Mahnaz is creator of “NoorWorks” and is a coach and workshop facilitator. Coaching is a profession which was introduced to her while she was in her role of Global Head of Sales Technology at a German Investment Bank. 6 months later she voluntarily took a redundancy package to become a Coach because of the impact it had on her. It was time to train up and give back.
While training as a coach, Mahnaz realised the significant impact it was having on her personal and professional life. In particular with regards to self reflection and connecting to her own inner wisdom. It has and continues to be a major part of her own development and driver in life which has led to more creativity and ideas flowing. And she is passionate about supporting people to reconnect with theirs.
She would consider her main areas of expertise to be in Leadership and Self Mastery, Communication, Emotional Intelligence and supporting people in tuning into their own creative mind.
She has a BSC (hons) in Computer Science and is an NLP Master Practitioner, Consultant and Trainer. She was also an accredited ICF Coach for 8 years and delivered a certified ICF Coach Trained Programme for the ICF for 3 years.
- Has climbed Ben Nevis and did a tandem Parachute jump for charity
- Has swum with dolphins
- Worked at a school in Nepal over a summer period
Mike spent an entire career as a professional developer of people he worked in tough fields where people were tested on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. He worked with salespeople, sales managers, sales directors, marketing professionals and administration staff, designing and delivering advanced level training courses in complex subjects such as advanced selling skills, negotiation skills, market positioning and business creation and development. He has personally trained hundreds of people and is happily still in touch with most of the people he developed.
He became a professional coach in 2006 having pondered the question “what is the secret ingredient that makes a person successful in their chosen field?” He studied psychology, and worked with NLP, developed clean language techniques and became skilful at listening to people and choosing the words that his clients needed him to choose for them to gain insight into their ability and potential.
With the help of his clients, he slays dragons, the Dragons of fear and insecurity and those that blocked their progress in recognising the wonderful person that they are and realising their full potential.
- Once spoke at a wedding and compared the bride to a Jaffa cake
- I once worked on signage at the then new Metro Toronto Zoo and I placed a sign on the inside of the glass cage of the only poisonous snake in the world that was known to attack unprovoked. I didn’t know what it was. There was an enquiry, but it proved that the snake was afraid of Yorkshire men.
Dorothy has been passionate about the improvement of performance and personal development for as long as she can remember. Her career, before training evolved around skills such as coordination, organisation, communication and the transfer of competencies.
As a trainer and coach for over 10 years, Dorothy continues to diversify and intensify her skills for facilitating the development of people. She designs, develops and delivers training in French, English and Dutch for a multi-national audience (especially European Union), where her experience to date has mostly been with middle management. She works for the European institutions, for international NGO’s, and for multinationals.
An expert in Group Facilitation through a number of different methodologies, Dorothy has been able to help organisations define strategies. She has also covered team effectiveness, time management, mind mapping, speed reading, e-mail and task management, and self-leadership.
- Rides an electric motorbike
- Is a fan of Deep Space Nine (Star Trek) and dislikes Star Wars
- Multiple Tedx speaker
Shahid has a passion for people and for disseminating the knowledge he has been blessed with. He is engaged in leading and delivering various training programmes in the UK and abroad.
As a Certified Trainer of NLP, Success Coach and related disciplines, he has trained in many organisations in the public and private sectors, and is a Personal Success Coach to many business executives, professionals and people from all walks of life, in the UK and internationally. He also works with schools and colleges to deliver a unique programme on ‘Brain Friendly’ learning techniques. He has also designed specialist training to help clients to overcome learning ‘disabilities’ such as ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia etc.
In his previous roles, he has had successful and practical leadership experience in the Civil Service, Private Sector and the Charity / Volunteer services.
He has served as Chair of the Education Committee for the Muslim Council of Britain, as CEO of an Educational Trust working in the UK and Pakistan, and is a founder Trustee of the Umthombo Wolwazi Trust, a community development charity in South Africa. He is a Mentor for the Prince of Wales’s MOSAIC Network, working with young Muslims from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- I was the Muslim prayer leader at a remembrance prayer event for Diana, Princess of Wales in Peterborough cathedral.
- I was held up at gunpoint and robbed of everything including my glasses whilst on a trip to south Africa
- On my first international flight alone (as a 13 year old), tried to eat a face wipe thinking it was an after dinner mint!
