Portrait of Elizabeth Lovius

October 26, 2011
by Elizabeth

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Lovius is Leadership Wellbeing Coach and Social Entrepreneur specialising in helping people access fresh insight, have big relationships and lead real change for good. She is an international speaker, author and award winning facilitator who brings over 25 years expertise of having worked with over 10,000 people. She has experience in a variety of business sectors including: Retail, Manufacturing, IT, Banking, Government, Healthcare, Creative Media, Social Enterprise, Start-up and Sports.

Clients include: Bighams, CookFood, Corbin & King, Harrods, Hewlett Packard, IBM, itsu, ITV, Ogilvy & Mather, Pret a Manger, the English Rugby Football Union, the UK Civil Service and WPP group. See Elizabeth’s Client list.

Elizabeth’s evidence based message is you already have everything you need to succeed (but maybe you don’t yet realise it). Elizabeth works primarily at the Executive Board level and delivers projects that help individual leaders, teams and organisations have the wellbeing and big relationships needed to deliver sustainable results.

Elizabeth has always been interested in making things work better. In her early career at IBM, with a background in training, quality management and process improvement she went on a journey to discover what makes people perform at their peak. Trained by IBM in the 90’s as a transformational change facilitator, she developed and led a team of 200 internal change agents to help IBM compete when Apple came on the scene.

With a capacity to see ahead of the curve, Elizabeth has been mentored by some of the world’s pioneers in the human potential movement. In the early 90s, at a time when coaching practice was still emerging, she was apprentice to two ‘founding father’ coaches and authors: original Inner Game sports coach and co-inventor of the GROW model Alan Fine and internationally renowned transformative supercoach Michael Neil. She is a certified practitioner of the paradigm shifting work of Sydney Banks 3 principles of human experience. Elizabeth also works with Peter Koenig’s cutting edge organisational design concept Source Principles and the innovative Charles Davies’ Fundamentals of Creative Work.

Elizabeth helps leaders develop creative and practical solutions to real life leadership situations. She offers clarity of thinking, openness and insight. Through an empowering mix of compassion and challenge, Elizabeth supports people to access their own wisdom, wellbeing and resilience; liberating peace, presence and performance. In business, Elizabeth knows relationships are the source of results – so her area of speciality is helping people have big relationships and understand how we can work well together to get things done.

Words her clients often use to describe her include: inspiring, creative, empowering, challenging, smart, warm, insightful, fearless, compassionate, genuine, delightful, real and unique.

Elizabeth is Founder of Kindred Spirit Consultancy Ltd. She also is the Creative Leadership Coach for the UK’s foremost Creativity training consultancy Now Go Create. Elizabeth also offers Open and Bespoke Leadership programmes

As a Social Entrepreneur, Elizabeth’s mission is to contribute to a global shift in wellbeing, one human being at a time. She is Co-Founder of two Social Enterprises.

The Real Change Portal – showcasing a body of work that is leading a global shift in wellbeing. We share stories and statistics of real change that illuminate the source of our human experience and answer the question: What exactly is it that generates real change?

The Wisdom and Wellbeing Collective – a multi-disciplined network of experienced, talented and passionate people who lead real change on the ground by delivering game-changing, evidence based services. We enable social projects of real change that result in a transformative shift in wellbeing – especially for vulnerable young people.

Elizabeth believes in the triple bottom line of balancing people, planet and profit.  So many of the problems we experience today in business can be tracked back to unsustainable business models. Kindred Spirit becoming one of the UK’s first 100 Bcorp’s is a major milestone and cause for celebration. BCorp’s mission is business as a force for good.  We believe if business was the problem to many of the world’s ills, then business is also the solution.

When leaders think and feel well, they do well. And lead well. And leaders lead organisations, and organisations for good can change the world.

Elizabeth lives in a white-washed village by the sea in Southern Spain with her husband and two teenage boys. She is fortunate enough to spend a week or two each month with clients in Europe and USA and then at home with her family in Spain where she enjoys an eclectic mix of artistic friends, reading, cooking, watching sunsets and being a soccer mum. She is author of Facilitating Genius – a workbook and is currently writing her second book: Why love belongs in business. She contributed as Creative Coach to the groundbreaking book: In your creative element by Claire Bridges.

