Ali has over 30 years experience to Director level in Higher Education, schools, and currently with the Department for Education, and has led teams of up to 25 people. She has worked alongside institutional senior leadership teams to create strategy and enhance performance, and has always taken a strong coaching approach to her work.

Ali holds a distinction in the Advanced Diploma in Mental Health and Wellbeing from Kingstown College, Dublin, which is accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She also holds the Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring. Ali is accredited at Practitioner level with the EMCC.

Ali is an Executive Coach for Warwick Business School, an Associate Coach with Coaching4Careers and a Partner of Cairney & Company. In addition, she partners with the Be Well Collective to deliver training and coaching to schools and colleges. She has coached individuals at Teach First and several other Higher Education Institutions (including being a coach for the Oxford Brookes University coaching programme), and has a successful private client practice. Ali is also currently registered for the Covid-19 Project5 NHS coaching platform in England.
Ali is proud to have founded the University of Warwick Business School Mentoring programme, which came third in the UK Training Journal Awards for best Coaching and Mentoring programme and is a thriving programme today. She currently delivers webinars on Happiness, Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing on behalf of Action for Happiness.

Coaching and Training style

Ali is passionate about supporting people to understand themselves, their motivations and their strengths, to help them make better decisions, in their careers and personal lives. She has lived experience of mental health challenges and has a particular interest in helping people understand how to nurture their emotional health by working with a range of tools and techniques for resilience, wellbeing and confidence.

Professional credentials

  • Advanced Diploma in Mental Health & Wellbeing Coaching, Kingstown College, Dublin (2020)
  • ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring (2017)
  • Warwick University Leadership Programme (2012)
  • Advanced Certificate in Marketing, CIM (1996)
  • B.A. Hons German & Spanish, University of Leeds (1988)
  • Member at Practitioner level, EMCC

“From the very first interaction with Ali, I felt she was someone that the team had to spend time with. Ali’s professional experience, combined with lived experience around wellbeing and mental health, could not have complemented each other any better, which resulted in a lot of trust and buy in from the team. I could not recommend working with Ali highly enough”

Jenna Cotton – Head of People and Wellbeing at MyKindaFuture