Donna Neseyif - MBA, DipM, BSc

Donna Neseyif - MBA, DipM, BSc

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About me

My passion is enabling people to transform good into great and amazing! I work with individuals, business owners and executive teams to be the best they can be.  I offer Personal and Business Performance Coaching, Walking Coaching and Retreats.

I believe that everyone has the strength within to achieve their dreams. Sometimes however we get knocked off track, distracted, overwhelmed by the everyday tasks and lose sight of our goals. I work with you to understand what drives you and what success means to you.

To be able to deliver outstanding performance, to make dreams come true and succeed we must understand our workings – what is inside. For us to consistently improve and achieve greatness we need to recognise and work with our strengths. I help you to understand what motivates you, to grow, learn and achieve the success you are looking for.

Personal Coaching

  • Personal Performance Coaching
  • Resilience and Confidence Building
  • Maximising Potential
  • Leadership Development
  • Career Coaching
  • Make that Change

I offer bespoke personal coaching that can be conducted by phone, Skype, face to face or during a walk in the beautiful New Forest. My packages are tailored to meet your individual requirements.

Walking Coaching

I believe by changing the environment you start to see things differently. This encourages you to think differently, which in turn helps you find the right way forward for you.

I encourage you to look at your whole wellbeing and where possible to start your coaching with walking coaching. The changes you wish to make need to support your chosen work/life balance.

Personal Retreats

I offer retreats when you can stay at one of our luxury cottages, this break away is often the catalyst required to help you make that change and commit to a new way forward.

Our retreats are all about you – we follow your agenda and provide bespoke programmes. We work holistically providing physical, mental and emotionally focused support.

During your retreat we encourage you to relax, rejuvenate and recharge. We then support you in self-discovery – rediscover and reconnect with what is important to you. Once you have recharged and reconnected we guide you back on your journey and support you with refocussing, rebranding and recreating you.


“Donna is a stellar coach. She specialises in helping her clients to identify what they value most and how to organise their lives around that. Each session is rewarding and surprising, as Donna guides you towards knowledge that you already have but may not be aware how to access.

Donna is supportive and encouraging and will check in with you on your goals. She knows when to offer ideas and when to listen to what's on your mind in order to guide you towards your next step. She understands when you need to get really specific in breaking down a goal, and when you need to look at the whole picture. I would recommend Donna as a coach to anyone who is looking for support in moving towards their goals with confidence.” Samantha Reid Wong, Product Developer (Silk and Woven) at GRANA

“I have worked with Donna both on achieving personal and work-related Goals; Donna’s coaching style is both positive and professional. I can definitely vouch for the fact that I have been able to realise the smaller steps as I approach my bigger Goals with Donna’s help.” Shally Bhalla, Credit Risk Manager – Global, London, Houston, Singapore

Business Coaching

  • Business Performance Coaching
  • Managing Change
  • Strategic Growth
  • Business Planning
  • Transforming Teams
  • Inspiring Leaders
  • Thinking Differently
  • Unlocking Potential

I work with you to develop relevant, action orientated programmes that are fun, inspire creative thinking and provide practical solutions.

I do this through a series of unique interventions, ranging from individual and team coaching, away days and retreats, to an intensive programme of ongoing support in the workplace. All our programmes are designed to suit you and your team and can include indoor and outdoor activities as well as holistic therapies and mindfulness.

I enable you to achieve the best possible results you can, for you, your business and the people who make it happen.


“Donna has really helped me to break down my goal into smaller chunks and make what seemed a long way off now seem achievable. Having a regular coaching session has focused my mind on what I really want and given me clarity on how to get there. Her gentle and professional style has led me to some real insights which has benefitted both my work and personal life.” Steve Pratt, Vice President Operations, Support and Training, Aleph Hospitality

“Donna gave me the boost and motivation I needed so much to keep me going through the first tough few weeks and months of a new business.” Claire Biglands, Business Owner, 4dynamix

Training, qualifications & experience

I have over 20 years of business management and leadership experience in manufacturing, corporate services, charity and overseas development sectors. I have held various roles including Centre Manager, General Manager, Product Manager, Production Manager and Corporate Strategic Director. One of my greatest learning experiences was whilst working in a cooperative in Africa; rebuilding the business and then training local people to successfully run it.

I have run a successful holiday home business in the New Forest for the last 8 years. From these cottages I offer Executive Retreats as well as Personal Retreats. I believe that by changing the environment, removing everyday distractions you will move quicker to achieving the results you are looking for.

I have a wealth of experience developing effective teams, managing change, creating sustainable corporate strategies and establishing processes and plans to maximise business potential.

The desire to learn more about what motivates people to continually exceed expectations and achieve outstanding results led me to coaching. By using a coaching approach with my personal and business experience I can guide you to achieve your ultimate success. I started Baobab Growth in April 2017. The name is inspired by the great Baobab Tree, which grows in the harshest of environment, yet has all the resources within to not only survive, but to flourish. My aim is to help you get your environment right to enable you to achieve the success you are looking for.

My formal qualifications include: BSc, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing, Master’s Degree in Business Management (MBA), Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching, Diploma in Corporate Executive Coaching.

Other areas of coaching I deal with

Walking Coaching

Personal Retreats

Executive Retreats

Photos & videos

  • Walking Coaching and Holistic Retreats in the New Forest
  • Insights into Baobab Growth and Business Coaching
  • Business Coaching Testimonials


Personal one-to-one coaching options

Initial 30 minute Discovery session free of charge

Clarity and Focus

Aimed at providing focus and support to deal with a particular challenge or phase within business or personal growth.

4 x 1 hour sessions either face to face, Skype or by phone


Direction and purpose

Accelerates learning, increases motivation and achievement of personal and business goals.

6 x 1 hour sessions either face to face, Skype or by phone


Maximise your potential

Facilitates a change in direction in personal or business life provides clear long term goals and a process to achieving them.

2 x 1 hour sessions per month for a minimum of 6 months, either face to face, Skype or by phone

£130 per month

Business coaching options bespoke to organisational needs.

Please contact us for a free initial consultation.

Lyndhurst, SO43

Type of session

Online life coaching: No
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


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