Jules Boardman executive coaching and mentoring uk



" Jules has great insight & can spot the things that are getting in the way of progress. "

Jules Boardman Executive Coaching & Mentoring - Clients

To date Jules Boardman has worked with a wide variety of clients in the arts, entertainment, HR, legal and medical professions. Here is a selection of client testimonials:-

I approached Jules Boardman at a time of reflection on my career so far, and where I might want to take it.

I was looking for an unvarnished appraisal of what my value is within the workforce and some direction on how best to approach whatever I explore going forward. Jules, with his combinations of honesty with compassion, and experience with an open mind, provided me with an invaluable process in a safe judgement free environment that has helped me better understand my options for the future. Equally, the program he created for me has helped to reshape and strengthen my confidence and excitement about what might come next.

Business Owner, Manager and Producer.
June 2020

I worked with Jules between June and October 2018. When I initially got in touch I was keen to make the next step in my career, but was feeling quite trapped and lacking in options and, as a result, feeling like I needed to make some quite drastic changes to the direction my career was going in.

Working with Jules was a quietly transformational process. The fog lifted and what I was looking for, both shorter and longer-term became self-evident. Not only did working together help me identify what I wanted, but I both identified and transitioned into a new role during the period.

I really enjoyed Jules' precise, thoughtful, yet direct approach. I felt pushed by him to really interrogate myself, while being guided and supported in doing so. Having to set goals for what I wanted to achieve and after each session going away and doing a series of exercises (both emotional and practical) as homework meant that the work continued beyond our sessions.

Taking time to think about your career can feel like a luxury when you're in the midst of a demanding role and a busy personal life, but this was time and money well-spent. I feel so much clearer in what's important to me, where I am aiming in my career, and know that I both talk about and present myself professionally differently as a result.

It was a great pleasure to spend time working with Jules and it continues to be a comfort to know I can go back to him in the future. In short, if you're thinking about coaching and you're already on Jules' website then you've come to the right place - get in touch!

Clare Robertson-Producer
March 2019

I was at a turning point in my career and facing some big decisions - but I was having trouble envisioning what change might look like and where I wanted it to take me. So a colleague and a good friend suggested I get in touch with Jules: I did, and I cannot recommend him highly enough!

From the moment we started working together Jules helped me carve out the headspace I needed to experiment with what my future career might look like and how I could achieve that elusive work/life balance. Adept at quickly getting to the core of what makes you tick, Jules tailored his approach and coaching such that each session felt like a personal milestone. Over six months Jules pushed me to really crystallise my thinking, to ask myself the hard questions and to interrogate my answers.

I was searching for some perspective and clarity and I found both and more with Jules. Putting the insight and skills I have gained through his coaching into action, I am enjoying a sense of purpose and control that is truly transformative.

Director, cultural consultancy
July 2018

I was feeling lost, destabilised, demotivated and unsure of my future, my abilities and my successes. Perhaps like you, I had found myself thinking that perhaps coaching would help. And, perhaps like you, the twinkling promise that Jules could be the Godfather I Never Had beckoned to me from this very Testimonial page.

I didn't think anyone could really live up to that reputation, let alone exceed it, but Jules did and has. The outcome, for me, was not a Major Career Change or an Overhaul of My Life, but a nuanced and significant reworking of how I thought about what I am doing in this world and how I could do it better. (Or as Jules has helped me to think, how I can do it even better).

I wish you best of luck in your own journey, marching as you might for a few moments with Jules by your side - how lucky you will be if that is the case.

Arts and Media Consultant
March 2015

Over a few decisive months in my career development, once every few weeks, I left behind me the high pressured everyday tasks as a director of a nascent multimillion-pound business and allowed myself a couple of hours of guided introspection.

With Jules by my side, these exercises and discussions allowed me to identify concrete goals, unearth obstacles and devise strategies for overcoming them. I found Jules to be a true coach and mentor, wise, knowledgeable, attentive and responsive - everything I expected. After a few months' of work I started seeing options where previously there were only challenges.

I'm very thankful to Jules for this and will warmly recommend him to those whom I wish well.

Director, Lipton Rogers Developments
December 2014

I would thoroughly recommend Jules as a coach.

I worked with Jules for 6 sessions over a 6 month period and thoroughly enjoyed working with him - I found it both helpful and transformative. Jules is a pleasure to work with as a coach: he is always perceptive, insightful, light hearted and yet at times also quite direct with the knack of asking the 'tough question' when it's needed. He has a human touch and a keen sense of wit - bringing interesting examples from his experience. His approach is tailored to the individual and goal focused. His thoughts and advice are always very practical. He uses the power of self reflection to good effect by asking some big questions - this is where the greatest learning takes place. Jules helped me gain greater understanding of myself and better clarity on what I wanted to be doing in 5 and 10 years time - both professionally and personally.

Marketing Director
August 2013

From the first telephone call, I instinctively knew that Jules would be able to offer tailored executive coaching, and indeed, he immediately identified the need to balance my professional, creative, and personal ambitions.

