Transformational Coaching & Emotional Intelligence for Rising & Seasoned Leaders in the Food Industry




Transformational Coaching & Emotional Intelligence for Rising & Seasoned Leaders in the Food Industry

What transformations would occur in your company if all your leaders had high emotional intelligence?

Food For Thought…

Strong leaders have never been more important

It’s an extraordinary time for leaders in the Food & Drink industry. As well as dealing with the aftermath of Covid and persuading sometimes very anxious team members that it’s safe to return to work, they have to manage changing consumer demands, environmental issues and Brexit fallout.

The way your leaders behave impacts the culture and performance of the entire organisation. Your best leaders will all have one thing in common: high emotional intelligence. Sadly, not all leaders have tapped into the level of self-awareness or self-regulation they need to become a truly great leader.

Emotional intelligence coaching increases business performance

By investing in the emotional intelligence of your organisation’s leadership team, you will be creating more productive teams, building a happier workforce, and improving business outcomes.

Emotional intelligence-based leadership coaching can result in:

  • Improved teamwork
  • Faster conflict resolution
  • Better decision making
  • More effective communication
  • Improved management of stressful situations
  • Compassion in the workplace

What exactly is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence is also called the Emotional Quotient, or EQ and it is a set of emotional and social skills that collectively establish how well we:

  • Perceive and express ourselves
  • Develop and maintain social relationships
  • Cope with challenges

Developing your emotional intelligence enables us to become more aware and in control of the emotions that are driving our thinking and behaviour and impacting others (positively and negatively).

How emotionally intelligent are you?

  • How well do you recognize, understand and manage your own emotions in challenging situations?
  • How often do you recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others?
  • How could your life change if you had a higher level of emotional intelligence?

Take an emotional intelligence assessment today to start your journey of self-discovery.

Leadership coaching with first-hand food experience in the food industry

I’m Elaine and I’m an emotional intelligence leadership coach with first-hand experience working in the food industry. I spent 10 years in international leadership training, and set up my own training practice in Paris where I worked with senior leaders at Apple France and food companies such as Bio Springer and Lesaffre.

In 2019, I moved back to England and transitioned into coaching, gaining qualifications in Transformational Coaching and Emotional Intelligence.

I’m now based in Windermere and work with leaders in the UK food industry.

Such great cake! Loved the rum in it!!

Irini Tzortzoglou

Winner of Masterchef 2019

The cake Elaine was amazing and did not last long! I have to confess to not being a big cake eater at all, but that was just absolutely so more-ish!! Many thanks to you from all the team here.

John Baker

Chief Executive, Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners

Startup Business of the Year Award 2020/2021 

Vie’s Jamaican Rum Cakes – “The most creative, innovative, and ambitious new business that has been funded in 2020/21. This business exhibits sound business planning, the ability to be sustainable and profitable, as well as a level of innovation and creativity in their industry. They clearly demonstrate a “Wow Factor” that is worth celebrating.”

British Business Bank Delivery Partner Award – Nominated by Transmit Startups

I also run an award-winning food business, selling delicious (if I say so myself) rum cakes based on my mother Vie’s traditional recipe.

Vie’s Jamaican Rum Cakes is a small operation with great ambitions. Setting it up from an initial idea through to manufacturing and finding an enthusiastic customer base has given me first-hand experience of the end-to end-process and the challenges of running a food business. I speak your language and understand the delicate balance between creating excellent products and profitability.

I also mentor founders of start-up food businesses all over the country through the Transmit Startups mentoring programme.



What is the difference between mentoring and coaching?


  • requires the mentor to have experience and knowledge in the field that the mentee works in
  • often uses advice
  • is usually related to a particular profession
  • is usually conducted by a mentor who is employed in the same company as the mentee


  • does not require the coach to have experience or knowledge in the field that the coachee works in
  • is a non-advisory profession (advice may be appropriate at times)
  • is not related to a specific profession
  • can be conducted by an external or internal coach

Transformational Coaching

What is Transformational Coaching?

Transformational coaching takes you on a journey from developing self-awareness to experiencing deep, meaningful, sustainable change as you encounter internal shifts along the way.

It is most effective with those who are committed to personal development and willing to take the necessary steps to get them from their current position to their desired destination.

What is Transformational Leadership?

Transformational leadership is often viewed as the gold standard of leadership and transformational leaders typically display the four ‘I’s:

1. Inspirational Motivation

2. Idealized Influence

3. Intellectual Stimulation

4. Individualized Consideration

Research shows that transformational leaders score significantly higher on the EQ-i 2.0 which suggests they have higher levels of emotional intelligence.

Join a coaching group today to begin your journey of transformation.

I gained a lot of insight into my thought patterns and perspectives.  I wouldn’t have questioned my way of thinking otherwise or looked into alternative views.  I found success in being vulnerable due to…Elaine[‘s approach. She] uses talking and walking in nature, with powerful silences where I was able to listen to what my inner child wants to say. I would highly recommend Elaine, because she was able to give me the space to express what I had suppressed in a safe environment that she has created“.

Ava Grace

“It was truly amazing how much I learnt about my self in the 3 sessions I had with Elaine. I am extremely fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth; the Lake District. Elaine’s Walk and Talk coaching approach meant we could step away from our desks and Zoom and talk without distraction. The sessions were relaxed and Elaine’s laid back yet informed approach really helped me to open up and I was able to express myself freely and without judgement. Being outdoors is not only good for body but also for the mind and soul! I was able to explain to Elaine how I felt certain parts of my personality hold me back at work, or make me less effective than I’d like to be so she gave me little exercises or thought processes to try out before the next sessions. Doing these has helped me really focus and increased my self-awareness, especially when I’m in meetings and during conversations online.  Taking yourself out of the work environment to reflect is an important part of growth and self-development and I’m so honoured to have been given the chance to do this with Elaine. Thank you.”

Emma Athersmith

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Elaine. It’s been an inspired mixture of practical and psychological coaching, business development and deeper psychological issues. Each week…was revolutionary and developed and challenged me… we covered everything from insomnia, time management, guilt issues and setting SMARTER objectives for the future…. leaving me on quite a high, excited to have a robust plan for my business, and to have even been able to appreciate this natural pause and reflection period we have found ourselves inadvertently in. I have absolutely enjoyed every minute of it and can’t thank Elaine enough! It has been time well spent and got me through some very challenging circumstances with the most positive outcome!”

Hayley Skinner

Hybrid-working approach


Walk & Talk

South Lakes, Cumbria


Chester belt





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Our individual coaching packages are ideal for leaders who are looking for a bite-sized leadership development solution.

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Emotional Intelligence & Transformational Coaching for Groups

Our group coaching packages are aimed at companies that would like to offer their leadership team emotional intelligence and transformational coaching as a group.

Minimum number required: 4 leaders

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