About us

Nicola Jones – Director


Nicola is a multiple award-wining continuous learning practitioner.  A qualified executive coach with more than 20 years experience creating and facilitating learning using a wide range of delivery methods, she focusses on helping professional people to take ownership of their own learning and thereby their own future, and their future contribution to their work.

Having worked as a barrister for several years Nicola became Director of Legal Skills Training at the School of Law, University of Warwick.  She has worked with the HSE for many years, designing and delivering post-graduate qualifications in legal skills, including investigatory skills and expert witness training, both with Warwick and in her own right.

Her qualifications include: A degree in History from Balliol College, Oxford & an MA in English Literature from the University of Sussex.  She was “published an utter Barrister” (yes, that’s what the certificate says!) following Bar Finals at the Inns of Court School of Law and practised criminal and family law in Birmingham for several years.  She holds an ILM Level 7 in Coaching and is a qualified Lumina practitioner (Spark, Leader, Emotion, Sales, Select), a member of Association of Business Psychologists, a Fellow of Learning & Performance Institute and a member of European Mentoring & Coaching Council.

Nicola@athenaprofessional.co.uk            Mob: 07799 237479     @NooJones

Jeannie Horsfield – Associate

Jeannie specialises in Leadership and Organisational development.  She is an accredited Anger and Stress Mastery Consultant and has extensive experience working across social, voluntary and corporate environments.

Jeannie’s earlier career largely focused on working with social care staff, delivering programmes for vulnerable young people and families with multiple and complex needs. Much of this work involved helping staff to gain relevant skills, and providing effective development projects for client groups to enable them to overcome barriers, to enable them to create productive and meaningful futures.

For the last 12 years her focus has moved into organizational change, leadership development and transformation programmes. She has considerable expertise in mind-set and behavioural shift.

She is a qualified Executive and Team Coach. Attitudinal Intelligence Coach, Qualified Anger and Stress Management (BAAM), a certified NLP Practitioner, Thought Field Therapist, Qualified 360 Practitioner and Lumina Psychometric Practitioner. She is a member of the ICF International Coaching Federation and The International Association of Coaching (IAC).

Clay Lowe – Associate

Clay is a respected high performance coach specialising in leadership, team development, and relationship based sales coaching. His 22 years of leadership and people development has led to increased employee performance, motivation, and engagement.

Recent projects include sales through service training and coaching program for 2 major financial services companies.

Clay has had the privilege of leading staff in a variety of challenging environments to include military, manufacturing, and financial services.

His qualifications include: Certificate in High Performance Coaching (accredited by the Association of Coaching and NLP University), certified Clarity4D Practitioner, and Extended Disc Practitioner, BSc in History from The United States Military Academy, West Point.

Anne Tallon – Associate

Anne is an HR professional with over 30 years of experience in Human Resources in both the public and private sector, having worked the last 8 years at board level in challenging environments.

A Consultant, Coach and Organisation Change specialist who has led large companies through complex change, focusing on engagement at every level within the organisation. Her coaching skills have been utilised to support Executives at both a personal level and through team events as they make their own yet public journey through transformational change.

Anne has undertaken Business Change, Coaching Skills, Consultation and Culture training by Wayne Brockbank, affiliated to Michigan University. She also holds a certificate in Assessor training, and is accredited by BIOSS in both Organisation Design and Development.