Koru Coaching was established by Sarah Partridge in 2020, driven by the belief that given the right tools and environment - we can maximise our unique potential and create meaningful and lasting change in our lives. Sarah has a natural tendency to see the strengths in others and takes great pleasure in helping her clients see these strengths in themselves. After 20 years of working in the corporate world of marketing and strategy, she re-trained as a Coach and has continued on this trajectory of learning - acquiring additional skills in NLP, Career Transition and Stress Management along the way.
After 3 years at Manchester University studying Social Psychology, my career started in 1998 - where an obsessive passion for music instigated the start of an exciting journey working as a marketing professional within the recorded music business. After 13 years of adopting a 'work hard, play hard' mindset, relentlessly focussed on climbing the corporate ladder one rung at a time, I finally landed my dream role as Marketing Director at EMI Music in 2011. Although it was what I'd been working towards for many years, I felt unsatisfied, stressed out and confused. As a new Mum in a highly pressured role I found myself desperately trying to excel simultaneously at my career and motherhood but feeling like I was failing at both.
I realised I needed to stop and ask myself some difficult questions. "What is important to me? What do I want to focus on right now? Where am I going? What do I ultimately want from my career?" This led to a confusing and difficult period of soul-searching, trying to ascertain what direction to move in next. Nearly a decade later, after many career changes, much introspection and determination to re-educate myself , I finally arrived here, in a purpose-driven career I'm passionate about - where my work feels more aligned with my values. I now have the privilege of working part-time running my own coaching business alongside working part-time in a strategic role at a forward thinking and highly supportive corporate organisation. I bring my coaching mindset to my corporate role and my experiences in the corporate world to my coaching sessions - particularly when working with career change. The two environments have numerous synergies which allow me to align with my strengths and be at my best in all aspects of my working life.
After struggling for years to get clarity on the right career for myself, helping others gain awareness of their own values and strengths so they can move towards a more fulfilling career is something I find incredibly rewarding. On average we spend over one third of our time (or 90,000 hours over our lifetime) at work - it's important for our wellbeing that our daily work resonates with who we are as individuals. What is a perfect career for one person can make another person miserable. I'm making it my personal mission to support as many clients as possible to move towards a place of genuine connection in their work and as a result, an increased sense of wellbeing in their every day lives.
Sarah coaches a wide range of executives as part of her part-time corporate day job as well as private clients from her home (or virtually via Zoom). She has the ability to coach individuals from all corners of the globe, so you don't need to be UK based to become a client. Sarah is also a proud Mother to two children aged 6 and 8 and lives with her Kiwi partner Jeremy in Chobham, Surrey. She specialises in Career Coaching, Confidence Building and Stress Management.