Penny Sophocleous is the Chief Executive of Corporate Alchemy, a consulting, business coaching and training company which she founded in 1999. Penny facilitates Talent Dynamics workshops for executive boards and teams of people facing challenging business development issues, helping them build strong teams based on trust and creating flow. She has a passionate interest in progressing people and business, and her professional training as an executive coach, assists her to listen deeply, elicit authentic answers from individuals and challenge where required, to progress situations forward.
Corporate Alchemy works with international corporate organisations, including BP, Camelot, City & Guilds, Lafarge, Unilever, The Body Shop and Xerox, assisting executives manage the challenges of working together and progressing the strategic plans of their organisation. In addition, they also works with a wide range of professional services firms, where partners and senior associates engage in personal development programmes that take them from being technical experts to being business leaders. Corporate Alchemy help executives manage and lead successfully.
At Corporate Alchemy a team of 9 senior professionals, with deep expertise in executive coaching and training, support her with delivering programmes that enable Change to be implemented Successfully and in-house Talent to be developed.
Penny’s business experience prior to establishing Corporate Alchemy was in financial services, involving strategy, financing and marketing disciplines and these are useful sources of knowledge when consulting and facilitating clients.Whilst working in the financial services sector, she specialised in the Eurobond markets and managed key relationships with clients for a number of City institutions. She was responsible for winning new business from significant organisations and raising finance for them in the international capital markets. Penny achieved a Directorship at the Chase Investment Bank and later went on to work at the London Stock Exchange. She travelled to over 32 different countries and now also has various clients overseas.
She professionally retrained as a coach in 2001, graduating from Corporate CoachU and achieved her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accreditation with the ICF. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.
She is in demand as a facilitator, workshop leader and executive coach for in-house corporate events. She has also led seminars at the IOD, LETG, PD Expo and individual companies focusing on Talent Dynamics, business and team development, emotional intelligence and leadership.