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About Carol Wilson


International speaker, writer and broadcaster Carol Wilson is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management, the Association for Coaching and the Professional Speaking Association, and is Managing Director of Culture at Work Ltd and Performance Coach Training Ltd. She designs and delivers programmes to create coaching cultures for organisations all over the world including IKEA, NCR, CLM 2012 Olympic Development Partner, PMI, Hilti, ESF Hong Kong, KPMG, Kent County Council, the Arts Council, the BBC and various public sector organisations including schools and county councils. She experienced the value of a coaching culture at first hand during a decade working at MD level with Sir Richard Branson at Virgin, followed by board level positions with Island Records, Polydor and WEA.

Carol was nominated for the Association for Coaching Awards 'Influence in Coaching' and 'Impact in Coaching', and received a ‘Change Leader of Tomorrow’ Award from Thought Leaders in Mumbai. She is the author of 'Performance Coaching: a Complete Guide to Best Practice Coaching and Training' (Kogan Page 2014) featuring forewords by Sir John Whitmore and Sir Richard Branson, and is a contributing author to ‘Excellence in Coaching: The Industry Guide’, ‘The Handbook of Knowledge Based Coaching’, ‘Essential Life Coaching Skills’, ‘The Hidden History of Coaching’, ‘The World Book of Values’ and ‘The Handbook of Coaching and Feedback’, an internal publication at IKEA. Carol also authored a monthly column in Training Journal, has published over 50 articles, and was chosen as a Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012 for her article “Developing a Coaching Culture”.

Carol has incorporated David Grove’s Clean Language methods into her coaching work since 2002 and, in 2004, was invited by Grove to partner him in defining his techniques into a methodology that could safely be used by coaches. She continued to work with Grove for the last four years of his life, being one of a small number of practitioners who helped him devise and record the techniques of Emergent Knowledge. During this time they developed a series of training courses and worked with Angela Dunbar. After Grove’s death, both Carol and Angela have continued to deliver, adapt and enhance this training for individuals and corporations including the BBC. She is currently working on a Doctorate in Clean Language and Emergent Knowledge at Middlesex University, and a book encompassing all her work with and knowledge about David Grove.

Carol is a Trustee of the charity, The Ministry of Entrepreneurship (, for which she designs and oversees delivery of coach training programmes to young people who have had challenging lives. She is currently working towards a doctorate at Middlesex University.

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