Emma Jelley

Principal Consultant

Do you love to see kindness, consideration and respect in action in the workplace? I do. I’ve experienced it first hand, thrived in such environments and am driven to enable others to experience it too. It is a joy to do this through my work as a Principal Consultant at Byrne Dean.  

At Byrne Dean I deliver 1:1 thought partnership (coaching), training, facilitation and advisory services. My passion areas are inclusive leadership, creating psychologically safe spaces, collaboration and community. I have delivered programmes and interventions on these and related topics across multiple sectors, from professional services to tech, FMCG to non-profit.  

The first 19 years of my career were in the law. Starting in a large international law firm, I moved to in-house roles in the tech industry: General Counsel for UK & Ireland at Google, and General Counsel for an AI-powered scale-up in London. These experiences fuel my empathy for people working in environments where standards of professionalism, and the velocity of change, are high. I have worked in hierarchical working environments as well as matrixed “flat” organisations. With these experiences and related learning in my pocket, it felt natural to move from human-centered lawyering, to simply centering on the human.  

These days you will find me living in Finland, coaching and facilitating internationally either on-line or in person. Having moved here from London in 2018, I enjoy a multi-cultural life with English, Finnish and French being spoken at home.  

I am always learning something new, whether it is facilitating conversations with the Lego® Serious Play® method or treading the boards in improv theater. Exploring different worlds, meeting new people, and listening with curiosity and respect, enables me to bring a courageous, multi-disciplinary approach to projects and conversations.

2019-present: Leadership Development Professional and coach, Jelleyworks

2018-2019: Senior Advisor, Fondia Oyj

2016-2018: General Counsel, Onfido

2007-2016: General Counsel for UK & Ireland, Google (previously EMEA commercial counsel)

2001 - 2007: Trainee then Solicitor at Lovells

LLB, King’s College London

Maitrise (French laws), University of Paris I

Postgrad diploma in Sustainable Development, Environmental Engineering MSc Programmes, University of Surrey

Henley Business School Professional Certificate in Coaching

Certificate in Solution Focused Brief Coaching, University of Toronto

Associate Certified Coach of the International Coach Federation (ICF)

Certified Trainer, Global Dexterity Method

Firework (™) licensed career/transitions coach

SeriousWork Certified Facilitator (Lego ® Serious Play ®)

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