About Athene

Julia Finch

Athene was founded by Julia Finch. Julia started her career in National Security, where she saw the impact of leadership in high-risk, high-pressure, critical situations. Whether dealing with the kidnapping of UK nationals in Afghanistan, peacekeeping operations in the Balkans, or the weapons proliferation problem in North Africa, it was vitally important for leaders to engage their teams effectively to achieve the desired outcome.

Later Julia moved to work in corporate and financial services. Throughout, she learned from a wide range of leaders around her.

She saw what worked well in certain situations and contexts, and with certain people – and also what didn’t work so well.

She saw examples where leaders – despite being very high-performing, determined, results-driven individuals – were unable to engage and motivate their teams and inspire a positive culture. And the cost was a drop in morale, retention, performance, productivity; issues with mental health, sickness absence and even grievances.

Amidst the challenges of the leadership culture she faced, Julia modeled a different way of leading. She gained promotion to director, and has built her reputation as a leader with an outstanding record of delivery in financial services, global security and international relations, spanning over 15 years. She is known as an insightful thought-leader in how to motivate and inspire colleagues. She is passionate about leadership development, cultural transformation, emotional intelligence, diversity of thought, and enabling people and organisations to thrive and achieve the best results.

An Oxford graduate, Julia later trained as a coach at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (accredited by the International Coach Federation). She counts amongst her clients senior managers at ITV, Barclays and Etihad.

More recently, Julia established Athene Leadership, due to her passion to help determined, results-driven executives to inspire and motivate their teams to achieve outstanding business outcomes.

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