Janey Howl MA MSc CSci CPsychol AFBPsS

A long-time associate of Ashridge Business School, Janey excels in coaching and facilitating leaders to take strategic action and communicate courageously. She uses tools such as mindfulness, energy, grit, and storytelling, to hardwire new habits of being and doing. Her clients develop the skills in cognitive processing, emotional connectivity and resilience that deliver significant business outcomes and happier personal lives.

Janey spent her early career as an academic research psychologist specialising in dyslexia and specific learning difficulties before joining Saville and Holdsworth as a consultant. There she became expert in psychometrics, job competency analysis, and in the design and delivery of assessment and development centres. She has lectured in organisational psychology and specific learning difficulties. Published work includes technical papers on the nature of dyslexia, research on airline cabin crew, articles on coaching, and contributions to “Psychologies” magazine. Book chapters include “Why Chief Executives Hire Coaches”, “Family Business Coaching: a Practitioner’s Perspective” and “Coaching in the Digital Age”.

Coaching and action learning principles are at the core of Janey’s eclectic and results-focused practice. Accredited by the British Psychological Society, the International Coaching Federation and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, Janey is also a founder member of the Association of Business Psychologists.

Once upon a time

From being a small girl who loved stories and  “changed her mind like the weather”, my career evolved via time spent as a reluctant academic, and as a recalcitrant air stewardess. I am perhaps the only ex “trolley dolly” to coach the CEO and executive team of “Britain’s favourite airline”.

Diverse professional assignments have seen me doing job analysis on an oil rig, on board charter planes, on the trading floor of the Stock Exchange, in air traffic control towers, on the shopfloor of Selfridges, and conducting extensive research in pubs for a brewery. I have had the pleasure of coaching in diverse settings including in the spa at Chewton Glen; on a climbing wall; backstage with various artists; in a beach hut, a castle, a rowing boat on Lake Windermere; on board a Sunseeker; whilst walking in Central Park and in Regents Park; in chauffeur driven limos; on intercity trains; as well as in numerous hotel bars, dodgy dressing rooms, backstreet cafes and prestigious board rooms.

Being a business psychologist fulfils my lifelong passions for both stories and change. Changing the narrative arc of peoples’ lives results in individual and business transformations. Narrative psychology and basic empiricism have taught us that human activity and experience are filled with ‘meaning’ and stories, rather than logical arguments or lawful formulations. I inspire clients to create their imagined futures, to tell better stories, to create the narrative that shapes behaviour; the narrative that drives how they perform at work and that ultimately determines how they live their lives.