Working with Clarissa

Clarissa Farr

Clarissa is an internationally renowned speaker, writer and consultant on effective education. With more than twenty years’ leadership experience at the top of the UK independent education sector, she has coached and mentored educators and educational decision-makers throughout the UK and on four continents.

Recent speaking engagements include a talk sponsored by international consultants Saxton Bampfylde on the challenges of educational leadership; an evening event organized by leading search firm Wilton&Bain on collaborative attitudes to parenting in the workplace, and an on-stage discussion at Fenwick , Bond Street with Helena Morrissey on attitudes to women in leadership. Clarissa also gives talks within a wide variety of club and society speaker programmes such as the Hurlingham Club and as part of diversity training initiatives in the financial industry and other businesses.

As a consultant, mentor and coach Clarissa has worked with aspiring leaders and chairs of boards at all levels within the education world. Based on her own experience, she believes that the right coaching relationship provides the most powerful and enduring professional development that any leader can have. In an uncertain world, the clarity and confidence that coaching provides have never been more important.

Clarissa's experience in educational strategy and leadership is also a deep resource for those entrusted with the education of tomorrow's women - and for women already trying to make their own work and leadership as effective as possible.

Coaching with Clarissa

“Change occurs when you become who you are, rather than when you try to become who you are not.”
John Leary-Joyce The Fertile Void
The approach

Clarissa is a graduate of the Academy of Executive Coaching, London. Working with senior clients on their most critical issues, long and short term, her approach is bespoke, challenging and future-focussed. Clarissa works with each individual to understand their context and through powerful questioning and exploration, enables them to recognise and unlock their unique potential, both as leaders in their field and in their lives.

How it works
Coaching is most powerful and its benefits most enduring when a relationship is built up over time. A coaching sequence normally starts with a half-day deep dive into the client’s organization and context. Six 90 minute coaching sessions ( real time or Zoom) are then normally spread over a six month period, continuity between the formal sessions being offered in the form of incidental emailing and check-ins. Seeing the benefits quickly, clients often re-engage for further sequences.  

A one hour ‘chemistry” session is free. Once a decision is made to work together, fees are negotiated on a case by case basis and billed monthly.

“Change occurs when you become who you are, rather than when you try to become who you are not.”
John Leary-Joyce The Fertile Void


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