Julie Kay

Founder of JK Leadership Development


Julie Kay is an Executive and Team Coach, Facilitator and Speaker, who is committed to helping senior leaders, from large corporations to mid-sized businesses, often in S.T.E.M. related work, to thrive in an increasingly complex and challenging environment.  She helps her clients’ shift old behaviors that may no longer be serving them, and generate the new thinking, beliefs and behaviors that will support them to become a truly transformational leader.

“The impact that the interaction with Julie has had on both my work and home life cannot be under-estimated. She has a unique ability to probe and understand the individual’s purpose and drivers to guide them to self-rectify a particular issue.”

During 21 years of service in the Royal Navy, Julie spent much of her time helping technical people step up to the challenges of leadership. Upon leaving it was a natural choice for her to transition into starting and building her own leadership development company to help similar people safely loosen their grip on their “expert” status to focus on engaging direct reports and build high performing teams.

 “Julie’s positive but honest approach has drawn the best out of people who were simply destined not to achieve their potential before they sat down with her. The outcome is that both the business and individuals have seen tangible gains from the investment in coaching.”

Since the late 90’s Julie has worked with numerous leaders and organizations, including Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, Terrington Data Management, BAE Systems, National Nuclear Laboratory, Extract Technology, and LifeArc. A life-long learner, she continues to add to her numerous coaching and professional qualifications to offer the best and latest approaches that will prepare her clients for future challenges.

“Julie has provided my organization and me with excellent support in the areas of coaching and leadership development. Her approach and methods have been a major factor in developing managers to develop others and helping the introduction of an operating system to be a success. I can confidently recommend Julie Kay as an expert in her field.”

Julie is an Ashridge Accredited Executive Coach, Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, and holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Training and Development from the University of Sheffield.

She is also a licensed facilitator of:

When not designing and delivering leadership development programs, Julie is an invited speaker at regional events and conferences. She shares her personal and client stories, latest thinking and research, and immediately applicable action steps with good humour, warmth, and authenticity.

She has a wide variety of interests away from work, including walking, photography, and travel.