Coaching & leadership development with Penny Wallace

Penny Wallace – A little background…

An executive coach and leadership development specialist with over 30 years of people development experience working in and alongside diverse, challenging and complex organisations.

Prior to working independently, Penny held senior learning & development and talent roles in challenging sectors. She led L&D services for Sainsburys, providing development support to all of retail, supply chain and head office, c.145,000 colleagues UK wide before moving to the hospitality sector as Head of HRD for Scottish & Newcastle Retail, and then to The Spirit Group where she was Director of L&D and later Director of Talent, supporting more than 50,000 colleagues across 2,500 pubs, bars and restaurants.

Since starting Foxtail Development in 2006, she has thoroughly indulged her love for development in personally supporting a broad range of clients. Penny has provided executive and board development support, leadership programmes and coaching to clients in sectors that include energy, retail, hospitality, life sciences, healthcare, medical devices, supply chain, oil & gas, maritime, renewables, technology, construction and the public sector, working both in the UK and worldwide.

Penny discovered the power of coaching early in her development career whilst at Sainsburys, developing a concept of observation coaching that was to be shared across the organisation. She participated in the first ever UK research group for Executive Coaching with the Institute for Employment Studies at the forefront of the coaching movement in the UK, and has been a passionate, practising advocate of coaching for more than 25 years. Highly accomplished in the arena, Penny persistently champions coaching development for leaders as a critical skill that will really differentiate leadership success, and actively provides extensive coaching development to leaders and development professionals worldwide.

A reputation for warmth, good humour and challenge, always with her client’s best interests in mind, she is highly intuitive with insightful understanding of both context and people, supporting them with pragmatic development that clients find loaded with value yet easy to apply.

“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”
AA Milne / Winnie the Pooh
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“When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.”
Jim Henson

Penny is originally from Sutton Coldfield in the Midlands, Penny now lives in Northampton with her husband, David. Wild about wildlife, occasionally indulging creative projects, (where ambition persistently triumphs over ability) and slightly obsessed with Scandi dramas.

” There’s always a reason and an explanation for behaviour. From this, we can better understand context and find a helpful way forward”.
“We should leave every person better off after every encounter”.
“What my father figured out was if you can’t get out, you just either blow something up, or you eat something, or you just throw penguins in the air.”
Brian Henson
Acteon Amcor Amey Arco Barratts Born + Raised C Space Canal & River Trust Capital One DNV E.ON Everoze Galliford Try Germanischer Lloyd Sateba Corin Refresco Astra Zenica Cromwell IGEM
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