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Elizabeth Coffey

Spark Leadership Ltd

London, UK

Managing Director

Spark Leadership Ltd

Elizabeth Coffey


Elizabeth Coffey, Founder and Managing Director of Spark Leadership, is an internationally recognised consultant, speaker and author who develops CEOs, CEO Successors and Board Executives of FTSE 100 and Global 500 companies. She has coached CEOs or their Successors over a wide range of businesses and sectors and is currently developing the leadership skills of Board Executives in Europe, the Middle East, India and North America. . The Leadership Learning Journey curates bespoke, intensive, one-week inspirational development programmes to India for small groups of select senior leaders. In 2018, visits included Bangalore and rural Karnataka and in 2017, Jaipur and rural Rajasthan.

Previously a Senior Partner in Korn Ferry’s Leadership and Talent Consultancy, Elizabeth held senior positions with Mercer Delta Consulting and The Change Partnership, which - in 2000 - was acquired by Whitehead Mann (now Korn Ferry). Following a British High Commission exclusive UK trade delegation to Mumbai in 2008, Elizabeth founded her Indian entity in 2014.

Elizabeth has written several leadership books, including McGraw Hill's ‘10 Things That Keep CEOs Awake – and How to Put Them to Bed’(2002); Deutsche Bank's ‘The End of Tolerance?’ (2001) and ‘The Changing Culture of Leadership – Women Leaders’ Voices’ (1999). She has developed organisations through pioneering strategic change in a portfolio of Global 500 companies. Elizabeth has received many awards over the past two decades including: 2018 Women Super Achiever (Femina), 2007 Mentor of the Year and 2001 European Woman of Achievement of Award.

Elizabeth is a cum laude graduate from Wellesley College with a double degree in Psychology & English Literature.

Personal Business Advice

'Start your own company.'

Elizabeth Coffey’s Newsfeed

19 Mar 2018
Women bring in more focus, objectivity & their presence on boards makes men perform better: M Damoda

Globally, research groups have shown you need 25% of a group for that group to have a voice and 30% actually starts to change the culture, said Elizabeth Coffey, MD, Spark Leadership, which advises board executives on leading change in their organisation. 

23 Feb 2018
We’re all in it together!

The International Women’s Conference is taking place in the city today and will continue till Saturday..."I look at this as a journey with 500 extraordinary women from around the globe, illuminating life’s mysteries together!” shares Elizabeth Coffey, founder & MD, Spark Leadership

Elizabeth Coffey’s Background

Managing Director
Oct 2005 - Present
London, UK
Consulting to CEOs + Board Executives on Leadership Development, Team Development, CEO & Board Succession and Organisation Development. Developing skills in Strategy & Visioning, Operations, Strategic Influencing, Political Savvy, Stakeholder Management, Gravitas, Presence, Confidence, Making an Impact in Groups of Senior Men, Leading Change, Career Development at Board level.
Senior Client Partner
Jan 2013 - Aug 2014
London, UK
Elizabeth was responsible for Leadership and Talent Consulting, EMEA. Korn Ferry helps leaders & organisations succeed by releasing their full potential.
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Other Business Interests

2017 - Present
Bengaluru, IN
CLICK LOGO to see video. For small groups of select senior leader clients, Spark Leadership curates bespoke learning journeys to India. The intensive, one-week programmes centre on site visits with founders & CEOs of successful social entrepreneurship projects in rural areas.
London, UK
Published in 2002, 10 Things That Keep CEOs Awake' provides practical answers to the key challenges faced by today's business leaders. Thought-provoking problem-and-solution scenarios,created by Europe's best business coaches.
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Previous Non-Executive Positions

Board Member
2009 - 2012
London, UK
A member since 2005 and Board Member since 2009, IWF is an invitation-only, membership organization comprised of more than 6,800 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents.
Advisory Board Director
2008 - 2012
London, UK
Executive Search firm specialising in senior appointments of part time leaders.
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Board Member
2000 - 2004
Staffin, UK
Columba 1400 is an award winning social enterprise and charity with a purpose to help young people realise that they already have the inner greatness and confidence to transform their own lives & those around them.

Elizabeth Coffey’s Education

BSc & BA, Psychology & English
1977 - 1981