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@gunnercooke.com
Mobile: +44 (0) 7789 273 440

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@gunnercooke.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: clareemmajones@gunnercooke.com

Mobile: + 44 (0) 7871 775 252


Steve Couch

As a senior client-facing PwC Partner, Steve led and coached successful business proposals teams around the world.  Steve also regularly coached individual Partners and senior staff who were working through change at different stages of their careers   He has recently completed a three year Henley Coaching Masters and is now working full-time as an executive and team coach.  His areas of focus include all aspects of transition in professional services firms and building business team capability.

“I believe passionately in supporting individuals and teams to achieve their full potential, in their own unique way, 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@gunnercooke.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@gunnercooke.com

Mobile: +44 (0) 7866 543 878


Hannah Beko

Hannah is a commercial property partner and one of the earliest members of gunnercooke, joining in 2012.

Hannah founded Authentically Speaking, a training and coaching business in 2016 and is a certified leadership coach and trainer.  In particular, she works with professionals who are looking to find more of that elusive balance in life and work.

Hannah built her gunnercooke business purely on internal referrals and has also worked in house for a local authority managing their portfolio and property team.

Hannah enjoys leading corporate trainings on topics such as stress management, efficiency, time and energy management and life/ business planning.

“It all starts with happiness for me. When we take care of our mental health and wellbeing, we can be the best version of ourselves in our private lives, our business and career. Happiness has a big impact on productivity and profit!” 

Hannah’s open, honest and genuine approach fosters rapport and trust with her clients.  Her style comprises a mixture of coaching and training which helps her clients to make positive and lasting change to their life, business and happiness.

Contact Information

Email: hannah.beko@gunnercooke.com

Mobile: +44 (0) 7879 379 377

Victoria Hill

Victoria is a qualified and experienced leadership and people development coach specialising in the real estate and finance sectors.

Previously a Senior Director in real estate debt and structured finance, she has over 20 years’ corporate experience. She began her career as a Chartered Surveyor, initially in investment brokerage before focussing on JV equity and mezzanine finance and taking on leadership responsibilities in major consultancies and financial institutions.

Victoria has developed her strong track record as a specialist coach due to her technical knowledge and understanding of industry roles, trends and norms. Her approach is designed to discover an individual’s motivators and capitalise on their strengths, whilst supporting them to overcome obstacles, which acts as a catalyst for improved performance.

“I am fascinated by effectiveness and truly believe this is maximised through a highly supportive yet challenging environment.”

Victoria also operates in the education and private sectors, where she fulfils her ambition to support young people through the coaching of education professionals and parents. Victoria is also a Mental Health First Aider and provides resilience coaching and CBT-related life management.

Contact Information

Email: victoria.hill@gunnercooke.com

Mobile: +44 (0) 7539 437 537