t: +44 (0)208 346 3448

e: brendan@smooth-transition.co.uk
e: lindsay@smooth-transition.co.uk

Brendan Beder


As an Executive Coach, Brendan Beder has assisted clients with change management, wellbeing and resilience coaching, performance excellence and stress management for over 15 years.  He studied social sciences in South Africa during a BA and LL.B Degree, lectured, then specialised in commercial immigration law following his LL.M Degree at the University of London. He holds a qualification in teaching law under the instruction of Prof W.L. Twining.  In 1992 Brendan established his own commercial immigration and relocation practice which he continues to run.

Brendan was centrally involved with the International Bar Association for some years and remains an active member of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association.  He has often written on legal issues and has spoken frequently at international conferences and seminars, and is often asked to present to partners and significant clients of London based law practices.

He has been an Associate Member of the Association for Coaching for a number of years and is a Certified Coach, having studied life and executive coaching as well as mediation at Regents College, London.   He has worked with leading U.K. and U.S. coaching figures and has worked with and within entities such as Visa, Microsoft, LogicaCMG, Fred Perry, Standard Bank, David Lloyd Group and Viveka.

Brendan has assisted numerous corporate, commercial and private clients from a variety of countries with wellbeing, resilience, personal development, change management, life and executive coaching.

He frequently works with leading international sportsmen, celebrities and captains of industry.

He has developed a niche area of specialisation, providing executive coaching to big business and professional practices, particularly solicitors, given his wealth of experience within the international legal arena.

Brendan has also studied and assisted clients with Autogenic Training (AT) for a period of over 15 years as a central part of a stress management and wellbeing programme.  AT is an effective self-generated relaxation technique to facilitate optimum performance in challenging circumstances.

He specialises in Time Limited Existential Coaching where the emphasis is on focus and results, preparing the client to continue tackling issues effectively and independently after coaching sessions have ended.

Brendan trains solicitors, barristers, judicial officers and H.R. directors and related professionals in respect of CPD accredited courses.

He has been approached to devise, develop and run executive coaching courses targeted at senior level professionals with particular emphasis on client facing scenarios.  He has lectured to teaching staff and PhD students at Oxford Brookes University on the practical application of Existential Coaching. He facilitates courses on behalf of established training entities, firms of solicitors and on a one-to-one basis.  


Lindsay Wittenberg


Lindsay specialises in bringing clarity to complex agendas in the following areas:

  • Coaching for wellbeing: Facilitating clients to create healthy working lives, achieve balance, manage stress and challenges to health, and build resilience
  • Authentic leadership: accelerating effectiveness, stimulating higher levels of performance, building resilience, confidence and impact, invigorating teams
  • Career development: Re-energising and refocusing careers, finding meaning at work, and managing career transition points, including First 100 Days
  • Cross-cultural effectiveness: Creating new routes to crossing cultural boundaries and moving successfully to unfamiliar cultures, from international to organisational

Lindsay equips her clients to achieve shifts in their thinking and behaviour – and hence sustained results – and to release more of their talent through her in-depth understanding of how change occurs and her fearlessness about working in challenging areas.  Her clients:

  • build and sustain their wellbeing and resilience
  • tap in more fully to their own and their organisations’ capabilities
  • become better able to make well-grounded decisions and judgements
  • become more insightful, creative and resourceful in their thinking
  • nurture productive working relationships.

Her clients speak of her as challenging and supportive, caring and tough, dynamic and deep, positive, warm and insightful.

She has worked across a range of sectors, including City and regional law firms, insurance, financial services, technology, City accountancy practices, government and international intergovernment, Olympic sport, media, charities, engineering, health (practitioners and managers), business schools, social work, advertising, telecommunications, energy, transport, and retail. 

Organisations she has worked with include PruHealth, NFU Mutual, LTSB Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, FTSE-100 companies, NBTY, DLA Piper, Network Rail, Accenture, BDO Stoy Hayward, UNICEF, GLA, NHS, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, Google, Dept for Work & Pensions, Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK Sport, Sony Ericsson, Girlguiding, and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Lindsay enjoys working with clients who:

  • are at a turning point or transition
  • are tussling with dilemmas
  • are stressed
  • may be struggling with working relationships
  • enact behaviours that others may find difficult.

She is the originator of the Wittenberg Career Coaching Model and she holds EMCC European Individual Accreditation at Senior Practitioner Level.  She is a Member of the EMCC and the Association for Coaching, an Emeritus Certified Management Consultant, and the author of the e-book ‘Become the Leader You Are: Self-Leadership through Executive Coaching’, available at http://bookboon.com/en/become-the-leader-you-are-ebook

Lindsay has:

  • a B.A. Hons degree (class II.1) in Linguistics (University of Reading)
  • the Advanced Diploma (with Distinction) in Professional Coaching and Mentoring from the Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring (accredited by Oxford-Brookes University), and
  • the Certificates in The Psychology of Coaching and Gestalt Coaching Skills from the Academy of Executive Coaching

She was Highly Commended for Coaching at Work’s Award 2015 for Best Thought Leadership.

She is:

  • A MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Certified Practitioner (Step I and Step II)
  • A trained and qualified Practitioner in Systemic Coaching and Facilitation
  • An accredited user of Facet5 psychometric profiling
  • An approved provider of ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) Endorsed Programmes in leadership, management and career coaching
  • Accredited in Nancy Kline’s Thinking Environment at Foundation level
  • Accredited in PROPHET senior team profiling
  • A Mental Health First Aider

She has trained in Mindfulness for Coaches (through Mindfulness Works).