The Riverbank Partnership

An Introduction to our services


What we do


We work alongside founders, owner-managers, leaders and those on their journey into leadership within design, creative, media and marketing services businesses to facilitate individual professional development and healthy organisational culture through mentoring, coaching and consulting.

Whether you´re the founder seeking to clarify your vision or a young manager finding your place in a new role we´ll work with you at the point where your personality, your role, the organisational culture and objectives meet to build greater effectiveness, emotional intelligence and the kind of self-awareness that facilitates truly effective leadership in a creative environment.


In particular we

Our work frequently falls into these broad and overlapping areas:


For Founders

Clarify your purpose, express your vision, find your personal authority and leadership style.


Our in-depth knowledge of the dynamics and challenges facing founders and owner/managers in the creative industry allows us to offer bespoke coaching, consulting and mentoring in this specialist area. We work with founders at a number of levels simultaneously – providing a sounding board to clarify and align your personal vision for the business, supporting your journey into authentic self-managed leadership, and working with you to help develop the organisational culture of the whole business.

Our specialist experience in this area is offered to founders of creative businesses and frequently makes a tangible difference to enduring personal, professional and organisational success and satisfaction. Supporting you in establishing individual ways to clarify vision and manage the complexity of leadership.

For leaders

Leading not managing. Dealing with the complexity of leadership. Taking people with you on the journey.


Individual professional development coaching provides a confidential sounding board, a place to build enhanced self-awareness and resolve challenging issues.

Leadership, in our view, is enhanced when you are able to bring more of yourslef into role, to be fully present. There is no one way of being as a leader because authentic and emotionally intelligent leadership can only come from within. From the inside to the outside – self awareness, self esteem, beliefs, attitudes, behaviours and actions.

Getting the best out of the people around you is an art, not a science. It requires you to be fully in touch with yourself, your strengths and weaknesses. Then to self manage towards your own authentic leadership style. This is why individual professional development coaching can make a real impact.



For Managers

The journey into management. Managing Transition. Managing people and processes.


We work to support individuals as they make the most significant transition of their working lives – from a focus on craft or processes to people and teams.

On the journey into broader leadership from a creative or other specialist role, individual professional development coaching can make the difference between success and failure.

The coaching process and relationship provides a neutral space in which to enhance self-awareness and resolve psychological blocks, leaving new managers resourced for high performance.

Coaching helps enable effective management and quality decision making in a fast moving creative environment where client, commercial and internal organisational issues create unique pressures on key individuals.



For Creatives

Creative Direction with heart and soul. Personal freedom, professional success.


We are privileged to work alongside a portfolio of leading creative and design directors to support them on their personal journeys and embed new approaches into their personal and professional lives – leaving them free to do what this industry is built on.

Our personal approach to professional development builds a greater capacity to create and lead in a creative environment, resourcing key creative people to manage multiple and challenging creative, design, interpersonal and organisational dynamics.

Being creative requires a high degree of personal alignment, clarity and mental/emotional freedom. Working with a developmental coach can have a significant impact and enhance creativity and productivity at a personal and organisational level.



For Teams

Dream Teams. Leadership teams. Creative teams. Account teams.


Team dynamics coaching - a powerful catalyst for greater motivation, productivity and communications in a creative business.

For founder and leadership groups, partnerships, management, creative, administration and major project teams.



For Creative businesses

Cultivating Culture. Building organisational health.


Organisational culture is a product of its foundation, history, leadership style, shared beliefs and hidden loyalties. The additional demands for creative excellence and time critical production processes add unique pressures, which impact culture and organisational health.

A systemic view of the organisation and its hidden dynamics - when combined with coaching - helps resolve this complexity, brings clarity, renewed energy and a culture of sustainable organisational vitality.






We work alongside creative businesses to support the growth of leadership clarity, organisational health and productivity in the senior team and beyond, working at the point where individual and organisation, personal and professional, life and leadership meet.

Our work brings us into contact with many issues faced by leaders in the creative industry:

Clarifying personal/business direction; leadership team clarity; authentic leadership; building organisational culture; managing partnerships; enhancing emotional intelligence; resolving founder syndrome; facilitating transition; succession; resolving team and interpersonal dynamics; behavioural change; delegation; peak performance; effective communications and influencing styles; resolving the impact of old patterns on leadership style; hierarchy and role in creative businesses; loyalty and retention issues; issue & crisis resolution; organisational flow; working with challenging people; having difficult conversations; coaching others; personality type and leadership; clarifying purpose; leadership team structure and hierarchy; joining and leaving, building enduring creative business vitality.


‘One must step back. Instead of going with the flow, one must climb onto the banks and look at the river until you understand its course, recognise its potential and decide what has to be done.´

Bert Hellinger



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For further information and enquiries please contact John Whittington, Managing Partner, The Riverbank Partnership