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Anna Baréz-Brown

Co-Founder

Anna is a renowned executive coach and has spent the last two decades helping women and men reach the top of their careers. Before setting up her coaching company in 2001 she had a corporate career working for Axel-Springer and Bertelsmann in Hamburg and London overseeing their European Marketing and Sales activities. She was part of the digital revolution and one of the first female leaders in tech heading up a search engine from 1997 – 2001.

Anna is a CTI leadership coach, a Neuro Lingustic Master Practitioner and a qualified Organisational Relationship Systems Coach.

Anna has two children and lives with her husband Chris and their two dogs in Lyme Regis in the UK. She is lucky enough to have an office with a sea view.

Caroline Whaley

Co-Founder

Caroline built her career in the adventure travel industry before joining Nike in 1996 where she spent 14 years in senior global brand marketing and GM roles in UK, Europe, North America and Latin America. Following this, Caroline spent three years with the Nike Foundation, leading public-private sector partnerships and creating new brands to inspire, empower and shift social norms for millions of teenage girls living in Africa as the fastest route to eradicating global poverty.

Caroline is also a qualified Organisational Relationships Systems Coach and has an MBA (Distinction) from Lancaster University.

When not traveling extensively for work and pleasure, Caroline can be found running through Dorset with her spaniel or sailing with her husband, Tim.

Stephanie Parry

Managing Director, Shine HQ

Work Street Cred

Over 15 years in marketing working with Fortune 500 clients across all sectors at the world’s largest advertising company, in local, regional and global roles. Proud to have taken active roles in shaping company culture and DE&I initiatives. Believer in relationships first, and telling the truth, even when it’s hard.

Proud of

Staying true to myself and my values. My ability to nurture teams and help people grow. My expat adventures with my amazing husband. Leading the amazing Shine and getting to help women find their bigger game, my passion, for a living every day!

What other people say

Connector. Remembers an inordinate amount of information at once. Gets shit done, while empowering and elevating others to succeed. Knows far too many cheese jokes than is healthy, and will rock one out at any opportunity (a very Mature skill….)

Lara Milward

Head of Community & Partnerships and Shine Leader, Shine HQ

Work Street Cred

A career which began in research and strategy for social change at the House of Commons building a case for more women in Parliament, and since then, over 20 years of combining neuroscience and physiology to coach communities of women and corporate teams both mentally and physically.

Proud of

Being the official coach of The Virgin Strive Challenge, which is an international community of business leaders committed to raising funds for Big Change, founded by the Branson family.

What other people say

Brilliant mum, Earl Grey fanatic and a firm believer that “I move therefore I think”. It has been said that “If Superman and Wonder Woman had a love child it would be Lara.”

Tamsin Ward

Head of Brand & Marketing, Shine HQ

Work Street Cred

13 years in brand consultancy and marketing working across global clients, and the fastest-growing media agency network in the world. Expert glitter-roller. Passionate believer in the power of honest and human corporate comms. When a company culture is consistent and meaningful; brilliant, amazing things happen.

Proud of

Making deep connections with colleagues all over the world. Working hard and seeing it pay off. Everything I’ve achieved with my partner, most importantly our two daughters. Joining Shine and being able to deliver a significant impact on people’s lives beyond the day-to-day.

What other people say

Properly creative, but gets it done. Extremely hard-working, but always with a spark of humour. Will tell you the truth, but in a very kind way!

Emily Gifford

Client Partner, Shine HQ

Work Street Cred

Over 15 years’ experience of organising people’s lives. I’ve worked for start-ups, big corporates, one-man bands and in government; I had a stint in chutney manufacturing, dabbled in the tech industry, flirted with health and safety and returned to the business world; I’ve looked after individuals, boards, teams and everything in between. I believe it’s a privilege to be in such a trusted position.

Proud of

Having no airs and graces – from making your tea to writing your Board report, throw anything at me and I’ll give it a go.

What other people say

Gets sh*t done. Right-hand person. Grammar police. Mischievous.

Angelica Sykes

Head of Digital, Shine HQ

Work Street Cred

Coming from an entrepreneurial background in tech and subscription platforms, I moved to Stockholm to grow my own start-up. After a few years, I joined an investment company, first in Hong Kong and then helped grow their luxury real estate brand in Japan. Then I came back to London and continued in tech and building communities until I joined Shine. I am so happy to be here!

