Beth Macleod

Leadership and Executive Coach, Learning and Development Expert, Independent Facilitator

Beth is a highly experienced learning and development professional with extensive knowledge in a variety of local and national roles largely within the UK sport and leisure industry. She has led and engaged teams throughout her career which ignited her passion for self-improvement and supporting individuals to achieve their full potential.

Beth’s experience in psychometric profiling and leadership training, as well as neurolinguistic programming (NLP), gives her a broad base of skills and expertise to support her clients in the way that best suits them. Beth works with individuals, leaders and teams at all levels to establish and deliver sustainable improvement in their performance.  Beth was fortunate to represent Scotland in Rugby on many occasions and this experience has been invaluable in her development as a coach, enabling her to draw the parallels between high-performance sport and business. In addition to sports and the leisure industry, Beth’s client base includes financial services, the NHS and business owners.

Prior to becoming a coach and facilitator, Beth spent 12 years leading the coach and leadership development team within sportscotland, our national agency for sport. Beth’s work in sports development saw her operating at all levels, from grass roots to performance sport, she has a track record of creating high performing teams and striving to get the best from others. Beth often uses the medium of sport and the correlation with leadership development and team dynamics to engage and inspire those that she works with. Most recently Beth designed and delivered a bespoke leadership development programme for an organisation to assist individuals to perform to the highest level in their leadership role. The programme explored a range of development areas from developing a vision, creation of personal and team values to alignment of roles and responsibilities.

Beth is a seasoned facilitator and strategic thinking with the ability to facilitate even the most challenging of conversations that will inspire new ways of thinking, navigate change and support strategy development.  

Professional Credentials

Education, Accreditations,
Awards and Memberships

  • ILM level 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring
  • Insights Discovery Client Practitioner
  • Spotlight Psychometric Practitioner
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner

Professional Experience

  • Business Consultant, Self-employed – Aug 2022 to date. 
  • Lead Manager, sportsscotland – Aug 2019 to Mar 2022. 
  • Development Manager, Youth Sport Trust – Mar 2007 to Aug 2020. 
  • Active Schools Manager, East Lothian Council – Mar 2004 to Mar 2007. 
  • Women’s Rugby Development, Manager – Scottish Rugby Union – May 2001 to May 2004. 
  • Sports Development Officer, Stirling Council – Dec 1997 to May 2001. 


“From the first session with Beth I felt comfortable and able to share my thoughts and challenges around helping the business and my team strive. As the sessions progressed Beth was able to probe deeper and challenge my thinking, to help bring out great ideas to implement in my working life, to keep pushing towards the aims and objectives we set out during our sessions. For many business owners or team leaders dedicating the time to think and reflect is difficult and for this reason I would recommend Beth to ensure there is a dedicated slot in your diary for thought and reflection to ensure you do not get caught up in day-to-day life and miss critical and sometimes obvious opportunities or indeed mistakes.”
Mark Brough
SRB Wealth Management Ltd
‘I would recommend anyone who needs personal direction, professional development or support to refocus and plan to have some sessions with Beth. You will be amazed at how empowered and focused you feel at the end, yet the process felt as easy and comfortable as chatting to a friend. Her strength is also in being able to assess not just your needs, but how you will work best to achieve them. I have defaults that I fall back on, and there are times when Beth would not let me default to them, instead challenging me to approach points from multiple angles and with a variety of considerations.”
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