The Ivy House
Story

Elke Edwards, Founder and Creative Director of Ivy House, spent 20 years running one of the leading executive development businesses in Europe. Whilst delivering programmes to over 40% of the FTSE 100, and winning 43 awards for their work in leadership and performance change, she learnt three things that changed her life and the lives of the people she worked with:

Elke Edwards
Founder of Ivy House,
speaker, writer, performance coach

  1. There is a certain set of skills and knowledge that, once mastered, has a profound impact on the kind of leader you become, and the kind of life you create.
  2. These skills and knowledge can be learnt.
  3. The sooner you learn them, the more powerful the effect.

But one thing really bothered her.

Why was this learning given only to senior execs? Why weren’t we giving it to people earlier on, at a time when it really could make all the difference not only to the leaders they become, but to all aspects of their lives?

So, she decided to do something about it.

Welcome to Ivy House.

Meet the team

A Team on a Mission

Our team comprises a select group of top leadership coaches, mentors and speakers with a breadth of experience across different organisations and industries. We all bring different specialisms, but we are united in our belief that, given the right kind of development at the right time, people can create huge positive change in their lives, careers and the world.

Ways to work with us

Want to get
involved?

If our mission and values resonate with you (brilliant!), here are some key ways you can get involved:

Become an
Ivy House Corporate Partner

Each year, we have a limited number of spaces to work with a select group of brilliant HR and talent leaders who share our commitment to a different path for emerging talent development. Whether they run an In-House Programme or select people for the external Ivy House Programme, they all want to get the best out of their high potentials; understand that the performance of the individual and the performance of the business are inextricably linked; and believe that learning should occur at every stage of a person’s career, not just at the top.

Does this sound like you?

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Become an Ivy House Mentor

Our mentors make a world of difference to our delegates, giving them access to practical advice based on hands-on experience. We also find that our delegates make a world of difference to our mentors, bringing fresh energy and disruptive perspectives to their work. We actively seek mentors from a wide range of industries and disciplines. The time commitment depends on how much you have to give, and you also get to meet our delegates, other mentors and corporate partners at our networking events.

Want to make a big difference?

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Sponsor the Ivy House Award

Many of our corporate partners are already working with local schools and are keen to make the Award available to them. If you are interested in making a big difference by sponsoring the Award for a school or group of schools you are working with, then please get in touch.

Want to spread the change?

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Schools & Sixth Forms

Sign up for the Ivy House Award

This is an incredible opportunity to take the lead in giving sixth formers a new level of education – exactly what they need to thrive in the future. If you are interested in becoming an Ivy House partner school and offering the Ivy House Award to your sixth form, then please get in touch.

Ready to make your school stand out?

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Keynote speaker

Book an
inspiring talk

Our founder, Elke Edwards, brings the Ivy House mission to life with keynotes tailored to audiences as diverse as corporate senior leaders, and teachers, pupils and parents in schools. Her frank and uplifting energy has been instrumental in inspiring corporates and schools to think differently about how they develop the next generations to live their best lives.

Ready to shift hearts and minds?

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Are you ready to
create change?

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Elke Edwards

Founder of Ivy House, speaker, writer, performance coach

Kate Lander

Chief Executive Officer

Spinny Witter

Partnership Director, performance coach

Clare Mitchell

Product Director

Lindsay Terris

Client Director

Elke Edwards

Founder of Ivy House, speaker, writer, performance coach

Elke is the Founder and Creative Director of Ivy House, and is ultimately responsible for our thought leadership, as well as the creative and learning direction of the business. Prior to Ivy House, Elke founded and ran the multi-award-winning executive development company, Blue Sky. She has worked with leaders of industry at the highest levels, for clients including Virgin, Centrica, BBC, Barclays, Wateraid, BskyB, Linklaters and RBS. Her skills as a coach, educator, speaker and writer are highly sought after in the corporate and educational world.

Kate Lander

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer, Kate is responsible for the strategic direction of Ivy House and the development of our digital offering, as well as our strategic partnerships. Kate has more than 25 years’ experience in the finance and education sectors, including overseeing the development of digital solutions for many global banks. Kate is a qualified accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst and is also a Non-Executive Director of OfS (the government regulator for universities).

Spinny Witter

Partnership Director, performance coach

Our Partnership Director Spinny works directly with our educational partners and mentors to ensure Ivy House delegates have the best support possible. Spinny spent a decade in the City, initially as a Barclays graduate recruit, working her way up the organisation, and then as a consultant at KPMG, working with Financial Services clients including Citi, RBS and Credit Suisse. She is a practicing performance coach and has trained in psychotherapy, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and strategic career development.

Clare Mitchell

Product Director

Clare heads up programme design for Ivy House, having spent the last 11 years developing a series of award-winning development programmes for Blue Sky. She has worked as a performance coach, facilitator and consultant to some of Europe’s leading organisations, such as Royal Mail, TUI, British Gas, Virgin Media, npower, KPMG, EE and BT, and now drives the development of all Ivy House programmes.

Lindsay Terris

Client Director

Our Client Director Lindsay works directly with each Ivy House client, from on-boarding and contracting through to year-end review. Over the past 15 years, she has worked with senior leaders of organisations such as Barclays, Direct Line Group, Virgin Active, More Than and Virgin Atlantic, to drive award-winning behavioural change programmes. Lindsay is obsessed with client experience and is a passionate coach and presenter, who combines experience and storytelling with an unmistakeable Scottish accent to make a real impact.