Praesta is a market leader in dealing with the issues surrounding women in business and has been involved in pioneering work on the subject since the late 1990s.

Over the last three years we have coached over 350 executive women both in relation to non executive and executive positions on Boards and also to help them achieve their executive aspirations and to play at the top of their game, with confidence, in an authentic way.

Praesta Partners was the founding sponsor of the FTSE 100 Cross- Company Mentoring Programme, which was established in 2003 to help corporations and female executives by increasing the number of women directors in the UK's Boardrooms. Through supporting the programme for eight years Praesta Partners has gained a unique foundation for its coaching work with executive women seeking board positions. As the success of the scheme grew it was spun out from Praesta Partners and the is now run independently, Praesta Partners continues to be provider of choice.

We work with senior women in our one-to-one coaching, supporting their development and helping them to build the conviction to put themselves forward for roles that reflect their full potential. We are proud to observe many of the women we have coached achieving their objectives – whether they are promotion, a seat on the board or a new direction. Some of our learning in this area is captured in two of the most authoritative books on the subject –A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom: the Roadmap (2008) and A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom (2005).

We are equally proud of the work we do with companies, advising them on what they need to do to be able to attract, retain and develop talented women. We offer programmes in this field on a customised basis. We recognise that selecting the right approaches to improving companies’ capacity to hire, develop, retain and promote talented women is not easy. A programme that suits the culture and mores of one organisation might well founder in another. As well as requiring ‘buy in’ from the very top, anything that is launched to improve companies’ performance in this area must reflect the values of each organisation.

At Praesta we are committed to offering services and programmes that are genuinely customised for each organisation, and coaching interventions that address the needs of each individual woman. We co-create programmes in partnership with the Board, senior management and relevant HR professionals, believing that this is the only way to achieve long term success.