During both face-to-face sessions, and remotely during my international leadership residency, Jules took an honest, direct, and structured approach, but with equal measures of warmth, eloquence, and humour, employed.

His greatest gift to me was enabling my ability to use self reflection as a powerful tool; using one's experiences and achievements, the positive and the negative, to effectively reprogram how I approach decision making and challenge, and ultimately take control of how I would like the next ten years of my life to progress.

Tiernan Kelly, Director, Film City Glasgow
July 2012

Jules not only makes you ask yourself the big questions but through his coaching you answer the little questions that reveal your big answers.

When Jules and I first met, I was living and working in the United States but searching for the right coach. Very pragmatically, Jules challenged me on the commitment required to work together with an ocean between us. His open but pointed inquisitive nature upon that first meeting was the perfect match for me. Luckily, my relocation to London happened much sooner than anticipated and we were able to work together. Jules skillfully guided me through a tricky professional and personal transition from a successful career in the United States to committing to an entrepreneurial path in the United Kingdom.

Whether guiding me on the translation of my cv or exploring how to leverage my personal network Jules was an invaluable resource to set up for my new life in London. In addition to easing the basics of a professional life in a new country, Jules seeks to conquer whatever holds you back from success. After our time working together I feel poised and fully prepared for whatever the future brings me professionally and personally.

As a coach Jules presents the right kind of challenge that makes you rise to meet him but to really meet yourself.

Susan Vargo, Executive Producer
March 2012

"I worked with Jules during late 2010 and early 2011. He had been recommended to me by word of mouth by bright, young arts professionals, which is great as I am not as attracted by standard coaching or training. After a few years in my business I have come to expect more. I don't have an arts background, but have worked out that creative coaches are the best at unlocking the inner voice in us all. Jules has a smart and professional approach, manages to build trust very quickly and lets the coaching take an individual direction. He is both warm and sharp and uses these qualities to positively interrogate you to where you need to head in life. Most of our sessions were done through video conferencing as I was in Beijing and Jules in London, but the quality of the coaching relationship through VC is a testimony to Jules' skills and dedication. I thoroughly enjoyed the coaching and when we completed the process found an optimism and direction that was at risk of being lost. All in all, the coaching has been priceless and came at the right time when I needed to think hard about making the right choices for a fulfilling career for me."

Dr Halima Begum - First Secretary (Development), DFID China, British Embassy, and Beijing
January 2011

When I began meeting with Jules, I felt that I was at a crossroads in my career. I had had a successful arts marketing career in the US, but since moving to and working in UK, I felt that I had lost confidence.

I had never considered career coaching, and was somewhat sceptical of how it might help. But my sessions with Jules gave me an opportunity to re-meet myself, through the eyes of someone completely impartial, but incredibly insightful.

Through these sessions and the homework which I was assigned, Jules helped me to assess my skills, strengths and areas for improvement. Moreover, Jules helped me to identify and name my fears, and to find ways to confront them head on.

In doing so, my confidence was rebuilding; so much so that I found myself applying for a post that I would previously have never had thought I could get, and never attempted. Well, I got the job.

Thanks for your help Jules.

Heather Clark Charrington, Director of Strategic Initiatives, National Theatre
May 2010

Jules is the godfather that your parents should have given you.

He's the familiar compass you always want to carry in an inside pocket, the light in the darker of the nights.

He's the challenge you always need and the question you would never ask.

When you achieve your greatest dreams, and with one last glance behind, complete your hardest journey, Jules will be the man you meet when you arrive who will say ....

'you see.'

Tom Harvey - Clore Fellow
April 2010

I wholeheartedly recommend Jules Boardman and his skills as an executive coach - and indeed have gone on to do so to many people, friends and colleagues since my five sessions with him.

One of the most valuable aspects of my Clore Fellowship was being offered the opportunity to be coached by Jules. He combines incisiveness, warmth and integrity, identifying pressure points and anxieties with the deadly precision of a surgeon, and then tackling them with you with practical warmth and watchful wisdom.

Trust yourself to the process and to him - and then all sorts of magic will unfold. That is certainly what happened in my case, when a combination of exercises with psychological insight, caused a major fundamental and profound shift in my outlook on the possibilities in life ahead of me.

I now feel as if I am flying whilst walking on solid ground, with a new kind of confidence, in new areas and with new horizons before me: effortless flow.

Ariane Koek - Clore Fellow
April 2010

I have just completed a coaching course with Jules Boardman. I learnt a lot through his systems of questions and discussions. Fears which had plagued me now seemed with comparative ease to have fallen into perspective. It is a very good feeling to contemplate the idea that now much more of my life, whether it be work or personal, is freshly understood. In short, I feel Jules has armed me with the kind of often abstract tools I need to move ahead.

Jules is always to the point, funny and strong. The two hour sessions moved along at a good pace leaving me with a fresh sense of progression.

Mark Baldwin -Artistic Director , Rambert Dance Company>
June 2009