Neil spent many years in operational management in the criminal justice system before commencing coach and NLP trainings in 2004.
Now a Master Practitioner of NLP Neil specialises in personal and professional development and coaching within the charity sector. He has also supported coach and NLP trainings for many years and enjoys seeing others grow in confidence and self-belief.
Neil also promotes professional chamber concerts at Kings Place and is grateful for the opportunities this gives him to coach young musicians in career development.
- I was once arrested for attempting to rob a Post Office
- I am Cambridge University’s first non-graduate postgraduate
- I can waggle my ears
Sally has an unusual approach to business, so it’s hardly surprising to discover that her Masters degree is in the unlikely combination of Chemistry, Management Science and German! This ability to see synergy where others cannot is the strength she brings to her coaching and consulting.
Her background includes a bottom up knowledge of quality, from quality control to quality assurance, and standards like ISO9001 (and more complex within industries as diverse as medical and aerospace); she is a Master NLP practitioner and a European Certified NLP coach as well as a member of the International Coaching Federation.
However, Sally is very aware that a list of qualifications don’t make a business (or a person) successful; it’s all to do with practical focus and, often, a fresh approach. This is what she brings to each client – a willingness to get to grips with them and their business and help them to find the solution that really works for them.
Sometimes unconventional, Sally never takes her eye off the business ball! In football terms she’s a high goal scorer, putting her clients into the Premier League.
Rachel is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and is certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is also the co-author of ‘And the next Question is…’ a very practical and easy to use book of 3,000+ powerful questions. She became an executive and performance coach at the beginning of 2005. She is currently an Associate Coach for a number of companies.
Rachel works with clients from a variety of different sectors including pharmaceuticals, insurance, international banking, healthcare, management consultancy and sport. She invites clients to have powerful and honest conversations, accessing their unconscious behaviours and beliefs, in pursuit of their goals and coaching outcomes. She is highly motivated and energised by the coaching process and by the results people achieve.
Rachel holds a BA (Hons) degree in sport studies/science. She is a certified Myers Brigg Type Indicator (MBTi) Practitioner and is a qualified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner, European Certified Coach and International Coach Community Supervisor.
- I achieved my number one bucket list item when I had published ‘And the Next Question Is …’ book in 2012
- I have once managed to get to the top of the point leader board on Candy Crush!
- I have a DVD collection of every Best Picture Oscar film since 1927
Joyce has found that coaching is a natural culmination of the many skills she has honed throughout her career. During twenty successful years working in Government institutions and subsequently running her own business, she realised there must be an easier and more elegant way to succeed. Mastering NLP and Coaching transformed her way of working with both individuals and businesses. She is energised by the positive results a coaching framework provides when working with individuals and groups: and always impressed by the huge benefits a good coaching approach can achieve within an organisation
As a coach Joyce has worked in the Public, Private and Voluntary sectors. She has had the pleasure of working with Managers at almost all levels, and particularly with Senior Management Teams as well as individuals and entrepreneurs. Joyce is flexible and yet holds the structure and outcome in such a way that clients achieve their goal. She can acknowledge complex emotions while still holding the coaching space lightly. She uses her listening and questioning skills to help her clients get clarity, embrace reality, create options and ultimately achieve their goals. She is completely non-judgemental and her unfaltering belief in the client allows them to work through complex experiences and beliefs, ultimately enabling them to develop the strategies and behaviours that will produce the desired outcomes. Joyce finds humour is often a great way to help a client move forward but she is also able to hold clients accountable when appropriate.
In addition to gaining qualifications in Coach Mastery and as a master NLP practitioner with Ian McDermot, Joyce has studied specialist areas such as Leadership and Identity with Robert Dilts, Ontological coaching with Julio Ollaja, Health and Wealth with Suzi Smith and Tim Halbum and Neuroscience and coaching with Prof Tricia Riddel. Over the last 12 years Joyce has used these skills to great effect helping many individuals, teams and companies overcome barriers, suceed and thrive. Her clients include the Foreign and Commomwealth Office, Olympus Surgical Technologies, CIBSE, LEO Pharmaceuticals, MSD, and Age UK.