Proud of

In a previous life I was a professional snowboarder and part of a community of free-riding women who constantly pushed the boundaries of the sport and inspired younger women to use their survival, mountaineering and avalanche skills to explore the path less walked. Representing team GBR in competitions all over the world and encouraging girls to head to the mountains!

What other people say

An absolute ball of energy and enthusiasm. I don’t do things by halves, that’s for sure, and I pour my heart and soul into anything I take on.

Madeleine Davies

Partner & Community Coordinator, Shine HQ

Work Street Cred

Fresh out of Cardiff University with a hard-earned English Literature degree in hand. I delved into the intriguing works in the realm of feminist studies. Although I may be starting off in the big working world, I have ten years of hospitality experience that has primed my entrance. Big and Shiny things on the horizon for my time at Shine.

Proud of

Being a YES-woman. Be it skydiving or learning a new skill, you won’t have to ask me twice – I’ll always have the readiness to breach my comfort zone.

What other people say

Good head on her shoulders. Curious nature. Both sunny and sassy.

Abi Stephens

Shine Leader

Work Street Cred

Abi is a leadership performance coach, helping others increase their impact, particularly by presenting with greater confidence and authenticity.

She draws on her decade’s worth of experience as a TV Sports Presenter in high pressured environments for the BBC and BT Sport to offer those she works with concrete practices to make their own.

What other people say

Abi has a gift for unleashing inner self confidence especially around presenting, which I have sometimes battled with. She successfully champions you while challenging you to deliver at the same time, with no hint of judgement. I left taller, empowered and in full ownership of my personal impact.

Abigail Hall

Shine Leader

Work Street Cred

Following a successful career in communications, including running her own PR agency for the last 15 years, Abigail trained as a Leadership Coach. So, having connected businesses and non-profits to their core values and vision during this time, she now does so for individuals and teams as well.

She loves to see and accept where people are in the moment, and reconnecting them to their essence and purpose. She’s a mask-buster and truth-seeker, without taking herself too seriously. Abigail is fiercely proud of her two rebellious daughters, who are now teaching her a thing or two!

Abigail is fluent in English and Dutch.

What other people say

A free spirit who embodies sheer womanhood, models grace and elegance, while at the same time takes no bullshit.

Allison Yong Hee Kim

Shine Coach

Work Street Cred

Allison has over 30 years’ experience in FMCG sales, marketing, strategy and senior management, working for brands such as The Hershey Company, Hasbro and Coca Cola. As well as being a coach, she also trains and mentors university students.   

She is most proud of being a mother, wife, sister and daughter. She’s curious about people, open-minded and resilient under pressure.

Allison is fluent in English and Korean.

What other people say

Allison is calm and compassionate. On the outside she is soft, but she has a deeply powerful and insightful inner space and is a sincere partner to by coached by.”

Anita Pool-Genes

Shine Coach

Work Street Cred

Anita Pool-Genes is an award-winning business leader with over 30 successful years in broadcast media sales. During her corporate career, she worked her way up from sales assistant to general sales manager with positions such as Director of Market Development. Her leadership skills, client-centric focus and experience of new business development, means that as a coach she drives others to achieve their goals. 

Out of 50 sales professionals, Anita was once voted #1 for Non-Traditional Revenue for a major national radio broadcast company. She’s been featured in Who’s Who in Black Chicago, 4th Edition, and voted the Chicago Defender’s 2018 Woman of Excellence Honoree. 

Anita is passionate about serving, inspiring, and empowering others who are ready to transform to the next level of their lives and profession.  

What other people say

“Don’t let that great smile and sweet voice fool you. Anita leverages her decades of professional excellence and experience to ask the simplest but most powerful questions to challenge your limiting beliefs. Before you know it, you are arriving where you said you wanted to be, dignity intact, and confidence considerably boosted.”

Anne Boisier-Fouché

Shine Leader

Work Street Cred

Anne is an expert in getting leaders and teams to thrive individually and collectively. She has over 20 years’ experience across Asia and Europe, in senior positions at Unilever, Christian Dior and L’Oréal, as well as running her own consultancy business.

Anne is a passionate, cross-cultural educator and communicator, and designs and facilitates training and coaching around the world.

She is fluent in French and English.

What other people say

Anne is a pleasure to work with, she challenges me with constructive feedback and offers guidance across a wide range of topics. She’s really helped me to grow as a speaker, and helped me help my team to grow.

