Testimonials

Nicki Eyre

I just wanted to say thank you. Last night on an mBIT coaches call, some of the coaches were talking about the way they were trained and how structured and process driven it was. They said they would spend half the session making sure they had ‘ticked the boxes’. You allowed us to grow and develop our intuition about what is needed and I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you for that.

Nicki Eyre
Ellen Carroll

The coaching I did with Sarah (two one-to-one sessions) simply woke me up. Years later, I still feel the benefits of the coaching which has benefited both my business and personal life. One of the best things I’ve done – investing in myself for a change.

Ellen CarrollNellie PR Limited
Rachel Matthews

May I take this opportunity to thank you for everything. I know it is what you do, but you have helped me on my journey to realise what it is I truly want in life, and for that I am truly grateful to you both. I have so enjoyed every time at the farm – I’m going to miss the visits and the whole experience the farm brings. May I also wish you both the very best for the future. Keep on doing what you do, because you’re the best!

Rachel MatthewsHR Lead, Leeds Jewish Welfare Board
Simon Bingham

Personally I don’t care much to be around horses having had some very awful experiences with them but I was recommended to Sarah and the equine facilitated training via word of mouth so I decided to take our senior team. We went, intrigued, yet open minded but also highly sceptical. After day one the general consensus was  ‘what the hell have you brought us to?’ However, the unique combination of theory, personal coaching and practical hands on work is unlike anything we have encountered before. It is highly challenging but very rewarding and most importantly it stays with you.

I have recommended the two Sarahs to others more than any other training. They say life’s a journey and if you’re not on one then this can certainly start things off. Our journey continues… thank you.

Simon BinghamOwner, Caunton Engineering Ltd
Anna Frearson

I have been privileged to have known and worked with Sarah Readings for nearly 10 years. I trained as a coach via her Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 5 and Level 7 training programmes. I have also personally received coaching from her as part of these programmes. I have commissioned her to deliver ILM coaching programmes and members of my senior team have received coaching from her. In addition Sarah regularly facilitates team and leadership events for Public Health.

As a senior leader and Consultant in Public Health I have benefited enormously from her insightful developmental coaching style which has helped me to develop into a more confident and effective leader, supported me to manage transformational change and importantly to grow personally to become more self-aware and emotionally intelligent. I genuinely believe that Sarah’s impact on many people that she coaches and works with is life changing. I would highly recommend her as a senior leadership and executive coach.

Anna FrearsonConsultant in Public Health (Healthy Living and Health Improvement) The Office of the Director of Public Health Technorth
Louise Gornall

I would have no hesitation in recommending Sarah Readings to help resolve workplace issues in relation to conflict. I have known Sarah in her capacity as a work place mediator for the past two years. I consider her to be highly competent and professional with an ability to effectively help our employees to achieve improved working relationships.

She routinely provides an update on progress whilst maintaining confidentiality to her clients. She also provides key points of the employees outcome and suggestions on how to avoid a situation from occurring again. Sarah has managed all of her workload in a timely manner and provides additional services such as counselling and coaching as required.

I really do appreciate knowing Sarah in a professional capacity and value the services that she offers.

Louise GornallHR Business Partner, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Dawn Appleyard

Why choose Sarah Readings to stand alongside you and your people? As a practising Leeds City Council coach following Sarah’s uniquely authentic ILM 5 coaching programme, Sarah’s teachings transcend beyond the classroom and reach inside the hearts and minds of people and workplaces that she has never even met, or stepped foot in. I hear, see and feel coachees say Sarah’s famous words back – ‘how is this serving me?’, raising awareness as she cuts through the ‘noise’ and challenges from the heart to encourage responsibility and improve self-efficacy. Her coaching creates a ripple effect that you and your organisation cannot afford not to experience.

