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A little about me

I discovered my passion for people development early in my career, entirely by accident. Fresh out of uni, I started temping on a very quiet reception desk, and I nagged for more challenging work. I was rewarded with a stack of CVs to screen. I was fascinated to read people's stories - where they'd lived and worked, what they studied, and what their ambitions were. 


Since then, I've spent 15 years in senior HR and organisational development roles in the public, private, charity and not-for-profit sectors, where I've coached, trained and developed people of all levels - from admin assistant to chief executive - during times of enduring uncertainty, upheaval, and the odd bit of chaos.

I'm based in South Manchester. When I'm not coaching and training, I enjoy walking in nature, visiting local comedy clubs and museums, and looking after my marine aquarium. ​

Headshot photo of Sarah Acton wearing a blue top.
A note about quality

Quality is really important to me, and I know it is to my clients, too. Many people offer services like mine, and it can be hard for you to find the right match. Here are some things which make me me.

  • I have over 15 years' experience in HR, organisational development and learning & development roles in the public, private, charity and not-for-profit sectors.

  • I spent two years in a research role at Manchester Met University, delivering and evaluating different types of leadership development, so I have a good sense of what works in different contexts.

  • I have a Master's in HR Management, an MBA, and I'm a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

  • I hold a Level 7 ILM Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring, and have regular coaching supervision. I also have an ILM qualification in action learning set facilitation.

  • I am a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, adhering to the coaching global code of ethics.

  • I'm also accredited in a range of psychometric tools including Lumina Spark and Hogan, which are useful options to help understand what makes you you. 

For more information, or to book a free, confidential, no obligation chat, contact me: 07983418742

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