Meet the team
Linden Learning has a mission to bridge the gap between potential and performance. We understand that you are the expert in yourself and our job is to help harness that expertise and put it to work to reach your goals.
Jane Cook has 25 years of mentoring, coaching and leadership experience in education and the arts, including as a headteacher and national education advisor. She is now a full time coach and coach trainer working mostly in education and the arts. A more detailed bio of Jane can be found here.
Well-being Lead & Coach
Lucy Timmons is a qualified ILM level 7 executive coach and education consultant. She has 20 years’ experience in experience in education up to and including executive head teacher level. Lucy trained as an actor at Oxford School of Drama after which she went on to be part of a number of incredible projects including roles in the channel 4 drama ‘Southcliffe’ directed by Sean Durkin and in the film ‘Pride’ directed by Matthew Warchus.
Lucy’s dual competency, knowledge and experience as an educator and actor have led seamlessly into her training and accreditation as a full-time professional coach. She works closely with leaders, teams and groups namely in the education, arts and international aid sectors. Lucy coaches school leaders in both national and international settings. Lucy is a member of the Association for Coaching and truly believes in the power of learning and developing collaboratively in a space that is both challenging, humorous, unjudgemental and safe.
Executive/senior management workplace issues, interview coaching, managing conflict, stress and time, and other life-balance quandaries are particular areas of interest. An excellent communicator, she has over 20 years of management and board-level experience.
Ruth is an experienced executive coach, working with leaders in education. She holds an MA from Pen Green in integrated centre leadership with children and families. Recently a Head teacher of a large maintained nursery school and children's centre, her particular success is in motivating teams and creating a strong learning community. She teaches on the Leading Progress course and can offer bespoke training and development in early years. Ruth has also worked as an Early Years Advisor and is currently part of the Peer Review team for Local Authorities.
Anne is a qualified ILM level 7 executive coach with over 5 years of coaching experience. Anne uses her leadership experience of 12 years as a Nursery School Head teacher and 25 years of leading multi- professional teams in the field of special education to support leaders in educational and other settings.
Trudy’s extensive international experience and cross-cultural understanding closely informs her work, both as a personal/professional development coach and as a consultant. She is passionate about working with individuals and teams to help them identify their values, strengths and inner qualities in order to achieve greater agency and improved outcomes in their professional and personal lives.
Trevor Folley is a ILM Level 7 accredited executive coach with over 30 years experience in the field of education. He is a certified Master Practitioner in Neuro-linguistic Programming and the Director for Coaching Services at Linden Learning. A more detailed bio of Trevor can be found here.
Jane Booth, MA FHEA BMus LRAM, is a career development coach. She writes, "I coach leaders, often in the fields of Education and or Performing Arts, to uncover unique and personal solutions to the dilemnas and challenges they face. Guided by my questioning and responsive listening, my clients discover their own solutions."
Pat Joseph is a teacher, social worker, coach and project manager with a demonstrated track record of delivering projects to exceptionally high standard. She uses flexible and creative methods to support the growth and development of others.
Chris Brannick is an ILM Level 7 executive coach who uses creative strategies to unlock your potential. He is a professional musician and writer and runs a multi-faceted and multi-skilled workforce as CEO of a major music charity. A more detailed bio for Chris can be found here.
Carlos Lopez Real
As a musician and composer, Carlos works with people in many creative ways and this is a cornerstone of his coaching approach. He helps people find creative solutions, to unlock new ideas and to make connections between different thoughts, experiences, and areas of their lives. A more detailed bio for Carlos can be found here.
Working as a musician and an educator with a background in psychology, Jo’s work over the past 25 years has taken her into schools, concert halls, recording studios, prisons, hospitals, banks, government departments and many other community and corporate settings.
Liz has been coaching for over a decade and has considerable experience working with senior leaders. She is passionate about facilitating positive change in individuals, teams and organisations and is particularly interested in working with people during transition, as they take on more senior roles or as they seek the next challenge.
Nick is a Level 7 Advanced Executive Coach and former school senior leader with experience of mainstream, SEN and independent settings. Nick specialises in coaching Headteachers and school leaders of all levels, supporting with the daily pressures of leadership, providing an impartial and confidential space in which to offload. Nick also conducts behaviour-trait personality psychometric assessments and delivers training on difficult conversations, wellbeing and professionalism.