Our team of coaches have between them over 60 years experience of helping professionals in practice progress their careers, make partner and build a partner-sized client portfolio. 

Heather Townsend

Heather Townsend is the leading global expert in what it takes to move from senior fee earner to partner – and when you get there, stay there.
She regularly runs programmes to help fee earners take the step up to partner, and establish themselves as a new partner, for mid-tier law, accountancy and consultancy firms.
It just so happens that she is rather good (and not really that modest either!) in helping individuals successfully market and sell themselves. Just the skills you need when you are aiming to grow your client portfolio AND make it to partner. In fact, her clients have added over £1 million in fees to their client portfolio in the last year.
Heather often works with private clients who want to drive their own career (regardless of the development options offered by their firm) via her Progress To Partner membership site. The membership site helps lawyers, accountants and consultants to:

  • Find the time to work ON their career development and business development
  • Grow their client portfolio
  • Develop a strong personal case so that they are seen as the next partner
  • Get onto partner track rather than been seen as only a “safe pair of hands”
  • Build, write and pitch their business case
  • Prepare for the partnership panel interviews

She is the author of 6 books including ‘How to make partner and still have a life‘ (co-authored with Jo Larbie), ‘Poised for partnership‘, ‘The Financial Times guide to business networking‘ and ‘The Go-To Expert‘. Her books have sold over 20,000 copies globally and been translated into over 6 different languages and attracted over 200 five star reviews on Amazon.
Her coaching style has been described as challenging, friendly but very supportive.

Kate Clover

Kate Clover has spent the last 15 years helping accountants and lawyers progress their careers in practice. For many years she ran the emerging leaders development programmes at a large growing law firm.

  • Understanding strengths and weaknesses to perform at your best
  • Developing practical career development plans
  • Adapting your approach to get the best out of others
  • Overcoming blockers (from challenging relationships to exposure to key clients)
  • Maintaining a balance between work and home life

Kate’s coaching style is supportive and encouraging with challenge when needed. Providing practical suggestions and advice to help you progress towards your goals.

Susan Heaton-Wright

Susan Heaton-Wright is a multi-award winning impact, communications and speaking Consultant and the creator of the Superstar Communicator™ methodology. She is an international speaker; the former MD of leading music company, Viva Live Music, podcaster and a former prize-winning international opera singer.

Susan empowers emerging leaders to speak and communicate with impact, credibility and clarity in all business conversations.  She delivers masterclasses, workshops, coaching and speeches for many companies including AstraZeneca, Deloitte, RBS, Invesco, Pfizer, Shell, Microsoft,  AXA, the NHS and J&J; to Professional Service Firms and Professional Associations: including CII, ACCA, IMA, ICAEW, CIPS and CQI.

Her area of expertise is in Impact, Presence, credibility and spoken communication for Career Acceleration. Susan has delivered content to attendees from more than 130 countries worldwide. As a speaker Susan has spoken at conferences and events in UK and internationally to many global organisations. Highlights include a virtual event for the British Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar as a speaker and panellist, alongside the British Ambassador for Thailand, former British Ambassador for Myanmar and the regional UN representative.

Susan is the EMEA Leadership Launch Leader for HBA leadership programs for the Pharmaceutical industry. This programme supports female talent and underrepresented groups to gain visibility and prepare for senior roles within the sector.

Susan volunteers for Love Without Borders, supporting refugees living in Athens; she fundraises for The Alzheimer’s Society and for The Isabel Hospice in Hertfordshire. Susan lives in Hertfordshire; swims, surfs, is in an Improv Troupe, plays the viola in an orchestra and sews her own handmade wardrobe

Vikki Bentwood

Angela Rixon

Vikki Bentwood, former head of marketing and business development for independent law firms, has over 18 years of experience helping lawyers, partners and senior professionals in practice grow their client portfolios. Before she stepped into the world of law she grew and sold her own internet business.

She has mentored professionals to devise achievable business development plans and helped them gain the knowledge and power to action them. She understands the difficult internal and external challenges professionals encounter when it comes to winning new business. She understands the demands on your time, the internal dynamics at play, and the speed of change which all add to the pressures you face.

She will motivate and guide you to set realistic goals and create business development plans that are easily actionable. She can also support your learning on new technology such as social media and help you to stay on track.

Angela Rixon provides Executive coaching for Leaders navigating business challenges and complex change.

Angela has vast experience as a Partner and working in Business Leadership roles in Professional
Services and Technology sectors.

She has:

  • Scaled consulting practices through market leading people consulting propositions
  • Been Business Development and Executive Relationships lead for Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)sector.
  • Led numerous behavioural change programs working with executives to align strategy to culture and engage
    the “Hearts & Minds” of the workforce to deliver sustainable change.
  • Championed talent development, promotion and retention through coaching and mentoring.

Angela is skilled in:

  1. Executive coaching
  2. Consulting leadership
  3. Business development and relationship management
  4. Organisation development and change leadership
  5. High potential talent development


As a Premium member of Progress to Partner Academy, you will enjoy discounted coaching rates as part of your membership.

If you’d like to talk about coaching, please contact lisa@excedia.co.uk