Rebecca Peat, Director

Master Certified Executive and Senior Level Coach; BA Honours;
Accredited Coach in Management; Accredited Insights Practitioner;
Accredited PPA Practitioner and Certified BPS Level B Intermediate Plus Practitioner

Rebecca has a wealth of experience in coaching, facilitation and training in leadership and team development. She works with organisations to help managers and teams unlock their potential and flourish at work, thereby achieving more.

She has worked with both private and public sector organisations, nationally and internationally, so understands the challenges of the ‘real world’ and the pressures and complexity of work situations.

Clients are typically leaders of teams who recognise the need to evolve to stay competitive. These leaders have approached her for help with overcoming work challenges, becoming ‘unstuck’ and engaging employees and stakeholders – in order to drive the team and the business. Rebecca brings her cross-cultural experience and expertise to understand and determine clients’ specific goals, culture and constraints.

Clients value: her quick ability to build rapport; her encouragement and appropriate style of challenge; and her dedication to them and their goals. Rebecca ensures clients take steps towards these goals from the outset, reflecting and learning as they proceed, knowing they have someone they can speak openly to who is on their side and does not judge.

She is professionally accredited in executive leadership and management coaching; psychometric testing and profiling; and team development (qualifications are listed below). She uses psychometric tools in both one to one and team coaching when appropriate. These help individuals and teams to understand their natural strengths and preferred ways of working. They can increase self-awareness, improve team effectiveness, strengthen internal and external relationships and improve communication. This in turn creates more respectful, productive and positive working relationships to enable people to connect better, collaborate more effectively, overcome challenges and conflict.

As part of her professional practice, Rebecca undertakes regular coaching supervision and continuous professional development to ensure rigour in her approach.

Furthermore, Rebecca is a qualified and experienced External Quality Assurer, auditing for ILM (a City & Guilds Group Business) in coaching, leadership and management. She brings the current thoughts, approaches and knowledge from her ILM auditing role into Your Step.

She is a member of The Institute of Leadership & Management and the European Mentoring & Coaching Council, she subscribes to EMCC’s Code of Ethics (see www.emccouncil.org/uk). Our network of experienced and accredited associate Learning and Development Specialists will enable us to provide you with the flexibility, skills and experience to source the right coach for your business and personal needs.

Rebecca holds the following Qualifications and Accreditations

ILM Level 7 Certificate in Senior and Executive Coaching and Mentoring

BA Honours European Studies: German/Sociology

Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring in Management

Certified PPA Practitioner

CIPD Certificate in Training Practice

SHL Occupational Personality Questionnaire Certificate

Institute of Leadership and Management Introductory Certificate in First Line Management

British Psychological Society Level A Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing

British Psychological Society Level B Intermediate Plus Personality Assessment Course

British Psychological Society Certificate in Neo and PeopleMapper Personality Assessments

British Psychological Society Certificate in ASE Aptitude and Ability Tests

Belbin Facilitator Accreditation

CIPD Certificate in Personnel Practice

Staff and Educational Development Association, Leading High Performing Teams Developing Leaders Award

ILM Certificate in Facilitating Action Learning Sets

City & Guilds Level 4 Award in the External Quality Assurance Process and Practice

OCR Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

Rebecca’s Story

Raised in Nottingham, I have lived and worked across the UK and overseas, my longest stint working in Tokyo as a teacher, trainer, first line manager and area operations manager in the 90s: here is where my interest in coaching was sparked. A key moment for me is when a colleague introduced me to this thing called ‘coaching’ – I can picture him sharing a book on coaching with me and being a little sceptical about what it was and how useful it would be!

As a new manager, I really wish I had received coaching – it was very much a case of getting promoted and getting on with it! I would have felt more confident, better equipped and supported with a coach to question and challenge me and see different perspectives whilst raising my self-awareness. Coaching would have helped me recognise my strengths, my areas for improvement and the impact I had on others, particularly my team. I seemed to spend more time than I expected on having to step in to deal with ‘unhelpful’ behaviour and under performance – or problems that, with hindsight, the team could have taken ownership of. I was concerned about my reputation and that of the team. I sometimes felt stuck or felt that I was stagnating and, whilst I had colleagues that I could talk to, I would have been able to talk to a coach more openly and show my vulnerabilities in a safe environment – a coach would have given me the impetus to take steps to move forward and lead more effectively.

Being put in a position without the adequate support can be hard, however resilient or resourceful one is. This is why I do not want other people to have to go through this.

My next manager did, however, have a coaching approach – this enabled me to think for myself, grow in confidence and make better decisions. I relaxed more and started to enjoy my work. I felt supported but not micromanaged. I began to use a coaching approach on my team; this helped them move forward, rely less on me and take ownership which resulted in me having more time to focus on strategic priorities. It was like a weight had been lifted. I grew in confidence and in competence and developed myself and the team to offer an enhanced service. So much so, that I was promoted again.

When I came back to the UK, I worked in industry but always felt compelled to get back into a learning and development role which I did in 2005.

I get a real buzz from helping people move forward. I love giving them space to think, talk openly and reflect. I love seeing them have light bulb moments. I love to challenge them; push them to try new approaches; give them feedback & encouragement and the confidence to be brave – and the focus to overcome difficulties and achieve more. I sincerely believe that people hold the solution within themselves. This is the reason that I founded Your Step – to enable clients to fulfil potential and reach their goals, without prescribing how they do that – hence the name ‘Your Step’.

Take a look at my testimonials to see how clients and their teams have developed to work more effectively and cohesively, feeling more fulfilled and motivated in order to meet, and even exceed, goals.