Meet the founders

I am committed and passionate about helping my clients find their best selves and live their best lives. I’m big on self awareness and helping clients know themselves and I think relationships are key – the ones we have with ourselves and those with others. We all have good days and bad days; it’s easy to be our best self when the going is good but what about when it’s not? I focus on how we expand so we can lean into life’s challenges and grow.

Sharon Charlton Thomson (Founder)

Sharon has been an executive coach for over 20 years, winning awards for the work she has done. Her career in personal and professional development started in the late 1990s when she left her career in advertising, where she had reached Board level, to train in group psychotherapy. Since then she has qualified as an advanced executive coach, a coach supervisor, and trained in systemic and family therapy, in dyadic developmental therapy and couples therapy. That’s a lot of therapy – and a lot of learning, for which, Sharon admits, she has a ridiculous passion. It underpins her work and brings depth and meaning to her coaching. Clients have said she is someone who can create the right space for hope, creativity, ambition and purpose to blossom. She counts many blue-chip clients, both in the UK and overseas, in her portfolio and has coached thousands of leaders. Her clients say they admire her mix of intelligence, commercial understanding, warmth, fun and psychological depth.

Professional Development:

  • Diploma Emotional Intelligence and Group therapy
  • MSc Family & Systemic psychotherapy
  • Master Practitioner NLP
  • Practitioner Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
  • Masters Executive Coaching
  • Trustee for the charity CACH ALL (link to CACH ALL)
  • Currently embarking on Post Qualifying Masters in Core process Psychotherapy & Mindfulness

Known for:

  • Light and shade – working deeply AND having fun
  • Learning – I love it
  • Being a damn good mum (most of the time)
  • Big heart

Kerri Summers (Founder)

Kerri founded our sister company The Parent Company in 1997 with the mission to provide intelligent, non-judgmental support and advice for working parents. She has consulted on working parent issues, diversity and retention of talent in a broad range of FTSE 100 companies. The Parent Company has helped thousands of working parents to thrive at work and at home, supporting the parent and the organisation alike via a range of innovative and industry-leading initiatives.

Professional Development:

  • MBA (London Business School)
  • MSc Psychology (UEL) and member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Volunteer Parent Gym Coach (Link to Parent Gym)
  • Trustee for the charity Family Lives (link to Family Lives)
  • Researcher working with Great Ormond Street Hospital on supporting parents with a critically ill child.

Known for:

  • An even temper and a sunny disposition. A ridiculously glass-half-full kind of woman
  • A thirst for knowledge and breakthrough ideas
  • Being a bonkers cat person
  • Proud mum of two almost-grown-up sons
  • Keeping my Aussie accent even after living in London for over 30 years

My passion is supporting parents so that they can do the best for themselves and for their children. I see becoming a parent as an opportunity for growth personally and professionally but not all parents see it this way and can feel overwhelmed, under resourced and judged. All of my work is around sharing parenting tools, building self-awareness around what is driving parents’ behaviour and resourcing them to thrive in all aspects of their lives.