Where Elizabeth Lovius lives in Southern Spain

Client Organisations:

Elizabeth has enjoyed working with:

  • The Big Issue Invest
  • The Body Shop
  • Charlie Bighams
  • Corney & Barrow Wine bars
  • Cook Food
  • Disney
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • English Teddy Bear Company
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Harrods
  • Hewlett Packard
  • IBM UK & USA
  • itsu
  • ITV UK & USA
  • Kahoot!
  • Levis
  • Lombard Motor Finance UK
  • Metafour
  • NorthgateArinso
  • Oikocredit
  • Prêt a Manger UK & USA
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • Rugby Football Union
  • UK Senior Civil Service
  • Sony
  • Vertex
  • White Stuff
  • The Woolwich Building Society
  • Xbox
  • Xerox
  • Yahoo

In the media and creative sectors she has also enjoyed working with the leaders of:

  • Acrylicise
  • Chandler Chicco Agency
  • Clark Communications
  • Cohn & Wolfe
  • GCI
  • Kazoo PR
  • Hanover Communications
  • Hill & Knowlton
  • Hotwire PR
  • Nelson Bostock & Fever
  • NowGoCreate
  • Ogilvy & Mather Europe
  • Punchdrunk
  • Text 100 International
  • Unity
  • Virgo Health PR
  • We are Human
  • White Label
  • 3 Monkeys Communications

Career Overview

2017 – present

Social Enterprise: The Wisdom and Wellbeing Collective

Wisdom and Wellbeing for the world. We enable social projects of real change that result in a transformative shift in wellbeing – especially for vulnerable young people.

  • Co-Founder & Managing Director

2016 – present

Social Enterprise: The Real Change Portal

We share stories and statistics of real change and demonstrate that the agent of change is an insightful shift in mind. We also point you to resources where you can learn more about that.

  • Co-Founder & Managing Director

1999 – present

Kindred Spirit Consultancy Ltd (also was known as Indigo Spirit) – Creative Leadership and Cultural Transformation

  • Founder
  • Agent of change, lead coach, consultant and trainer
1999-1999 Quantum 5 – Performance coaching (with Mike Neill)

  • Senior coach
1993-1999 Lovius & Associates

  • Founder
  • Lead coach and trainer
1992-1993 Inside Out – Performance Coaching (with Alan Fine)

  • Lead consultant and trainer on Inner Game coaching programmes
1989-1992 IBM UK

  • Regional Administration trainer
  • Total Quality Management Trainer
  • Breakthrough Facilitator and Coach
1982-1988 IBM Australia

  • Call centre Administrator
  • Account Administrator
  • Account Administrator trainer
  • Business process improvement

Qualification and Training

1993 Inner Game Coaching accreditation with Alan Fine
1999 NLP Coaches training led by Mike Neill
2004 Newfield Network Mastery in Coaching Programme graduate
2007 Insights Discovery psychometric accreditation
2010-12 NLP Master Practitioner certification
2013+ 3 Principles Practioner Development


Clients' Testimonials

What people say about working with Elizabeth:

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“You are magical.”

Amanda Goldsmith

Operations Director, Acrylicise

“I really loved and benefited from everything you said and taught us. I know this will stick with me moving forwards…”

Emily Finn

Studio Director, Acrylicise

“Insightful and emancipating.”

Jeremy King

Co-Founder of Corbin & King Restaurants and Hotels including The Wolseley and The Beaumont

“Elizabeth is absolutely fantastic.”

Jackie Lynton

Social Activist and orchestrator of NHS Change Day

“Our team event turned out better than I could ever have hoped and she has given us all a great boost in confidence. She is a genius.”

Tom Allchurch

Charlie Bighams, Managing Director

“In her brilliant, unique style, Elizabeth prompted our Exec on setting the direction for the Nations pride and joy. This was a game changing moment that firmly bonded our team around one, clear core purpose.”

Stephen Brown

English Rugby Football Union, CFO

“Elizabeth makes a huge impact, offers great value and works magic. Impressive – I couldn’t ask for more.”

Shari Roberts

Text100 PR Senior Vice President Global Human Resources   

“Very Impressive, very gifted, brilliant – a big impact on our business”

Aedhmar Hynes

CEO, Text100 PR Global    

“Elizabeth is amazing at what she does. She is incredibly insightful and got me from the get go. She inspires me and provides me with strategies to not only be the best leader I can be, but a better human being too. THANK YOU!”

