Our experts

As curators of confidence we bring together the best-in-class coaches, trainers and facilitators to support our programmes. Here you can meet a selection of them. 


Stephanie Aitken, Women’s Empowerment Coach and Trainer

Stephanie Aitken, Women’s Empowerment Coach and Trainer

Stephanie Aitken is an experienced trainer and coach.  She started her career as a lawyer working for over 10 years as commercial media lawyer at companies like MTV and Channel 4 before switching careers in 2011 - preferring to focus on the people side of business.

She now works as a corporate trainer and supports people within organisations of all sizes, overcome their communications challenges.  She loves to help individuals speak with impact, charisma and influence; knowing that all three qualities are in fact skills that can be learnt and developed by anyone. She has worked for companies such as Network Rail, Womble Bond Dickinson and Barclays.

Having certified as a One of Many coach and NLP master practitioner, she is passionate about supporting women to build their confidence, be more courageous and to step up in their roles; so that they can be inspiring leaders, fulfil their potential and thrive.

Stephanie supports a number of our programmes including our Speak Up programme.


Jane Renton, Media and Presentation Trainer

Jane Renton, Media and Presentation Trainer

Jane Renton is an experienced media and presentation trainer. She has worked with several international blue-chip companies and public institutions, to train senior leadership teams as well as others in the public eye. She was a presenter of The Money Programme, BBC2’s former economic and business current affairs flagship, as well as author of the critically-acclaimed Economist Book, Coaching & Mentoring.  She has also written extensively for a number of national newspapers, including The Sunday Times and Observer, where she was a senior staff writer for seven years.  She also possesses a number of qualifications in speech and drama from the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art.

Jane is our media trainer on our Speak Up programme as well as a presentation and media trainer on our corporate workshops.  


Sophie Edmond, Confidence Coach

Sophie Edmond, Confidence Coach

Sophie Edmond is an enthusiastic and engaging ‘Confidence Coach’ with over 20 years' experience designing and delivering a range of learning solutions to support behavioural change. She works with clients to help them to become confident and engaging communicators. Her style is engaging, authentic and impactful and she loves inspiring others to think about their potential and future possibilities. She very much enjoys giving her audiences the self-assurance to help them be the best that they can be and to fulfil their dreams, aspirations and desires.

She is a member of the Professional Speaking Association and an Associate member of the CIPD.

Sophie supports a number of our programmes including corporate 'Lunch and Learn' and one-day workshops.


Anne Walsh, Confidently Speaking

Anne Walsh, Confidently Speaking

Anne Walsh is a voice and vocal communications coach with extensive one-to-one and group business coaching experience in the private, corporate, public and charitable sectors with clients from the fields of finance, law, HR,  music, publishing, politics, property, local government, psychotherapy, science, medicine, media, art, health and well-being, IT, teaching, accountancy, consultancy, interior design, fashion, journalism, research, secretarial and administration, higher education (lecturers and MA\PhD students.)

She was Voice and Communications Trainer at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama from 2008-2012 and designed and delivered in-house training in London, nationally, and in Europe, Jordan and India.

Anne supports our Speak Up programme as well as corporate workshops and 1-2-1 voice coaching.


Helena Clayton, Leadership Coach

Helena Clayton, Leadership Coach

Helena Clayton is an inspiring leadership coach and leadership development consultant, working 1:1, and with teams and groups at Board and senior levels. Previously running two organisations at Exec team level, she knows just what it feels like to lead amid the significant challenges of today’s organisational life. 

Over 20 years of consulting she has supported many people and organisations to strengthen their personal power and impact as well as their leadership capability.  She goes deep and helps her clients develop powerful inner resources and is also highly practical in developing toolkits of practical strategies.

Helena’s style is straight talking and empathic, clear and compassionate. In balancing both support and challenge she helps clients see their blindspots, develop new insights, see things from a different perspective and try new ways of working. 

Helena has worked with clients across professional and financial services through to UK Civil Service and not-for-profits. 

She leads our corporate coaching practice as well as our 12-week intensive Executive Confidence programme.


Susan Heaton-Wright, Executive Voice Coach

Susan Heaton-Wright, Executive Voice Coach

Ex international opera singer Susan Heaton-Wright shares her Executive Voice coaching with directors, teams and individuals in organisations around the world. With her clients often being asked to feature on Sky News, Radio 4 and headline industry conferences she uses her experience as a performer and teacher to enable clients to make an impact when they speak.

As a singer, Susan performed as a soloist on BBC1 and Radio 3 and at venues such as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, The Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham and Durham Cathedral and for royalty.

She regularly appears on BBC radio and TV providing expert advice on effective speaking and how to engage with your audience, as well as being an international public speaker herself for businesses, professional groups and at conferences.

Susan supports both our in-person and virtual public speaking workshops and 1-2-1 coaching.