Our coaches

Sarah Goulbourne

Sarah, our founding gunnercooke coach, is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and certified business growth executive coach.

In particular, she works with leaders of scale-up businesses and board members.

Sarah has a strong commercial track record as co-founder of gunnercooke, one of the UK’s fastest growing challenger law firms. She currently sits on the board for gunnercooke and its associated companies.

Sarah began her career as a lawyer and became a General Counsel for two FTSE 250 companies. She has also been a Non-Executive Director in the health sector. Throughout her career, Sarah has advised a range of businesses including corporates, scale-ups and start-ups.

“I have a passion for technology, business transformation and service innovation. I am on a mission to help others to achieve their greatest potential and performance in their businesses and careers. This is why I added professional coaching skills (Henley Business School / ICF ACC) to my other qualifications, including an MBA from Manchester Business School.”

Sarah’s warmth, energy and creativity are well known and she blends coaching and mentoring intuitively to deliver impactful insight and positive influence where it matters.

Contact Information
Email: sarah.goulbourne@gunnercookecoaching.com
Mobile: +44 (0) 7789 273 440

Henna Riaz

Henna is an award-winning corporate and entertainment lawyer, an international speaker and coach to elite clients in the media & entertainment and legal sectors.

Henna has a 15-year track record of success in the global music and entertainment industries in the UK and US. Alongside her coaching practice, Henna is an entrepreneur currently leading three businesses:

  • 360 Audit carries out royalty audits for major brands globally including Nickelodeon, BBCW, Turner Enterprises, Saban Brands, ITV, Jamie Oliver, Gary Barlow and WWE.
  • HRR Entertainment manages artists including Grammy award-winner Eliot Kennedy and raises venture capital for a number of creative tech projects and scale-up businesses, including the recent fundraise for APP Audalize, set to launch in 2018.
  • Safe Phone Ltd, is focussed on cyber security and a secure end to end encrypted APP which guarantees VIP’s, government personnel and HNW’s privacy and anonymity across all mobile communications.

“I have built a wide network of contacts in all areas, including the private equity world. This means I can provide practical commercial insight to my coaching clients. I have a dynamic approach and a wide business skillset. My aim is to help nurture scale-up talent to seize the phenomenal opportunities for growth in the UK.”

Henna is also a non-executive director of the MCDA alongside Sir Richard Lees and Sue Woodward OBE.

Contact Information
Email: henna.riaz@gunnercookecoaching.com
Mobile: +44 (0) 7850 377 864

John Shinnick

John is a qualified coach, mentor and advisor, portfolio Non-Exec Director and owner of Shinnick LLP. His goal is to help people at ‘Points of Change’ to develop, grow, pivot and embrace new ideas. John thrives on helping clients who feel stuck and feel that “it’s impossible to find a way forward”. Previously a partner at Grant Thornton for 21 years, John spent time working with dynamic people to help make their businesses great. He has the deep technical capabilities and expertise that comes with a professional services background, as well as a clear focus on commercial negotiation, strategy, and getting the very best out of people and their teams.

“When you have a business problem or an opportunity and you’re unsure how you want to solve it, I can help in three ways. I will coach you to solve the issue yourself, I will mentor you towards a proven path to success and advise you how to solve your business challenges as your trusted partner.”

John is also a Trustee member for International Humanitarian Relief Organisation, MAG (Mines Advisory Group).

Contact Information
Email: john.shinnick@gunnercookecoaching.com
Mobile: + 44 (0) 7966 281 789

 

Clare Jones

Clare is a consultant, trainer, Chartered Marketer and NLP coach  with a 20 year track record of helping senior professionals with marketing and business development across all channels.

Previously a director of marketing for an international law firm, Clare has worked with thousands of lawyers on all aspects of business development, personal impact, brand and marketing. Her clients are professional service firms and legal entrepreneurs.

“In a world of rapid change, the ‘trusted advisor’ has never had more value. We are all becoming chief architects of our reputations and I can help you unlock your potential as a marketer; whilst you grow your business relationships with my practical, measurable support.”

Clare is also a part-time Now Teach teacher, helping to develop a culture of high quality teaching and learning as well as careers aspiration, at a local academy school in London.

Contact Information

Email: clare.jones@gunnercookecoaching.com

Mobile: + 44 (0) 7871 775 252

 

Steve Couch

Steve is an Executive, Business and Team Coach with a Professional Certificate in Coaching from Henley Business School, where he is currently completing the final year of a 3-year Masters in Coaching & Behavioural Change. He is an Executive Coaching Practitioner with the Academy of Executive Coaching and member of the Association of Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS).

Steve combines deep knowledge of coaching practice and theory with broad international business experience gathered over 30 years with PwC. His work as a Tax and HR Partner included 6 years leading practices in The Netherlands, and Central & Eastern Europe, where he was heavily involved in the development of senior individuals and international teams.

I believe passionately in supporting others to achieve their full individual potential, by reinforcing and building recognised strengths, discovering and developing hidden competencies, and enabling comfortable and effective communication in dynamic environments. 

Steve volunteers as an Enterprise Advisor at his local school, to give real business experience to young people as they transition to the world of work.

Contact Information

Email: steve.couch@gunnercookecoaching.com

Mobile: +44 (0) 7718 581 126

 

Brendan Collins

Brendan is a qualified coach who helps clients overcome the limiting assumptions that restrict their effectiveness and performance as professionals and leaders.

After 20 years as HR Director for Mazars LLP, a top 10 Accountancy practice, Brendan moved into the role of Internal Executive & Performance Coach, working with Partners at all levels within the Firm, as well with a range of individuals on Partner track.

“The quality of everything we do depends on the craftsmanship of the thinking behind it and a coach’s expertise is a process of behaving with the client in a way that promotes self-efficacy and independent thinking through a particular quality of “attention” and a naturally constructed sequence of questions.”

Brendan also coaches the Deputy Head of a local primary school on a pro bono basis.

Contact Information

Email: brendan.collins@gunnercookecoaching.com

Mobile: +44 (0) 7866 543 878