Who we are

The Thinking Alliance has been supporting people and organisations with thoughtful coaching, training and facilitation since 2014. Our founder, Katie Driver, is a qualified coach and experienced trainer & facilitator with extensive public sector leadership experience. Our Associates and wider network bring additional skills and rich experience so we can craft the right support for your thinking.

Thinking Alliance founder Katie Driver | 
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Katie Driver

The Thinking Alliance is led by Katie Driver, a qualified coach and experienced trainer & facilitator with over 20 years public sector leadership experience.  Our Associates and wider network bring additional skills and rich experience so we can craft the right support for your thinking.


Katie creates calm, safe spaces for people to think deeply and achieve the clarity and courage to make better choices about how they live, work and lead.



Formerly a Senior Civil Servant working across and beyond Government to deliver education and employment policies, Katie continues her commitment to public service as Vice-Chair of Governors at her local Further Education College Group.


Katie is an Associate with Dods Training, where she works with a wide range of civil service, public sector and not-for-profit organisations across the UK and internationally on strategic thinking and policy-making.

Professional development


Katie graduated as a business coach from Meyler Campbell in 2014 and is an Association of Coaching member. She is a certified Thinking Environment® Coach, Facilitator and Teacher and a member of the Time To Think™ Collegiate.


Katie is also a trained Strengths Profile practitioner and a Mental Health First Aider. She regularly undertakes continuing professional development, has formal supervision, and holds Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurances.



Since founding the Thinking Alliance, Katie has worked with a wide range of clients and organisations. Her coaching clients include charity professionals, public sector leaders, NHS leaders and SME leaders with a strong social purpose.


Katie regularly leads webinars and workshops for the FDA (Civil Service Union). Other workshop clients include UK Government Departments, charities and local Chamber of Commerce members.

Our values:


We want to help people think brilliantly and use their diverse and unique strengths for the benefit of current and future generations.


We look for what is already working and start from there. We are optimistic about what can be achieved.


We favour the practical over the ideal, progress ahead of pie-in-the-sky. We offer tried-and-tested tools that are easy to use.


We work in alliance with you, complementing and nurturing your thoughts and actions, and curious about what we’ll learn alongside you.


We do what we say we’ll do. We prefer to under-promise and over-deliver. If we make a mistake, we’ll apologise and talk with you about how to put it right.


We aim to do the right thing and work with people and organisations trying to do the same. We give back and aim to tread lightly, using resources wisely, buying sparingly and from ethical businesses.