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Hi, I'm Diana Jervis Read  

I am a business and life coach. I use my experience as board director of the biggest global marketing group (plc.) and my coaching training to help individuals reach their goals much faster than they can alone.

London, United Kingdom
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About Diana

I  most relish helping increase the self awareness of individuals, leaders and rising talent (using DISC psychometric profiling which fast tracks progress), which in turn changes thinking and clarifies the actions and obstacles they need to master to realise their full potential. My background is in consultancy which I ran from start up to sale to become board director of the biggest global marketing group (plc). Let me help you to raise the bar on the quality of your personal life  or your business performance!

My Training and Qualifications

  • The Coaching Academy UK Corporate & Executive Coaching Program Excel (including some NLP and The Small Business Coaching Program), 2008
  • DISC  Psychometric Profiling Certification Workshop for Coaches & Consultants, 2008
  • Knysna Hospice and FAMSA, both South Africa, Counselling Courses, 2003
  • BA (Hons) French and German, 1977

My Coaching and Work Experience

Since 2008,  Business and Life Coach and Mentor. Apart from personal development of individuals and businesses, clients include homemakers and entrepreneurs, leaders, managers and rising talent spanning a broad range of industries such as IT, finance, law, manufacturing, leisure, marketing and charities (pro bono).  Industry associations I train for include the Marketing Agencies Association, the Future Leaders Academy, the Entrepreneurs Business Academy, the Institute of Practitioners of Advertising and the Market Research Society.

2003-2008  Counsellor, PR mentor and advisor.

1982-2003  Founder and owner of a leading communications agency in London.

Customer Reviews

  • from Steve on 16 Jul 2013

    Having spent all my working life in positions of sales and marketing and latterly having successfully run my own company I was doubtful as to how Diana might bring new initiatives to this area.
    Well I have to say that I found the whole experience stimulating and thought provoking in areas and ways that I hadn't considered. I am now in the process of putting these ideas into play in the workplace ,feeling energised through my meetings with Diana to achieve positive results. For any sceptics out there I would say don't knock it until you've tried it!"


  • from Leila on 14 Jul 2013

    Diana challenged me to achieve the ultimate result. She got me motivated and prepared to take action.


Customer Reviews

  • from Steve on 16 Jul 2013

    Having spent all my working life in positions of sales and marketing and latterly having successfully run my own company I was doubtful as to how Diana might bring new initiatives to this area.
    Well I have to say that I found the whole experience stimulating and thought provoking in areas and ways that I hadn't considered. I am now in the process of putting these ideas into play in the workplace ,feeling energised through my meetings with Diana to achieve positive results. For any sceptics out there I would say don't knock it until you've tried it!"


  • from Leila on 14 Jul 2013

    Diana challenged me to achieve the ultimate result. She got me motivated and prepared to take action.


  • from Tina on 12 Jul 2013

    My session with Diana was very productive and insightful. It certainly helped me crystallize my thinking as to the way forward with my business. With the manner that she conducted the session, I was able to verbalize and lay out the options that had been mulling around in my head for a while, and Diana helped me review the options and then decide which ones to pursue or not to pursue at this stage. I would recommend Diana for any coaching that you may be looking for - you won't regret it.


  • from Sarah on 30 Jun 2013

    Following my promotion to managing director I had coaching with Diana and have since asked her to provide coaching to several other members of the team. Her coaching was invaluable in helping me make the transition from working 'in' the business to working 'on' the business, and to learn new time management tools to maximise my productivity. Her work with wider members of the team has covered everything from stress control, talent management and confidence. Her previous agency MD and director roles coupled with extensive coaching experience make her our first choice to transform employee performance.


  • from Guy on 21 Jun 2013

    Diana helped me get an extra hour a day, which I spend with my wife and my family and now my kids know who I am and my wife is actually talking to me!


  • from Tom on 12 Jun 2013

    After just the first 2 phone coaching sessions, my Head of Project Management complimented me on my new ways of working: not only was she impressed with me scheduling all my 'must-dos' to eliminate the risk of forgetting anything, but she has noticed I'm rushing less and more in control thanks to my new organisational skills. After 4 weeks I noticed how much more I'm fitting into each day.


