Sara Harrison

Sara Harrison

Location: Ilkley, United Kingdom
Languages: English

About Sara

Sara is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She has 14 years’ experience across a broad range of sectors coaching leaders to be at their best.
Sara supports leaders to be the best version of themselves, she believes awareness of self and others is the key to success and that coaching brings this powerfully to individuals. With this understanding, she helps leaders harness their authenticity so they can lead with passion and purpose.
Sara facilitates conversations to help leaders notice the learning from their experiences so they can consistently grow themselves and their teams, building the positive mind set for success.
In today’s complex world she partners with leaders to navigate through their challenges to find the simplicity. In change there is always opportunity, and Sara creates a safe space to help leaders see those opportunities and creatively bring them to life.
Sara’s experience of organisational change allows her to be pragmatic, and insightful, bringing new perspectives and empowerment to her clients in turbulent times. She offers the right balance of support and challenge to sensitively hold people accountable for their own transformative change bringing results to the individual and to the business they lead.

Business/Organisational Experience
Sara has worked in business for 25 years and has been a Leadership Coach since 2010. She has a background as a leader in project management delivering change within the financial services industry. More recently she was the Lead Coach who established a coaching culture within a UK insurance business. Sara defined the vision and strategic plan, building a team of internal coaches to ensure coaching was democratised across the business. She also devised a coaching skills for leaders program which enhanced communication, increased empowerment in teams and created greater collaboration.


A wide range of leadership topics including:

  • Supporting leaders to build the mind set for meaningful success.
  • Partnering with leaders through turbulent times.
  • Helping leaders harness their authenticity and lead with purpose.
  • Navigating complexity and change
  • Developing self-awareness and belief
  • Defining brand and authentic leadership style
  • Relationship enhancement to influence with impact
  • Leadership transitions – Standing beside leaders during pivotal transitions.
  • Empowering and motivating teams
  • Embedding in a new role – First 90 days

Sara lives in England on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, so loves to walk and be inspired by the nature around her. Sara also practices Reformer Pilates and is a great advocate of its health and wellbeing benefits both physically and mentally. In the winter she loves to go skiing in Europe with family and friends.

Industry Experience

  • Worked in Financial Services – Lloyds Banking Group, Covea Insurance, Abbey National (now Santander)
  • Coached Leaders in financial services, education, public sector, professional services, technology and health

Degrees & Certifications

  • CPCC Co Active Coach
  • PCC ICF Professional Certified Coach
  • BA (Hons) Business Information Systems
  • MBTI Certified
  • Firework Career Transition Practitioner

Sara's Style

Sara partners with clients to build trust quickly, is approachable and intuitive and has a strong desire to support leaders to succeed. She listens with compassion and asks insightful questions to help clients generate innovative solutions which helps them feel energised and empowered to make a positive impact. Sara creates a safe space to help leaders gain the tools and practical strategies to be curious about themselves and the people they lead. Whether striving for the next level in your career or desiring to become a high-impact leader, Sara guides you on a transformative journey towards exceptional professional growth, leadership excellence, and meaningful success. Her coaching philosophy centres on unlocking your intrinsic motivation, aligning with your core values, leveraging your unique strengths, and honing your purpose.

Sara helps reveal and amplify the leader already within you, ensuring that your path to success is as unique as you.

Client Testimonials

“Sara’s coaching approach makes you pause and reassess what your are trying to achieve and helps you find your own solutions. Coaching has positively contributed to our business goals by helping me understand myself better and supported me to be the best version of myself’.”

— Head of Operations
Professional Services

“Sara is an outstanding coach who I have great confidence and trust in . Sara has taken me through a journey of self improvement which has enhanced my clarity of thinking and given me a clear insight and understanding of my core values.”

Financial Services

“Sara has introduced me to a wide range of techniques to improve my self awareness. She has laser insight and perception and is both sensitive and challenging. Sara is a brilliant coach and I trust her completely.”

Financial Services

“Sara has helped me focus on my strengths which has helped me gain a healthier view of myself . We worked together on goals which kept me accountable for my own change. As a result my self belief has grown and my stress diminished, this has helped me personally and also positively impacted the business.”

Data Consultancy

“Sara builds trust quickly, is approachable and intuitive and has a strong desire to support leaders to succeed. She listens with compassion and asks insightful questions, helping me generate innovative solutions. Following a session with Sara I feel energised and empowered to make a positive impact.”