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Betty Thayer



I am a former Ernst & Young partner, retiring in 1999. Since retiring I have pursued a varied career, including a portfolio of Non-Executive and Trustee positions. I am recognised as an authority on becoming a Non-Executive Director and have coached a wide range of senior executives who are retiring from full-time employment, wish to add one Non-Executive role to their full-time role, or are looking to enhance their performance in their current full-time position.

My approach is both personal and practical. I draw on my extensive network of resources to develop an action plan for the client which is bespoke to their needs. I only work with people I have met through referrals or through corporate programmes.

All coaching is delivered through my consulting company, e-banana limited. I work primarily with one associate, Mrs Hilary Sears, who is a former senior headhunter with Korn Ferry and A T Kearney. Our brief CVs are provided below. Other associates are available as the project requires.


We are flexible in how we approach each client. Described below are representative programmes.

Comprehensive Coaching Programme for Retiring Executives
For the retiring executive who needs time and help to understand what their options are, where to look, who to meet and how to prepare their CV to be fit for purpose. Often this is the first time in many years the individual has had to think about next steps and their professional network may be limited to those they know from their company and customers. This programme includes a comprehensive face-to-face meeting schedule, CV development, network introductions, interview training and telephone follow-up.

At the conclusion of this programme the executive should have the necessary tools and confidence to embark on a portfolio career.

Non-Executive Short Programme
There will be some executives who are more confident of their abilities and have a clear picture of the kinds of roles they would like to pursue post-retirement. Their needs are slightly different but the process is similar to that described above.

Senior Management Non-Executive Development Programme
Many leading companies provide their senior managers with a development opportunity to broaden their knowledge and improve their networks. I have run programmes for companies such as Sainsburys to position senior managers for a not-for-profit role which will take no more than one day a month out of their full-time role. While the process is similar to the Non-Executive Short Programme, the conversations are different and focus on what the manager wants to achieve, how it will benefit them and the company, and where they feel they could make a difference, both functionally and with industry knowledge.


Senior Management Coaching
Whether moving up to a new role or expanding skills to take on additional responsibilities, senior executives often need an independent person to discuss their concerns, approaches to problem resolution and to develop confidence to take on challenging opportunities. Working with CEOs, Finance Directors and Operations Directors is a particular specialty.

Benefits of these Approaches
• Provision of a reasonably priced service which is professionally managed and delivered.
• Peer-to-peer conversations that enhance the client’s understanding of the market, their own motivations and practical advice for achieving both short-term and medium-term objectives.
• CV development and coaching provided by an experienced coach with specific experience in this area.
• Access to a wide variety of industry thought leaders and speakers.

Getting Started
Any of these programmes could start immediately. The nature of the service is that it may take several months to complete depending on the individual’s schedule and priorities. Contact Betty at or on +44 (0) 1225 447 420 for more information.



Betty Thayer
Betty Thayer’s portfolio career started early when she joined the board of Think London, the inward investment agency for London in her late 30’s. She coaches a wide variety of individuals including aspiring Non-Executives, senior managers and CEOs. Betty is the Chairman of Tristart Ltd, a non-executive of Genius Consultancy and joined the Board of the Appointments Commission as a non-executive director in October 2008. Betty recently retired as Deputy Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Exec-Appointments Ltd, a company she founded in 2001 and has since been sold to the Financial Times. Following on from a career in strategic management consultancy, she is highly regarded within the recruitment industry and lectures internationally about the role of the Non-Executive Director and the online recruitment industry. Betty’s other roles include visiting lecturer on the non-executive director programme at the Cranfield School of Management and a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Bath School of Management. She is a Trustee of the Bath Mozartfest, the Piccola Accademia di Montisi and the Church Urban Fund. She has a BA in Accounting and Business and an MBA in Corporate Finance.

Hilary Sears
Hilary Sears has both private, public and third sector experience. She is now an executive coach and career mentor, having previously worked in Executive Search, and in talent management in the Cabinet Office where, as Head of the Brokerage Unit, she inputted into the succession planning, career mentoring and talent management programmes. She also ran the Senior Women’s Network, which analysed the diversity challenges within the Civil Service, and looked at Private Sector recruitment and retention strategies and Board needs.

Following a first career in advertising and marketing, and an MBA, Hilary moved into Executive Search, working for international firms (including Korn Ferry Carre Orban, and A T Kearney Executive Search). She has more than 20 years of executive search and Board/Leadership Assessment experience, working on UK and international assignments at Board level. She sat on the European Board of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (the professional body), and took a global lead on quality and professional standards. She is widely networked in the business world, has spoken at a number of conferences, and was the first woman to appear on the front cover of BusinessWeek international. She is currently Chairman of the Association of MBAs (an international membership and accreditation organisation), and of the UK charity for disabled children, KIDS.

She has been active in trying to promote women onto boards, and sits on the board of ForumUK (part of the International Women’s Forum), recently chairing their Board Initiative in the UK, and is a member of Women Corporate Directors.

Hilary has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, a BSc (Honours) in Economics with International Relations from University College London, and has completed the Coaching Certificate programme at Henley Business School