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Julie Hickton

Senior Executive Coach

Relevant Qualifications and Skills

Diploma in Performance Coaching – distinction
Diploma in Corporate and Executive Coaching – distinction
Regular supervision and CPD days through the coaching Circle
Personality profiling and 360 Feedback Appraisals

Relevant experience

Julie has coached a range of Directors, Managing Directors and Senior Leaders across both the public and private sector. In addition she has coached at Executive Director and Clinical Director level within the NHS. Combining her own experiences as an HRD, NED and that of a coach, Julie brings with her a wealth of practical understanding and realism to the issues that teams and individuals face. She has the ability to see beyond the immediate issue and gets the people she works with to increase their self-awareness and leadership impact helping them change the aspects that really make a difference to their performance and personal wellbeing.

Julie is passionate about working with individuals and teams to achieve their potential; you will find her to be calming, challenging, supportive, and strategic, who creates the right environment for exploration, discussion and great thinking leading to enhanced awareness and personal change. Her positive motivational personality is infectious, creating a real sense of purpose, focus and enjoyment for all those who work with her.

Prior to working as an Executive Coach and in leadership development, Julie has over 30 years experience as a senior leader in Human Resources and Leadership Development in a variety of successful organisations including; Marks and Spencer; the Mico Group and most recently Divisional HR Director with Eaga plc. where she was responsible for 5 different companies and 1500 staff, all of which had recently been acquired. Along with the other members of the divisional leadership team, Julie was responsible for preparing for floatation, developing and implementing the people strategy and developing cohesion across the separate business units. Julie was a Non-Executive Director for the Rotherham Foundation Trust, Nov 2007 – Aug 2013, where she was both challenging and strategic, assisting the Board to develop and deliver their future strategy which included incorporating the community health care provision in to the trust alongside the acute provision, performance commitments and ensure high levels of governance.

As an author, Julie has written about resilience and wellbeing in her book ‘The Tree of Resilience. She uses the art of storytelling to make connections that inspire others who are experiencing difficulties.

Current Clients Include

NHS Leadership Academy, NHS England, Wakefield CCG, Leeds CCG, Leeds and York NHS Mental health trust, Leeds Community Health care trust, Health education England – Yorks and Humber, North Leeds Medical Practice, Mieinger Hotels, TUI Destinations, Laidlaw, Laterooms and Superbreak, Malvern Group, MOL Manchester College, Sheffield CCG, Nottinghamshire County Council, NE NHS Leadership Academy, Leeds Teaching Hospital, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, Scarborough CCG, East Midlands Coaching Network


“Julie really made us think about the difficult things and work together through supported conversations to get to a stronger place as a collective team.” – Peter Cox MD Novis part of Manchester College Group