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Alexander Smith
ILM Accredited Executive & Life Coach | Specialist Coaching for ADHD & "Executive Functioning"

Executive Coaching Experience and Accreditation


I am a solution focused strengths-based coach with 15+ years’ experience leading, training, developing and integrating editorial teams for LexisNexis, part of the FTSE 100 listed RELX Group, a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics.


I received rigorous Executive Coaching training under the RELX Group's "Velocity Scheme", an intensive 16 month programme accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management and delivered by trainers from the Henley Business School.

Through successful completion of the programme I gained an ILM accredited academic qualification in Coaching and Mentoring  alongside wide-ranging practical experience of delivering executive coaching. This took the form of 200+ hours of 1-to-1 Coaching to employees at all levels of the business. I also acted as a Coaching Supervisor and Mentor for subsequent Cadres of Coaches. 

Coaching for ADHD and "executive functioning" Experience and Accreditation

​Since leaving the RELX Group I have undertaken specialist training in coaching for ADHD and executive functioning deficits by completing to Advanced Level  the ADHD Coach Training Programme with ADDCA (the ADD Coach Academy).


This is the only specialist training programme to be fully accredited by the ICF (International Coach Federation) and the PAAC (Professional Association of ADHD Coaches).

This has given me niche expertise in an area of coaching about which I am really passionate, namely that of “executive functioning”, challenges of which are central to ADHD, autism, dyspraxia and dyslexia and exacerbated by stress, anxiety, depression and many other mental health conditions.

Improving our “executive functioning” and learning to understand and work with our own unique brain wiring plays a pivotal role in our mental well-being, productivity and ability to work, learn and interact with others in ways which best optimise our strengths.

Specialist coaching in this area can provide bespoke and sustainable solutions to mitigate the individual challenges which are preventing us from achieving our personal and professional goals. 


Additionally it can provide a supportive environment to work collaboratively to devise and test new strategies to manage the frustrations and inconsistencies implicit in these challenges.

Specialist Coaching for ADHD

I offer customised coaching and support for adults and students diagnosed with ADHD, their families, or for those without a formal diagnosis who feel they would benefit from coaching in one or a number of the key areas of impairment associated with ADHD.

I am passionate about raising awareness around this often under-diagnosed, misdiagnosed or misunderstood lifespan condition which is estimated to impact around X percent of adults and children worldwide.

I have lived experience of the huge practical and emotional challenges of coping with undiagnosed ADHD, having belatedly received an ADHD diagnosis aged 38. Similarly I have compassion and insight into the complexity and unpredictability of managing this condition on an ongoing basis.

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