Dawn AppleyardNeighbourhood Services Officer, Leeds City Council
Georgina Mills

Sarah is an inspiration and provides truly transformational change through her coaching. She has helped me make one of the bravest decisions of my life and I am about to embark on a journey of a lifetime thanks to her. Thank you so much and I know, because of you, I will lead a happier and more fulfilled life.

Georgina MillsMarketing Manager, Leeds Beckett University
Dr Faye Didymus

Sarah facilitated an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) coaching course that I studied during 2013 and since this time I have remained in contact with Sarah as a colleague and friend. Sarah’s transformational approach to coaching is both thought provoking and insightful, and her ability to ask poignant questions that encourage self-reflection and development is remarkable. The transfer of my development from the ILM course to my professional and personal arenas is testament to Sarah’s natural flair for coaching and her willingness to impart her expertise with warmth and purity.

Dr Faye DidymusSenior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Leeds Beckett University
Harry May-Bedell

I found working with Sarah both motivating and inspiring. I was given the space and freedom to explore many different facets of my personal and professional life, meaning I was able to identify the patterns of behavior and thinking that were holding me back. The coaching I received was supportive and actionable and has had a huge impact in my day-to-day, both in and outside of work. I would definitely recommend working with Sarah whatever you want to achieve as her coaching is tailored to you and your needs and I’ve found it of great benefit to me.

Harry May-BedellDigital Account Director, Brass Alt
Claire Hyde

In September 2014, I started on Sarah’s coaching programme to become a coach. What happened after that; over the next 9 months, was a revelation. As well as enabling me to become a coach, Sarah’s gentle, intuitive and relaxed style exposed areas of my past that influenced my present life in a negative way. I could write pages and pages about the experience but words would not sum up the change I went through. I now see life in full HD technicolour vision, I know my priorities, I cherish time with people that are important to me, my social circle has expanded, I try new things, I feel brave, I laugh all the time and I have a full sense of worthiness. Whilst the journey was not always easy, the personal growth and absolute joy I now experience was worth it and I could never have imagined feeling this way. The last year has been life changing and I can only thank Sarah from the bottom of my heart.

Claire HydeStrategy and Change Manager, Leeds City Council
Vicky Hayhurst

Sarah Readings has provided coaching to me which I have found to be effective, exceedingly good value for money and a very supportive and personalised process. She has helped me to enhance my career as well as improving my work-life balance. I also participated in the ILM Coaching programme that Sarah led for the organisation I work for which was also a life-advancing experience and one which I will never forget. As well as learning to become a workplace coach via an engaging and experiential programme and gaining and formal qualification, the nature of coaching as a discipline and the way in which the programme was structured and taught by Sarah meant that I also learned an immeasurable amount about myself as a manager, colleague and personally. All of my interactions with Sarah have not only enabled me to become a more effective leader and coach but they will also help me to advance my career moving forward and will further boost my own happiness. I could not recommend Sarah more highly.

Vicky HayhurstCommercial Director, Revolution Viewing
John Shute

Sarah used her expert coaching skills and guidance to help me move my work forwards when I started my own business. I can’t recomend her highly enough.

John ShuteIndependent Coaching,Training & Development Professional
Jim Johnston

Sarah has completed a number of assignments for my company, all of which provided their own unique challenges which Sarah took in her stride and delivered fantastic results. As a coach and trainer she has the two key qualities I want; to be able to deliver outstanding results and to identify future business opportunities.

Jim JohnstonTraining Manager at UL
Sue Yeadon

I was fortunate to meet Sarah for the first time when my employee, a large NHS Trust, commissioned Sarah Readings Limited to deliver a managers’ development programme. I had three one-to-one coaching sessions with Sarah and found this to be an insightful and liberating experience. Sarah’s skills and breadth of knowledge is vast and she uses many coaching techniques in a mix that purely her own and is outstandingly good and effective and I can confidently say that working with Sarah helped me make some really big changes in my working life.

