Valerie Wark

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Qualifications & Institution
BA, Geography, Durham University

Valerie Wark is an independent Executive Coach and Leadership tutor who works across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Formerly CEO of NHS Overseas Enterprises and a senior faculty member at Ashridge Business School. For 12 years she worked closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Client Director for Learning and Development. Other major international clients include Vodafone, The Body Shop, BBC Worldwide, Kerry Foods and BG Group. She works with Senior Leaders to improve their individual leadership confidence and capability and more broadly across organisations designing leadership programmes. Valerie has a strong track record in identifying leadership trends and designing interventions that make a real difference to performance.

Valerie started coaching 15 years ago when she worked as Director of the NHS Womens Career Development Register, based at Ashridge. The purpose of the register was to support research on why there were not more women in the Boardroom. This was complemented by coaching women to apply and compete effectively for senior roles. Over the time of the register representation of women increased from 2% to 20%. For the past four years Valerie has been working closely with Civil Service Learning and has been coaching at PUS, DG, Director level and high potentials. Clients include the Treasury, Cabinet Office, FCO, BIS, DWP, DFT and CPS.

Valerie is trained in a wide range of coaching techniques including two masters level qualifications in NLP, she is also qualified in a wide range of psychometrics. Her style is client centred and she works with frameworks that best meet the needs of every individual. Her clients describe her as future focussed, challenging and someone they can trust to support their development. Recently Valerie published a book with Gerry Reffo which was runner up for the CMI best Business Book of the year. Leadership PQ – How political Intelligence sets successful leaders apart. The research was International and included interviews with the CEOs of Coca Cola, Time Warner, Honeywell and senior Civil Servants and Ministers.