Ollie Smedley

Ollie Smedley

Ollie enables ambitious leaders and their teams to significantly increase their business impact by leveraging their skills and creativity, whilst building a resourcefulness to thrive.
His background is drawn from 25 years of operational and commercial experience within some of the world’s most famous brands including ExxonMobil, AllianceBoots, Accenture and most recently Centrica (British Gas).

Holding Board positions as Finance Director, subsequently transitioning to Managing Director, he’s developed multisite, multinational experience across a broad range of complex sectors in both PLC and private equity environments, including start-ups.

He’s a director of We-Q Collaborative Intelligence Ltd, a business providing coaching tools to team coaches and facilitators, as well as a non-executive Director of Transform Housing & Support, a housing charity.

Training and qualifications
A trained and experienced Coach, Ollie is an accredited Associate (ACC) of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He’s also a Fellow of the Chartered institute of Management Accountants (FCMA) and a Warwick graduate in Economics. He’s previously been an Approved Person under the FCA’s regulatory regime.

Coaching style
Ollie uses a combination of his leadership experience, FCMA accounting and ICF (ACC) coaching credentials to create a calm, high trust environment to explore, challenge and support leaders and teams to practical outcomes. He has a particularly deep understanding of the personal and leadership challenges experienced by CFOs / Finance Directors as well as the Financial Services industry, where he was an Approved Person for 5 years.

Team coaching
Building strong teams with high emotional intelligence and a shared purpose has been at the core of his business experience. Team-built solutions create buy-in, energy and alignment to develop groups of individuals into high performing teams. Working first with the leader to understand the context he then works with wider team, using a mix of tools to explore what’s making a team effective and what’s holding it back.

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