Sue YeadonSue Yeadon Services, Freelance Consultant
Lesley Gough

I am so glad that I started this journey with Sarah. My experience has not only helped me to achieve my goals, but more importantly, it enabled me to discover who I am, what really makes me tick and to reach for authenticity like never before.

I had no idea where I wanted to go or how I’d get there. I only knew I had to do it. Sarah has the gift of being able to find the hidden treasures that allow one to achieve their goals. Throughout our work together, my relationships deepened in a way I never could have imagined. I interacted with much more freedom and confidence. Sarah gave me a control over my life that I have never before experienced. I suspect you have no idea how much I valued all the support at that time in my life, so, thank you, Sarah you are a treasure who works with grace and a rich blessing in my life.

Lesley GoughEquine Facilitated Psychotherapist and Coach
Janet Finlay

Working with Sarah was truly transformational for me. She is a skilled and incisive coach and enabled me to see through the blocks that were holding me back and understand myself so much better. As a result of working with Sarah, I moved from a position where I was successful but that was no longer working for me to setting up my own business – and I haven’t looked back. I still think back to Sarah’s coaching whenever I need to get perspective and I use the techniques I learned from her Level 5 and Level 7 courses every day in my business. I can thoroughly recommend Sarah, but be careful – she might just change your life!

Janet FinlayTrainer, coach and consultant
Kim Shutler-Jones

It is not an exaggeration to say that Sarah’s influence has been life changing for me. I did my ILM 5 Coaching with her a couple of years ago which was a wonderful experience. Sarah is one of the most intuitive and insightful people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Her ‘killer coaching questions’ always got to the core immediately leading to endless light bulb moments and learning. At the time the coaching lead me to change my attitude in my personal and professional life – and I was much happier as a result. In the longer term it led me to change my career entirely as I was able to recognise what I really, really wanted to do… and take responsibility for making that happen. Now as the CEO of a mental health charity I am exploring how we can use coaching as a way to empower our clients on their recovery journey. Aside from that Sarah is warm and great fun. If you want to explore coaching and want to do it properly, meaningfully and with real integrity go to Sarah. Do it with an open mind and the potential is endless. I really can’t recommend her highly enough.

Kim Shutler-JonesChief Executive Officer, The Cellar Trust Mental Health Charity
Judith Fox

Professional, inspiring and knowledgeable coach and ILM coach trainer. Sarah facilitated and encouraged huge personal transformation and also supported skill and knowledge building for me as a HR professional and coach.

Sarah continues to support all our qualified coaches at Leeds City Council and helped and supported us to explore our strategic direction.

I personally and professionally recommend Sarah.

Judith FoxHR Business Partner, Leeds City Council
Sue Porter

I am currently attending an ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring for Management delivered by Sarah. When I started I thought that I knew quite a bit about coaching, but the programme has taught me so much more and has been a life changing personal experience for me.

Sarah is one of the best trainer/tutors I have come across (and in the past I have been a trainer of trainers so I have seen many). She uses creative exercises and her awesome skill as a coach to ensure her participants get maximum learning.

I recommend Sarah to anyone who wants a very skilled and experienced coach for their own, or others, personal development. I also recommend her as a trainer/tutor for those who want to become skilled coaches themselves.

Sue PorterLearning & Talent Development Specialist
Antony Nelson

Sarah was engaged by NHS Leeds to deliver ILM Coaching and Mentoring training to several cohorts of students. I was one of those students who benefited directly from the course.

Sarah shared her expertise in a supportive way, constantly seeking to draw out from us the experience we already had and to support us in focusing it to learn as coaches; not just to pass the course but to enable us to continue to develop as coaches in the future.

Sarah always asked the right questions at the right time to get me thinking clearly about a situation. I would recommend her to anyone seeking to develop internal coaching capacity, money very well spent.

Antony NelsonManaging Partner, Consulting Connect Limited
Heather Gibson-Simpson

Sarah is probably the most authentic person I have met, truly modelling living your life being true to yourself. She facilitated my development as a coach by supporting me in developing my self awareness, self belief and enabling me to act on this. The outcomes of this have been immeasurable both personally and professionally. If you truly want to discover yourself work with Sarah… If you don’t, well perhaps not.

