Executive Coaching Team

Platform 50 have a UK wide team of executive coaches, who have supported hundreds of business leaders from the corporate & public sector. Each client is supported by an executive & financial coach, forging a comprehensive & tailored programme.

Executive Retirement Coaches

Penny Shapland-Chew

Executive Coach

• Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
• Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management (FInstLM)
• BA (Hons) German & Librarianship

Penny has coached senior leaders from public, private & third sectors, with exemplary coaching credentials she specialises in working with clarity & compassion to find what is most meaningful when planning for the next chapter in life.

Executive clients are supported in their retirement transition by helping identify & evaluate future options, then creating actions for the next critical steps within & beyond the workplace. This includes deepening their self-awareness of personal fulfilment, whilst understanding their impact on others in professional & social systems.

Penny’s purpose in all her work is to help people flourish & design their future of choice.

Cheryl Donnison

Executive Coach

• Bachelor of Education (B.Ed Hons)
• Cert. Coaching
• Certified Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (CPNLP)

Cheryl has applied her uniquely insightful, down-to-earth approach in supporting senior leaders of corporate, professional services & public sector organisations across the UK, Europe, USA & Middle East.

Using a systemic, collaborative approach with clients & stakeholders, Cheryl balances organisational & individual needs to achieve desired outcomes. Her impressive results are the product of sixteen years’ independent coaching experience.

Cheryl delivers bespoke coaching programmes in change and transition, including renegotiating & relinquishing authority at the point of retirement, developing the communication & handover process, managing changing relationships plus building new professional & life patterns.

Ron Oliver

Executive Coach

• Master of Business Administration (MBA)
• BSc Behavioural Psychology

Ron has an enviable track record of coaching senior leaders in shaping professional & personal change, plus delivering a wide range of leadership programmes.

Working across a range of sectors, including retail, financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, engineering, manufacturing & construction. In addition to the UK he has supported organisations globally, including France, Germany, the USA, China & UAE.

With an impressive thirty-year track record, Ron has headed up Learning & Development functions at leading organisations, including Head of Management Development at TSB Bank, Head of Training Delivery at Lloyds TSB, plus Head of Learning & Development & HR Director at Britannic Assurance.

Simon Lawson

Executive Coach

• Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching
• Certified Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (CPNLP)
• Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (WPF)

Simon has twenty years’ experience as an executive and career coach, workshop facilitator & organisational change consultant.

He has expertise in financial & professional services, but has also coached clients in the hi-tech, consumer goods & healthcare sectors, including the NHS. Simon speaks French & German plus has extensive international experience in continental Europe & Asia-Pacific. He specialises in cross-cultural coaching & helping clients develop portfolio careers in later life.

Simon’s early career included lending, control & regulatory roles with the Financial Services Authority, Bank of England, EY & Chemical Bank (now part of JP Morgan).

Independent Financial Advisers

Stephen Price

Independent Financial Adviser

• Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning
• Qualifications in Business & Compliance Management
• Advanced Qualifications in Pensions & Retirement Planning

Having worked in the regulated financial services industry for over 32 years, Stephen has been providing independent financial advice to a wide variety of individuals, ranging from senior executives & managers of large corporates & medium sized enterprises, through to company employees & private individuals.

With an abundance of experience & personal skills, Stephen holds qualifications in business & compliance management, FCA regulated activities & the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning, covering the areas of investment & wealth creation strategies, pensions & retirement planning, individual & business protection, estate planning & residential mortgages.

Mike Smith

Independent Financial Adviser

• Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning
• Advanced Qualifications in Pensions & Retirement Planning

A highly experienced & respected professional with nearly 40 years in the financial services industry, including 18 years with a major high street bank. In the early 1990s Mike qualified to give advice in the regulated financial sector, providing independent advice to individuals in both the private & public sectors across the UK, particularly at key life stages including retirement & career transition.

Mike holds the diploma in regulated financial planning covering savings & investments, pensions, family protection & estate planning, plus advanced qualifications in pensions & retirement planning.

Neil McGann

Independent Financial Adviser

• Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning
• Advanced Qualifications in Pensions & Retirement Planning

With a highly engaging & professional approach, Neil has nearly 30 years experience in the financial services industry, commencing his career with a major high street bank. Moving into an independent financial advice role in 1997, where he continues to specialise in advice to employees of many FTSE 100 companies, including workplace financial education seminars, executive retirement programmes, plus supporting employees experiencing redundancy & career transition.

Neil holds the diploma in regulated financial planning covering savings & investments, pensions, family protection & estate planning, plus the advanced qualifications in pensions & retirement planning.

Paul Mitchell

Independent Financial Adviser

• Chartered Financial Planner

Holding the prestigious 'Chartered Financial Planner' qualification, widely accepted as the ‘gold standard qualification for financial advisers in the UK. Paul has been an independent financial adviser for almost 30 years, holding senior roles with the UK’s leading wealth management organisations.

Specialising in retirement & pension planning, especially in defined benefit schemes, Paul has been integral in the delivery of financial education programmes across the private and public sector. Paul supports senior executives who are focusing on retirement transition, shaping tax efficient wealth creation & investment strategies, company ownership & shareholding, plus estate & tax planning.

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