Shirley Collier


I have 20 years’ experience of management and leadership in which I have used coaching both personally and with colleagues as a way of unlocking potential and achieving stretching, challenging goals. I provide tailored coaching solutions to clients across a wide range sectors and organisations - large and small – and believe strongly in the benefit that an outside view can bring.

In my coaching practice I work with senior executives and managers at varying stages in their careers, particularly during times of change. My approach is non directive and one of the key values underpinning my work is my belief in human resourcefulness. I enable individuals to become the best they can be by setting stretching but achievable goals which work for them and for their organisation, and supporting them as they achieve them.

In my organisation development practice, I work with senior staff in the heritage and cultural sectors, analysing their business and its needs, developing practical, action-oriented plans and strategies with clear outcomes. My approach to this work is directive and includes offering solutions and guidance based on my own experience of leading organisations through change and structuring them appropriately to achieve their aims. I also offer mentoring to individuals, particularly leaders, in cultural and heritage organisations.

In my career I have held operational and strategic management roles in museums and galleries, and before becoming an Executive Coach and Organisation Consultant, I was CEO of Scarborough Museums Trust. Prior to this I was Deputy Director of Collections at the Imperial War Museum in London and held posts at the National Maritime Museum, the Tate, the Royal Air Force Museum and the British Film Institute.

I have an honours degree in Modern Languages (French and Italian) from the University of Exeter and a Certificate in Management from the Open University. I was an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development from 2007 to 2012 and a Clore Fellow in 2005/06. I am currently undertaking further professional development with Ashridge Business School on their Coaching for Organisation Consultants Programme and have also completed study with the Coaching Academy.

My other professional interests include being a governor of a College of Further Education where I chair the Personnel Committee. I am a Trustee of Kala Sangam, a South Asian performing arts organisation in Bradford, and a member of the judging panel of the European Museum of the Year Awards. Previous non-executive board appointments have included the Arts Council of England Regional Council of Yorkshire, and The Ragged School Museum Trust, East London.

T: 01904 656151

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