Heather Gibson-SimpsonSenior project manager – organisational development, NHS England
Tam Mason

I undertook my coaching development with Sarah as a part of a group of colleagues from the same organisation. From this experience I understand that Sarah is a highly skilled facilitator – insightful and non possessive over our learning, whilst maintaining a genuine rapport and warmth. She is responsive to group and individual needs – a flexibility that helped our group deal with the challenges and opportunities they faced at the time.

As a coach, her mastery of approach and technique is self evident, and is a great role model and supervisor. I highly valued my coaching sessions with Sarah.

I would very much recommend Sarah to any individual considering developing their capacity as a coach or an organisation wishing to implement a programme of coaching internally.

Tam MasonLearning design, change and facilitation
Pam Flynn

Sarah is a fantastic coach and trainer who shows brilliant insight with regard to people and situations. She has enabled myself and others to become accredited coaches and has also had a significant personal impact on me and other colleagues. Her work is top quality and excellent value.

Pam FlynnHead of HR Operations, Leeds Beckett University
Jo Evans

For me it has been an amazing, insightful transformation. My thought processes and analysis of feelings in one self has completely altered in a positive way. I have been using some of the principles, particularly around feelings with some of the families I come into contact with which has been really enlightening. Those close to me have noticed a difference – some of which they are finding hard to handle! (telling them what I need!) I’m so excited for the future and journey.

Jo EvansFamily worker
Andy Daly-Smith

An excellent work place coach and coach educator. High level of subject knowledge with a great ability to make this digestible to the students on the course. Having had a few coaching sessions as well from Sarah, her ability to get you to reflect on key issues and develop strategies to manage and overcome these is excellent. We use Sarah for ongoing coach supervision and further staff workshops.

Andy Daly-SmithSenior Lecturer in Physical Activity, Exercise and Health, Leeds Metropolitan University
Anna Frearson

Sarah is an incredible coach and trainer. Personally I have found working with her life changing as have many other members of my team. I would highyly recommend Sarah as a coach and trainer. You will see great results in your teams from her ILM programmes particularly in terms of increased self awareness, improved communication and higher levels of personal responsibility.

Anna FrearsonConsultant in Public Health and Leadership Development Coach
Paddy Trimmer

Since 2008 Sarah has provided me with a range of coaching and OD support on a number of occasions. This has been in the form of training for my senior staff, team development days and currently as a participant on the ILM 7 Coaching course.

The support and development Sarah offers is of the highest quality. Her approach to coaching development gave my senior staff a significant and effective tool to support them whilst working in a complex HR environment. It and contributed significantly to a positive change in their performance.

My participation on Sarah’s ILM 7 coaching programme has allowed me to refine and improve my offering as a Management Consultant in a more holistic and developmental manner allowing me to offer more fundamental and integrated support to my clients.

In short, Sarah provides a truly challenging and transformational model of coaching which delivers sustainable personal and professional growth to her clients.

Paddy TrimmerPrincipal, Paddy Trimmer Consulting
Mark White

Sarah Readings and the team provided a thought provoking and inspirational leadership coaching. The friendly and pleasant atmosphere at the farm gives a relaxing but tailored place to learn. Being able to try techniques learnt in the classroom on the horses, whilst daunting, was magical by proving with immediate feedback that leading teams from behind gets results. Highly recommended and the skills you learn are mirrored by the team you lead. Thanks for a great experience, Sarah.

Mark WhiteProduction Director at Caunton Engineering
Mandy

Thank you so much for the meeting with Andy; I am very glad we did it to clear the air. I wish him well with the VPS and I now know we could work together without me worrying, and I think if we both need to call each other for help we can do it as a team. I thank you again for your hard work and it was lovely meeting you.

Mandy