Zena Everett, founder, works with a team of Associate coaches to deliver coaching and outplacement programmes to individuals and organisations throughout the UK and Ireland.
"I have known Zena for many years, firstly as a seasoned and professional recruitment expert, and more recently through her career development work. Zena has attended our Career Coach Masterclass and contributed to my book ‘The Interview Expert’, and I would wholeheartedly recommend her as an executive careers specialist."
Zena Everett — Director and Coach
An ex-Wren, Zena Everett started her first business, Perriam and Everett, in 1992 at 28 years of age. This award-winning business recruits for the recruitment and resourcing profession itself – placing head-hunters and recruiters into new roles. Consequently, Zena has a unique insight into the dynamics of the recruitment industry and an unrivalled network of recruitment contacts.
After selling her business through MBO 15 years later, Zena took an M.Sc. in career management and counselling and started Second Careers. She has further qualifications in stress and performance management coaching using cognitive behavioural techniques.
Executive Grapevine described Zena as "the Doyenne of Recruitment to Recruitment." She is a regular conference speaker and media contributor on recruitment, talent management and careers issues. (BBC Breakfast News, Sky Business, Radio 5, Radio 4's Today programme, trade and broadsheet press).
Benedicte Lecuyer-Ricci — Coach
Benedicte a debute sa carriere en ressources humaines il y a plus de 20 ans et a travaille aussi bien a Londres qu’en France. Sa connaissance de la realite du recrutement en entreprise et en cabinet, ainsi que les nombreuses annees dediees a l’accompagnement professionnel lui permettent de bien apprehender les dilemmes auxquels ses clients sont confrontes. Elle s’engage aupres de professionnels qui souhaitent faire le point sur leur carriere et lui donner une nouvelle dimension en adequation avec leurs passions ou leurs centres d’interets. Elle est plus specialement interessee a soutenir les professionnels venant du continent, ainsi que leur conjoint, a s’adapter a cette nouvelle culture, nouvelles habitudes de travail et de vie. Benedicte coache en Français et en Anglais.
Benedicte started her career in HR more than 20 years ago and has worked in both London and her native France. She supports professionals moving forward in their career by exploring their strengths, motivation and achievements and then helping them to create their personal job search strategy. Benedicte has a particular interest in supporting professionals (and their spouses) relocating to the UK from mainland Europe, helping them to adjust to new rules, habits and customs in both their professional and domestic lives. She also coaches our Mum clients who are exploring their return to work after a career break. Like Sarah below, Benedicte coaches in both English and French.
Sarah Mallet — Organisational Psychologist
Early in their programme, all our coaching and outplacement clients complete psychometric tests online, then meet Sarah for a comprehensive 1:1 feedback session. The tests are chosen to help each person gain a deeper understanding of themselves, perhaps looking specifically at decision-making, career development or communication skills as well as a broader personality assessment. Clients discover new ways to work as well as how to interact with others more insightfully and productively. This acts as a great springboard for our coaching conversations.
Currently doing doctoral studies in integrative psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute, Sarah has an MSc in Organizational Psychology and is a qualified OPP, MBTI and CPI Practitioner. She is a fluent French speaker also and can coach our clients in French or English.
Our outplacement and coaching programmes will give you the opportunity to work with two fantastic personal branding experts:
Nella McNabb - Executive Presence Coach
"All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed!"
Nella McNabb is a specialist in Executive Presence coaching and training. As well as clients looking for specialist coaching in this area, all our outplacement clients have the option of a session with Nella (and her video camera). This transforms them into confident candidates who stand out from the crowd and are memorable to potential employers. They love it and find it enhances their leadership skills in their next role also.
Nella's work incorporates physical presentation skills such as voice, gestures and posture as well as content and message development. She has a degree in Drama and Languages, and is a qualified corporate coach. She has taught the importance of interpersonal factors and poise to organisations such as Google, Facebook, Kleinwort Benson, Sony and Universal Music.
Lucinda Slater - Styling Your Brand
Lucinda is an ex-lawyer and ex-nurse who understands the importance of looking like you belong in a new environment or deserve that promotion. Working with Second Careers will give a crystal-clear idea of where you want to get to in your career and how to do that. Now Lucinda can help you present yourself so that others recognise that potential in seconds. You will look like you 'fit in' and need to be taken seriously. This is not a fluffy session about your colour schemes but an intensive session to increase your presence and gravitas. This is particularly helpful for people changing careers or direction, or those who want to look like they are back in the running after a break.
"Prior to my session with Second Careers I had various ideas but no real strategy for bringing them together. Thanks again for my telephone coaching session, I found it so useful in galvanising my way ahead."
"Zena is one of the most professional, driven people that I know. She is an expert in her industry, a font of knowledge in all things recruitment!. Zena was instrumental in changing my career into one that has taken me to the USA and into great opportunities. She took the time to understand my motivators, my abilities and identified the best opportunity for me. I would highly recommend her."
"Zena is excellent to work with. She is personable, credible and pragmatic in her approach. Zena gets to the heart of issues quickly and works in partnership to help resolve them. I readily recommend Zena as a career coach."