Esther Goette

Shine Coach

Work Street Cred

Esther is an executive coach and leadership development expert, and loves working with international female leaders. She has 20 years’ experience in global brand management roles with Colgate-Palmolive, P&G, and Novartis, in Europe and the USA.

Having true friends and real relationships with wonderful people across the world is so important to Esther. As is being a woman who is independent, educated and accomplished.

Esther is fluent in German, Spanish and English.

What other people say

“Esther is an extremely caring and supportive coach who creates a safe space for you to connect with what is most important in your life. At the same time she is able to challenge you to step into the life you would like to create, calling forth your self belief and inner confidence.”

Franziska (Tita) Rizzolli

Shine Leader

Work Street Cred

Tita is an experienced leadership coach and facilitator who combines over 20 years of corporate experience with transformational coaching. She works with individuals and teams in organisations, supporting them on their leadership journey. Clients describe her as a positive force who is empathetic, skilful and authentic.

Tita has a proven track record in business development for international media and technology organisations as well as for start-ups. She spent 15 years of her career as a manager at Microsoft, where her passion for leadership development and cultural change in corporations was born. 

Tita is fluent in German and English. 

What other people say

“Tita is able to ask the right questions at the right time for me to see what I need to see. She is a very bold and empathetic coach with a good understanding of the business world. Thanks to her I took on new challenges and am now running a virtual team with21 different nationalities.”

Heather Symone

Shine Coach

Work Street Cred

Heather is a Certified Life Coach who is also a graduate of The School of Womanly Arts, a program dedicated to women exploring their pleasure and radiance. She has taught English to students from over 50 countries for over 8 years and loves her many international connections. She’s a disciple, studying happiness, joy, peace, and fun. 

She’s most proud of being the Best “Auntie Mommy” to many young kings (her nephews) and twice winning Teacher of the Year. Heather is passionate about making coaching services available to more diverse communities and communities of colour. 

What other people say

“Heather is deep, disciplined, and devoted. She’s thorough and committed and a great listener, plus she’s also extremely fun and sassy!”

Professor Laura Serrant OBE

Shine Coach

Work Street Cred

Laura has over thirty years’ experience of leadership and management in health care practice, research, policy development and education, working with national and international governments and organisations. 

Laura is one of the few black female professors in the UK and was named as the 8thmost influential Black person in Britain by the Powerlist 2020 (PowerfulMedia). In 2018, she was awarded an OBE for services to Nursing and Health Policy. 

She is most proud of being a successful career woman – pre/post-divorce and other ‘life journeys’ – and her three children – they are her greatest achievement. Her coaching style effects positive change, and helps individuals to get the best out of themselves as valuable, diverse human beings.

What other people say

“Laura takes a mind and heart approach and to that end, inspires practical action and real change by creating spaces to hear ourselves and others without prejudice, interruption, and with integrity.”

Lil Lusty

Shine Leader

Work Street Cred

Lil spent the initial part of her career in commercial roles, before her fascination with how people dynamics affect the working environment led her to move to the world-renowned innovation consultancy ?What If!. Her speciality was in working with organisations to understand and then transform their innovation strategy and capability.

Lil’s enthusiasm for transforming organisations and individuals has the power to soften even the most hardened cynics. She’s in her element when creating meaningful experiences that set clients up for sustainable success. She is straight forward, pragmatic, collaborative and personable.  

She uses her business head and her heart in equal measure, and is most proud of being a mum, wife, sister and daughter. 

What other people say

“Lil is an outstanding facilitator. We got deep very quickly and then focused on addressing my fears with practical strategies. AMAZING!!!”

Lisa Jacobs

Shine Coach

Work Street Cred

Lisa has more than 25 years’ experience in Finance, Advertising, Entrepreneurship and Consulting. She specialises in helping people with life transitions as both a leadership coach and mindfulness facilitator.

Lisa is a proud mom of three children and a 9 year old lab. She’s a passionate yogi, adventurer and visionary.

What other people say

Lisa has a smile that lights up a room and an infectious laugh. She definitely sees life through the lens of ‘the glass half full’.

Lucy Reynolds

Shine Leader

Work Street Cred

Lucy is an experienced leadership coach and facilitator who has worked across cultures and countries for many years, developing a unique ability to quickly understand complex dynamics.

