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Rajwant K Bains

Coaching profile for Rajwant K Bains.



Rajwant brings over 30 years of experience in leadership development, management development, equity and inclusion, leading major organisational change programmes, and a systemic team coaching lens to all aspects of her work. 

Rajwant had a successful career in academia, during which she was Course Director and member of the Race and Social Policy Unit at University of Liverpool. The pioneering work in the Unit on racial justice means equity, diversity and inclusion are embedded and integrated with all aspects of her leadership development work.

From the University of Liverpool, Rajwant moved to senior leadership roles in local government. Here she led major change programmes, including a transition from a district council (1500 staff) to a unitary authority with over 7,500 staff. This provided her with insights into the challenges of translating theory into practice and the value of coaching in supporting senior leaders through change programmes. This led to her undertaking the MSc in Executive Coaching and Behaviour Change at Henley Business School. As part of this, she was awarded the prize for her outstanding research into developing coaching Programmes to secure the progression of women to Partner level in one of the top 4 leading Professional Services firms.

Rajwant’s ability to inspire and engage people - providing the right mix of support and challenge to facilitate their own best thinking has been highly commended by clients. They comment positively about her approach – describing it as creative, intelligent and insightful with an emphasis on delivering results – at both individual and organisational levels. 

Rajwant has a track record of designing and delivering highly successful Strategic Leadership Programmes for leading Russell Group Universities in UK, including UCL (including the School of Life and Medical Sciences), King’s College London, Royal Holloway University London. Outside of academia, she has worked with George Soros’ Open Society Foundations (a global philanthropy), developing and delivering major leadership and management development programmes (including Leading Through Change) for the past five years. 

Areas of Expertise

Rajwant has worked with senior leaders, academics, researchers, professional services staff, and high potential managers from very diverse backgrounds and experiences.  

  • Leadership and Management development 
  • Leading Change 
  • Resilience and wellbeing 
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion   
  • Courageous Conversations 
  • Working effectively across difference to develop inclusive high performing teams  
  • Career development and progression 

Education and Professional Experience


  • 2012 – MSc in Executive Coaching and Behaviour Change (Henley Business School) 
  • 1998 – MBA (Henley Business School) 
  • 1983 – Masters of Social Sciences (University of Birmingham)
  • 1981 – Social Policy and Social Administration BA (Joint Hons) 
  • Professional 
  • 2021 – Certified Team Coaching Practitioner by the Global Team Coaching Institute
  • 2010 – NLP Practitioners Course by the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Qualified practitioner of Psychometric tools (inc. MBTI®, FIRO-B®)

Membership of Professional or Coaching Bodies

  • Accredited Master Coach with APECS (Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision).