Sarah Cowley founded Luminar Consulting in 1994. She works with a small number of experienced professionals who each bring their unique perspectives, and expertise to projects.
I always say I came to change ‘via the back door’ when I was Director of Lloyd Northover, the branding consultancy, working on large corporate branding projects which transformed organisations with some courageous, wonderful colleagues and clients. I learnt a lot about leadership too. Following a time at Hay Management Consultants working on large OD projects, I set up Luminar Consulting with another change specialist when we were one of the first to connect culture, behaviours and coaching in a groundbreaking piece of research “communicating Cultures” – used in over 10 countries. I have since continued to work under ‘Luminar banner’ and undertaken a range of consultancy, coaching and interim roles for organisations including Aviva, Barclays bank, BBC, GE Healthcare, Nationwide, Natural England and Simplyhealth. Coaching individuals, teams and organisations now takes up the majority of my working life and I thank all those with whom I work for their inspiration, challenge and ability to amaze and surprise.
I am passionate about learning. My London Business School MBA which included a stint at Berkely, University of California, looking at ‘fast change’, opened my eyes to the richness and contradictions of the global academic business world. It challenged my thinking and I learnt the value of the traditional and of the very new. My most recent learning experiences have Nancy Kilne’s inspirational “Time to Think” Foundation course and coaching qualification through the Association of Executive Coaching. As a fellow of the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) I take advantage of their exceptional guest speakers from Brene Brown to “The Forest of Inspiration”, a group working towards a paradigm shift in education. I share some of the latest readings and thoughts in my Blog and material section.
Growing up in the West Indies gave me a taste of the richness which comes from diversity and difference. I always wonder if my love of colour comes from the flamboyance of carnival. I now live, when not in London, in a different environment in the serenity of the Wiltshire downloads, an area of steeped history between Stonehenge and Avebury. I love the countryside: dogs, ponies and chickens. And the contrast to my other passion – art and rarefied world of London galleries.
I am Mum to my own and “steps”: five children in all, leading to very noisy ‘get together’ (apologies, if you are the ones at the next door table!) I love them all, and my long-suffering husband too!