Lynn Blackadder – Lifespan Coach


“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”

Ernest Hemingway

Originally from Scotland, I have lived in London (NW6) for 23 years. My first decade of work was in the private sector, and for the past 20 years I have run my own Organisational Development consultancy in the arts, heritage and broader voluntary sector, working with clients of all types and sizes across the UK. Overall, my work experience encompasses 26 years of facilitating individual, team and organisational change in a variety of environments.

Fundamentally, I believe that everyone has the potential to flourish personally and professionally. Some of us just need a bit of space and support to think about what that means and how to achieve it. My first experience of being coached was transformational and led to a career change: having experienced the power of coaching, I decided to become one myself. As a result my work has never been more fulfilling.

I practise within the ethical guidelines provided by the Association for Coaching and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. I spend a lot of time on my own personal and professional development, which includes regular coaching supervision to make sure I am always at my best, and I hold the following academic qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) 2:1 Humanities (The Open University)
  • MA Philosophy (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Level 7), Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring (Institute for Leadership and Management)
  • Post Graduate Certificate (Level 7) Counselling Psychology (Distinction) (City, University of London)

For the past six years I have also been supporting the professional development of students from all over the world as a Module Leader and Personal Tutor on the MA in Culture, Policy and Management at City, University of London, where I am also an Honorary Research Fellow.