Carol Wilson is the Founder and CEO of a business performance coaching training company and an expert on all areas of management training, from team coaching to senior leadership.
Previously she spent 25 years as a corporate MD and board director, which has given her a unique understanding of the pressures faced by managers working in large organisations, and of what will be the most useful ways of spending their time in the training room.
An international speaker, writer and broadcaster and a Fellow of the ILM (leadership arm of City & Guilds), an Honorary Life Fellow and former Head of Professional Standards & Excellence at the Association for Coaching, and a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association, Carol is also a Trustee to the non-profit MOE Foundation, where she designs coaching programmes for underprivileged young people and the African Prisons Project.
A multi cultural expert, Carol has designed coaching and leadership programmes all over the world for organisations including IKEA, Philip Morris, the BBC, Hilti and NCR, and manages a team of multilingual trainers.
Carol experienced the value of a coaching culture at first hand during a decade as an MD at Virgin, working closely with renowned coach Sir Richard Branson, and held board level positions at Island Records, Warner Brothers and Polygram. She was the first woman in the world to found a chart-topping record label, Dindisc, and signed many famous artistes including Sting, The Human League, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Martha & the Muffins, Tom Petty, Iggy Pop, J.J. Cale, Pepsi & Shirlie, the Buzzcocks and composer Philip Glass.
She has won and been nominated for several awards for coaching and writing; is the author of Performance Coaching: a Complete Guide to Best Practice Coaching and Training (Kogan Page 2020), now in its third edition, translated into three languages, and featuring forewords by Sir John Whitmore and Sir Richard Branson; The Work and Life of David Grove; Clean Language & Emergent Knowledge (Matador 2017); and The Coaching and Feedback Handbook, an internal publication for IKEA.
She is a contributing author to Excellence in Coaching: The Industry Guide (Association for Coaching), The Handbook of Knowledge Based Coaching (Wiley), Essential Life Coaching Skills (Routledge), The Hidden History of Coaching (OUP), and The World Book of Values.