Deborah Appleby

Executive Coach

Deborah has over twenty-five years of experience as a workshop facilitator and as a performance coach.

She has a warm and engaging style, using her insight and intuition as well as her sense of humour in supporting others to develop their true potential.

Deborah uses her experience and skill with a tenacious streak in getting to the heart of issues. She enjoys the dynamics of relationships, working with groups and individuals, and brings her energy to both support and challenge each person in their development. Deborah believes in building trust and openness, and aims to work in partnership with people to effect positive outcomes and gain new insights as part of the process in a safe environment.

Deborah works as a coach with senior individuals, including at board level, and also delivers many courses with a particular interest in leadership, high performance coaching, presentations, and communication from public speaking through to impacting and influencing others in the world of relationship dynamics.

She is also keen to work with women in developing their leadership capabilities, either in groups or one-to-one. Her experience includes coaching and running courses specific to women in order to progress their careers and build their confidence.

She has a Diploma in Coaching, is ACC accredited with Coaching Development Ltd, and is a member of the ICF. She is also a qualified facilitator of Emotions & Behaviours at Work (EBW) based on Emotional Intelligence, and holds a BEd in Education and Drama.

She joined Maynard Leigh in 2003, and prior to that she worked for ten years as an actor and TV presenter for both BBC and ITV. She brings many of these skills into her work around building confidence and gravitas, as well as in impact, voice and communication skills. She has also worked as a TV researcher and producer. She started her career in education: teaching in a primary school, and working with challenging teenagers building their self confidence after leaving school. This led to developing further experience in working with difficult groups in prisons.

Clients include Capgemini, Blue Rubicon, Bearing Point, Ocado, Verifone, Cancer Research UK, Deutsche Telekom, Worldpay, Teoxane, Willis Towers Watson, and Astellas.


"The coaching and support I received from Deborah was second to none. The coaching helped me to find my voice and style of leadership. The process was collaborative and enabled me to chart a course forward in a new and challenging role. Deborah was professional and challenging in that I was able to drive the conversations myself and really hone in on what was important to me and my company.” 
– global head of large pharmaceuticals company

“Debs was wonderful to work with. She knew the right things to say to help us progress though the content and our journey to becoming better presenters.”
– Mike McMaster, Capgemini

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