Sophie Welch, Executive Coach. JPEGSophie Welch, BA (Hons), MA 

AoEC Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching

An alumna of the University of Leeds and the Academy of Executive Coaching, I bring diverse expertise, knowledge, and understanding to each client relationship. I specialise in research integrity and ethics, and explore the broader contexts of research leadership, ethical leadership, and professional integrity.

I work with organisations and individuals such as academics, industry professionals, and independent professionals – both early and senior career – from a variety of cultural backgrounds, and I welcome the different approaches, expectations, and energy levels each client brings to the relationship.

My clients (and their sectors) are often experiencing a period of transition, and share a commitment to enhancing their leadership presence and/or cultivating a culture of integrity.

My coaching and consultancy practice is informed by a portfolio of professional experience including:

  • eight years operating in strategic, advisory, and developmental capacities with academics, senior management, and board members (Durham University)
  • six years committed to researcher development (University of Glasgow, University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh, University of Dundee, University of Strathclyde, Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities)
  • continuing professional development in leadership and management (Leadership Foundation for Higher Education) and executive coaching (Academy of Executive Coaching)
  • longstanding involvement with ethics committees in a Higher Education environment and within the NHS (England and Scotland); currently Vice-Chair of North of Scotland Research Ethics Committee I
  • continuing professional development in research ethics (National Research Ethics Service accredited by Royal College of Physicians) and law and medical ethics (University of Edinburgh)
  • membership of clinical trial steering committees (University of Oxford, University of Aberdeen)
  • an academic background in Classical Civilisation specialising in philosophy, theology, religion, and mythology as well as law, rhetoric, and medicine (University of Leeds)

As a coach I incorporate psychological-mindedness, business-mindedness, and relationship development into my practice. I am committed to personal and professional development, and reflective practice underpinned by individual supervision. My practice is discreet, confidential, and adheres to the Global Code of Ethics for Coaches, Mentors and Supervisors.