Nichola Jacob

Leadership Associate

Nichola is an experienced developer of leaders, with a reputation for working with senior teams to help them become the best they can be. 

She works in a number of business contexts and cultures, across both the public and private sectors, bringing with her some different perspectives as well as her experiences of leading her own teams. She has a breadth and depth of experience particularly in the areas of one-to-one coaching and senior team development, as well as the facilitation and design of many different interventions. With a business background in the IBA, Logica, Coopers & Lybrand and PwC, Nichola knows what organisations are like and appreciates their challenges, frustrations and opportunities.

The organisations she has recently worked with include: NHS England and a number of organisations within the NHS; NHS Leadership Academy; CWHHE; PwC; Bird and Bird; Arup; Centrica; University of Southampton; and the University of Bradford.

Nichola’s style is thoughtful, client-focused, and engaging. She is passionate about working in an appreciative way, from strengths rather than a deficit perspective. Her particular interests lie in the area of collaborative and contextual leadership and developing resilience.

She is a pragmatic practitioner, a great listener, insightful in her challenge and sensitive in her perception. Her facilitation is excellent, showing great judgment in knowing when to intervene, when to hold back, and appreciating just what support is required.

She connects well with all her participants; offering a supportive yet challenging space for development. The relationships she builds and the depth and warmth of the connections she makes with people enable her to bring challenge and new perspectives to individuals and organisations.