I’m Sarah, the founder of Stride and a professional coach.  You’ll enjoy my calm approach, my ability to create order out of chaos, my natural style as an empathetic listener and compassionate collaborator, my balance of constructive challenge and supportive encouragement, delivered with a warm and friendly smile.

sarah Leach, Stride Consultancy

I’ve been where you are…

I’m a wife and mother of two. I’m used to juggling the balance of being a parent, managing my family and working life, as well as being a daughter, sister, auntie and friend. I still haven’t got it right, whatever that might mean, but I feel I’m learning how to be more in control and more able to bend and flex as priorities change and new situations emerge. I’ve learnt that taking care of my mind and body helps me to stay afloat, so I try to exercise often and love to be out in nature. In fact it was a walk in the Lake District, across Striding Edge, that inspired me to call my business Stride.

I also work part-time at Henley Business School, as a Lecturer in Coaching, having been the lead career coach for the Executive MBA students, including delivering professional workshops as part of the MBA programme. I’m an author of Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural Coaching and contributor to a number of coaching books too.  I used to be an executive myself having spent a decade in the utility sector, most recently as a business change manager. I understand how it feels to be part of an organisational system, the camaraderie, the fun and the pressure of corporate life, the highs and lows of managing teams and the trappings of a great package! It was here that I gained experience navigating the politics of change and the complexities of enabling change at both an individual, team and organisational level. After starting a family, I wanted to find something new that enabled me to be at my best. I’m very lucky to have found a profession I love, where I can apply my strengths in a way that adds real value to real people.

I have all the qualifications you’d expect of a professional coach as well as an array of psychometric training. But more important than that, I am a natural listener. I’m curious about people and what makes them tick, and I want to be able to help you lead a happier and more fulfilling life at home and at work for the long term.



“Sarah has been recognized as one of the Top Career Coaches by Coach Foundation.”

“Sarah provides a calm and welcoming environment, and it’s quickly evident she’s a natural listener. She uses her range of coaching skills to probe and constructively challenge you, and channels you to think about areas you’d probably never thought about before. I had 4 sessions with Sarah, each built on the previous, opened up new possibilities for moving my career onto the next level. I’ve since recommended Sarah to a number of friends and colleagues who are equally impressed with her coaching skills and approach.”

Jennifer Morrison, Director, Microsoft