Dorothy Atcheson

Dorothy is a leadership coach and coaching supervisor who has been leading teams and coaching and mentoring individuals in leadership and communications for many years, with clients based in the UK and all over the world.

Dorothy Atcheson Executive Coach

With a certification in organisation and relationship systems coaching (ORSCC), Dorothy has a particular interest in ‘systems’ and ‘systems thinking’, and applies this to help her clients navigate the challenges of the wider organisational and relationship systems they are part of. She works with senior leaders and teams on issues such as managing and communicating change, consciously creating culture, aligning around values, purpose and vision, handling diversity and complexity and resolving conflicts.

She works with leaders to improve their relationships with their teams and peers, as well as ‘manage up’ and respond to pressure from internal and external stakeholders. Many of her clients are driven achievers with private concerns about confidence or ‘imposter syndrome’. She also commonly finds herself working with executives on personal resilience, work/life balance and avoiding burnout.

In addition to her executive and team coaching, Dorothy is a supervisor of other coaches. She is accredited with the Coaching Supervision Academy (CSA), where she has been part of the international faculty for 6 years.

Dorothy Atcheson Executive Coach

Areas of expertise

  • Improving communication and relationship skills
  • Building personal resilience and wellbeing in times of stress or change
  • Increasing focus on strategic over operational concerns
  • Transitioning from ‘command and control’ leadership to systemic leadership that empowers and harnesses the wisdom and strength of the collective
  • Working creatively with the unknown and the unconscious to surface new insights

Qualifications and memberships

  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
  • Diploma in Coaching Supervision (Coaching Supervision Academy)
  • Certification in Organisation and Relationship Systems Coaching, ORSCC, (CRR Global)
  • Qualification in Co-Active Coaching from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI)
  • Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and the Association for Coaching (AC)
  • BA in English Literature (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York)

Professional background

Originally from New York, Dorothy feels just as much a Londoner, having lived in the UK since 1998. After a 25-year career with senior team-leader roles in media and communications, she began her coach training with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in 2007 and found the career she was made for: developing people, and contributing toward more effective relationships and communication between them, and in the workplace.


Dorothy’s’s client list includes:
Google; BNP Paribas; Universal Music Group; Salesforce; BBC Media Action; Greenpeace; Oxfam; Comic Relief; HM Revenue & Customs; NHS and the Foreign Office. She also works with leaders of media, arts and cultural institutions; community interest companies; small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Dorothy possesses insatiable curiosity and people are her primary subjects. An interviewer at heart, she questions, listens, considers, feeds back and above all, quickly hones in to understand an issue and develop shared strategies for dealing with it. She enabled me to ‘get off the treadmill’, pause, reflect, redefine how I wanted to work – and how, most importantly, to achieve balance and alignment between the professional, the creative and the social aspects of my life.

Managing Director, International Risk Consultancy

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