penny taylor

Penny’s sole aim is to help you be the best you can! Whether you are looking to move industry, grow your skills, increase your confidence or just work through a tricky situation, Penny can help you. She has been coaching, and training coaches, in a wide range of situations for over 10 years and will help facilitate the change you need, whatever that may be. 

Besides many years of experience in the engineering industry and academia, Penny has a PgDip in Executive and Business Coaching, and is also a Fellow of the IMechE, holding qualifications in emotional intelligence and psychological profiling.

Penny works with all levels of professionals. It may be that you have a specific skill or knowledge issue that you want to work through together, or you need some support when moving into that new role you have set your heart on. Penny’s aim is to help you be the best you can. 

Whilst a lot of her coaching is in the engineering sector, she also coaches for an International Executive MBA program and for new non-engineer Board Members. Penny trained under Peter Bluckert, author of ‘Psychological Dimensions to Executive Coaching’, co-founder of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). 

Penny’s specialist area is career change – changing industry, changing discipline or changing role. Together, Penny can help you develop a strategy to get you where you want to be, produce the right documents to get there, build networks to support the move and ensure that you perform at your best when in front of critical decision-makers. 

Through the Women’s Engineering Society, Penny has also worked with MentorSET since its inception, supporting women in a range of industries and the specific issues they face – such as a lack of confidence, imposter syndrome, being assertive, getting appropriate recognition, dealing with inappropriate behaviour.

 Coaching approach

Penny believes that coaching interventions need to be practical, results-focused and make a real difference. They should come from a relationship of trust and integrity between the coach and coachee. This is about partnership. What you form together energises, motivates and supports you in achieving great things, perhaps things you didn’t think were possible.

You will be challenged and pushed but also supported and listened to along the way.  

What to expect

Expect to bring your whole self to the sessions – that means not just your intellect but your gut-feelings, emotions, hunches and anything else you can put into words. The power of the coaching relationship is in creating a trusting and supportive environment, so you can be totally honest with yourself and really work out what matters for you. Then together, you will work towards making it happen. 

You should expect to be asked searching questions. You will be made to think. You will be listened to. You will probably be asked to do preparation work between our sessions and you can to leave each session feeling energised and as if anything is possible. 


New career direction · Career development · Increasing skills · Major career transitions · Dealing with difficult people/situations. 

Coaching style

Supportive, open, relaxed, challenging, stimulating, empowering, energising. 

Key words

Emotional Intelligence · Engineering · Leadership · Career Transition · Career Development

Qualifications and memberships

  • PgDip in Executive and Business Coaching – Leeds Metropolitan University 
  • CEng Chartered Engineer - Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers 
  • FWES – Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society 
  • Accredited practitioner in a number of profiling tools including MBTI, 16PF, Insights and DISC. 

The one-on-one coaching gave me the unique opportunity to receive feedback about my project decisions from someone external. Penny gave me a different perspective on some of my concerns as well as the ability to improve aspects of my current project, as well as future projects. I am now more aware of what minor adjustments I could make to maximise the benefits learnt from the course.

Engineer in the Rail industry

Delivery and pricing

Using an in-depth questionnaire, our coaches will take inventory of where you are now, next steps and will formulate a personalised plan focused on your requirements and desired outcomes.

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Some of the companies we've worked with

  • Alten
  • AMH Material Handling
  • Avara Foods
  • bmt
  • Bombardier
  • Bombardier
  • Frazer Nash
  • Gas Networks Ireland
  • International Nuclear Services
  • JCB
  • Martin Baker
  • National Composited Centre
  • Network Rail
  • Smurfit Kappa
  • sse

Our training acumen

  • Over 30 years of experience delivering training
  • More than 200 courses designed for engineers
  • Over 10,000 engineers trained each year
  • Trusted by over 800 companies
  • Business solutions delivered in 48 countries

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