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Vanessa Allen


Vanessa is an executive coach. 

Vanessa trained as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills and qualified into the real estate department where she worked for 3 years before moving in-house to a general company/commercial role at PepsiCo.  There she was responsible for the Walkers and Quakers businesses in the UK.

She moved on to set up the legal team at a private equity owned business, and then became head of legal in the UK for Yum! Restaurants.  A family move abroad prompted her to take a break from law and study for an MBA from Warwick Business School. 

She followed this with a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology from the University of East London, and a Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching from Henley Business School.   

Vanessa is now an executive coach and she enjoys working with people from a broad range of professional sectors and at different levels of management.  Her legal background means that she shares a particular affinity with in-house lawyers because she has personal experience of many of the challenges they face.  Vanessa is passionate about helping individuals be their best at work so they experience meaning and satisfaction.    

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