Lucy coaches her professional clients through transformational change in the workplace, pursuit of their full potential as leaders, and development of high performing team dynamics. Her style has been described as astute, fun, and energetic.

Prior to coaching, Lucy worked for 15 years in advertising and brand management for Nike, Adidas, Leo Burnett and Wieden+Kennedy.

What other people say

“What makes working with Lucy unique is her belief in me, and also her ability to synthesize insights into action-oriented behaviors that I took with me into executive meetings, conversations, and board room presentations.”

Mandy Ayres

Shine Leader

Work Street Cred

Mandy has extensive experience of working in the Public, Charitable and Corporate sectors, including for Nike where she led teams on both the Brand and Corporate sides of the organisation. 

She is passionate about coaching leaders through career transitions, which is what she also does for elite athletes.

What other people say

“Working with Mandy has been truly transformational for me, I have found my inner confidence and belief that if I consciously live the way I want to and I am true to myself, life is so much more fun! Having someone to lean in with has been amazing and discovering the power of being myself always. Coaching is the greatest gift I have given myself in a long time.”

Maria Banks

Shine Coach

Work Street Cred

Maria has over 12 years’ experience in developing and implementing highly successful change management and performance management strategies in the European energy trading sector. During this time she was responsible for setting up satellite offices in six European capitals which led to the delivery of cultural diversity workshops at the HQ. She subsequently has spent a further 15 years as a CTI Certified Leadership Coach and workshop leader.

She’s most proud of being a single mum in her late twenties and taking full responsibility of her two boys, 4 & 6 years old at the time. On a professional level, she has always held a very personal drive to support and champion women in leadership. 

What other people say

“There is vitality in Maria that people find infectious. She’s extremely intuitive and ‘tuned in’; a natural optimist but a realist at the same time. Blessed with a warm heart, a positive attitude and with an enthusiastic drive to deliver in a demanding environment, Maria’s style is impactful, powerful and shifting.”

Nadine Duong

Shine Coach

Work Street Cred

Nadine has over 15 years’ experience in performance consulting and organisational development, working with clients in Europe and Asia. She has a calming influence, balanced between getting the job done and being inclusive of others and building strong relationships. That said, Nadine can be counted on to bring up ‘the elephant’ in the room….! 

What other people say

Nadine is a deeply intuitive and empathetic coach, who is also highly strategic and able to make things real in the world.”

Priyanka Tiku Gupta

Shine Coach

Work Street Cred

Global in mindset, Indian by birth, Asian by environment, Priyanka has over twenty years’ experience in senior marketing and communication leadership roles. At the peak of her corporate career, her teams created award-winning, purposeful and innovative campaigns for some of the world’s best global brands in Asia such as Shell, Sony, Bayer, Allianz, Akzo Nobel, and Treasury Wine Estate.  

Having previously been through a Shine programme herself as a participant, and now fully trained as a coach, Priyanka is passionate about making a positive impact on people’s lives.

Priyanka is currently based in Singapore and is fluent in English and Hindi.

What other people say

“Warm, empathetic, and a great listener who is curious and holds the space. Priyanka is focussed and determined to help others become happier and wiser.”

Richard Stokes

Shine Leader

Work Street Cred

Richard has a proven track record working globally with big corporates, ambitious SMEs and motivated individuals – what they all have in common is a focus on their growth. 

He uses his +20 years of board-level business experience in the media and advertising industry to help clients to both clarify and achieve their goals and ambitions. His style is practical, positive and results-oriented.

What other people say

“Richard creates a very relaxed, open and safe space to work in. He has a way of putting you at ease and that really helps and enables you to feel free to speak, share and explore whatever you have gone to work through. I left feeling ready to make some immediate changes.”

Tayyaba Jordan

Shine Leader

Work Street Cred

After 22 years in the media industry, Tayyaba retrained as a Wellbeing Coach for business leaders around the world.

She is most proud of working to really affect positive change with amazingly like minded, proactive people, and being a successful career woman and a full time single parent. Tayyaba supports the UKHCA (UK Health Coaches Association) and is an ambassador for the ISMA (International Stress Management Association) to progress wellness for the world. She’s also a women’s football player and fan.

What other people say

“You cannot even imagine the emotional and physiological effect of my first session with Tayyaba. I feel like before this everything was blurred and now I can see things more clearly.”

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