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Steve Lock is an executive coach with over twenty years of leadership experience in industries such as technology and healthcare. He has an ILM 7 Certificate in Executive and Senior Leadership Coaching and Mentoring and is known internationally for his writing on self-managing teams and progressive organisations.





ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching & Mentoring

Innovating Health for Tomorrow, INSEAD (Paris)

NIHR National Leaders Programme, Ashridge

Clinical Systems Improvement Programme, Warwick University

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research, University of Leeds

BSc (Hons) Computing for Business, University of Northumbria


I have experience coaching clients in Consulting, Health and Social Care, Universities and Third Sector Organisations. This includes Oxford University, The University of Leeds, Warwick University, Bath Spa University, the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Keele University, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), The Woodland Trust, Women's Health Matters and Deloitte. I have also worked with leaders of purpose-driven organisations, B-Corps and clinical research companies like Informa and Medical Research Network.


"Change is difficult at the best of times. Change when the world is changing around you needs a change not just in the way you think, but in the way your team thinks. Stephen coached us as a group through the need to change and helped us come to a consensus on priorities for us to implement. His experiences were at all times authentic and relevant to the challenges we face, and his style brought the best out of the team. We've been left with several tools to enable us to work better with complexity and we couldn't recommend Stephen enough for team coaching."

Alistair Maltby, Director of UK Operations Estate and Woodland Outreach, Woodland Trust

Hello, I'm Stephen...

I have twenty years of leadership experience in major organisations, including Hewlett-Packard (France), the National Health Service and the National Institute for Health Research. I studied improvement theory at Warwick University Business School, leadership at Ashridge Business School and innovation at INSEAD Business School (Paris).

I have an ILM 7 (Institute of Leadership and Management) Certificate in Executive and Senior Leadership Coaching and Mentoring. I teach "Leading in Complexity" as a faculty member of the NIHR's national Advanced Leadership Programme.

For many years I have developed my skills as a leader of teams working on transformation programmes, particularly with a focus on working in the space between the people who need to use systems and the people who build or transform systems. I have a particular interest in self-managing teams and leading through influence rather than control.

As an example of my leadership work, I was an executive in the National Institute for Health Research during the Covid-19 pandemic. As interim CITO, I was part of the team that, under intense pressure, organised the UK government’s urgent research response, successfully recruiting more than one million participants to Covid treatment and vaccine research. Throughout this time I retained my role as a voluntary wellbeing support leader, looking after my colleagues and the health of my organisation.

Now that I work as a coach and mentor, I can bring my experience and skills together to support senior leaders going through major personal and organisational transformations. Working as a coach with PHSO, this could help leaders to manage the day-to-day efficiently to free up energy to work on strategy. As well as to feel more confident in their leadership abilities.

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