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About Us.

Katherine Bryant. Executive Coach, Consultant & Founder of The Progress Partnership

Katherine is an executive coach and consultant working exclusively with risk and insurance professionals to develop their skills and maximise their potential at work.

With over 20 years market experience as a placing broker, account executive, global new business producer, underwriter and now consultant, Katherine brings a wealth of industry knowledge to her coaching and training programmes.

Having started her career as an international wholesale property broker at Bain Hogg in 1996 Katherine also spent 3 years at Axa Global Risks underwriting multinational property and power accounts. A year at technology startup Invent Limited (now The Innovation Group) developing technology solutions for insurers sparked an interest in insurtech that remains strong today.

In 2001 she moved back to broking and specialised in the power, utility and onshore energy sector in her client-facing role at Marsh. She became a partner at JLT in 2004, producing retail business and responding to tenders as well as placing and managing global programs for FTSE 100 clients such as Centrica and National Grid.

Katherine also spent 4 years as the Chief Operating Officer of Aon’s Global Power Specialty. Here she worked closely with the senior executive team in the UK, US and Asia and with a focus on new business, developed board level client relationships which helped grow the portfolio 4 fold into a $135m business with a team of over 200 people worldwide.

In 2012 Katherine founded The Progress Partnership, which draws together all her professional and personal experience, what she has learned from formal and informal training and combines it with her passion for client value and personal development. Since then she has helped teams and individuals across the market at companies including JLT, Aviva, Generali, Marsh, AIG, Aon, Axa, RSA and various Syndicates at Lloyd's to develop their skills and grow their business.

A passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, Katherine speaks regularly at industry events and is a trustee of Dress for Success, a charity helping women return to the workplace.

Volunteering is a very important part of Katherine’s life, please see the pro bono page for more information.

Qualifications & Memberships

Katherine first trained as a coach in 2004 before qualifying in Cognitive Behavioural Coaching with the Centre for Coaching in 2012 and as a qualified NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer. She continues to learn and enjoys exploring all that neuroscience, Solution Focus, Positive Psychology and related fields have to offer. She is also an avid reader of psychology and social science research and attends regular seminars and lectures in order to be able to incorporate the very latest developments into her work.

She’s an affiliate of The British Psychological Society and an Associate Member of The Association for Coaching and abides by their professional code of ethics and client confidentiality.

Sharon Morse. Coach & Leadership Development Consultant

Sharon is a coach and leadership development consultant who works with individuals, teams and organisations to empower them to be successful in all aspects of their lives.

She has extensive experience working strategically at an Executive level with organisations, leaders and people and has significant expertise in nurturing talented individuals and building high performing teams.

With a background in Human Resources, and a successful career spanning two decades Sharon has worked across different sectors and geographies in strategic partnering, transformational change and organisational effectiveness roles.

Sharon is experienced in designing and delivering successful development initiatives to enhance leadership and personal effectiveness and culture change. Sharon has been a trusted business advisor to senior executives and has a deep understanding of how organisations work, making leaders and teams more effective, excelling in stakeholder engagement and what it takes for businesses and individuals to be successful.

Sharon’s most recent corporate role was Head of Leadership and Talent at RBS Corporate Banking, with 13,000 people, where she was responsible for a £1 million development budget. She led a team of people, identifying and developing leaders and talented individuals and focusing on leadership team effectiveness. Sharon designed and was responsible for a future leaders programme winning a HR Distinction award in Talent Management and raising over £400k for charities.

Sharon is passionate about making a difference to the people and organisations she works with. Her approach is pragmatic, results orientated and intuitive. She has high emotional intelligence and builds strong relationships. She has a calm reassuring presence and builds confidence in individuals enabling them to stay on track and gain clarity of thought even in the most challenging environments. Sharon helps individuals find success and balance with her positive outlook and supportive but challenging approach, which helps individuals to reach their true potential. She helps her clients to create a vision for their goals with practical solutions driving success.

Qualifications & Memberships

An accredited Coach (Coaching Academy, International Coaching Federation), Sharon also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources (CIPD Qualified). She is a NLP Practitioner and is accredited in MBTI step 1 & 2 and in Facilitation Skills Training (Kinharvie Institute). She is a member of the Association for Coaching and the Essex Co-Coaching Facilitator, Association for Coaching.

Fiona Davies. Consultant

Fiona has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance broking industry. Having spent a little time in her early career as a Lloyds broker, she soon turned to focus on new business development and client relationship management, combining this with team leadership.

As a consequence, her expertise lies in the following areas:

- Client relationship management and service model development

- Sales and marketing planning and sales process management

- Team building, motivation, development and coaching

Understanding client needs, and making sure those needs are recognised and responded to are a common theme in her career. Even the theme of her MBA dissertation was focused on Client Relationship Management. Setting up a UK Manufacturing Practice at Willis, was to make sure the specific industry needs of clients in that sector were met.

While the cornerstone of delivering great client service, needs recognition is also essential in the business development process. Fiona’s experience includes, not just development of the prospective client relationships, but also bid management from the early qualification stage through to winning and settling down the new client relationship.

The insurance industry is all about team work, recognising and celebrating the skills of the individual and making sure the right people are able to bring their particular skills to bear at the right time. Developing and mentoring teams was a critical part of her leadership role and Fiona continues this with voluntary mentoring today.

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