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Mary Ely

Mary Ely

Background, Coaching & Change Management Consulting Experience

Mary combines her business and life experiences with a keen interest in people and personal development, natural curiosity, empathy and common sense to deliver practical, results focused coaching and change management consulting that creates value for her clients.

Mary has excellent global and business acumen from a career that includes Finance, Operational Management, Strategic Alliance Management, Business Development and over 20 years of Management Consulting experience (with PwC and independently), delivering transformational business change projects with a focus on adding value through the implementation of better processes and better use of a variety of enterprise applications and technology (including Oracle, Salesforce and SAP).

Her experience covers a range of industries (Software, Utilities, Financial Services, Defence and Professional Services) and functional areas (Finance & Procurement, IT, Customer Experience/Digital Transformation and Project delivery).

She has worked closely with individuals and teams from across all organisational levels (C-Suite/VP/Partner level and below) from across the world (EMEA/US/APAC), helping them create stronger, more collaborative relationships, think laterally to develop new options, overcome obstacles, set backs and challenges, deal with change and uncertainty, deliver successful projects, ensure adoption of change and realise expected outcomes and benefits.

Mary has been applying her knowledge of the tools, techniques and principles of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy and Hypnosis since qualifying as a Master Practitioner in 2001 but loves to learn, so draws on an ever-increasing range of options to facilitate change.

Mary qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, is a Prince 2 Project Management Practitioner and has a degree in Mathematics from Southampton University.

Client history and assignments include: PwC | IBM | Advent Software Inc | RWE/npower group companies| Macromedia/Adobe Inc | Ministry of Defence |IBM | AT&T | Homebase | Dun & Bradstreet.

Approach & Benefits

Mary has a firm belief that with enough flexibility in thought and behaviour, everything is achievable and with her warm, open, light hearted and collaborative approach, she provides her clients with the support they need to clarify what they want (and why) and helps them discover new options, behaviours, attitudes, beliefs, perspectives, motivations, strategies and actions to achieve that.

The benefits of Mary’s approach include:

  • seeing the uniqueness and possibilities within each individual client and situation
  • empathetic, supportive and gently challenging approach, providing a safe and confidential space for development
  • understanding of process, technology, finance, change and strategy to maximise potential
  • building collaborative relationships between individuals, stakeholders and organisations
  • focusing on overcoming challenges and moving into solutions that create value
  • creating the opportunity for a reality check and time to make the right choices
  • dealing with uncertainty and effecting change


Selected Testimonials

“Mary’s careful balance of relaxed conversation, insightful questioning, listening skills and a clear ability to bring it all together into a personally focused development profile has been extremely thought provoking and beneficial to my future career considerations and choices”. Client Services Director – Global Retail Services Company

I was fortunate enough to work with Mary at a pivotal point in my career. I had worked in Consulting for a period of time, I was performing well but simply going through the motions of delivering what was expected of me. I assumed this meant that I wasn’t cut out for the job but working with Mary opened my eyes to the possibility that perhaps it was the right job but wrong specialism. Through our time together I had the opportunity to explore and develop a clear view of what I wanted and crucially, what I had to offer. It gave me the confidence to proactively seek out my niche and put myself forward for a transfer. I moved into my new business unit and haven’t looked back. I am fortunate enough to have worked on some incredible projects and have received both Client and Consulting awards and recognition for my work, work which I am passionate about and I would not have found my way to without Mary.” Business Change Consultant – Global Business Services Company

Mary is a highly capable and knowledgeable consultant, with a very good set of technical skills. This is complemented very well by her accounting and finance knowledge (as a qualified accountant) and her excellent people skills. Mary has a very “hands on” approach and is thorough and detailed in her work, getting to the bottom of issues and proposing options and solutions to resolve them”. Technology Consulting Partner – Global Consulting Firm

Other Activities & Professional coaching contributions

Mary is currently working toward ICF accreditation, a post-graduate certificate in Business and Personal Coaching from the University of Chester and the APMG Change Management Practitioner certification.

She is a proactive member of the professional coaching community in the UK, is a member of the International Coach Federation and participates in a number of coaching groups in her geographical area.