- In 2012 I volunteered for 7 months as part of the ‘props’ team for the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.
- I love trains, cricket, music and hugs – but not necessarily in that order.
- In 2017 I’m walking/boating/biking from Brean Point south of Weston Super Mare to Canvey Island
While working at British Gas Paul attended an internal Coaching training course. He was astounded really by the usefulness of it, when someone coached him and helped him get answers to a few issues within twenty minutes. He continued his development as a coach achieving NLP coach certification and furthered it with a coaching diploma and International Coach Federation’s PCC (Professional Certified Coach)
At British Gas and Centrica he worked as National Sales Effectiveness Coaching Manager across all twelve of their sites, working with people to bring cultural change and improve sales, customer service and manger skills. He also built their first in house coaching teams.
After leaving British Gas Paul worked voluntarily with homeless people in Swansea, working with a team that brought food, clothing, advice and company to people who lived an abject poverty and were often isolated from support and help. During this time he also worked at Citizens Advice Bureau helping clients to negotiate the complexity of the benefits system, to deal with their debts and other challenges that they faced day to day. At the bureau he also worked with other employees as a coach and trainer, assisting them to develop the necessary skills they needed in order to carry out their work.
Paul is always happiest when he is somewhere natural like a beach or a forest, this just rejuvenates me. He loves to listen to the stories of people’s lives and uses metaphors in his coaching and training. For Paul, getting the contract is probably the most important part of getting coaching to work.
Paul is equally comfortable coaching around situations that are emotional and need gentleness or challenge. Each session can be incredibly enjoyable and a journey into the unknown.
Drawing on her 13-year journey through NLP, Mindfulness and Conscious Sexuality, Olivia offers a dynamic, creative coaching experience for women. A Master Practitioner in NLP and Urban Tantra, she moves intuitively from dialogue to working gently with the body and breath when it’s needed, helping her clients release emotional tensions, ‘stuckness’ and stress.
In doing so, she creates a safe, nurturing, beautiful space for women to explore what it means to be female, on a personal level and within the context of their closest, most intimate relationships. A place to find themselves and be themselves, welcomed and loved. It’s an experience that supports the awakening of passion and sensuality, as well as the possibility for clients to connect more fully with their own confidence, creativity and flow.
For those who feel they spend much of their time holding and supporting others, Olivia brings the calmness, gentleness and compassion that allows them to let go and feel held themselves, whilst opening up the possibility of finding deeper strength, clarity and focus through a life that lights them up and inspires them.
Mark is in his 30th year as a GP in Suffolk (updated 2014). His professional interests are Psychological Medicine and GP Training. He also has a private practice in Medical Hypnosis and Complementary Therapies, and provides Coaching for Doctors and Allied Medical Staff via Akeso, based in Cambridge.
Sakeena has won awards for her conceptual ideas and performances using dance as a medicinal tool for wellbeing. She has worked on a variety of projects that help facilitate a sense of empowerment and human connection through the arts.
Sakeena is an experienced consultant teacher who trains and advises on how to develop inclusive practice within schools. She has been involved in setting up a community school for parents and children in need that used the arts as a therapeutic and educational tool. In August 2016, Sakeena took these skills out to Ritsona refugee camp in Greece and advised humanitarian NGOs on education systems in a crisis. She was involved in setting up an emergency temporary classroom and designing the curriculum. She also carried out some therapeutic work with the women in the camp delivering therapeutic dance sessions in the camp women’s centre.
Throughout Sakeena’s ever evolving journey through an ecelectic mix of professional and personal experiences, she feels a strong sense of alchemy flowing through the constant discoveries and challenges in life. She believes we are all in different boats sailing in the same direction. Coaching is an opportunity for her to sail alongside her sailor companions co navigating towards wherever they truly aspire to be.
- I’m a compulsive day dreamer
- I’m addicted to grapefruits, avocados and crisps
- I walk into lamp posts all the time!
Aamna Khokhar began studying human development at the undergraduate level. She has completed a degree in Psychology where she specialised in applied Psychology particularly focusing on therapeutic methods. She became very interested in childhood experiences and how they shape adulthood. She completed a PGCE in Social Sciences which allowed her to study the learning mind.
