Dr Lucy Ryan

Managing Director

As an executive coach (qualified to Master Practitioner level with the EMCC), business psychologist and trainer for the last 20 years, I’m passionate about developing people so that their confidence, impact and natural talents grow and flourish. This means that I am fascinated with helping teams and individuals find their voice; develop their presence; have impact in the Boardroom and lead and motivate their teams with passion and insight.

Three vital chapters in my life inform my approach. Firstly on the stage, (failed opera singer but would-be Julie Andrews!), then Sales Director in London and Sydney and latterly as a business psychologist. As one of the lucky people in Europe to hold an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology, I specialise in applying it to the business world, with specific interests in strengths based coaching and organisational resilience. To this end, I’m Honorary Lecturer at the University of East London in the Application of Positive Psychology to Coaching and Organisations and keynote speaker across Europe.

In the last decade I have worked with leaders from diverse organisations across Europe including BBC; OMD; Principality Building Society; Arval; Siemens; UNICEF and the ICO (Independent Cinema Organisation). I am a member of the Association of Coaching, a trainer with the Penn Resilience Programme team, certified as an NLP Master Practitioner and licensed to administrate the VIA-PRO Strengths Survey; the MSCEIT (the Emotional Intelligence Ability Test) and the Strengths Deployment Inventory. I have published 2 books, including ‘Personal Well-Being Lessons for Secondary Schools’, published in the UK, France and Holland. My new leadership book, Lunchtime Learning for Leaders' will be published through Kogan Page in 2021.

I hold a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from the University of Liverpool, with a focus on female executives at midlife. For fun, I sing, jive dance (badly) and tackle sporting challenges with my erstwhile team, the ‘Grey Ladies’!