A Professional Coach


Coaching is unregulated and so anyone is able to say they are a Coach. However, my values led me to become a professionally trained Coach. I have a Diploma in Professional Coaching Practice and a Certificate in Career Coaching. I am also an International Coaching Federation Approved Coach. As an ICF member, I agree to abide by their Code of Ethics and professional standards.  The ICF is the global leading coach governing body in professional coaching standards and ethics.

Alison Yard in Richmond, Surrey, UK

My Passion for Coaching

My background has driven my motivations as coach.

I am also a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years business experience. I’ve enjoyed a successful career. However, like in many professions’ women remain significantly underrepresented. This can sometimes be an isolating environment and I didn’t want to be either invisible or necessarily always ‘one of the boys.’

As my career progressed, I took on leadership roles.  It has been said that it can be lonely at the top. Being a female leader in a male orientated work place can amplify that feeling of loneliness. 

So, I have a real affinity for working in partnership with women in similar situations across all industries. Through coaching, I enable women to play to their strengths and develop presence, whilst also staying true to themselves and achieve a successful career.

I am passionate about coaching clients who want to change career or get back into work. I understand how daunting leaving a job and returning to a new work environment can be - I’ve been there. I coach people to help them accept change, to see the opportunity this offers and to move into a new rewarding role and chapter in their life.


My Coaching Style

I hold a belief that everyone has the ability to make change and move forward to where they want to be, even if they are not yet entirely clear what that looks like.

As your Coach I offer support and inspiration, thereby enabling you to gain a different perspective and insight into how you can make changes in order to move forward and achieve.I adopt a holistic approach and coach the ‘whole you’ rather than focusing on just the ‘career you’

As a coach I am open and empathetic but I do challenge my clients. This can be stretching and uncomfortable at times. However, it is an approach which has powerful and transforming results. It quickly gets to the nub of the issue to unlock and resolve challenges which have prevented my clients from reaching their goals and full potential.

To meet the differing requirements of each client, I offer a bespoke coaching programme of one to eight sessions. To achieve sustainable results however, I recommend a minimum of three sessions. These can be face to face or via zoom (video conferencing) dependent upon location.


Down Time

I’m so fortunate to live where I do in Richmond, South West London which has the magnificent outside spaces of Kew Gardens and Richmond Park. I find getting outside is a helpful way to press pause. I love theatre and dance. I hold the RYA Coastal Skipper certificate, but stick to gentle fair weather sailing now!