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Thomas Cook Pro-bono Support

Losing your job with no notice is a devastating blow and with over 9,000 UK Thomas Cook employees affected by the recent collapse of an organisation that has existed for 178 years there are many people who face huge uncertainty over this next few days and weeks.

There are already some great initiatives springing up already such as these from The Growth Company and Jobs4Thomas Cook but knowing that many of those affected live in or near Greater Manchester, we wanted to offer something little bit different.


A team of Executive Coaches and HR professionals (listed below) offered their time to TC employees on a pro-bono basis.  At the end of the campaign, we were able to offer over 660 hours of free Exec Coaching to help the TC team to get a new job.  As part of the campaign, some of our volunteers have also offered workshops or events. See below for more details and to sign up.  Want to know more about the campaign? Check out our blog.

Pay Justice is now also supporting Thomas Cook employees to make a claim for failure to consult on redundancies. You can see more information here.

New Workshops Released

Workshop 1

Allan Mole from Talk Talk is hosting a workshop at their offices at Soapworks, Ordsall Lane, Salford M5 3TT on Friday 11th October from 10am-4pm.


Light refreshments will be made available but you will need to provide your own lunch, either bring something with you or there are facilities close by where you can purchase something.


Workshop content outline:

This one day interactive workshop is designed to help you gain a confident communication style, boosting your personal impact and influence for those important next steps in your career. The workshop will enable you to:

  • Create an engaging communication style, bringing to life everything you say with extra influence, authority and presence

  • Develop the skills needed to give you a new level of confidence to create a powerful impact

  • Enhance and refine your personal brand to maximise its effectiveness

  • Understand why people behave the way they do, and be able to identify different social styles to allow you to tailor your approach when speaking to them

They are not able to accommodate car parking on site so please either use public transport, or find local parking nearby.

Please contact Allan for the first workshop at all at

Workshop 2

The second workshop is being hosted by Emily Knowles and colleagues at The Coop on Monday 14th October 11.30am – 1.30pm, at The Fede​ration, 2 Federation Street, M4 4BF (this is their digital office).

Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.

Workshop content outline:

  • Personal Branding

  • LinkedIn top tips

  • CV's and interviewing - modern techniques

  • Career changing and apprenticeships

  • Questions

  • Lunch and networking with Coop employees

There is no corporate parking available but this office is very close to Shudehill station, and there is paid local parking close by.

Please contact Emily for the second workshop at

Jobs Fair

You can sign up for a free Jobs Fair with numerous employers at the Copthorne Hotel, Salford on the 18th and 19th October here

Coaching Team


Executive Coach and HR Consultant

Jo Killgallon

Director and Owner of Orchid Coaching and HR and who inspired us into action!

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Executive Coach & HR Consultant

Nicci Birley

Director at Cornerstone Resources with significant experience in business change, coaching, mentoring, recruiting and career support.

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Executive & Transition Coach

Dr Danielle White

Manchester based Coach and Facilitator who supports people to develop clarity and momentum around their career transition


Executive Coach and HR Consultant

Robert Birley

Director of Cornerstone Resources. and Former TCX HR team member looking to help former colleagues gain alternative employment.


Executive & Leadership Coach

Gary Buxton MBE

Manchester based Coach who loves all things digital helping with coordinating the support!


Executive & Leadership Coach

Gavin Deadman

Executive Coach and L&D Specialist working for University of Manchester with private clients through GRD Coaching


Executive & Leadership Coach

Kim Gowland

Manchester based Coach who leads her own consultancy supporting people to build confidence, capability and well-being


Executive & Leadership Coach

Paula Ashton MCIPD

Providing HR Consultancy, Recruitment & Training and Development for businesses


Talk Talk

Allan Mole

L&D specialist with experience facilitating workshops on personal brand, interview skills and comms style specifically for those faced with redundancy


Group HR Director Dechra Pharmaceuticals

Katy Clough

Former member of the MY Travel HR team with wide generalist experience in several industries, happy to support with interview preparation and considering transferring to alternative careers in Cheshire/Northwich area


Strategic HR Business Partner, Coop

Lynne Fawcus

Senior HR Professional with vast amount of experience in coaching, career transition support and redundancy support

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Talk Talk

Lee Rogers

Inspiring colleagues and leaders to improve Performance & Wellbeing (CIPD Assoc)


Minerva Consulting

Ruth Price

HR Consultant - dynamic, pragmatic practitioner with significant experience of managing change in organisations; focused on supporting people to embrace change and move forward


Executive & Leadership Coach

Jane McDermott

Executive and leadership coach with extensive experience of person centred development.



Nicki Sherriff

Experienced HR Professional and Business Development Manager at JOBS4TEENS

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Alliance Manchester Business School

Sara Russell

Senior Careers Consultant and coach at the Alliance Manchester Business School


HR Professional

Laura Evans

Providing person-centred support to find next opportunity.



Paul Hamlin

Managing Director of PPPOIS and Strengths coach


University of Manchester

Jared Ruff

ILM fully qualified executive and mentoring coach. Extensive experience of coaching and leadership development in times of significant change management.



Nicola Coull

Head of HR at ADI.TV - Level 7 CIPD qualified HR professional


Professional HR Leader

Mary-Jane McGhee

Specialising in recruitment and career change


University of Manchester

Shona Garner

MCIPD, HR Professional and Executive Coach and Mentor

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Executive Coach

Garath Symonds

Tavistock trained coach, psychodynamic and systemic approach. Experienced consultant specialising in change and systems leadership.


Leadership Coach

Ombretta Mancini

Certified Team and Leadership Coach with a knack for finding clarity in chaos


ImpactWorks Ltd

Isabelle Perrett

Senior HR leader with 20+ years professional experience, helping you pick yourself up and into a career you'll love


Turner Sanderson Consulting

Malcolm Turner

Experienced Recruitment Professional who can teach you how to find that job.


Director at Oliver Luke Group

Lesley Charlesworth-Hart

An experienced HRD, and wife of an affected Thomas Cook employee, humbled to provide any support to help people through this transition and prepare for their next opportunity.


Re-Create Coaching & Mentoring

Guy Ratcliffe

Executive Coach & Mentor | Managing Director Ratcliffe Business Solutions Ltd


MD Pinnacle ESE

Wayne Mcpartland

Former Thomas Cook employee. Over 7 years experience supporting people into work and boosting their employability skills


Independent Coach

Vicky Swarbrick

I am an Executive/Leadership Coach and Training Facilitator, passionate about working with people and organisations to bring about positive change.

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Moore Motivation UK

John Moore

Qualified coach and N. L. P Practitioner. Specialising in self mastery techniques. Personal and professional development. Goal setting and visualisation techniques.


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Elaine Rippon

I offer a professional & ethical coaching experience plus 30+ years in recruitment. I'm relaxed pragmatic & creative in my coaching style.


Reconnect Business Coaching

Liz Woolman

Executive Coach supporting HR and Business Directors in developing Senior Leaders through one to one coaching.

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Business and Leadership Coach

Jo Sheasby ACC

Leadership and exec coach (and ex-travel industry professional) supporting individuals to turn daunting challenges into amazing opportunities 


ICF Coach

Kathryn Stringer ACC

ICF Accredited Coach and experienced business leader, working across change and transformation, performance management.

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