About me

As an Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation, I work with a diverse range of individual and organisational clients from the private, public and charity sectors to help them perform better, grow and develop their skills and lead fulfilled working lives.

I provide leadership coaching, typically for CEOs, directors and heads of department as well as self-employed small business owners. I run team coaching for teams of all sizes, whether global or local, managerial or operational, to help groups of employees work effectively together.

With twenty years of experience, as both a learning and development professional and coach and as a fundraising events manager, my approach is to quickly get to the core of what will enable change to happen. We then get on with the important work of getting you the results you need. I quickly build rapport with all staff, inspiring and motivating them to do their best work. For larger projects or those requiring specific technical expertise I work with a range of associates who provide expertise in employer brand and engagement, performance management software and accredited coaching skills training.

Each McCanna Coaching programme is bespoke, whether it’s a one off workshop or 6-session executive coaching programme. This way you can focus on what will get the best results for you. I’m based in Sheffield and make regular trips to London. I run both face to face workshops and remote webinars for dispersed teams. I see coaching clients by Skype or in person to fit with their needs, and their diaries.

I’m committed to my own development and have studied leadership and team coaching with The Forton Group, leadership coaching with Ben Renshaw of Success Intelligence, career coaching with Full Circle Development, and am a register Emotions and Behaviours at Work practitioner. I have my own coaching supervisor and attend regular group supervision sessions to ensure I continue to develop my skills and presence as a coach. I regularly run workshops and attend webinars and conferences as a guest speaker, all of which keeps me learning!

Scroll down to read client testimonials and case studies, or drop me an email using the form below to arrange a free, no obligation discovery conversation about your challenges and how I can help.

You may want to read the coaching case of Jude who heads up a team in a global organisation. Below are a selection of my articles and blogposts which cover subjects such as giving effective feedback and decision-making during change


Recent clients include household names Action Aid, Breast Cancer Care and British Red Cross, international organisations CAF Bank, Orbis and VSO, award-winning manufacturer Gripple, and from the public sector, The Department for Education. 


Jen worked with my team, delivering a excellent international team building and leadership development programme for managers from a range of different countries. Her approach was incredibly professional, bringing in great experience of working with international teams. Her understanding of different cultures was great and the programme Jen delivered was creative, considered and inspiring. I’d gladly recommend Jen to others looking for support in building international teams capability to work together. Thanks Jen

Michael Mapstone

Director of International, Charities Aid Foundation

Sessions with Jen are fantastic! I always felt I came away from each session having been really understood, supported as well as challenged with clear actions to help me move forward in a positive way. Have recommended her to many a friend  already and would certainly look to have future coaching sessions with her.

Becky Mursell

Freelance Photographer - previous Schools Engagement Officer at VSO

Coaching has helped me focus on key organisational challenges that I need to respond to, and how best to mobilise my resources and influence to support change. At the same time it has helped me to reflect on my own personal and professional journey, and the kind of role/s I should be playing both now and in the future. I’ve found it an invaluable source of insight, peer support, and reflection – and I know it has improved my performance as a leader and manager.

Patrick Proctor

Regional Director, VSO

As a freelancer, I started sessions with Jen to provide a supportive space to think about the bigger picture and reflect on the year’s work. My sessions have been fun, thought provoking and have directly impacted on the way I develop my business. Jen’s motivating and positive approach helped me gain new insight, drive and confidence.

Becky Rice

Freelance researcher

I’ve been in multiple group workshops hosted by Jen and enjoyed each and every one. Frequently inspires me to think outside the box in regards to my freelance work ethic and personal development. Highly recommended!

Tony Gibbs

Graphic Designer

Jen is amazing at her job. I found the help and guidance she gave incredibly powerful. She gave me a different perspective on life and I would highly recommend her to anyone.

Fiona Moinuddin

Head of department, Red Cross