Shirley Hensher

Bournemouth, Dorset, BH4 07990 514537 07990 514537
Bournemouth, Dorset, BH4
07990 514537 07990 514537

About me

Corporate professionals | Business owners

career direction | mindset | performance | prioritisation and focus | accountability

The dictionary defines change as “an act or process through which something becomes different” but it doesn’t tell you just how difficult change can be. It’s uncomfortable. It hurts. It forces you to confront things about yourself that you would really rather not think about - especially when change centres on what we do for work and how we do it.  Our identities become so bound up with our work that any change can go to the heart of who we are and how we see ourselves.  

Whether change is imposed on us or we've chosen it, it takes clarity to get behind the what and the why, courage to take the first step, and commitment to see it through and get the results you are looking for and that's where I come in.

I have a track record of helping people achieve their business and career goals with my signature blend of humour and humanity, support and tenacity.  I will challenge your approach, help you see new possibilities and reconnect with your best self so you can get it working for you.  The result is a way of working that is true your own vision and values, motivations and aspirations.

I have lived through challenging times in a variety of organisational cultures and had a wide range of work roles – good, bad and (sometimes) ugly – so, the chances are that whatever you’re going through, I've been there (and probably more than once!).  Shifting from corporate life to starting a business from scratch was no walk in the park either!

My clients reflect my journey through working life; young professionals, seasoned executives, mid-life career changers, start-up entrepreneurs and owners of maturing businesses.  They come from a variety of industries and backgrounds but we all share an energy, the desire to make a difference and a great sense of humour.

Are you bringing your best self to work? No? Then perhaps we should talk!

How we can work together

The Clarity call: a 15-30 minute phone call to find out what you are looking for from coaching and we are right for each other.

The Kickstart: a Short programme of 3, 1 hour coaching sessions. Great for people who need an independent sounding board, are on a budget or who want to experience coaching before committing to a longer  programme.  Helps to address specific issues quickly. Subsequent sessions are available at a discount.

The Accelerator:  This is a one-off, 3 hour coaching intensive face to face.  It accelerates your progress as the coaching takes place in a workshop format with plenty of support and challenge, marker pens and coffee.  These intensives result in strategies and actions you can start implementing straightaway and are motivational and fun.  Great for people who have ideas about what they want to or should do but are stuck and need to work through their thinking with support and challenge if they are to make progress. Includes a follow up coaching session.

The Reboot: A powerful 90 day programme of 6 sessions working through the “3Cs” of clarity, courage and commitment. Ongoing support (“concierge”) between sessions via phone and email as needed to maintain momentum.  Ideal for role change or business scale-up where direction, approach and potential blockages are not immediately obvious but you are looking for momentum.

Book a free clarity call to find out how coaching enables you to shape a working life which brings out the very best in you and enables you to give your best to your business.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified Business and Life coach, NLP practitioner and Everything DiSC practitioner.

I was a corporate professional for 25 years working mainly in highly demanding retail financial services environments often with a highly commercial or strategic focus.  Now I have my own coaching business and help corporate professionals and business owners to shape a working life which works for them.

I have worked in a number of financial services institutions, with very different cultures, in roles covering strategy and planning, financial management, capital and risk management.  I started my working life in economic consultancy and then spent 15 years at Nationwide Building Society.  Recognising that I had got too comfortable, I left the relative comfort and certainty of full-time employment to become a freelance project manager.  I loved the variety and challenge of living by my wits but after 10 years in contracting, I answered a long-held call to coaching.

One of my big motivators is the joy of seeing people, and organisations, achieve their goals and being a part of the success story.

Drawing on my corporate experiences I help corporate professionals become more effective, less stressed and more motivated in their current role.  I also help them design career paths which align to their values, personality and aspirations.

I also support business owners who often need help to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.  Many of my clients have left corporate life to start afresh but they have yet to leave the corporate mindset behind.  I learned after months of frustration and loneliness that I needed a new identity – that of a business person not “a former…” or a “used to be but now I am…”.  It was tough but I have developed my own style which helps me focus on doing what feels right for me, my clients and the type of coaching business I want to run.  After all, it is my business and my purpose.  No one else’s.  I help others to do the same.

Member organisations


The Association for NLP

The Association for Neuro Linguistic Programming (ANLP) is a UK Association for NLP Professionals.

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After a free 15-30 minute clarity call you might like:

The Kickstart package £295

The Accelerator: £395 (plus venue costs and travel if significant - all agreed upfront)

The Reboot package: £695 for 6 60 minute sessions plus concierge.

With the exception of the Accelerator, our conversations generally take place via Zoom videoconference, Facetime or phone. Face to face conversations are available, especially to local clients, but may incur additional travel expenses to the Change Agent which would be agreed upfront and are payable by the client.

54 West Cliff Road

Type of session

Face to face life coaching
Online life coaching
Telephone life coaching
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a life coach's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the life coach to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

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Coaching is available via phone and videoconference.


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