Aamna spent over a decade in the classroom developing and nurturing young people. During her years as a teacher she then decided to advance her understanding of human development by completing an MA in Education where she looked in depth at motivation and achievement. To further her goals to create thinking minds Aamna set up Schools4Change, a registered charity, in 2012 to empower children in South Asia. Aamna is currently the Chief Executive of Schools4Change and trained as a coach in 2015 to inform both her international charity work as well as enable her to empower clients here in the UK. She weaves mindfulness and principals of CBT into her session in order to provide a holistic experience. In her practice, she has assisted clients with a range of topics such as relationships, self-development, finding love, business coaching and goal setting.
- I eat a LOT of cheese
- I collect antiques from all my travels
- I make up new words and phrases and then use them as though they are universally recognised I.e. ‘trajillion’ to mean ‘a lot’
Shazia is a serial entrepreneur, with a career spanning almost 20 years. Her first job was running record label with the likes of Nitin Sawhney where she learnt everything about what it was to be entrepreneurial, how to brand, market, PR and organise a small business. Since then she has worked as a consultant, a CMO, founded a cross cultural entertainment business in India and Middle East working with Amitabh Bachchan and now she has created a sustainable enterprise working with artisans in Pakistan. She has metamorphed through all the marketing trends from guerilla to experiential to digital and content and has run small businesses across countries and cultures.
Trained as a coach through an International Coaching Federation accredited programme, Shazia has brought her worlds together to create and facilitate collective cultural intelligence programs combining Diversity and Inclusion and Unconscious bias work with coaching to reduce misunderstanding and the notion of difference. Shazia works a Life Coach to help people see their inner wisdom and true potentials. Working with individuals, young adults, companies and executives, Shazia helps clients see the power of thought and how they can change their trajectories.
- I manage a popstar
- I love to travel
- I study and practice Sufism
Asma has worked in Post 16 Education for the last 13 years during a turbulent decade in the sector as both a manager and a facilitator of training in teaching and learning. Her experiences have been enhanced further through studying an MA in Education Management which enabled a more specialised study of developing productive teams and quality assurance.
Asma now works as an independent Educational Consultant across London supporting Colleges to improve their overall quality and performance of provision offered to young people. She is also involved in facilitating training to improve teaching and learning at a weekend Arabic School and also helps two charities that support the educational advancement of young children in the UK and abroad.
Asma is also a qualified coach and embeds coaching frameworks into the day to day interactions with teams when working in organisations and with individuals when life coaching. The work has brought her much fulfilment, especially when the person she works with reaches a state of genuine appreciation of themselves and that moment of enlightenment!
- I enjoy writing a Blog
- I love to travel
- I supported myself through university by working as a security guard
Steph is a coach, she works with a range of clients from freelancers, self-employed and business owners to people who have experienced cancer. Supporting them to get from where they are now, to where they want to be.
Steph has a BA (Hons) in Fashion Communication. She started her career in trend forecasting, moved into digital marketing and quickly worked towards ‘her dream’ as a Strategic Researcher.
After 8 years working towards ‘her dream’ she realised the reality didn’t match the dream and upon reflection, had been listening to her head. So she listened to her heart and quit. She became self-employed, traveled, produced Key Stage 2 reports for the Welsh Assembly, created a website and published a book whilst being funded by the Arts Council, Books Council and Kickstarter.
The Ambassador of Argentina invited her to be part of a service at the Palace of Westminster and she launched her book from the House of Commons alongside the Welsh Affairs Committee.
She realised anything was possible, trained as a coach and now operates from the idea that if we acknowledge that we are responsible for something, we then have full power and influence over it.
- Cancer shaped her life in the most positive way
- Lived and worked remotely in Thailand and Argentina
- Was approached to deliver a TED talk, but was unfortunately abroad
My biggest achievement in life by far are my four amazing children. Being a mum at a young age was challenging to say the least but I have certainly learnt and gained so much from these unique and precious relationships and still am!
Most of my working life I have been with the Civil Service and currently I am working right in the centre of democracy, the Houses of Parliament Outreach and Engagement service. Being part of a service which actively works to engage people and make them aware of how they can have their voice heard makes me feel proud to be part of an establishment that proactively promotes inclusivity.
