Rosemary Grant has 20 years’ experience as a senior business leader, serving as a statutory director on the UK board of Johnson & Johnson. In addition to her general management responsibilities, Rosemary led the diversity strategy for Europe, Middle East and Africa, a role which led to the creation of the highly successful Ascend Women’s Leadership Programme, and the start of her collaboration with Liz de Wet Leadership Development. Rosemary is an international executive coach and this combined with her leadership experience and my learning approach brings richness, depth and impact to leadership development. Successful delivery of several ongoing international leadership programmes has led to demand for our unique blend of talent and experience.
Rosemary joined Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest healthcare corporation, in 1992 and served 15 years as a statutory director on the main board of the UK Company, a billion dollar enterprise. Executive responsibilities included shared services, finance, human resources, supply chain, customer services, information management, health economics and healthcare compliance.
By contrast, her early career involved delivery of professional Social Work training followed by five as Principal Officer.
In 2005 Johnson & Johnson extended Rosemary’s portfolio to include leadership of the diversity strategy for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Initiatives were launched to foster diversity at board level with particular emphasis on women leaders. In collaboration with the University of Cape Town, a customised programme was created for high potential women which continues to achieve outstanding success with a 35% promotion rate among 200 delegates. As a result of this ground-breaking work Rosemary was honoured with the Worldwide Chairman’s award for leadership.
Concurrent with Board responsibilities, Rosemary trained as a professional coach and established an internal capability to coach senior leaders and emerging fast track executives. It was the impact and feedback from coaching talented leaders which stimulated the establishment of her own company dedicated to coaching and leadership development.
Her coaching practice takes an integrated approach, assisting leaders achieve personal mastery with areas of intervention including self awareness and confidence, personal transitions, critical incident management and the importance of connection and networks.
Current clients include corporate executives based across Europe and Africa as well as senior leaders in public and voluntary organisations in the UK.
Leadership programmes are created in partnership with Liz de Wet Leadership Development and are tailored to the needs of each organisation and its leadership strategy.
Current assignments include working with leaders engaged in major outsourcing projects and leadership development programmes for senior executives in South Africa and the emerging markets of Africa.
Qualifications and study
Rosemary’s professional qualifications include BSc, MBA and CIPD. Formal coach training began in 2005 with the Coach-U corporation. She enhanced her qualifications with the Academy of Executive Coaching, graduating with the Advanced Diploma in 2009. Further areas of study have included the Thinking Partnership programme with Nancy Kline and Gestalt methodology.
Her coaching and leadership practitioner work blend extensive business experience within complex global organisations with a personal philosophy of ethical and sustainable leadership.