Helen Emmott


“My career started as an academic researching personal and professional identity: how we determine ourselves through work, age, and change, and how we develop and reinvent ourselves throughout life and career.”

After my PhD and a brief teaching career at King’s College London, I became a Visiting Research Fellow and continued to publish and speak on identity over the life course.  This expertise still informs and enriches the work I do now, as my clients are often facing into significant life and career transitions, reinventing their professional identity for a big step forwards, or planning a second career.

I have long had a professional career alongside my academic work: initially in executive search for higher education clients, and subsequently leading on Talent for The Whitehall & Industry Group (the organisation founded by Cabinet Office to connect government and business).  Here I worked closely with senior civil servants and business leaders, and qualified as a EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) coach with Ashridge Business School.  My own coaching practice, which I established shortly afterwards, focused on professional identity and career transition.

Prior to joining Stork & May, I was the Director of a psychotherapeutic / mental healthtech startup that used AI-enabled technology solutions to augment the practice of coaching and career development.  This has informed an ongoing interest in early-stage ventures, psych tech and entrepreneurs that gels neatly with my longstanding roots in professional identity.


  • MA History – University of Cambridge
  • MA History of Art – Courtauld Institute
  • PhD Gerontology & History – King’s College London
  • European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) Accredited Coach – Ashridge BusinessSchool


  • The Cambridge Code
  • The Whitehall & Industry Group
  • Moloney Search
  • King’s College London