  • from Sharon on 15 May 2013

    I really liked the useful insight about dedicating 70% of business time to networking and your persistent questioning technique in looking at options which led to ideas I'd never considered before... You challenged my beliefs, made me look at things from different angles and helped me think about what is achievable now and what my priorities should be.


  • from Cathy on 13 May 2013

    After my session it became clear to me that I must not be so negative about my work and just go for it. I felt much more positive about my work than I had felt for ages, and determined to achieve the goal set.


  • from Mark on 02 May 2013

    Diana's mentoring has greatly improved my communications with clients and colleagues and motivated me to convert procrastination into making and finding time for prioritised actions


  • from Mark on 02 May 2013

    Diana's coaching has has greatly improved my communications with clients and colleagues and motivated me to convert procrastination into making and finding time for prioritised actions


  • from Helen on 01 May 2013

    Diana helped me identify my key areas of work and ascertain whether I had what was important to me. She helped me identify solutions to problems and plan how to achieve those solutions. Her coaching guided my own thought process to make me understand why I needed to address certain issues to make my work life better


  • from Dr. Elizabeth on 25 Apr 2013

    Speaking with Diana has helped to clarify in my mind problems relating to new management responsibilities, and has given me the confidence to develop strategies to cope with potential future opportunities and challenges.


  • from Sarah on 23 Jun 2013

    As a business coach, Diana helped bring clarity to my thought process and challenged my approach to key business issues. She helped me cut through the 'noise', get to the real issues and quickly find positive resolutions, saving me time, and helping me deliver better more complete results to my clients.


  • from Jane on 19 Jun 2013

    I was looking for a promotion but I was told unless I could manage my time more effectively it would never happen. By implementing 7 of Diana's strategies I got the promotion I wanted and now I finish work on time


  • from Jane on 17 Jun 2013

    When I started working with Diana I had some terrible work habits. I would generally work late every week night and always worked at least one day each weekend. Working late meant that I would eat late and therefore I would go to bed late, as a result of which I was chronically sleep deprived and hopelessly inefficient. With Diana, I have gradually replaced each time wasting or procrastinating habit with new tools and techniques that have given me a social life and the time to achieve other personal goals. I know that I am not alone in this.


  • from Tina on 12 Jun 2013

    My session with Diana was very productive and insightful. It certainly helped me crystallize my thinking as to the way forward with my business. With the manner that she conducted the session, I was able to verbalize and lay out the options that had been mulling around in my head for a while, and Diana helped me review the options and then decide which ones to pursue or not to pursue at this stage. I would recommend Diana for any coaching that you may be looking for - you won't regret it.


  • from Michelle on 23 May 2013

    I have gained insights from Diana and have learnt much from her. I find her to be a professional of the highest integrity with a natural flair for leadership coaching. Diana, I cannot thank you enough!


  • from Kate on 09 May 2013

    Our session made me much more aware of what I value highly, and how to safeguard those values. One insight was like a bolt of lightening and the more I reflect on it, the more useful that information about myself is.


  • from Julia on 08 May 2013

    Diana's perceptive questioning and exercises enabled me to discover what was draining me and to rewrite my day to achieve as much but have more personal time. This restored my work life balance, which in turn increased my productivity and eliminated my feelings of stress


  • from Micheala on 01 May 2013

    You have a talent for stripping away the layers of an issue to reach the core, where it can be solved. After our session, I started becoming an authoritative manager rather than a 'doer' which has benefited my colleagues as well as ultimately the service we provide to our carers. I can do so much more in my average day which has made a world of difference in my professional and personal life.


  • from Melanie on 26 Apr 2013

    Ironically enough, I even found it hard to find the time to speak with Diana, however once I did it really changed my life. The session enabled me to look at my work life balance and realise that I am not superwoman and that something had to be done to create a balance. Since our session I have put the discussed criteria into place and have seen a huge change. I feel more in control, I have expanded my horizons and realised ambitions, and all those around me seem happier - husband and children included. I highly recommend going through such a process, it is truly enlightening."