I have been involved with and volunteered in many community projects and initiatives. Serving a community that I am part of is enriching and empowering. I continue to be active in the community and also want to provide opportunities for others to experience getting involved in the community they are a part of. I am currently developing a leadership programme for 18-24 year olds, with the aim of providing them with a pool of mentors to work with on projects serving various different community groups.
I love nature and organise an annual Pennine Way challenge, with a group of walkers which include young children. Each challenge serves as a fundraising opportunity in which we have supported a number different charities around the world.
I discovered a passion of reading books recently something which I hated as a child. Whenever I would read a really good book I realised I didn’t have anyone to discuss it with! With this in mind my new hobby led me to set up a bookclub for women particularly for those who ‘just didn’t have the time to read’. It has been amazing to see this group grow and hearing the feedback that this club has reignited their love for books which they hadn’t even realised had fizzled out.
I am a real people’ person which is why I believe I was led to the path of becoming a coach. It was not even on my radar and so through the divine powers this came across my path and I have wholly embraced it. Through this journey my desire to work with people to assist them in reaching their full potential has increased manifold and is extremely fulfilling.
- I am a chocoholic
- I challenge cultural sterotypes
- I have had two planned homebirths
Ahmad first realised he had a gift for teaching and facilitating personal growth in others when he began teaching men about confidence in dating, several years ago. A self-diagnosed ‘Shy Guy’, Ahmad became infatuated with increasing his self-confidence. A goal which took him on a journey of self-discovery, spiritual awareness and of course.. reading lots of books and attending every well-established course available on personal development! With a strong belief in his ability to teach and inspire others – Ahmad enjoys sharing his experiences, knowledge and facilitating events to empower others in living a life they love.
- I love & practice Parkour. If you’ve never heard of it google ‘Parkour’ and prepare to be amazed.
- No one realises I’m a massive chocoholic
- My origins are from the exotic island of Mauritius
Diana is a Coach/Therapist and Holistic Trainer
She was always fascinated with the complexity of human nature and started her research as a child, discovering step by step human psychology, and the energetic and spiritual side of humans.
Personal life experiences have pushed her to taking up a vast series of personal development and spiritual courses with the desire to bring ease, consciousness and joy to the lives of people. She now contributes to a variety of work sectors – Corporates, Sales, Education, Real Estate, Health and beauty along with complementary therapies.
She specialized in coaching, Theta healing and Access Bars, to gain more skills to bring her contribution where needed.
Diana believes that it is not the unpleasant situations in life that represent a problem for people, but the way we deal with and overcome them.
- Addicted to essential oils;
- She loves to drive and to travel and loves Maya
- She is an Access Bars facilitator/trainer
Growing up as a Londoner was nice but also quite over-whelming with the lifestyle I had. Working 7 days a week I was balancing my 3 jobs, finishing one shift and starting another at another place. It was my daily routine for years. I became so used to it that I started to forget about what I really enjoyed. I had no time for a social life.
One day I woke up and thought to myself, I need to do something with my life. I need to do what I enjoy and do it properly. I realised Massages were my strongest passion. I got told I had ‘healing hands’ by the sick and the elderly which was a big satisfaction for me. Helping people to feel better made me feel great. I got my Business ‘Healing Secret’ started up and took my services to charity events around London where it became a great success.
I had met so many amazing people in my life, and most of all, clients who opened my eyes to ‘Life Coaching’. One of my very first clients and my very good friend now, who was an ICF accredited Coach and delivered a certified ICF Coach Trained Programme – Mahnaz. She had always told me I had the potential to become a life coach and I decided to take part in the courses that were run by her. I met lots of amazing people, meditated, took part in intense powerful mind activities, stayed in the room with curiosity, and left with tears of satisfaction. I had no clue what impact it would have on my life.
I wanted to be coached before I could be a coach, so I could know and appreciate it. Initially I wanted to better myself in life, help myself to understand who I am as a person, and then help people out there in reaching their full potential.
I am currently on a very exciting journey where my experiences have lead me to my dream. I work in the Middle East and through this journey I have many exciting plans, two of them: Coaching in Qatar and publishing my very first book!
I enjoy sharing my experiences to empower others in living a life they love, and making everyone aware that nothing in life is impossible!
- I am a big foody!
- I have done sky diving!
- My most favorite hobby is BOXING!