Anne Costello

Regional Director, Text100 Asia

“Working with Elizabeth has been a game changer for our business. It was extraordinary. I was touched, amazed and in awe to discover how people are truly inspired by having Big Relationships. Words are inadequate to express my sincere and heartfelt thanks.”

Rosie Brown

People Director, Cook Food

“Elizabeth is quite simply the most effective, insightful and inspiring Executive Developer I have worked with.”

Julia Dell

HR Director, Rugby Football Union

“Elizabeth has brought out the best in my team. It never ceases to amaze me how she has the uncanny knack of understanding where to focus her energy to get amazing results.”

Martin Bates

President, Pret a Manger USA

“We’re a fast moving business and rely on creative ideas to keep our competitive edge. The creativity workshop with Claire was the best course I’ve ever attended. We got so much great information and as a team we have now adopted many of the techniques into our creative arsenal.”

Eleanor Conroy

Public Relations Director Europe, InterContinental Hotels Group

“A very big thank you to Elizabeth. Over the course of my career she has been a major force in helping me to shape and build my leadership role and has also provided me personally with incredible wisdom and counsel at key moments.”

Susannah Davidson

Associate Director, Digital Cohn & Wolfe

“Since our workshop, which we consider a landmark in our development as a business, the Board works as a more cohesive, aligned team. We are more honest with each other and are definitely making progress towards our vision.”

Katie Kemp

Managing Director, Text 100 UK

“Elizabeth helped us transform our IT department of 40 to work together more effectively & create a sustainable team. We made organisational changes and work better together with each other, our business partners and our clients.”

Tim Goldstone

IT Director, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD)

“Elizabeth’s work with developing our leaders has filtered right down through the business. She understands what makes people tick, coupled with a commercial acumen. What’s so valuable is her ability to stay real and practical. She is unique.”

Paula Grant

HR Director, Cohn & Wolfe Public Relations (a WPP brand)

“Elizabeth’s impression on my life has lasted to this day, and I expect it will last for a long time to come. I had an epiphany – it made me face things I hadn’t looked at in years. This has kept me looking ahead.”

Patrice Andrews

Executive Vice President, ITV Studios Inc.

“A huge impact – there’s before and after Elizabeth. She saw my true potential that others hadn’t seen. She helped me perform at a higher level to become a new person. She is challenging, engaging and insightful.”

David Folliasson

Head of Training, Pret a Manger USA

“The work with us on our presentation skills and board development has made a strong impact on every individual, due to the high focus on giving direct feedback but within a supportive environment. Spirited and inspirational.”

Victoria Hodge

Culture and Communications Director, White Stuff’

‘What Elizabeth does always feels fresh, she is inspiring & engaging. Our creative team day has changed the way we work. She’s the best we’ve had.’

Alex Gardiner

Creative Director ITV Studios

“Every person we’ve put through the senior leadership programme says it leaves a lasting impression. Elizabeth’s a fantastic coach ─ inspiring and energising.”

Ian Watson

Head of Pret Academy, Pret a Manger UK

“Elizabeth turned my cynicism around. My team now feels very empowered and the results are clear. Elizabeth is very intuitive, knowledgeable and genuine.”

Catherine Houlihan

Head of News Norwich, ITV plc

“Elizabeth has been instrumental in developing our leaders and helping us transform our development offering. She is engaging, insightful and delightful to work with. She’s great in every way.”

Andrea Wareham

Global Director of People, Pret a Manger

“There is magic in what Elizabeth does which language cannot do justice. I have seen a transformation with our team.”

Remy Blumenfeld

Director of Formats, ITV Studios

“Elizabeth is unfazed by challenges. She helped our leadership team work much more closely and with more focus and cohesion. I would recommend her to anyone.”

Anna Parfitt

HR Director, Virgo Health Ltd

“Elizabeth inspires and enables us to be the best we possibly can be.”

Jessica Newsome
Joint MD, Kazoo Public Relations
“I wouldn’t trust anyone else to do what she does. Elizabeth is the best.”
Bruce Robertson
HR Director, ITV Studios
“I knew she was good, but she’s more than good. She is truly an amazing talent.”
Julian Metcalfe
Founder, Pret a Manger & itsu