Jo Dawson

Jo Dawson is an outstanding Coach and a deeply experienced corporate leader. She has 30 years’ experience of leading large businesses and is one of the few women to lead in FTSE 100 ExCo, Director and NED roles.

“The combination of Jo’s commercial experience and coaching skills is hugely powerful. She pushes and challenges me to explore alternatives and find solutions but always in a way that feels safe and caring”

Partner & Managing Director,
Boston Consulting Group LLP

Coaching Experience

Jo is driven by a passion for helping people (and hence businesses) be the best they can be. Given the complexity and pace of executive roles, she places particular focus on the development of personal resilience, consistency and sustainability – reflecting her belief that to be our best, we need to enjoy what
we are doing.

In addition to Financial Services, she has coached executives and run team development programmes in a range of other sectors including Professional Services, Engineering, Retail, Logistics and Property.

Recent assignments have included CEO/ExCo/Partner succession candidates, start-up, maturing and turnaround business challenges, personal impact and resilience, leading complex change and key career transitions.

Commercial Experience

Prior to becoming an executive coach, Jo enjoyed an extensive executive career in Retail Banking, General Insurance, Life Assurance and Wealth Management with Halifax, HBOS and Lloyds Banking Group and Telecoms at TalkTalk.

In addition, she is also a former Senior Adviser to Boston Consulting Group, has served as a Non-Executive Director on a FTSE100 Board (St James’s Place) and was a Board member of the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

Having led at the highest levels, managing complex internal and external stakeholder relationships, delivering sustainable transformational change and people engagement, she has a thorough understanding of the pressures and demands placed on today’s leaders which she combines with a pragmatic, challenging yet supportive coaching approach.

Qualifications and Development

  • MA (Modern Languages) – Fitzwilliam, Cambridge University
  • MBA – Warwick Business School
  • Professional Post-Graduate Certificate in Coaching – Henley Business School
  • Masterclasses including “Challenging Coaching” and “Systems Thinking”
"I know from my former corporate roles how difficult it can be to take time to step back, reflect and think through wider issues. In challenging and supporting clients who have given themselves that permission, it is amazing to see how energised and resourceful they can be in identifying solutions to what seemed intractable challenges”.

Keith Krasny

Francesca Lanza Tans

  • ″No wonder so many top leaders worldwide seek his counsel.″ Chairman, Peak Inc
  • ″He is a highly effective coach and is able to help me work through critical and sensitive issues.″ Senior Partner & MD, The Boston Consulting Group
  • ″Probably the best event ever, a masterclass.″ Meyler Campbell ‘Fishbowl’ Attendee
  • ″Alexander has been an enormous support to me in developing our leadership capabilities.″ Chief Executive, Railway Children
  • ″He has an unflappable common sense, practical business experience and thoughtful insight.″ Chairman, PZ Cussons PLC
  • ″You have made a huge difference to my landing at GSK this year.″ President Consumer Healthcare Worldwide, GSK
  • ″A great foundation from which we can set goals for achieving our dreams with enthusiasm.″ MD, GoodBrand & Co
  • ″I would highly recommend him as a coach to others in leadership roles.″ Senior Partner & MD, The Boston Consulting Group
  • ″You have played a vital role in helping us on our journey towards becoming a truly world-class organisation.″ President RDQ, Jacobs Douwe Egberts
  • ″Highly supportive coaching, advice and challenge – very focused on my specific needs.″ CEO, South West Trains
  • ″I have rediscovered my confidence and have taken on challenges that I wouldn’t have thought I could deliver on.″ IT DIrector, Muller UK
  • ″I’m excited about the big ideas we identified for each of us.″ MD, GoodBrand & Co
  • ″He combines a wealth of practical business experience with a deep insight into human behaviour.″ Chairman, Performance Consultants International
  • ″He is very skilled at asking questions so that I examine all possible options.″ CEO, The Post Office
  • ″We were able to work through some tough issues in an extremely challenging business environment.″ CEO, Muller UK
  • ″He has helped inspire and motivate me and my team to a level I would once not have believed possible.″ HR Director, Whitbread Restaurants
  • ″No wonder so many top leaders worldwide seek his counsel.″ Chairman, Peak Inc
  • ″He is a highly effective coach and is able to help me work through critical and sensitive issues.″ Senior Partner & MD, The Boston Consulting Group
  • ″Probably the best event ever, a masterclass.″ Meyler Campbell ‘Fishbowl’ Attendee
  • ″Alexander has been an enormous support to me in developing our leadership capabilities.″ Chief Executive, Railway Children
  • ″He has an unflappable common sense, practical business experience and thoughtful insight.″ Chairman, PZ Cussons PLC
  • ″You have made a huge difference to my landing at GSK this year.″ President Consumer Healthcare Worldwide, GSK
  • ″A great foundation from which we can set goals for achieving our dreams with enthusiasm.″ MD, GoodBrand & Co
  • ″I would highly recommend him as a coach to others in leadership roles.″ Senior Partner & MD, The Boston Consulting Group
  • ″You have played a vital role in helping us on our journey towards becoming a truly world-class organisation.″ President RDQ, Jacobs Douwe Egberts
  • ″Highly supportive coaching, advice and challenge – very focused on my specific needs.″ CEO, South West Trains
  • ″I have rediscovered my confidence and have taken on challenges that I wouldn’t have thought I could deliver on.″ IT DIrector, Muller UK
  • ″I’m excited about the big ideas we identified for each of us.″ MD, GoodBrand & Co
  • ″He combines a wealth of practical business experience with a deep insight into human behaviour.″ Chairman, Performance Consultants International
  • ″He is very skilled at asking questions so that I examine all possible options.″ CEO, The Post Office
  • ″We were able to work through some tough issues in an extremely challenging business environment.″ CEO, Muller UK
  • ″He has helped inspire and motivate me and my team to a level I would once not have believed possible.″ HR Director, Whitbread Restaurants