Dr Carol Coombes

Carol was the senior partner in the strengths based consultancy Cracking Leadership. She is a globally recognised figure in strengths-based Leadership Talent-Spotting and Development. Awarded in November 2009 what is held to be the first (and still the only) OBE in history that cites Services to Leadership, along with Charitable work. Fellow of the Institute for Leadership and Management. Awarded a Doctorate from Birmingham City University for Outstanding Contribution to Business.

The only non-white woman to appear in the first ever West Midlands Power 50 list. Regular and International keynote speaker in various high level business disciplines including Leadership, Corporate Sustainability, O.D Change and Challenge, Social Enterprise, Identifying and using your natural strengths.

Diagnosed with a cancer classed as terminal in early 2017, Carol established Cracking Wellness, now being developed by TAWS, as the first collation of wellness data, and intelligent usage of current data

Separately, she’s called for open debate re ownership of the UK Cannabis Industry, which she believes should be used to fund Essential Public Services and find kinder approaches to wellness.

Even whilst unable to work, Carol leverages influence and invaluable networks across all sectors to urge/ facilitate joined up thinking, helping people to find new solutions to old (and new) challenges. Previous employment includes: CEO of one of the largest Advice agencies in the world, Regional Senior Programme Director for a global charitable trust, Director of Social Enterprise for enterprises delivering across the UK.

Delighted Mother to 4, Nan to 5