Meet the team!
Towards the end of 2012 life coach Laura brought together a group of mainly London based coaches who recognised the challenges people in their 20s and 30s face and who strongly believed that giving them support can not only result in more content quarter-lifers, but will most likely contribute immensely to the transformation of today’s working culture, to the creation of a more sustainable and caring society and a better integration across generations.
Read about each member below:
Laura Ahnemann, MSc Psychology, CPCC, ACC
Call: +44 (0)7738 92 42 91
Coaching Languages: English and German
Laura has a wealth of experience working with courageous young expatriates as a coach and a group facilitator. With a degree in International Business and a masters degree in Psychology, Laura brings a solid academic background to enhance her skills as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach.
In her coaching, she makes people feel at home, powerfully putting things into perspective, raises aspirations and challenges her clients to take responsibility, personal leadership and action. Laura brings fun, movement, empathy, enthusiasm as well as calmness and thoughtfulness into all she does.
Two of her major life-changing gaps were her move away from home and her decision to leave her corporate job:
After growing up in the North of Germany Laura moved to many cities and countries around the world and finally to London, which was quite a tough place to put down roots. She had to learn that home is best found in your own heart.
Leaving her corporate job in her mid-twenties was quite an adventure, but felt really important after realizing in a coaching session that to climb the career ladder was not as compelling as spreading her wings fully by following her real calling of supporting whole-hearted people in their growth.
Associate Life Coaches
Fiona Biggins, CPCC, ACC
Call: +44 (0)7968 593 295
Fiona is a Certified Life Coach and NLP Practioner supporting people in their quarter stage of life, to work out what they want to do and to build confidence and motivation to follow this through. This involves learning to take risks and overcoming reacting negatively to circumstances along the way.
Her coaching style is warm and responsive, working along side you to help you to think for yourself, supporting you to act rather than react and feel happier.
As part of her own career change five years ago from City Recruiter to Coach, she has worked with charities and social enterprises, providing coaching, training and networking support to young entrepreneurs, career changers and young people. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at City University, teaching the “Coaching for Business” short evening course. She has facilitated workshops in schools and on youth leadership residential programmes in collaboration with organisations such as McKinsey and The Cabinet Office.
She coaches students from disadvantaged backgrounds on a pro-bono basis at LSE and Goldsmiths to better deal with academic life through the Openbook scheme. And she works on community programmes bringing mindfulness and coaching to residents of housing associations.
She has also started to coach small business owners and their employees on topics such as time management and communication in the complementary health sector and is registered as a Growth Accelerator Coach.
Caroline Purkhardt, PhD, CPCC
Call: +33 (0)4 76 80 06 77
Coaching Languages: English and French
Caroline is a doctor of philosophy, a certified co-active coach, a t’ai chi teacher, reiki master and the owner and director of Lauvitel Lodge Holiday and Retreat Centre.
Caroline’s ambition has always been to transform the theory of how we come to know things and who we are into something practical and transformative in everyday life.
She now grounds her approach in a spiritual practice including meditation, T’ai Chi and Reiki. Far from being ethereal, these have very real applications. In her coaching Caroline will guide you to stay centred in who you are, bringing self-assurance and the confidence to act; bring peace in the midst of chaos, so that you can see and feel clearly; find a dynamic integration between masculine and feminine energies in your way of being and your actions; and set aligned intentions that bring a sense of purpose and direction whilst living in the unknown.
Her practice is informed by two major life transitions.
The first was moving from England to France with two small children where she not only had to learn another language but also had to find her way in a foreign culture, with none of the usual support structures.
The second was leaving the home that she had created for her family in order to live her own life.