationships
  • Acting as a sounding board to talk through and explore key decisions for their organisation, department or team, including organisational change and restructures
  • Career choices and decisions

I work from the premise that each person has the resources they need to achieve their own success and my role is to create a space for my clients to reflect and explore how to achieve their coaching aims. 

My clients are often leaders and those aspiring to be leaders and can include scientists, academics, legal and financial professionals, and clinicians as well IT, Financial and Operational Directors, and Chief Executives. The organisations I work with are also varied and can be from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. They currently include universities, pharmaceutical and food distribution companies as well as a unitary council.

Before setting up Élan Coaching I was a director of a niche strategic consulting working with the boards and senior management teams of fast growing businesses. Prior to that I had a long career in the financial services industry including multi-million pound programme management and heading up the internal audit function for a financial services plc.

Cathy Summers – Associate Coach

Cathy Summers is a professionally qualified and experienced coach, consultant and facilitator with over 20 years’ experience. Her background includes NHS senior management, management consultancy, retail and charity management and RAF air traffic control. Cathy has worked with individuals up to and including board level in the NHS, local government, universities, social enterprise and the private sector on team and individual development, leadership development, change leadership and career development. She is familiar with the challenges faced by leaders working within complex systems, operational demands and major change, including mergers and restructures.

Cathy now coaches clients in leadership development, team development, managing organisational and personal change, career development and work / life balance. Cathy holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management.