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Brigid Russell

Senior Consultant

I am an Executive Coach and Organisation Development consultant working with a range of individuals and organisations in the public and private sectors across the UK. I am delighted to be a part of the AOD Associate team in Scotland which gives me the opportunity to continue working with Health Boards and other public bodies in Scotland, enabling the development of effective team based working.

I am motivated by making a difference to individuals and organisations. My approaches to coaching, consulting and development are underpinned by strongly held values of personal integrity, honesty, creativity, support and challenge. I am focused on adding value through the development of individuals, teams and organisations and I am inspired by the potential of change and learning.

Throughout my career as a management consultant, I have retained a strong conviction in the importance of public value and this has driven many of my choices about the kind of client projects on which I have worked. This is what led me to join AOD as an Associate and I continue to be impressed by the potential value of the AOD tools and approaches in supporting effective team-based working.

After studying Modern History at the University of Oxford, I began my career in NHS management working in Acute and then Mental Health Services in London. I studied for a Masters in Business Administration full-time in Manchester Business School before joining the Hay Group as a management consultant (for 11 years). I progressed to the position of Associate Director and business manager of the consulting team in Glasgow where I was responsible for leading the team and developing the business in Scotland until leaving in 2006 to become an independent coach and consultant.

Between 2008 and 2015, I worked as a Leadership Consultant within the National Leadership Unit in NHS Education for Scotland (alongside my independent practice). This has given me a particular interest in devising approaches to developing leaders which are closely aligned with the purpose of the organisation and in supporting the development of leadership in the context of complexity and ambiguity. I scope, design and deliver a range of leadership and management programmes and bespoke interventions.

I am passionate about the impact of coaching in enabling individuals to realise their potential and to make their best contribution to their organisation’s purpose. Alongside my coaching and supervision practice, I am co-faculty on the Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching for the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC) in Scotland. I have a Master Practitioner Diploma in executive coaching from the AoEC and I am close to completing the Certificate in Supervision of Coaches, Mentors and Consultants with Bath Consultancy Group.


At a glance:
Qualified Executive Coach (Academy of Executive Coaching); Faculty on AoEC Coach development programme; coaching supervisor; experienced facilitator and OD / leadership consultant; qualified practitioner for MBTI and NHS 360 feedback; member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC); MBA from Manchester Business School.

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